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  • Remember (We Lost) the Alamo

    I made my first trip to Texas a few years ago. I was in Dallas for a conference and my roommate met me afterward for a little road trip.  After passing what seemed like 15 different dead animals on the side of the highway—I swear I saw an ocelot among the roadkill—Steph and I arrived in San Antonio. First order of business: margaritas and Mexican goods. We made our way to a...
  • CAMnesty Program Offers a Way to Get Back in the Game

    NAAEI has been listening to feedback from our members, our students, our course instructors and our local associations and are in the process of updating our professional designation programs to make them more comprehensive as well as efficient so that they continue to meet the needs of today’s learners. First up was our Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) course. We launched the updated...
  • Don't Cry At Work (And Other Lessons)

    I have very few complaints about my first job out of college. But if I had to do it all again, I wish someone had given me the following advice: 1. Find an office with more men. If you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone—earning your keep in society while also meeting someone who will pay for your movie tickets—you should probably count up the number of men at your...
  • Attract, Engage, Retain

    Attracting top talent isn’t getting any easier, but it’s certainly more fun these days. We have better ways to identify and engage with candidates, which is changing the game. Recruiting is a contact sport and I find it more exhilarating than exhausting. Brad Schwartz and I led a thoughtful discussion about this topic recently with other property management professionals. As...

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