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.

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.

2018-08-30 Cookout 6Assistant Property Manager Cassie Sprigg organizing the condiments.

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.

2018-08-30 Cookouot 5“Grill-Master” and Property Manager Elliot Lusk firing up the first round of burgers.

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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Who’s Up for a Picnic?


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BY: Marcy Coffman
Executive Assistant/Office Manager – Nashville, TN

On Friday June 15, Holladay Properties employees and their families attended the Mid-South Company Picnic.

For the first time ever all Nashville offices closed at noon so that everyone could gather at Centennial Park by 2:00 p.m. As a result we had 71% participation [those that didn’t attend either had scheduled PTO or a work obligation]. Additionally, Property Manager Patty Doss (Calvert, MD) and her son Matt attended the Picnic to represent the Midwest team.

At the Park Holladay reserved the pavilion with lots of tables and an adjacent grassy area. The covered space was used for table games (two giant Jenga, Uno and other board games) and a jumbo Connect Four; the lawn was suitable for three inflatable structures (bouncy house, baseball challenge, and an obstacle course), two corn hole games, and a Frisbee area.

EVP-Operations Jeff Ottman welcomed everyone to the Picnic and made some announcements. He gave recognition to those with June birthdays as well as re-announced the recent CNL and HCP award winners. Then, he ‘turned the floor’ over
to Candalee Kumar, Lease Administration Manager, to discuss Holladay in the community.

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Candalee explained that our community involvement efforts are going so well that two new ways to honor dedicated volunteers will be rolled out soon. The first of which is a plaque that displays those who have participated at a certain number of opportunities; the name plate will change for each tier achieved (black for 5+ events, silver for 10+, and gold for 20+). The second is a new ‘dedicated volunteer’ t-shirt that was designed by Jayme Baldwin, COI Coordinator. Jeff wrapped up his comments by reading the
names of the 22 Holladay Mid-South Division employees that will celebrate their 10+ year anniversary with the company in 2018.

After the announcements, the group enjoyed a catered barbecue with all the fixin’s, exchanged introductions between family members and guests, and engaged in friendly competition with the games and activities provided. The event began with a typical sweltering heat, but concluded with a quick (20 minute) downpour with high winds and hail. I guess you could say that the Picnic just about had it all!

Gabriel Morales, Accountant, exclaimed “The Picnic was phenomenal. It was a well thought out, organized, fun company/family event. My whole family enjoyed it. Thank you.”

“You did an awesome job! My family had a lot of fun,” said Brianna West, Property Manager (Holladay-owned).

Thank you, Holladay Properties, for supporting the Events Committee (Jayme Baldwin, Marcy Coffman, Candalee Kumar and Micah Williams) in planning and executing a memorable Company Picnic with group interaction, good food, and super-fun
activities. We are happy to report that no serious injuries, no sunburns, and no dehydration resulted from the event!

Caricatures for Character


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At Holladay Properties, we believe it is important to cultivate the talents and strengths of our employees, and acknowledge how each individual’s contributions blend together to create a cohesive and productive work environment. While the South Bend Property Management department has found success with the Gung Ho! method, over the past few years our Mid-South division has been working with Relationship Architects Lori Weir and Shari Strong to bring focus to the employees’ “Talents2Strengths.”

Each month, Lori and Shari host classes for Holladay’s Mid-South Division to encourage them to build upon their strengths, and employ them more efficiently. As Lori explains, these programs are “opportunities to fortify the way that we direct or aim our strengths at what we do and to take our decision-making to yet another level.”

“It has been unique to see how each person’s Top 5 Strengths fit into their personal life as well and their work life,” says Director of Property Management Jackie Fermin. “It has been inspiring to see how each of us balance each other. Some of us have a strength that another doesn’t have, and when we are frustrated we will reach out to one another and say, ‘Hey, can you give me some of your Relator or Achiever or Ideation?”

To celebrate her team’s progress and successes cultivated from participating in the Talents2Strengths programming, Jackie recently ordered pop-art of the Senior Leadership and GEO Team that help her to run the Florida region. Enjoy the pictures below!

      Allen Arender Pop Art     Bill Roden Pop Art
Allen Arender – EVP of Development and Bill Roden – SVP of Asset Management & Finance

Brian Pop Art     Francisco Pop Art
Brian Wilcox – Regional Director of Brokerage and Francisco Fermin – Construction Manager

Grace Peacock Pop Art     JacquelineFerminPopArt
Grace Peacock – CPA, Controller of Healthcare Operations and Jackie Fermin – Director of Property Management

Jeff Howell Pop Art     Jeff Ottman Pop Art
Jeff Howell – Director of Engineering and Jeff Ottman – Partner, EVP of Operations

Kelly Manion     Ken Whitaker Pop Art
Kelly Manion – SVP of Property Management and Ken Whitaker – SVP of Healthcare and Capital Management

Marcy Coffman Pop Art     Tiffany Coursey Pop Art
Marcy Coffman – Executive Assistant/Office Manger and Tiffany Coursey – Human Resources Director

Thank you for being you and for making the Holladay team one of the BEST teams to be a part of!

Always Our Greatest Kid


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April 27th was a night for celebration. Under the soft lighting of the Gillespie Conference & Event Center Ballroom, hundreds of guests watched as President and CEO John Phair rode a green bicycle onstage to accept the award for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County’s “Greatest Big Kid” of 2018.
As everyone knows, John has always had a servant’s heart. Throughout the years, giving back to the community has been a passion of his. This year, one of the ways he chose to give back to St. Joseph County was by participating in the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Greatest Kids Fundraiser. The event paired six local leaders with youths who were nominated for “Youth of the Year,” to raise money in support of the organization which currently serves over 1,100 children in South Bend and Mishawaka. John and his partner, a young man named KaSaun, quickly became friends as they began fundraising as Team Green. Through social media platforms, social gatherings and word-of-mouth, patrons were encouraged to learn more about the wonderful work of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County, and pledge their votes ($50 each)  for Team Green. After a few hard months of fundraising, participants and their guests gathered together to see the results and crown a winner as well as recognize the “Youth of the Year”.
Dressed in vibrant green suits, John and KaSaun arrived at the Gillespie Center on the night of the award ceremony and live auction, excited to see the final results of their efforts. Each team had decorated their tables in their respective colors to show their spirit, and Team Green’s did not disappoint. Their table was adorned with an impressive mountain of bright green glowsticks, and other eyecatching trinkets. Several of our Holladay Properties Partners joined in on the fun, dressed in different shades of green, as well. One – who shall not be named – even donned a ‘Green Man’ costume, to act as a team mascot.
With the completion of the live auction, it was finally time to award the victors. After earning an impressive 1,610 votes, it was announced that Team Green had raised over $80,500, making them the overall winners! John proudly accepted his crystal crown for 2018’s Greatest Big Kid, as the crowd cheered on. “…Lots of laughter and enjoyment was shared by the over 500 guests,” Partner and Sr. Vice President of Development Manette Tepe described of the event. “Not only was the evening a lot of fun but it was a HUGE success. We are still counting but at this time we have raised over $400k!”
We have always known John is a big kid at heart. Now the community knows he is the Greatest.


For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow


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It is always bittersweet when a employee steps into the next phase of his or her life: retirement. That is just what  Tim Baker did at the end of March. After serving the company for 22 years, Tim stepped down from his long-held role as Senior Vice President of Asset Management, transitioning into a new role as a company investor.


As the Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Tim was responsible for maximizing the company’s value to new and existing tenants, preserving company assets and maintaining quality returns to property owners. Tim worked closely with the Property Management department, to ensure tenant and owner satisfaction, while seeking out opportunities for new management contracts and investments. He was instrumental in growing the company from a small, internal team, to one of the fastest growing real estate management firms in the Midwest.

To celebrate his retirement, each of the Indiana branches were invited to a surprise party held on April 11 in South Bend. Under the ruse of his protégé, Wills Gardner, Tim arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Gillespie Center expecting to make a brief stop inside to pick up some “important documents” from John, before heading out for a special “birthday lunch for Wills.” Unbeknownst to him, 90 of his co-workers were anxiously waiting inside of Parlor A to surprise him. The look of pure joy on his face upon opening the doors said it all…


The tables were decorated with teal, silver and purple balloons, as well as ornate bowls filled with handwritten well-wishes and messages for Tim. In the front of the room, a large poster of memories of him overlooked a long buffet table filled with delicious appetizers, Carrabba’s catering, and 3 cakes.


After the guests finished moving through the buffet line, President and CEO John Phair shared stories about Tim, how he came to work for Holladay, and what he has meant to the company. At the end of the event, after all of the messages were collected from the bowls on the tables, Tim was presented with a leatherbound scrapbook which would soon be filled with the kind words of his peers. He was additionally presented with $950 worth of gift certificates to the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, which he and his wife will be sure to enjoy in the coming months.

digCassie Sprigg presenting Tim Baker with his scrapbook.


Joy, tears and lots of laughter filled the hall that afternoon. And while we are sad that we will not see Tim’s smiling face at work every day, we are incredibly excited for his new adventure, and look forward to his frequent visits to the office. It just goes to show you: You can take work away from Tim, but you can’t keep Tim away from Holladay.

Congratulations, Tim!

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