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  • Capitol Update: Advocacy Is Like Changing a Dirty Diaper

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,One recent afternoon I was enjoying some quality time with my 9-month-old daughter watching another hilarious adventure of Sponge Bob Squarepants when the most interesting commercial ran. The product is called “Diaper Surprise” where a doll, after being fed water, “deposits” a charm in its diaper which the doll’s owners can then wear on their wrists. After...
  • It’s Almost Time To MAXIMIZE

    It’s hard to believe that just next week we’ll be gathering at the MAXIMIZE: 2014 Multifamily Asset Management Conference, Oct. 13-15 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.A record number of apartment asset managers, operations execs, ancillary and revenue management experts, and green building and sustainability pros will be in attendance. For those unfamiliar with the venue, Amelia Island...
  • Which of These 8 Multifamily I.T. Security Issues Are Yours?

    I was asked the question recently, “Mike, based on your 40+ years of experience in technologies, as a business manager, what are the common technology security issues that I should be concerned about?” Well, I am not going to dive into the architecture of data centers, computing platform data leakage, and perimeter defense strategies, but as a business manager I suggested the following security...
  • The Death of the Mall Rat

    God bless the 1980s. I was fortunate enough to be born in 1986, smack dab in the middle of all the big shoulder pads, bad perms and enough Top Gun gems to carry us into the aughts.  It was a simpler time, really. You turned on the TV and everybody knew your name, The Huxtables reigned supreme and an old broad on a typewriter was solving mysteries. Oh, to be 1986 again. Unfortunately, the...

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