Getting Fit in the New Year


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At Holladay Properties, we are encouraged to achieve success, not only in regards to our work, but also to our overall health. Employees can often be found participating in friendly competitions, such as the Biggest Winner and Walking Club, entering into 3k and 5k races, and completing health coaching offered through our health insurance provider. This year, to further inspire employees to live a healthier lifestyle, Holladay has added a new, 52-week program to assist us in our weight-loss/healthy living goals: Real Appeal.


So, what is Real Appeal?

According to its website, the Real Appeal Program is designed, “to spark the transformation that’s possible in all of us.” This is done through attending weekly online group classes, working with a Transformation Coach, using the tools provided in the Success Kit, and tracking progress through a phone application.

How does it work?

In the weekly group classes, participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with and receive support from others following the Real Appeal program. The Transformation coaches then work with each individual to develop a simple plan that fits their goals and preferences. When not attending sessions or speaking with their coach, participants are encouraged to use the recipes, weight scales (food), fitness guides, exercise bands, and various other products included in the Success Kit to help them to eat healthier and be more physically active. The phone application allows participants to track their food intake, activity and weight to see their overall progress.

Who can sign up?

There are 2 requirements: 1) The employee and/or their spouse must be on Holladay Properties’ UMR health insurance. 2) Their Body Mass Index (BMI) must be 23 points or higher.

How much does it cost?

It is FREE! Holladay Properties is generously sponsoring the program, making it free for anyone eligible to participate. This includes all products in the Success Kit!

Is it really worth it to sign up?

The website indicates that, “…losing as little as 3% or 5% body weight can improve a person’s health.” Also, “4 out of 5 of our-at risk members who participated in the program lost an average of 10 lbs. after attending 4 online classes.” Most of us would like to lose a few pounds, and improve our health. Why not take advantage of this no-cost program that gives you all of the tools and motivation you need to do so?

Registration for the Real Appeal program begins on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. For more information, and instructions on how to sign up, visit:!




Spreading Cheer: The 2017 Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party


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On Tuesday, December 19th, as part of the 2017 Holladay Day of Service, volunteers from Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction Groups’ South Bend office hosted the annual Boys & Girls’ Club Christmas Party at LaSalle Elementary School. Sporting “ugly” Christmas sweaters, the volunteers entertained children from Kindergarten through 6th grade with a pizza party, carol singing, M&M’s bingo, marshmallow snowmen and gingerbread house building, and a Reindeer Relay.

2017 BGC Party 1

The reindeer relay consisted of a series of 7 tasks that teams of 4 had to complete. The first team member had to spin around with their forehead against a wrapping paper roll, before putting an ornament on a spoon and delivering it to their team’s stocking, safely. The second team member was then tasked with wrapping a “gift” as fast as possible, then trying to unwrap it with mittens on. Next, the third team member had to put a balloon between their legs and “Penguin Waddle” to the “Santa Limbo” line, where they had to place the balloon under their shirt and limbo without their Santa belly touching the limbo ribbon. Finally, the fourth player, without using their hands, had to cook 3 candy canes, using 1 in their mouth.

Enjoy more photos from the event, below!

2017 BGC Party 7– First thing first: dinner time!

2017 BGC Party 5
– 64 students went through 24 pizzas!

2017 BGC Party 3– Property Manager, Melissa Morin, and Maintenance Technician, Kurt Palmer, were there representing West Jefferson Apartments.

2017 BGC Party 2– HCG Project Coordinator, Erica Lawson, led her team of 5th graders to a win, with their Christmas village!

2017 BGC Party 6– Partner and CEO, John Phair, and his team got creative and presented their masterpiece, dubbed “Hotel Gumdrop.”

The Christmas Spirit is Alive in South Bend…


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By: Cassandra Sprigg
Social Media Coordinator – South Bend, IN

The spirit of giving has always been rich at Holladay Properties. This is especially true during the Christmas season. For the past few years, we have held raffles to raise money for local charities, collected groceries and items of necessity for pantries, and collected monetary donations for our communities during our annual holiday party. This year, under the encouragement of company President, John Phair, the South Bend office will be doing things a bit differently.

On Tuesday, December 19th, we will be sponsoring at Day of Service. Employees will be able to participate in any one or all of the following ways, by:

  1. Donating an unwrapped gift for a child up to age 12 for Toys for Tots.
  2. Distributing donations to families in need for the Salvation Army.
  3. Hosting a Christmas party for the Boys & Girls Club at LaSalle Elementary School, a Holladay holiday tradition.

Over the past week, the office has collected several toys for the Toys for Tots drive. Those who have chosen to participate in the distribution will be at the Kroc Center from 12:00 – 5:00 PM on the Day of Service, working with the Salvation Army to hand out the collected toys, food, and other necessities to 2,000 people in need in St. Joseph County. Just under half of the South Bend office staff have signed up to participate in this event, with some also volunteering for the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party.

2016 BGC 2

At the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party, volunteers will distribute pizza, sing carols, build marshmallow snowmen and gingerbread houses, play holiday bingo, and participate in a Reindeer Relay with students from LaSalle Elementary School. The event seeks to bring Christmas cheer to children whose families might not have the means to celebrate the holiday at home. 21 Holladay volunteers will be participating at the event from 3:30 – 5:30 PM on December 19th, our largest group yet!

As John recently stated, “While our Holladay holiday party is on Thursday, December 21st, we also want to take time out to remember the true meaning of Christmas – giving to others.” By giving back to the community, the employees of Holladay Properties truly demonstrate a commitment to excellence.


The Works of Vivian Maier to Adorn the Walls of Burlington Station


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In 2007 at a nursing home in Chicagoland, Vivian Maier quietly passed away at 83 years old. Unbeknownst to those near her deathbed, Ms. Maier, a lifelong nanny, left behind a treasure trove of nearly 100,000 photographic negatives from her escapades throughout Chicagoland. Ms. Maier used a Rolleiflex, a German-made high-end camera notable for its positioning at the waist, a skyward facing viewfinder allowing the photographer to look down versus at the subject, and larger than typical negative rolls with 6cm x 6cm (square) output (think Instagram today!), to capture her photos.

Vivian Maier 2

Many of Maier’s pictures are abrupt, spontaneous snapshots of life as she saw it, and she often avoided detection due to the nature of how the Rolleiflex operates. Subjects range from the homeless, to the children she cared for, to bustling streescapes. Interestingly, Ms. Maier, while clearly not a sufferer of vanity, took countless “selfies”, many of her shadow or her reflection cast in interesting poses, to create artistic effects. These effects established her style as unique to the photography of her era.

Adding interest to the mystique, Ms. Maier rarely developed her photographs. How could she have known what was working, and what was not? Perhaps it was of no consequence to her. Perhaps, with her income as a nanny, she could not afford to develop her pictures. Whatever the cause may have been, it was only after her work went “viral” in the late 2000’s that the art world begin to appreciate the depth of her collection, and sheer, spectacular nature of what it contained.

Vivian Maier

Roberta Smith, writing for the New York Times, encapsulated Ms Maier’s body of work stating that she “may add to the history of 20th-century street photography by summing it up with an almost encyclopedic thoroughness, veering close to just about every well-known photographer you can think of, including Weegee, Robert Frank and Richard Avedon, and then sliding off in another direction. Yet they maintain a distinctive element of calm, a clarity of composition and a gentleness characterized by a lack of sudden movement or extreme emotion.”

Holladay Properties, in celebration of our history with Chicago, and in our embrace of the arts, have acquired 21 individual Vivian Maier prints to adorn the walls of Burlington Station Luxury Residences, our new apartment community in Downtown Downers Grove, IL. While we hope residents will have the same sense of enthusiasm and excitement upon uncovering this “hidden gem”, we are overjoyed to be able to participate in sharing the story of Vivian Maier, both in this blog, and in the photographic prints that we have acquired.

To learn more about Ms. Maier and her photographs, visit:

Photographs courtesy of LIP International.

Recognizing Our People in the Community – Maple Lane Staff


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Maple Lane Apartments, in Elkhart, IN, has made a tradition out of hosting an annual holiday food drive, to collect donations from its residents for the food bank at Church Community Services.


The largest food pantry in Elkhart County, Church Community Services food bank provides food and personal care items to an average of 1,500 families, per month. Residents with incomes below 185% of the Federal poverty line are eligible to shop for free groceries at the pantry, once every 30 days. Items are donated by churches, schools, businesses, individuals and the United States Department of Agriculture. Food is also obtained through the Food Bank of Elkhart County, Seed to Feed, and food wholesalers.

Though the individuals and families who visit the Church Community Services pantry are in need, year-round, the staff of Maple Lane host their food drive during the holiday season, to help ease the extra burden that occurs at this time of year.

On average, Maple Lane Apartments collects between 400-700 lbs of groceries and personal care items for the Church Community Services food pantry, during their annual food drive. Last year, through the generosity of its residents, the staff of Maple Lane delivered over 600 lbs.

Maple Lane’s 2017 food drive began on November 1st and will end on December 21st. Preferred items for donation, include:

  • Low sodium, hearty soups and stews
  • Low sodium canned vegetables
  • Low sugar canned fruit
  • Whole grain pasta and rice
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Personal care items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Baby items: diapers, baby food

To drop off a donation at Maple Lane, visit the main office during normal business hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, or Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. Maple Lane is located at:

2001 Sugar Maple Lane
Elkhart, IN 46514

To learn more about the Church Community Services food bank, or donate directly, visit .

Thankful for…2017


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We want to to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. In honor of the holiday, we’re sharing another inspiring edition of our popular “Thankful for…” series! Continue reading below for some sincere reflections from employees representing offices throughout our company about what they are thankful for this year. Enjoy!

Marcy-Coffman“Always, I am thankful that we live in a country where we are free to work, play, and think as we choose. We are blessed to have fun, loving, and supportive family and friends. And, I am grateful that my husband (Donnie) and I are fortunate to have jobs that we like, that provide us with a great life and good health to enjoy it.

In 2017, I am thankful that our daughter married her best friend in July in the mountains of Colorado (photo was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park), and they are building a bright future together. And that our son is raising our 2-year-old grandson with family values and an appreciation for the beautiful outdoors. I am grateful that we checked off bucket list items by going to the Daytona 500 and visiting Savannah, Hilton Head, and Charleston this year. But I am mostly blessed to have the physical and emotional strength to support the many family and friends currently dealing with personal challenges.”

– Marcy Coffman
Office Manager (Nashville, TN))

Derek-Naber“I am thankful for my growing family (Halloween photo 2017) with new baby Naber due in early December!

Looking forward to a fun and exciting holidays here at the end of the year!

Plus a lack of sleep…”

– Derek Naber, LEED AP®ND
Developer (Indianapolis, IN)


Benton-Smothers“I’m thankful for:

  • Health
  • Good family
  • My darling wife Stuart
  • The vodka martini
  • Electricity
  • Capitalism
  • Bodies of water
  • American history
  • Challenges and learning through experience
  • Mulligans
  • The smell of freshly cut grass
  • My sidekick and chief wingnut of our family, our retriever Lily (pictured at 8 weeks and about 60 lbs lighter)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”

– Benton Smothers
Vice President – Development (Nashville, TN)

“I am Thankful for –

  • the unwavering love and support of family and friends;
  • the joys and challenges of being a husband / father / coach;
  • the opportunity to become part of the Holladay Properties Team and the warm welcome I have received; and
  • health, happiness and peace of mind.

Wishing one and all a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!”

– A. J. Monroe
Vice President – Planning & Development (Portage, IN)

Kathy-William“20 things I am thankful for

  1. My husband. He is the most remarkable, caring, handsome man I’ve ever met. I am truly grateful for all he has brought to my life.
  2. My son. He is my biggest blessing. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
  3. My family. They are my foundation and very often my voice of reason.
  4. Love. It’s completely enchanting and amazing, isn’t it?
  5. Music. It speaks to my soul. It is my escape.
  6. Freedom. I am SO lucky to live in a country that offers so much freedom.
  7. My job. I love what I do and who I do it with. Holladay and the people within are incredible.
  8. Health. Having good health allows me to freely participate in life. My life would be drastically different without it.
  9. Ability to travel. So much to see, so little time. As many of you know, I work in order to fund my travels. I love the feeling of discovering new places.
  10. Dogs. They are amazing creatures – I love you, Bella.
  11. Laughte There is little better in this world than the sound of laughter.
  12. Sunshine. Ahhh the feeling of sunshine on my face. We haven’t seen near enough of it lately and I miss it greatly!!!
  13. Patience. Something I strive for in my daily life and something I pray that others have for me.
  14. Photographs. A picture is worth a thousand words. There is nothing quite like a brilliant image to capture a moment.
  15. Honesty. It really is the best policy.
  16. Loyalty. Is the most important quality you can have.
  17. Kindness. Even the smallest act or word can change a day around…
  18. Peace. Something I seek day in and day out and constantly hope for in this world.
  19. Nature. In all of its glory, brings me the greatest peace.
  20. My God. That He died for me, is always there for me, provides me with unfailing love, never gives up on me and represents a power so awesome that its force cannot and will not be stopped on earth.”

– Kathy Williams
Director of Administration (South Bend, IN)

What are you thankful for this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!