Our Team

The industry relationships forged by our principals provide a full spectrum of opportunities throughout the public and private markets with developers, principals, mortgage originators, capital sources and brokers. From acquisition and disposition to operations and management, Centennial’s executive team operates as one unit to maximize investor capital.


Best known for his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, Payne is a founding member and Chairman of Centennial Holding Company, LLC. Under Mr. Payne’s tenure, Centennial’s portfolio has grown to over 10,000 units, 35 communities and more than $1 billion in asset value.

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Centennial Holding Company, LLC, Payne oversees all operational and business functions and is responsible for strategic direction and overall leadership of the company. He brings a range of experience after serving in numerous executive leadership roles for WebMD Corporation, playing a pivotal role in the growth of the company’s private equity, acquisitions and annual revenues topping $1 billion.

Executive Vice President of Property Management

Johnston operates on both sides of the property acquisition table, serving as Executive Vice President of Property Management as well as CEO of First Communities, LLC, the property management arm of Centennial. He remains integrally involved in all aspects of property management, providing strategic asset-level oversight and budgeting guidance.

President & Chief Investment Officer

Since joining Centennial in 2007, Trotter has initiated more than $1 billion in transaction volume as President & Chief Investment Officer, responsible for all aspects of asset acquisition, due diligence and disposition functions. He comes to Centennial after a nine-year tenure at Archstone-Smith as Vice President of Acquisitions and Dispositions.

Executive Vice President of Business Development

Morton leads Centennial’s business development efforts, investor relations and all legal responsibilities as Executive Vice President of Business Development. In his 35 years practicing law, Morton earned significant experience in real estate and middle market private company transactions. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Georgia Real Estate Foundation.

Chief Operating Officer

Immediately prior to joining Centennial, Bowles served as Vice President of Administration at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. Additionally, Bowles was an early participant in the efforts to secure the 1996 Olympic Games for Atlanta alongside Chairman Payne. He now serves Centennial as Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for all levels of company operations including budgeting and human resources.

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President, Mr. Jerden heads up the firm’s asset management function, maintaining oversight of portfolio performance as well as the development of value-add programs and other strategic initiatives.

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brewer, as Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for sourcing and managing the firm’s financing activities, as well as managing the financial control operations of the firm, which includes accounting, client service, corporate financing, cash management, reporting and tax services.  Mr. Brewer has fourteen years of real estate experience working for a publicly traded real estate investment trust and involved in the execution of over $2.0 billion of capital market transactions.