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  • I May Be the Next Olivia Pope

    Full disclosure: The majority of my political knowledge stems from watching “Scandal.” Which is to say, I know a lot.   Fortunately, the 2015 NAA Capitol Conference was a valuable experience for government affairs directors and Shonda Rhimes bingers alike.   Tuesday kicked off with world-renowned photographer Platon, who has captured the essence of everyone from Prince to Putin. The charismatic...
  • Bottom of the Barrel

    Public apology: I’m sorry for the things that I said. It was winter. See, I don’t deal well with the cold. And I’m not even talking Minnesota cold. I mean Virginia cold. But hey, it’s still cold. This winter felt like a particularly rough one, my only consolation to the below-zero wind-chill presenting itself in the form of a couch and a family-size package of Oreos. Much like a bear, I choose to...
  • Get Proactive with Preventing

    Preventative maintenance (PM) is one of those topics that continue to vex all levels of onsite personnel. While many see the benefit and can prove the financial need to perform these tasks, quite frequently they are delayed beyond recommended schedules.  To prevent a delay, the PM scheduling should be a regular part of the day/week/month time-management cycle. Break the property down by dividing...
  • 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—...

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