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  • Class Dismissed: 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference Comes to a Close

    It’s hard to believe the 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition is already over. Yesterday was even more jam-packed than the first day of the conference, with amazing speakers, sessions and tradeshow buzz from top to bottom. As such, I write to you from the hospital, where I’m currently receiving an IV drip of coffee. But while I’m wired, let’s get to it—a round-up of day two...
  • Getting Schooled in Sin City: 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference Recap

    You’re all liars. That was my big take-away from the first day of the 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, after panelist Melanie Ling asked everyone who’s ever tried online dating to raise their hands. Approximately five people did so—half of them mumbling things like “I mean, just once,” or “I’m so, so lonely.” OK, maybe not their exact words. Another 20 people—...
  • In The Dog House

    I’m gonna be honest: I’m not a dog person.  I realize this makes me a horrible, soulless, Sarah McLachlan-hating person, but I can’t fake it.  People argue that a dog is man’s best friend—and I guess that’s true, if you don’t have human best friends. Call me crazy, but I just prefer companions who don’t lick my face or leave hair all over my clothing. The horror! Despite my indifference toward...
  • In a High-Tech World, Don't Forget High-Touch

    Gone are the days of ledger cards, guest cards and answering services. Today, our industry is driven by the technology and focused on selling features, as opposed to driving from the point of view of the customer. Smart companies in and out of the student housing space are institutionalizing a more customer-oriented perspective that drives technology design and development from the outside in....

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