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ARLINGTON, Va. / June 16, 2014 – Michael Markus, CAMT, will be honored as the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) Apartment Maintenance Technician of the Year during the June 21 Awards Breakfast at the 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in Denver.
Before serving residents, Markus was serving our country. In 2009 Markus left the United States Marine Corps to move home with his wife and start a family. His father-in-law—an independent rental owner in Cincinnati—offered him a maintenance position with Access Property Management.
Since then, Markus has developed a portfolio-wide, property-specific preventative maintenance schedule and emergency response procedure that reduces and stabilizes expenses. He also developed an inventory tracking and ordering system that reduced maintenance and fuel expenses. Markus helped design and implement a domestic hot water and boiler system replacement that reduced British Thermal Unit (BTU) usage by 68 percent and equated to a monthly savings of over $500 (29 percent).
He also assisted in designing and implementing a plan to replace all single-pane aluminum windows with new, thermal-paned vinyl windows, reducing air infiltration and heat loss by up to 10 percent. Under Markus’ leadership, a three-year average operating budget was designed to cut expense costs by 15 percent this fiscal year.
NAA President & CEO Doug Culkin, CAE, said, “The PARAGON awards recognize the outstanding contributions of multifamily builders, professionals and affiliated associations. By shining a light on them, all members of our industry benefit.”
The National Apartment Association (NAA), currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, is America’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. NAA’s mission is to serve the interests of multifamily housing owners, managers, developers and suppliers and maintain a high level of professionalism in the multifamily housing industry to better serve the rental housing needs of the public. As a federation of more than 170 state and local affiliates, NAA is comprised of over 63,000 members representing more than 7 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. For more information go to www.naahq.org.