AMP Interviews with the biggest movers and shakers in the Apartment Management Industry
A few years ago in Sandestin, FL, my husband excitingly shared that we were going to golf with Ed Buckley – whom I didn’t know at the time. Little did I know that I would be golfing with essentially a multifamily industry celebrity! Not only does he have a passion for golf, but he has a passion for life. Aside from my husband, he is the most humble person and biggest family man on the planet! If you ever have the pleasure of golfing or dining with Ed like I have, you will clearly see his passion for life, and his family!
I love dissecting words and looking for greater meaning like the word Apartment. What sets you “Apart” and why are you “Meant” for the multifamily industry?
What sets me apart is determination and faith in myself and my abilities. This industry brings together many aspects of the business that love. I love working with people and helping them reach their goals. Second, as a former systems geek, I love the way our industry is always creating news ways to do things and systems to support those innovations. Third, numbers tell the story in our business learn how to interpret the numbers (marketing numbers, financials), and help a property be successful.
How and when did you get your start in the industry?
As mentioned earlier, I am a former systems geek. I started with EQR and a Director of Operational Support. We developed and rolled out new systems and we were responsible for training as well. After about a year and a half of the position, I moved into the property management group. Since I had never managed a property, I went back on sight as a property manager and worked my way up from there.
What is one song that always puts you in a good mood?
Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles.
What are 3 tips you would give someone considering a career in multifamily?
1. Be determined. Don’t let other people put limits on you.
2. Be honest. People will respect you if they know you are being honest with them.
3. Be involved, volunteer for fundraising, help out at other properties these will increase your experience and get you noticed.
What is your proudest moment in multifamily?
I am always proud to see people that I have hired or worked with achieve their goals. Those goals could be to win awards, get promoted or just improve their Life. I was recently approached at a conference by someone that I had fired many years ago when they were a leasing consultant at one of my properties. That person said they knew that I was right to let them go and wanted to thank me for being honest with them. After they were let go, they refocused their life, went back to school, and now they are a VP in our industry.
Who is your mentor and why?
I have had many, but early in my career, I had a mentor that taught me that you owe to your employee’s to be honest with they about their performance.
What book has left the biggest impression on your life?
The big book of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have been sober for 24 years and I am thankful every day for that.
If you ever owned an apartment community, where would it be and what would you name it?
I’m sure it would be in Atlanta but the name would refer to the Boston sports somehow. The Fenway…yes I like that.
What is your most memorable vacation?
I was able to visit Ireland a few years ago. I got to visit the town where my family is from in County Cork.
If our country went to 4-day work weeks, how would you spend your 5th day?
I’m pretty sure I would be golfing 😊.