Homestead U is making the turn!

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It’s that time of the year again! That magical time when many of our residents are moving on, others make the wise decision to stay for another awesome year of residence, and many new faces are starting fresh at Homestead U. Some call it “Turns” others call it “Rush” – whatever you call it, we know it’s our time to shine. That means more man hours and a lot of elbow grease from the Homestead U team.

Repairs, painting, cleaning, scrubbing, moving furniture, landscaping, more cleaning, organizing residents, organizing vendors, fielding concerns, and welcoming our new residents are just the beginning of the tasks our teams do during this crazy time of year. “For some of you, this is the hardest you have ever worked. It will push you to your max, both physically and mentally, and STILL be one of the COOLEST things you have ever done!” says Ally Herron, Director of Operations.

As we prepare for the next school year at our communities, all of us at the home office are grateful for our teams out in the trenches. You are the reason residents come to live at Homestead U, and the reason so many of them decide to stay! “For those of you who have never done turn before, WELCOME TO THE CLUB!  Only those who have done it and survived it, will ever truly get it,” says Herron.

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Employee Spotlight: Austin Lewis

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Name: Austin Lewis

Job Title: Jack of all trades

Property: The Cottages of College Station

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: One year and one month.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: I was working in construction.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Houston, TX.

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Hiking and golf.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: Be more sociable.

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? Guy Purington, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: JJ Watt, a Houston Texans football player.

9.) What is your dream vacation?: Going to New Zealand.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My phone.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? Assisting in the set up of Office 365 and Sharepoint for the company.

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Photos: 2017 HA Summer Outing

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The 2017 Ben Franklin Awards

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The overall winners of the Homestead America Ben Franklin contest for 2017….

Best Curb Appeal goes to 

         OLDE TOWNE APARTMENTS!

Congratulations to Rae and Scott (and thanks to all of you that helped in Scott’s absence.)

Olde Towne has that fresh and crisp look and feel we strive for.  Has a very homey yet “resort style” look to it.  Rae even still had her clippers out and branches in her hand when we arrived. “You always find one more thing when you are looking at the small details”

Best Team Effort goes to 

          CENTURY CITY APARTMENTS!

Congratulations to Dustin, Junior, Val, Cheryl, Annette, Carlee, Ed, Walt, Vondale and Terry!

Having a less than shoestring budget did not stop this team from beautifying their community.  They took out many trees (with help from the project days’ teams), they pulled out rose bushes and replanted to the front, painted, primed and shined.  

I would be remiss not to mention all of the maintenance team members that continued the tradition of “project days” and helped out at each others’ communities.  Great team effort!  Special Honorary Mention to Majid who did not miss a single project day!

It made my heart swell with pride to drive around with the owner of our company, great to watch his smile, and have you show off your beautiful communities.  The hard work really showed. GREAT JOB! – Jennifer Cooper, VP of Operations for Homestead America

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Meet Jennifer Conley

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Name: Jennifer Conley

Job Title: Homestead U Regional Manager

Jennifer Conley joins the Homestead U Team as a Regional Manager for the midwest and southern regions. Conley is originally from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, but she grew up in Tampa, Florida.

Jennifer studied elementary education at Florida Atlantic University and started working in multi family in 2004 in the Tampa bay area, working on several new developments/initial lease ups before getting into student housing in 2009. She started her student career with the dinnerstein companies in Tampa Florida as a general manager for a 722 bed purpose built student property. That property was acquired by campus Advantage in 2010 and she continued to manage it until 2013 when she was relocated to Gainesville, FL to manage a 1488 bed property serving the university of Florida. When that property sold in January 2015, Conley became a regional manager and most recently managed a portfolio of 7 properties in 6 markets with a mix of owned and 3rd party assets. “I would say my areas of expertise include initial lease ups, acquisitions and third party client relations” said Conley. 

When Jennifer is not working she enjoys doing anything outside. She likes to spend her weekends with her husband and kids in the Florida sun fishing on their boat, or at the happiest place on earth-Disney! 

“I’m so excited for this new chapter in my career and  to be joining the incredible homestead team!!”

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Employee Spotlight: Shana Osborne

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Name: Shana Osborne

Job Title: Assistant Property Manager

Property: Shaker Square

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: 7 Fantastic Years

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: I was at University Village.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Ironton, Ohio.

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Irish Step Dancing and Reading.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: I would tell myself to not let the mean kids get to me. And that being “weird” is actually a childish way of saying that you are a “unique individual.”

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? My granny, because I didn’t get enough time with her and she is the reason I drink coffee. Also, my brother, Chris, and Walt Disney.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: Matt Lauer, and it wasn’t a great experience.

9.) What is your dream vacation?: To travel all around the United States to visit all of the National Parks, and all of the odd side road attractions, like the World’s Largest Frying Pan and the Cabazon Dinosaurs.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: Pizza.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? Hosting the Ben Franklin Kick-Off Party this year! Watching the entire HA team that was at the party, laughing as they played the “Saran Wrap Game.”

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Angie’s Corner: Enjoy the small prizes.

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Most of us miss out on life’s big prizes. The Pulitzer, The Nobel, Oscars, The World Cup. But, we’re all eligible for life’s smaller prizes… a pat on the back, a kiss behind the ear, a four-pound bass, a full moon, an empty parking space, a crackling fire, a great meal, a glorious sunset, hot soup, a cold beer.

Angie Tsitouris is the Director of First Impressions at Homestead. Each month she will share a little life wisdom.

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Employee Spotlight: Kelly Yarter

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Name: Kelly Yarter

Job Title: Leasing Consultant

Property: The Ranch at Star Pass

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: Almost 3 years.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Working in aviation.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Odessa, TX. Home of Friday Night Lights!

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Crafts and garage sale shopping.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: “Trust your instincts.”

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? Jesus, my late grandma, Georgia, and John Wayne.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: I’ll pick Sydney Pollack, because we actually became friends.

9.) What is your dream vacation?: Dubai and stay in the Burj Al Arab.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My lipstick/balm.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? A dad came in as his son was moving out, to thank me for being here for him. He gave me a thank you card with a Cold Stone Creamery gift card inside.

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Angie’s Corner: Carpe Diem

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Appreciate the small things and be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today, younger people are about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy, wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother or best friend, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.

Angie Tsitouris is the Director of First Impressions at Homestead. Each month she will share a little life wisdom.

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