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  • Take Charge of Your Own Career

    One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was by one of my early managers who told me to take charge of my own career. She told me that it was my job to "figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up" and then do it. Now lots of us still think it's our manager's or our employer's job to make sure we make the most of our knowledge, skills and experience, develop new skills and move up the...
  • Maintenance Mania Surpasses Miss Universe

    Channeling my mother, I climbed to the top of the bleachers before the 7th annual Maintenance Mania National Championship—held during the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego—to ensure some sort of back rest. I’m 26 years old—I need the spinal support. Settling into my seat, I admired the costumes, t-shirts and party hats many of the audience members were wearing in support...
  • Pushing Potential Forward: The Expanded Scope of the Apartment Revenue Management Conference

    What does the 2013 Apartment Revenue Management Conference (Sept. 23-25, Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami) have to do with the New York Times and the Dalai Lama? Call it an intense focus on data-driven business solutions.Five years ago only a handful of institutional-sized adopters embraced analytic, algorithmic pricing technology. Now a critical mass of apartment owners and operators large and small...
  • Stay Classy, NAA

    When I woke up yesterday morning, my head full of "Anchorman" quotes and my purse full of complimentary dinner mints, I was excited to get our first full conference day underway. As an Education Conference & Exposition vet (it's my fourth year, so I know people), I've heard a lot of great speakers, attended many informative education sessions and eaten my body weight in potstickers at various...

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