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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...
  • Lead With Your Heart, Property Managers

    There are countless books and in existence promising the secret to success, but to me, it all comes down to a simple philosophy about people. As someone who spends a lot of time relationship building, I see time and time again what happens when you forget that people are people. People have free will, and they can choose to buy-in or they can opt-out. If they opt-out, you lose.  Let me explain.I'...
  • Fishing For a Star

    I once had a job interview at an aquarium in Ireland.  Admittedly, this seemed bizarre even at the time. Then again, when the job you’re applying for involves selling sandwiches you’re carrying around town in a red basket, there’s no…home office. To add to the absurdity that was this moment in my life, my best friend also came along for the interview. The head of The Tasty Sandwich Guy only had...
  • 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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