Leaders in Our Midst

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BY: CASSANDRA SPRIGG, ASSISTANT PROPERTY MANAGER – SOUTH BEND

At Holladay Properties, we strive to be leaders in our industry. This is not only done through our corporate contributions to the landscapes of our communities, but also through our commitment to encouraging our employees to seek out opportunities to advance in their education and help mold the next generation of real estate professionals. Inspired by this mission, three members of our South Bend Property Management team recently committed to new leadership roles which will shape the industry in their region.

For many years, our Property Management division has been involved with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®). This global organization consists of over 20,000 real estate professionals seeking to advance the trade. Through IREM®, property managers and their companies earn distinct credentials that establish them as leaders in both residential and commercial real estate. This includes the Certified Property Manager (CPM®), Accredited Residential Manager (ARM®), Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM®) and Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designations. By providing resources and courses, professionals are able to keep up to speed in their field, gain influential contacts and relationships, and manage their portfolios with the tools to achieve great success.

2018-11-13 Induction 2Attendees of the IREM Chapter 100 Annual Meeting, including Holladay Properties staff: Jackie Green, Cassie Sprigg, Elliot Lusk and Christine Urbanski.

IREM® is devised of regional chapters which are managed by teams of elected, local officers who can speak to the educational needs of their communities. On Tuesday, November 13th, Vice President of Property Management Jackie Green, Director of Business Development Elliot Lusk, and Assistant Property Manager Cassie Sprigg were honored by accepting key leadership roles in their regional Chapter 100, which consists of members from the towns of South Bend, Fort Wayne, Valparaiso, Chesterton, Griffith, Merrillville, LaPorte, Plymouth, Napanee and Hobart.

A distinct honor, Jackie Green was elected as the President of Chapter 100. As President, she will be responsible for presiding all meetings of the chapter and its executive council, and attending the IREM® regional and national conferences, overseeing the implementation of a carefully thought-out strategic plan, voting on committees, and working with the Association Executive to plan relevant tours and educational programs to advance the mission and success of the chapter. Her term will be 2 years, after which her successor will take over.

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Mary Baker and Jackie Green

As Vice President of IREM® Chapter 100, Elliot Lusk’s duties will include attending all chapter and executive council meetings, and presiding over them when Jackie is unable to, assisting her with implementing chapter goals, attending the IREM® national conferences, helping to ensure the recruitment of new members, and working with the Association Executive to plan events. He is also tasked with being Jackie’s successor to the Presidency, when her 2-year term is up.

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Elliot Lusk and Christine Urbanski

Finally, Cassie Sprigg was appointed as Chapter 100’s Association Executive (IAE®). She will serve as the primary contact, meeting planner, and administrative coordinator for the chapter. She will maintain all files, registrations and records for members, provide information on educational programs and plan tours and events, administrate webinars for members, attend all meetings and the IREM® national conferences, participate in Chapter Leader and IAE conference calls, coordinate the development of the chapter newsletter, and offer support to the President and Vice President.

“It is an incredible honor that our little group was elected by our peers to lead our regional chapter,” remarked Cassie. “We look forward to doing our best to help our chapter grow, and advance the education of our fellow real estate professionals.”

We are proud of our employees’ commitment to being leaders, and are confident that they will do a fantastic job in their new roles with IREM® Chapter 100.

Please join us in congratulating Jackie, Elliot and Cassie on this amazing achievement!

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And the Winners Are…

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BY: CASSANDRA SPRIGG, ASSISTANT PROPERTY MANAGER & SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR – SOUTH BEND

A tradition exists every fall that draws employees in from around Michiana to compete in a battle for glory and bragging rights…

The Annual Chili Cookoff.

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On Wednesday, October 7th, Holladay Properties’ South Bend office hosted the event at the Holladay-owned Hilton Garden Inn on State Road 933. A group of 16 chefs comprised of employees from the South Bend and Portage commercial offices, as well as Maple Lane Apartments and West Jefferson Apartments, competed in the 2-tiered competition for the titles of Best Chili and Best Dessert.

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Competitors arrived at 10:30 AM to drop off their dishes, in hopes of a victory. The Chili Cookoff Committee led by Amanda Domalewski, Melissa Fowler-Nelson, Cassie Sprigg, Shelby Seifer and Diane Sopczynski then removed the chilies from their crockpots, carefully placing them in unmarked chaffing dishes, so that the judging would be impartial. Desserts were also put out and prepared for distribution to the judges.

The first tier of the cookoff involved a panel of 6 judges who were charged with awarding a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place dish based on their scores for the following:

CHILI
Appearance, aroma, consistency, initial taste and aftertaste

DESSERT
Appearance, taste, difficulty and creativity

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Judges Elliot Lusk and Mary Baker
With the judge’s tasting complete, it was time to open the dishes for general audience review. Employees were able to sample each chili and dessert, and then vote for one of each item to win the coveted People’s Choice award.
After filling their stomachs to the brim, the results were in:

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1st Place – Melissa Morin
2nd Place – Wills Gardner
3rd Place – Shasta Kreighbaum
People’s Choice – Shasta Kreighbaum

DESSERT
1st Place – Kathy Williams
2nd Place – Cassie Sprigg
3rd Place – Lauren Quiett
People’s Choice – Cassie Sprigg

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Winners Melissa Morin, Cassie Sprigg, Kathy Williams, Shasta Kreighbaum and Wills Gardner

Our winners now not only have bragging rights for the year, but also several fun prizes including PTO, gift-cards, hotel stays, etc. to enjoy as their spoils.

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Fun was had by all at the event, and we can’t wait until next year’s competition.

Congratulations to our winners!

Shasta: The Residential Guru

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BY: Cassandra Sprigg, Assistant Property Manager/Social Media Coordinator – South Bend
Shasta Kreighbaum, Residential Specialist – South Bend

Operating as The Holladay Corporation, Holladay Properties’ developed its first Midwest residential community in 1967, with the creation of West Jefferson Apartments in Mishawaka. In 1986, we began developing Maple Lane Apartments in Elkhart. Over the years, these two communities have thrived, maintaining steady, high occupancy rates. Inspired by their success, we recently started development on our newest additions: The Promenade at Founders Square in Portage, IN and Burlington Station Luxury Residences in Downers Grove, IL. Opening for occupancy within just a few months of one another, it soon became clear that our newly-doubled portfolio required a special candidate to oversee the operations of our residential communities. Thankfully, we just so happened to already have someone who fit that profile on our staff: Shasta Kreighbaum.

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Recently, we sat down with Shasta to learn a bit about how she came to Holladay, her new responsibilities and what she plans to bring to company as our Residential Specialist.

Hi Shasta! Congratulations on the new position! Please describe your role:

As the Residential Specialist my primary duty is to help our residential property managers oversee our residential communities in Indiana and Illinois. In addition to working with the Vice President of Property Management to develop company policies and procedures, I am also responsible for recruiting and training talented property managers and leasing agents, reviewing the financial performances of each property, and assisting the property managers with coordinating capital improvements and maintaining their communities to the highest of standards.

How long have you worked for Holladay Properties and what was your previous position?

I started at Holladay in 2008 as a part-time leasing consultant for Maple Lane Apartments in Elkhart. Prior to that, I was a stay-at-home Mom and a waitress. I was not familiar with the company when I was hired. Then, I heard of an opportunity for a part-time position that would allow me the flexibility to still be able to be there for my children when they were growing up. As a leasing consultant, my job was to promote the community and the rental of apartments, and assist residents with their needs.

How did you move into the role of Residential Specialist?

About a year ago, I emailed Jackie [Vice President of Property Management] stating that I was ready for a new challenge. When the Promenade at Founders Square was in need of help, I jumped at the chance to assist with whatever was needed. Soon, I was asked to help with Burlington Station and the development of our residential manual, and the rest was history!

What do you love most about your work?

Customer service has always been a part of my life. My ability to develop a rapport with all walks of life, allows me to better serve others, which is something I enjoy.

When you are not at work, what can you be found doing?

I love spending time with my friends, family, 2 dogs (Bruno & Karlee) and cat (Bella). I also really enjoy cooking and eating.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I am so glad that I took the leap, and applied to be a leasing agent 10 years ago. I’ve loved learning with the company, and look forward to growing for many years to come. I’m very proud to be a member of team Holladay Properties!

Shasta is now based out of the South Bend corporate office, but travels weekly to Portage and Downers Grove to perform her duties as our Residential Specialist. We have been thoroughly impressed by the knowledge she has brought to the table, and her positivity and willingness to help has been infectious.

Please join us in congratulating Shasta on her new position!

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.

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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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BY: JESSICA VARGAS, PROJECT ARCHITECT & AMANDA WATSON, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING – PORTAGE

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.

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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!

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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!

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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 jvargas@holladayproperties.com or (219) 841-6393.

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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 rmalouhos@jachicago.org or call (219) 263-9843.

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

Holladay Lives United 2019

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BY: SHELBY SEIFER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – SOUTH BEND
CASSANDRA SPRIGG, ASSISTANT PROPERTY MANAGER & SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR – SOUTH BEND

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.

Remember:

Our donations have the power to change lives.

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