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  • A Beautiful Mess

    I have notes—both personal and professional—scrawled in a smattering of notebooks, on loose sheets of paper and the occasional napkin or two with no discernible sense of order. Things are written sideways, in different colors, circled, starred. It’s very “A Beautiful Mind” meets an ugly mess. Fortunately, I can use my profession as an excuse. “Can’t stop the flow of creativity!” Otherwise, I just...
  • I'm Officially An Adult

    The mark of a true adult, I now rent an apartment with hardwood floors. OK, fine—they’re fake hardwood. But they look real, and appearances are all that really matter. Another lesson of adulthood. On the surface, they look far cleaner than my carpets every did. But, there isn’t really anywhere for the dirt to go. When I cleaned this weekend, I collected enough sand for a small child to play in....
  • Learning the Ropes at the NAA Capitol Conference

    As a property manager and new president of our local apartment association, I was excited and nervous when the subject of the Capitol Conference came up. I was excited for many reasons. Who would not want to go to Washington D.C.? Let’s face it, it’s a beautiful city with so much history. Being new to this position, I knew I had a lot to learn to help the association grow and be more successful....
  • My RPM Story: RPM Careers Ambassador Julie Chu

    When people visit RPMcareers.org, they meet me! I’m Julie, the RPM Careers ambassador featured on the home page of the National Apartment Association’s new website designed to bring talent to our industry. RPM Careers ambassadors — 30 of us, with more on the way — represent young leaders in residential property management (RPM), and visitors to the site can connect with us on the ambassadors page...

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