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  • The End of an Era of Oversharing

    In 8th grade I quoted some very dramatic ‘Closing Time’ lyrics in a friend’s yearbook. Poignant stuff about every new beginning coming from some other beginning’s end—and, also, keep in touch and have a great summer. It was a loose interpretation of Semisonic.  Unfortunately copyright infringement would put a real damper on the summer, so I’ll skip that this time around and use my own words. ...
  • My RPM Story – Mike Markus

    When I began working in residential property management (RPM), I was mowing lawns. Now, as a maintenance director for BRG Realty Group, I oversee more than 7,000 apartment homes.Thanks to eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I have the skills and determination to grow and thrive in RPM. I served in the 4th Marine Corps Recruiting Command, where I managed eight recruiting stations and 850...
  • What Should I Do Differently?

    A simple question from a student in a pool class turned into a fantastic discussion recently. The question that opened up the potentially view changing realization was: “My pool inspector is coming tomorrow, what should I do differently?” Not being familiar with local swimming pool code and operations I opened the question up to the class at large. The responses were wide ranging and potentially...
  • “My RPM Story” – Shannon

    Even though I’d spent 20 years in the Army, there was one challenge I hadn’t trained for: transitioning into civilian life. Then I found the perfect career path for a veteran — in residential property management. While in the military, I served with the infantry and in aviation, logistics, and finally personnel operations. I spent 11 years with the 101st Airborne Division and completed two tours...

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