Homestead U Welcomes Linda Field to our Team in Tucson.

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LindaWe are pleased to welcome Linda Field  as our new Community Manager at The Ranch at Star Pass!

Linda Field will take over as Community Manager at The Ranch at Star Pass in Tucson, AZ.

Linda moved to Arizona in September due to her husband’s job. He started working in Tucson in March and she stayed behind to sell their home in Mississippi, which was located about 30 minutes south of Memphis TN.

Field’s last job was in Memphis as a Regional Property Manager for 4 Section 8 properties that were undergoing extensive renovations.  She has about 20 years property management experience overall,  havingHUD designated CPO (Certified Professional of Occupancy) and receiving her CAM in 1980.

She worked for Northwest Airlines before they became Delta and attended Atlanta Technical College for three years and received her Airframe and Powerplant License (aircraft mechanic).

Linda is married with three grown children and 5 stinking ( beautiful, sweet and wonderful) granddaughters.

Linda is very interested in photography and had her own studio before moving to Tucson.  She loves to fish and is available for any fishing trips anyone has planned. She is also very into gardening.

Linda said  “I am very happy and excited to be a part of the Homestead U team and feel I can make a difference here at The Ranch at Star Pass.”

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The U – Leasing Office opens in Tucson

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The U – Leasing Center is now open in Tucson, Arizona!

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The U is located in the heart of the University of Arizona campus to provide  prospects with a leasing office within walking distance. The center will serve as an office and hangout to accommodate our residents and new customers alike. The U also includes an information center, an apartment model, a coffee bar, karaoke machine and an XBox Kinect. The Tucson staff is very excited to have a hub close to campus.

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Corporate Office Welcomes Kaitlind Harris

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K_HarrisHomestead America/Homestead U welcomes Kaitlind Harris to the Accounting team at the Corporate Office. Kaitlind will take over as the new Accounts Payable. Originally from Marengo, Ohio, Harris is experienced in customer service, human resources and billing. She is married to Josh Harris, the Maintenance Supervisor at Winchester Oaks. Together they have a 1 year old son named Gavin, 3 dogs, a ball python and a tarantula. Harris graduated from Marion Technical College  with an associates degree in telecommunications the same year she graduated high school from Highland High School. In her spare time she enjoys hunting with her family, picture framing and her biggest hobby of all, her son Gavin!

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Employee Spotlight: Eric Dunn

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DunnEmployee Spotlight

Name: Eric D. Dunn

Job Title: Maintenance Director

Property: Floating (Farber House, La Grande Jatte, Commercial Sites)

1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 1 year and 2 months

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Owned my own construction & maintenance business

3.) Where are you originally from? Palm Springs, California

4.) What’s your favorite part about being a Homestead Employee? Homestead values us. We are more than just a number, we are a team.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? Fishing, camping, target shooting, and spending time with family.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? I like all types of music

7.) What’s your favorite website? Yahoo.com (News)

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? O’Charleys

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Trip to Alaska

10.) What’s the best TV Show you have seen recently? Sons of Anarchy

11.) What’s your favorite Homestead memory? Trip to CAA and dinner at el Vaquero afterwards.

*Dunn was selected for this week’s employee spotlight after a heroic act earlier this month.

District Manager Todd Jessup Said “Here is the low down….Eric had started his day at Farber House working on a first floor apartment when he noticed a bicycle wheel go by in the window.  That struck his as odd because that side of the building has a lot of shrubs on it and no one really goes down that side of the building.  A moment later he heard a loud thud,  like something heavy had fallen in the apartment next door.  Eric had the curiosity and took the initiative to wonder what might be going on.  So, he went outside and looked down the side of the building and the bike was laying up against the building with a small duffle bag right behind it.  That is when he noticed the window open in front of the bike.  He call 911 right then and told the police that a burglary was in progress.  The police showed up very quickly, Eric let them into the building and was pointing out which apartment the guy was in when the door to the apartment opened up and the captured the thief with a laptop and cell phone in his hands…I love a happy ending.”

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Safety Corner

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As mentioned previously, our company is participating in a local Safety Council in order to enhance our understanding of safety in the workplace in hopes of keeping our workforce sound and healthy.  Thank you to Dave Anderson for attending the monthly meeting in October and to John Rykowski (University Village) for representing Homestead in November.  Read on for tips from the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) on preventing slips, trips and falls.

Work-related slips, trips and falls often result in sick days, reduced productivity and expensive workers’ compensation claims for the employer. The average BWC claim for lost time (taking time off) related to slips, trips and falls is more than $31,000.

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Here are 10 ways to reduce falls in your workplace:

· Keep a written housekeeping program;

·  Ensure that floors are clean and dry;

·  Employ proper floor cleaning procedures;

·  Wear slip-resistant shoes;

·  Block entry into areas with wet floors;

·  Maintain adequate lighting;

·  Encourage employees to take their time and watch where they’re going;

·  Maintain a written removal plan for snow and ice;

·  Place additional mats in entrances during inclement weather;

·  Ask employees to use stepstools instead of standing on furniture.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about maintaining a safe work environment, please contact Laura Schulman at lschulman@homestead-america.com or 614-221-5400 x 311.  Also, if you have an interest in attending on of the monthly council meetings, please talk to your supervisor and contact Laura.

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