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  • 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...
  • Maintenance Day at 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition

    Maintenance Training at the NAA Education ConferenceNew this year - Maintenance Day! Join us on June 20 at the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition for maintenance training.This all-day event seeks to honor and educate the sometimes unsung heroes of our communities: The Maintenance Technician.$99 for a day PACKED with maintenance learning opportunities!Starting at 9:00 a.m. the day...
  • Maintenance Department Promotions or New Employee: How's that Candidate Pool Looking?

    Ask any maintenance technician how they ended up in their current position and inevitably there will be a statement similar to: “I kind of fell into it”. In other words, this job is not one that often lends itself to being a “destination” type career. How often is there a booth at a Career Fair advertising the apartment maintenance field? Similar to the upkeep required on a swimming pool, a...
  • It's A Bird...It's A Plane...It's A Cicada!

      Back in summer 2004, freakish insects as big as a gerbil (give or take) and as loud as a Kardashian were slamming against the windshield of my Mom’s minivan as we headed to my high school graduation.  In the years prior, my parents had already begun worrying about how they would throw an outdoor graduation party while these ominous pests, known as cicadas, were treating our backyard like their...

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