Our Hidden Gem – The Hays Advocate


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Everyone knows that dealing with health insurance issues can be time consuming, from something as simple as finding an in-network physician to understanding how deductibles are applied.

But did you know that any Holladay employee on any of our health insurance plans has an advocate in The Hays Group?  The Hays Advocate is another wonderful benefit that is offered to our employees to provide administrative support services.

What all can they help with?  Listed below are just some of the topics they can assist with:

  • Answering company-specific benefits questions
  • Being the go-between our employees and our health insurance providers
  • Finding a doctor or specialist
  • Researching an employee’s (or dependents’) out-of-pocket responsibilities
  • Uncovering charges incorrectly applied to deductibles

Our employees can contact our Hays Advocate at (877) 936-3775 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Don’t let health insurance issues complicate your life!  Contact our Hays Advocates, our hidden gem, and they will be more than happy to help you!

25 Things We Love About Holladay Properties


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As part of their holiday celebrations, our Florida Region employees were asked what they loved about working for Holladay. Here are their answers.25-things_image

  1. One of the many things that I love about our company is the fact that I don’t feel like just a number. It’s refreshing to see that there’s still a company in today’s day and age, that’s on a large scale that shows it has humanity..– Joshua DuCharme, 5 years property mgmt. experience, 2 months with Holladay

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2. We have an amazing Leader, Mrs. Jackie Fermin. – Jimena Ortiz, 1-1/2 years property
mgmt. experience, 1-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. Diverse or diversity, welcoming. – Francisco Fermin, 16 years construction mgmt. experience, 1-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. Great people, great work environment, great company. – Brian Swisher, 9-1/2 years property mgmt. experience, 9-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. My Team! – Kelly Vasquez, 3-1/2 years property mgmt. experience, 3-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. Sense of family. – Brian Wilcox, 11 years property mgmt. experience, 6 years with Holladay

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  1. I love that since day one of joining Holladay, I have been treated with much love and respect. Working here doesn’t feel like working at just any ordinary job, the Holladay team is more of a family than just a group of coworkers. – Ernesto Sanchez, 5 years property mgmt. experience, 1 year with Holladay

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  1. Their “Family First” mindset. – Henry Rodriguez, 20 years property mgmt. experience, 4 years with Holladay

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  1. Family oriented company” From day one I learned this about the company. It is something that is really appreciated from me as an employee. Knowing that if a family event ever goes on; I will have the availability to run and be with them. Also, all the resources we have to get the job done. We all know for sure that there is always someone on different departments at the end of the other line ready to assist us. i.e. I.T, Human Resources, communications, Re-Lynx, accounting, director of engineering and of course a Director of Management. – Antonio Betancurt, 18 years property mgmt. experience, 6 years with Holladay

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  1. Management is always approachable. (and we have a fabulous boss!) – Jackie Villamayor, 25 years property mgmt. experience, 2 years with Holladay

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  1. The opportunity to be part of the team. – Omar Pinto, 13 years property mgmt. experience, 2 years with Holladay

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  1. Our Florida team as well as our overall Nashville Holladay team. I certainly know enough to know that I don’t know it all. I feel our team works well together, providing knowledge, support, and works well together to accomplish our goals to provide excellence to our tenants. It’s been a pleasure to get to know everyone and I look forward to working closely with our FL team for many years to come – Matt Poncy, 1-1/2 years property mgmt. experience, 1-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. They never let me down!! – Louis Montoya, 30 years property mgmt. experience, 10 years with Holladay

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  1. The gratitude towards Employees not only during the Holidays also throughout the year. Thanks Holladay Properties. – Roberto Jimenez- 20 years property mgmt. experience, 2-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. The continued outreach to employees by Holladay Properties with regard to the Holladay Monday emails, available training whether with budgets or new maintenance procedures or program, company benefits, structure, feedback; all of the items combined builds moral in all Holladay departments and created employee retention. – Catherine Hernandez, 21 years property mgmt. experience, 7 months with Holladay

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  1. The opportunity to learn more day to day with the support of Jim, Jeff, Francisco, Jacqueline, Jessie etc. and the way that this great team works. – Pedro Loriga, 2 years property mgmt. experience, 5 months with Holladay

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  1. I love the support that I receive from each person on the team and the teamwork! I also love my – Jessie Casselman, 13 years property mgmt. experience, 6 months with Holladay

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  1. I love that we are asked for our opinion, and we are allowed to speak our mind without fear. I love being a part of something larger that makes a difference. I love that everyone cares and that we have flexibility when needed. I also love that my job challenges me every day in different ways. I guess that’s like four things! LOL! Point is I love HOLLADAY and my Boss! – Melissa Morales, 10 years property mgmt. experience, 2 years with Holladay

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  1. I love that Holladay encourages involvement in our local Professional Organization, and supplements monies toward Professional designations. – Carol Harp, 10 years property mgmt. experience, 2 years with Holladay

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  1. The Florida management team. – Jim Robinson, 1-1/2 years property mgmt. experience, 1-1/2 years with Holladay

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  1. Constant support, family mentality and tools to succeed as a TEAM! – Jacqueline Fermin, 20 years property mgmt. experience, 6 years with Holladay

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  1. Support. – Abe Suarez, 8 years property mgmt. experience, 8 years with Holladay

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  1. I love that I have support from others. I am able to reach out when needed. – Malana Ford, 8 years property mgmt. experience, 2 months with Holladay

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  1. I love that my co-workers & management team are social, knowledgeable & caring. I feel that I have the appropriate backing from my supervisors. – Camilo Basail, 20 years property mgmt. experience, 10 years with Holladay

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  1. I enjoy the freedom extended to me to complete my For instance, there’s no one looking over my shoulder asking me why I chose Southwest Airlines when American is cheaper. – Jeff Howell, 6 years property mgmt. experience, 6 years with Holladay

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Recognizing Our People in the Community – Jacqueline Fermin


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 Jacqueline Fermin is the Director of Property Management for Holladay’s Florida region. She recently participated in the TCS New York City Marathon where she raised over $20,000 for Team World Vision.

Team World Vision empowers individuals to help change lives around the world. Participants can dedicate races to raising awareness and funds for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Runners can join teams, get training advice, and choose their races while making a positive impact and transforming lives.

Teammates recently ran the TCS New York City Marathon to save children from trafficking and abuse by raising funds to provide healing support such as counseling, shelter, and assistance in reintegrating them into family and society. World Vision has restored nearly 8,500 child survivors through their humanitarian efforts.

In 2015, 84% of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need. Learn more about this program at  https://www.worldvision.org/.

Thankful for…2016


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On behalf of everyone at Holladay Properties and all of our affiliates, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! In the spirit of the holiday, we are offering our third installment of our “Thankful for…” series that started in 2014. Continue reading to be delighted by this year’s reflections of employees from all over our company about what they are thankful for this year. Enjoy!

“I am thankful to have such an amazing sister. We recently celebrated her 50th birthday in Indianapolis with two life-long friends. The stories and highlights of the evening will be laughed at for years to come. She’s been an amazing mentor and friend my whole life. I’ve always looked up to her and appreciate the sisterly advice. My favorite is ‘Accessories are the key to a finished look’.  She makes me whole and I can’t imagine life without her. I’m very fortunate to have a sister like her.”

– Manette Tepe
Partner, Sr. VP-Development (South Bend)

“I am thankful for many life blessings but, several elevate to the top of my list. First and foremost I am thankful for my wife Lyn. 2016 marked her fifth year in remission of breast cancer and our 25th wedding anniversary. She was diagnosed in August 2011 and required too-many-to-wish-upon-anyone infusion treatments, and multiple invasive surgeries to champion the cancer.  My life is now measured in the daily blessings of having her at my side, and it will never be taken for granted.  The next top of the list is, of course, my three children: 23, 20, and 19 years of age; two older sons and the youngest our only daughter.   Since each was born, Lyn and I have been blessed by so many great memories of their growing up that they can only be numbered by stars in the sky. Next is God and Country.  With the election finally behind us, I look forward to seeing the fruits of this great nation again being ripened by God’s touch and the day that all AMERICANS can again stand up and be tall as one country and restore the ability for all Americans to dream the unimaginable. Lastly, I am thankful to the entire Holladay Team for the enriching work life and the sense of being that each of you brings to my life.

May each and every one of you and your families find the blessings of giving this holiday season and know that we live in the greatest country on earth.”

– Kelly Manion
Sr. VP-Property Management (Nashville)

“I am thankful for the love and support of my family and good friends. I am thankful I have a job that is enjoyable, challenging, and ever changing. I am thankful for great co-workers and wonderful clients I get to interact with daily.”

– Jessica Vargas
Project Architect (Portage)

stone“I’m thankful for my health and the continued good health of my family and friends. I am thankful that I have raised two grown children that are independent and who have set out to make their marks on this world. I am thankful that God chose to bless me with twins at the ripe old age of 40, for they are my energy when I have none, they are my eyes and ears for the beauty and excitement that surrounds us daily, they keep me excited and motivated for every day with them. I am thankful for my husband, who loves me unconditionally when I am not always loveable. I am thankful for a fantastic boss and an employer that allows me continued opportunities to grow in my knowledge and experience within the company.  I am thankful to God and all the blessings he bestows upon me and my family. For 18 years, I grew up in 3rd world countries where extreme poverty, sickness, terrorism, and natural disasters were part of my life. So, I am TRULY thankful to live in the USA, and for all the men and women who choose to serve and sacrifice for our great Nation, protecting our freedoms, one Nation under God. I am thankful for my parents and their service to our country, for they allowed my eyes to be opened to other countries, their people, their beauty, their struggles, their happiness, and it has given me greater knowledge than any book or the media could ever provide. I am thankful for the ability to Love, for in a world full of hate, I still choose Love.”

– Melanie Stone
Assistant Project Manager (Virginia)

“I am thankful for hugs and kisses and time with my five children and wonderful wife. I am thankful for the team of individuals I work with every day and who make my job easier because of their strong sense of focus, commitment and optimism. I am thankful that I have been a part of the growth and success of my community and my company. I am grateful to the challenges that present themselves in my personal and professional life everyday that have allowed me to grow and mature as an individual. I am thankful that every day I can make an impact in someone’s life. We should all do our best to ensure that the effects we have are positive and long-lasting. Happy Thanksgiving!”

– Tim Healy
Partner, Sr. VP-Development (Portage)

“I’m ‘Thankful For…’ the many blessing I’ve received during this wonderful journey we refer to as life.  I’m fortunate to have great health and a wonderful family, my husband ‘Dan’ now in our 33rd year of marriage and 2 wonderful sons, Drew and Clay, who I adore (would you expect any other comment from a mom).  I’m thankful to live in the United States and even more fortunate to reside in Tucson where we are able to enjoy the surrounding mountain views with an abundance of sunshine every day. I’m thankful to work for a great company and especially for my co-workers in Tucson, who are respectful and considerate of each other and the ‘Best’ I’ve worked with.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!”

– Sue Frizzel
Director of Property Management-Arizona (Nashville)

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

WoodSpring Suites Darien Grand Opening Celebration


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On October 11, Holladay Properties celebrated the Grand Opening of its second WoodSpring Suites extended stay hotel in Darien, IL. We are currently working towards a groundbreaking of our third hotel in Tinley Park, but until then, enjoy these photos from the Darien Grand Opening!


Our newest WoodSpring Suites hotel is located at 951 N. Frontage Road in Darien, IL.


The four-story, 122-room hotel opened to guests in September.


The project is Holladay’s second of 15 planned WoodSpring Suites hotels.


At the ribbon cutting, Tim Healy said a few works on behalf of Holladay Properties. Tim is a Senior Vice President and Partner at Holladay and is leading the WoodSprings developments.


The Mayor of Darien, Kathleen Weaver, was also in attendance and welcome the new WoodSprings Suites to the Village.




The General  Manager of the hotel, Robert Chapin, has the honor of cutting the ribbon.


Holladay Properties staff were on hand to help celebrate including Duffey Phelps, Amanda Watson, Michael Micka, and John Phair.


The staff of the WoodSprings Suites in Romeoville, which opened earlier this year, also came to celebrate in Darien.


The event was catered by Portillo’s…Yum!


The new hotel has many amenities including free high-speed internet.


There is also a fitness center available to all guests.


And, of utmost importance for extended stays, a spacious laundry room.


All rooms are fully furnished.


Guests can choose between a room with a king-size bed, or two queen-size beds.


A Double-Queen room.


All rooms have fully functioning kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, and a stove-top.


Desks for personal and business use, and flat screen TVs offer the comforts of home.


The bathrooms are spacious and clean, too!


The lobby is an inviting retreat away from the guest rooms.

For more information about the hotel, visit the website: https://www.woodspring.com/extended-stay-hotels/locations/illinois/chicago/woodspring-suites-chicago-darien/.




Homes for Sale and the Spillover Effects in a Neighborhood


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By Derek Naber
Project Developer

Wow. Here we are entering the fall of 2016… the last ten months have blown by! At Holladay, we are getting ever closer to bringing new development to Central Greens.

One development target we are focusing on is the creation of new, single-family, for-sale housing at Central Greens (as you can see in the Master Plan below – Section 7, outlined in red).

Central Greens Master Development Plan

Here in Indianapolis, there is no clearer precedent of what for-sale housing can do to a neighborhood than the redevelopment of Fall Creek Place (shown in below photo). In the 1980’s, the neighborhood was locally known as “Dodge City” (referring to the high violence in the area), but with strategic public/private investment, the neighborhood has turned around with a high quality mix of market-rate and affordable housing. The stabilization of the neighborhood has resulted in trickle down growth with the addition of new restaurants, new apartments, and other commercial development.


Bringing it back to Central Greens, we are excited to partner with Compendium Group and Nottingham Realty on the development of 16 single-family homes, 5 townhomes, and 1 duplex. It is anticipated that the development will break ground in the Spring of 2017!


Exterior elevations of the planned, single family homes at Central Greens.

We believe that for-sale housing will further complement the investment that has been made to-date.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in buying a house and visit the Central Greens website for more details!