Executive Management

The owners, developers and management are committed to doing what’s best for the area as well as for The Garlands residents.


Thomas S. Herb

President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas earned his Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Babson College and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He formerly managed sales, marketing and production aspects as Vice President of the largest independent Coca-Cola bottling company in the nation.

Thomas Herb is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Senior Housing council and the Barrington-area Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is also a managing partner of Barrington Venture Holding Company LLC and founding partner of Integrated Development Group LLC, development firms specializing in luxury senior housing.



Kurt R. Wessel

Vice President & CFO, Barrington Venture Holding Company, LLC and The Garlands of Barrington, LLC.

With more than twenty years of accounting experience, Wessel provides oversight to the organization’s finance and accounting functions . As a member of the Leadership Team, he reviews and analyzes the organization’s finance programs and accounting structure and effects changes to increase efficiency and economy .

Prior to joining Barrington Venture Holding Company and The Garlands of Barrington, Wessel served as the CFO of STS, a subsidiary of AECOM, where he managed the company ‘s finance and accounting functions . Previous positions include Controller of the SunGard Transaction Network, a business group of SunGard Data Systems, Inc., where he managed the day-to-day operations of the Finance Group.

Wessel earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Illinois CPA Society . Wessel ‘s civic involvement includes the design of a five-year financial projection model for the Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital, used by management to set objectives for the preparation of annual operating plans. He also served two terms as the Treasurer, and member of the Executive Council for his Church. Kurt is married and has three children .

Ed Gansz

Ed Gansz

Vice President

Ed Gansz has thirty five years experience in Development Services and Asset Management, amassed in domestic and international markets.

His client services include project development from concept to completion, financial analyses, transaction structure and pursuing avenues necessary to underwrite the achievement of client development goals. Gansz received an undergraduate degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University and a graduate degree in finance from Temple University.

Currently, Ed oversees the buildings and landscape team for The Garlands of Barrington.


Dawn Kempf

Dawn L. Kempf

Vice President

Dawn has over nineteen years of sales, marketing and operations experience, the past thirteen in luxury senior housing. She earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in sociology and justice studies from Arizona State University.  In 2015, she became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Dawn has former experience in sales and marketing from Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises. There she negotiated and secured long term exclusive contracts within the education channel.

Currently, Dawn oversees Sales & Marketing and Health Care, which includes Prairieview and Garlands Homecare Solutions.