Reblog: Winter is Coming…


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Can you believe that winter is almost here? Learn about how our South Bend crew prepares for the cold season in this interview we conducted with South Bend Landscape Supervisor Shane Hendrickson, last year.


Winter is coming, and in South Bend, IN, snow is an inevitability. In preparation for the coming winter season, we spoke with Shane Hendrickson, Landscape Foreman for the region, about the process of proper winterization, and the challenges that he and his team will soon face, when snow is on the ground.

o   How does your crew go about preparing the grounds at our properties for the colder months?

“Winterization of our properties starts at around the first frost, which is usually in mid-October. At that time, we remove all of the annual flowers and plant mums for fall color. We then cut the grass shorter, and apply a special fertilizer that contains nutrients that strengthen the plants and their roots. When the fall mums begin to die off from the cold, we remove them, and plant flower bulbs in preparation for the spring thaw. We also we ensure that…

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BOO-wling for Kids


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Junior Achievement and Holladay Properties are teaming up to bring financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to local K-12 students.

Junior Achievement, a not for profit educational organization, is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers – all working together to inspire young people to dream big, prepare them for the workforce and help them see their boundless potential through hands-on, experiential programs.


Portage office, Project Architect, Jessica Vargas, is serving her third year on the Northwest Indiana Junior Achievement of Chicago board. She is also serving her second year as the Chairperson for the annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event. She believes the information JA brings to the classroom is a critical education component kids need to become financially empowered and responsible adults. And the facts are backing her theory up! The JA NWI division is continually receiving requests from local school districts to bring their programs and volunteers into the classrooms. Last year alone, JA’s NWI Division reached more than 53,800 kids in 2,290 classes within 83 schools throughout our partnering Lake and Porter County school districts!


Inspiring tomorrow’s workforce comes with a price tag though, roughly $500 per class. That is why Jessica is so passionate about raising funds to support these programs. The Bowl-A-Thon is a great way for local businesses to learn more about JA’s mission and help support a great cause, all while having fun and networking. This year, the Bowl-A-Thon is on Thursday, October 25 at the Merrillville Stardust Bowl from 6 -9 PM. This is the second year that the Bowl-A-Thon will be Halloween themed, complete with a Team Costume Contest and a fa-BOO-lous raffle!


Team spots are still available for companies, families, and friends wishing to register. If you aren’t able to be there, Lane Sponsorships and Team Sponsorships are also available. And we also accept raffle item donations. These are all great ways to market your company and be seen at a great event! Contact Jessica Vargas for more information at or (219) 841-6393.


JA is always looking for classroom volunteers as well. It’s a great team event for companies looking to give back to the community and stay connected with local K-12 students. For more information on volunteering for upcoming classroom programs, contact Roz Malouhos at or call (219) 263-9843.

Junior Achievement: Empowering young people to own their economic success™

Holladay Lives United 2019


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For 30+ years, Holladay Properties’ South Bend office has been a strong supporter of the United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC). Each Fall, our staff kicks off its Holladay Lives United Campaign by touring a community agency and witnessing the affect our donor dollars have on the programs the organization supports. On Wednesday, September 26th employees from the South Bend corporate headquarters, Holladay Construction Group and the Hilton Garden Inn gathered together at Hope Ministries with one common goal: to see how we could be a part of defeating poverty in our community.

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The event began with a tour of the facility. First time attendee, Administrative Assistant Shelby Seifer, described her experience, below:

On the tour of Hope with my colleagues, we were shown each floor of the building and what each one entailed.  We were told about the different types of families living in Hope Ministries and what they do to help them.  Something that stood out to me was the programs that are provided for the adults and children living there.  They not only have classes for adults but they also have a resource room, fitness center, healthcare services, and much more.  As for children, they have a program similar to daycare and rooms where the children can go to play and be creative. On the third floor, they have a large lobby for children to ride bikes which I thought was pretty cool.

Hope really tries to make these families feel at home and help them get back on the right track.

– Shelby Seifer

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After the tour, staff enjoyed lunch and a presentation from the Director of Hope  Ministries, David Vanderveen. He shared with the group, the organization’s goal of transforming the lives of those who are struggling in the community, through healing. Hope Ministries provides 12-18 month housing, counseling, educational and career programs to give individuals and families who are actively seeking a better life a healthy path to long-term stability. To round out the event, the Director of the Center for the Homeless, Steve Camilerri, joined David, to talk about their collaborative initiative based around Trauma Informed Care: Building TRUST.

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I grew up in South Bend and have spent a large amount of time downtown. I always knew what Hope Ministries was but I never knew exactly what they did for people in our community. After visiting Hope Ministries through our United Way Campaign, I gained more knowledge about the organization that I ever thought I would know.

– Shelby Seifer

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Over 145,000 people were aided by UWSJC’s agency funded programs like Hope Ministries and the Center for the Homeless, in 2017. The South Bend office’s 2019 “Holladay Lives United Campaign” will end on October 10th. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, please contact Cassie at (574) 217-4499.


Our donations have the power to change lives.

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A Spark Becoming a Wildfire


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BY: Derek Naber
Project Developer – Indianapolis, IN

As with most blogs, this one started with very high hopes. And then as life happens… the blog gets put on the back burner.

Since, April 2017.. what has happened?

Personally, I had my second daughter Ellie in December 2017 (9 months old now) and I moved homes to Bates Hendricks in April 2018.

Some people ask me, “Derek, why didn’t you move to Central State?” And my response is: I need to have the weekend away from Central State, as I eat/sleep/drink/bleed the project 5 days a week (and have done so for five and a half years).

Speaking of the hard work at Central State, we’ve been moving and shaking for the last year and a half…

Turning this:

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Into this:

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And this:

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Into this:

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Overall, the last year and a half has resulted in:

  • $3 Million in new investment at Central State
  • 17 new homes built sold and occupied. First market rate homes between White River and Speedway in over 40 years.
  • Start of Construction of 61 lots for 58/Bahr. Infrastructure Complete in November.

At this stage in the development we have been blown away by the success and support for the project. All hats go off to the various partners including our first visionary homebuyers, Compendium Group, Nottingham Realty, City of Indianapolis, and M/I Homes.

More good stuff to come!


Derek Naber joined Holladay as a Developer in our Indianapolis office in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the long-term development of Central Greens, a 150-acre redevelopment of the former state-owned mental hospital campus on the near west side of Indianapolis, as well as new developments in the downtown Indianapolis area.

The Greatest Employees: Part I


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BY: Cassandra Sprigg
Assistant Property Manager & Social Media Coordinator – South Bend

As Anne M. Mulcahy once put it, “Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.”

At Holladay Properties, we don’t just think – we KNOW – that we have some of the best employees anyone could ask for. In our new blog series “The Greatest Employees,” we hear from Holladay Properties staff about the coworkers that help make Holladay a great place to work.

Shout out to Cara Pagels [Property Manager, Burlington Station Luxury Residences].  She’s doing a dynamite job pre-leasing Burlington Station and helping us grow our residential property management business in the Chicago market.  Cara approaches every situation she encounters with intelligence, positivity, and creativity.  We are very fortunate to have her on the Holladay bus!!

–  Drew Mitchell, Vice President of Development – Chicago, IL

Cara Pagels [Residential Property Manager, Burlington Station Luxury Residences] works so hard!! She is (almost) singlehandedly opening a new construction building!! She is always a team player and wonderful to work with! Love Cara! ❤️

–  Ali Vogel, Assistant Property Manager at The Promenade at Founders Square – Portage, IN


Karen Tighe [Accountant] embodies the Holladay spirit with her length of time here (which is I think about 28 Years) Karen almost always has a smile. She is calm, even in the storm. She is very patient and willing to help. She has a tremendous memory of all that has gone on in her years here. She is a great researcher when problem solving. She works very hard (currently doing her regular work as well as being part of the Yardi implementation team).

–  Nora Wiseman, Accountant – South Bend, IN

John Ledsinger was recently promoted to Lead Building Maintenance Engineer (Nashville, TN-Centennial). John joined Holladay in September 2017 as an Engineer at the Centennial property and spent the last few months as a Floating Building Maintenance Engineer providing service to various properties in the Nashville market. John was promoted due to his vast experience, exemplary performance in customer service, and true ownership of each project assigned.

–  Greg Blakey, Director of Engineering – Nashville, TN


Kyle McFarland [Property Manager] deserves a major shout out due to his attention to the details and continuing to look for growth.  His ability to maximize profit and the staff he leads is nothing less than superior.  Great job Kyle!  Keep up the amazing work!

–  Jackie Green, Partner and Vice President of Property Management – South Bend, IN

I would like to send a shout out to Jayme Baldwin [COI Analyst]! As a new employee, Jayme has gone above and beyond to assist me with all of my questions – no matter how big or small – or how often!   She not only responds to emails quickly, but doesn’t shy away from picking up the phone and calling so that she can answer my questions in great depth.   She constantly assures me that I can, and should, call as often as I feel the need.   Jayme is very knowledgeable and her willingness to be a team player is impressive!  She is the person I most look forward to meeting on my first visit to the Nashville office. A big shout out to a big stand out!!

–  Jolene Butzke, Property Manager – Minneapolis, MN


I’d like to give a special shout-out to my amazing coworkers: Elliot Lusk [Director of Business Development & Commercial Property Manager], Samantha Hale [Commercial Property Manager], Shasta Kreighbaum [Assistant Residential Property Management], Melissa Morin [Residential Property Manager], Kathy Williams [Director of Administration] and Jackie Green [Partner, Vice President of Property Management]. For the past 3 months, we have been taking turns traveling to and from Portage, to help get our new residential community, The Promenade at Founders Square, up-and-running. Jackie and Kathy have especially gone above and beyond, commuting 2+ hours nearly every day to make sure our on-site staff has what they need, and they have never complained. I’d also like to send an extra shout-out to Chris Urbanski [Financial Analyst], Wills Gardner, and Shelby Seifer [Administrative Assistant] for holding down the fort while everyone’s been gone! Now, that’s what I call teamwork!

–  Cassandra Sprigg, Assistant Commercial Property Manager & Social Media Coordinator – South Bend/Portage, IN

The first person that comes to mind when I think of a Holladay employee who makes coming to work every day both a pleasure and a privilege is Michelle Lisle in Nashville’s AP department.  She is very thorough and her positive attitude and willingness to help make her a joy to work with.

–  Patty Doss, Senior Property Manager – Prince Fredrick, MD


Kirsten Adams [Director of Property Management Midwest] is always pleasant, great listener, and very knowledgeable of the job from all views.  She goes above and beyond her job duties to make sure the deadline are met, even if it means she has to jump in and do multiple jobs to ensure that there are no delays.  I consider her to be a great asset to me, fellow co-workers, clients, and the company.

–  Julie Malone, Senior Accounting Manager – Nashville, TN

Chris Urbanski [Financial Analyst – Property Management] embodies ServCo’s mission statement to bring a servants’ heart to work every day. Chris is always so helpful, and her team spirit is unsurpassed.

–  Virdeen Near, Accountant- South Bend, IN


Who Likes Cookouts? Holladay Does…


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It’s no secret to anyone who has ever worked for, or visited Holladay Properties…

We like to eat.

On Thursday August 30th, our South Bend corporate office hosted a cookout to celebrate the end of our 3rd quarter.

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Administrative Assistant Shelby Seifer and Assistant Property Manager Cassie Sprigg set up a table in the lobby of 227 South Main Street, and filled it with burger and hotdog buns, cheese, pickles, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, potato and macaroni salad, chips, fruit, pop, water and ice cream sandwiches, while Property Manager Elliot Lusk grilled enough burgers (beef and veggie) and hotdogs to feed 50 people.

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With the weather being perfect at 67° and sunny, staff from Holladay Properties, Holladay Construction Group, Edward Jones and Northern Indiana Federal Community Defenders soon began arriving to enjoy a delicious meal under the sun.

2018-08-30 Cookout 1Pictured left to right: Accountant Karen Tighe, Commercial Maintenance Technician Diego Vasquez, Administrative Assistant Shelby Seifer and Partner, and Vice President of Property Management Jackie Green.

Around 40 people attended the cookout, including our President and CEO John Phair! Needless to say, it was a great success.

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Pictured left to right: Maintenance Technician Jeff Lindamood, Accountant Sue Christman, Human Resources Director Maureen Johnson, Accountant Todd Topolski, Office Manager and Executive Assistant Amanda Domalewski, Development Analyst and Asset Manager Wills Gardner, President and CEO John Phair, Property Manager Elliot Lusk, and Residential Maintenance Technician Kurt Palmer.

2018-08-30 Cookout 3Pictured left to right: Development Analyst and Asset Manager Wills Gardner, President and CEO John Phair, Property Manager Elliot Lusk, Residential Maintenance Technician Kurt Palmer, Accountant Karen Tighe, Commercial Maintenance Technician Diego Vasquez, and Administrative Assistant Shelby Seifer.

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Pictured left to right: Accountant Todd Toposlki, Accounts Payable Supervisor Sue Christman, Property Manager Elliot Lusk, Office Manager and Executive Assistant Amanda Domalewski, Human Resources Director Maureen Johnson, Accountant Melissa Fowler-Nelson, Development Analyst and Asset Manager Wills Gardner, and President and CEO John Phair.

You must be wondering: When’s the next Holladay Properties foodie event?

You won’t have to wait too long! Our Indianapolis office is hosting a Food Truck Event on September 5th from 11 AM – 2 PM. If you’re in the AmeriPlex or Decatur Township area, feel free to stop by and enjoy delectable handhelds from Edward’s Dashboard Diner!

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