AMPressions

AMP Interviews with the biggest movers and shakers in the Apartment Management Industry

Nichole has been a gracious supporter of my A.M.P. networking events over the years.  She has the ability to command someone’s attention without being overtly obvious – especially when networking!  She is well-respected by her industry colleagues, fiercely committed to her work, and a force to be reckoned with.  She also has two of the cutest kids on the planet!  If you don’t know Nichole, reach out to her.  She’s a good one to add to your network!  

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 my passion for multifamily housing, coupled with my experience within the industry. I was fortunate enough to go through Village Green’s “Manager In Training” program, which was a great springboard into an industry I was destined to love. I was meant for the industry because I thrive in challenging environments, and let’s face it, working in Multifamily Housing, you must LOVE a good challenge. I enjoy that no two days are the same, and I NEVER know what I am walking into.

How and when did you get your start in the industry?

I worked in the Hospitality Industry in college and after. When the 2008 recession happened, I found myself out of a job and looking for a new industry to call home. One of my good friends raved about working in Multifamily, and I started applying for jobs. I began my career with AMLI residential. I have never looked back!

What is one song that always puts you in a good mood?

Levels, Avicii. I am a firm believer that dancing it out will ALWAYS boost your mood, so this is a great song to get me moving.

 

What are 3 tips you would give someone considering a career in multifamily?

  1. Work hard

  2. Never say, “That’s not my job,” we are jacks and jills of all trades.

  3. Be ready for anything, but have fun while doing it! (Laughter is the best medicine)

 

What is your proudest moment in multifamily?

My proudest moment has been building a successful team at Hyde Park Property Management and elevating our residents' experience. Additionally, I am very proud of our CAMME awards (Comprehensive Marketing Program and Leasing Professional).

 

Who is your mentor, and why?

I have had different mentors over the years in the industry, and at the different companies I have been apart of. One thing I love about this industry is the ability to learn from so many different individuals. I have been fortunate enough to work with many really great managers who have spent time training and mentoring me. I have also been very fortunate to learn from my team, which is a very rewarding experience. We all have unique experiences to bring to the table, and it is important to be learning and growing continually.

 

What book has left the biggest impression on your life?

The Source, by Dr. Tara Swarth. I love how she focuses on our ability to rewire our brain and create the life we want. She uses data to explain how we can improve the way we process and think to develop better outcomes and uses her experience as a Neuroscientist to break it down into simpler terms. She gives practical ways to make small changes that will impact your life positively.

 

If you ever owned an apartment community, where would it be, and what would you name it?

I would own something in Chicago because Chicago will always have a piece of my heart. As far as names go, I am the worst with coming up with names. Maybe LivE 33 (L & E are my kids' initials, and 33 is my lucky number).

 

What is your most memorable vacation?

Well, I was supposed to take my first Solo vacation this year to Switzerland, but COVID. That certainly would have been my most memorable vacation to date. However, I would say that growing up; I had two vacations that really made an impact on me in different ways. The first was a trip to Fiji with my family in High School. The second was a trip to China with my dad when I turned 16.

 

If our country went to 4-day work weeks, how would you spend your 5th day?

I would definitely spend the time on self-improvement, spend more time with my two kids L + E, volunteering, and spend more time focusing on learning and development for myself and others.

Nichole Oswald

Senior Director

Pioneer Acquisitions, LLC

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