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JESS KESTER
585 South Front Street, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll-Free: 800.783.9568
Main: 614.228.2222 
Direct: 614.674.6947
jkester@gilbertgrouprealestate.com
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Professional Experience
Mr. Kester serves as an accountant for both The Gilbert Group and The Gilbert Investment Company. He brings over 30 years accounting experience from various industries all around the United States to the firm. Mr. Kester oversees the daily, monthly, and yearly accounting functions for both companies. In this capacity, he also prepares the monthly and yearly management reports for the property owners and handles the banking for each property. He works closely with both Messrs Gilbert in the preparation of yearly budgets and other property accounting matters. Mr. Kester monitors the receipt of rental payments, and works closely with outside parties in matters of collections of rental payments.

Prior to joining The Gilbert Group and The Gilbert Investment Company, Mr. Kester was the accountant for American Community Management in Columbia, Maryland. He was responsible for the preparation of management reports for over 100 condo and homeowner’s associations in the prestigious Baltimore, MD – Washington DC market area. He has worked in the accounting field in the publishing industry, retail/wholesale industry, manufacturing industry, high tech industry, and the pharmaceutical industry, bringing a wide range of expertise to The Gilbert Group and The Gilbert Investment Company.

Under his leadership, The Gilbert Group has been named a Consumers Choice Award winner in the category of Property Management for years 2009-2014.


Education, Licensures and Awards
  • Franklin University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting | 1981
  • Member of The National Association of Credit Management | 1981 - 1994
  • Member of Community Association Institute | 2005 - 2007
  • Notary Public | State of Ohio
  • Consumer Choice Award | Property Management | 2009-2014