Daily Wildcat – Three Off-Campus Student Housing Complexes To Open Summer 2014

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DW“…The Ranch at Star Pass, on the west side of Tucson, has been more successful this year in leasing apartments, said Rittner Hufford, community manager at The Ranch. NorthPointe, an apartment complex on the north side of town, is a little less rented out than last year, Hufford added. Homestead U manages both properties.

The management is excited for the opening of the new student housing buildings next year because they offer a different product, Hufford said.

“We’re off campus — a little bit further than the newer developments — so we offer luxury at a little bit lower cost,” Hufford said. “So, in the next few years, I think students are going to look for that sense of community and the opportunity to save some money while still receiving luxury, so we are kind of excited for the future to offer that to the students.”

Excerpt taken from The Daily Wildcat, To Read Full Article Click Here.


HAHU Marketing Promotions

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It’s a great time to be part of the HAHU family as we gear up for more growth on both the student housing and conventional sides of our business.  With such rapid and exciting growth comes new opportunities and challenges.  We are proactive in addressing these challenges and making the necessary changes to overcome them.  I am excited to announce that HAHU is restructuring at the corporate level and would like you to join me in congratulating the following team members on their new role within the company:

Laura Formica has been promoted from National Director of Marketing to Vice President of Operations.

Ryan McGahan has been promoted from Marketing Specialist to Marketing Manager.

Ben French has been promoted from Marketing Specialist to Web & Marketing Administrator.

Michelle White has been promoted from Accounts Payable Clerk to Operations Administrator.












HAHU would also like to extend a warm farewell to Cheryl Bean who has resigned from her position as HAHU’s Operations Manager to pursue an opportunity as Regional Manager for T&R Properties.  Cheryl’s last day with us will be Tuesday, August 13th.  We wish Cheryl all the best as she continues to grow her career in property management.

I thank you for your continued loyalty and support as we again take Homestead America and Homestead U to the next level.

-Dave Anderson


Employee Spotlight: Ashley Gall

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AshleyEmployee Spotlight

Name: Ashley Gall

Job Title: Business Manager

Property: River Park & River’s Edge on South Green

1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 1 Year

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Assistant Property Manager for Klingbeil Capital Management

3.) Where are you originally from? Logan, OH

4.) What’s your favorite part about being a Homestead Employee? I love how much Homestead cares about their employees, and how everyone works together to help reach our goals.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy being outside. Hiking, canoeing, visiting new places, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? Hip Hop/R&B

7.) What’s your favorite website? Pinterest

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Gran Ranchero with Tera for Margarita Night 🙂

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Anywhere with sunshine & a beach

10.) What’s the best TV Show you have seen recently? Gossip Girl

11.) What’s your favorite Homestead memory? Race for the Cure 2013 in Columbus.



HA / HU and the Capital Area Safety Council – July

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Employee welfare is paramount at Homestead and is something that requires commitment by all employees to ensure we are doing all we can to achieve the safest work environment possible.  One of the things we are doing to deepen our charge for employee well-being is participation in a local area safety council in Columbus.  Monthly meetings focus on a variety of topics geared toward work place safety.  While the safety council is a local group and is tied to workers compensation in Ohio, the overall teaching points are universal to all of our properties.

The July meeting was focused on proper waste management and featured an Environmental Specialist from the Office of Compliance Assistance.  The main take away from the meeting was that it is our business responsibility to determine if our waste is hazardous and, if so, dispose of it properly.  Hazardous waste should not be disposed of in a dumpster.  Instead, hazardous waste should be recycled or stored for pick up by a hazardous waste transporter.  By following the appropriate guidelines for proper waste disposal and not taking shortcuts, we are proactive in managing potential complaints against us and inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you have any questions about waste management and whether or not an item is hazardous and requires a special disposal method, please contact your local Office of Compliance Assistance & Pollution Prevention.

Please contact Laura Schulman at lschulman@homestead-america.com with any questions about our participation in the safety council or general questions or concerns about workplace safety.


Homestead U Welcomes Stephanie James & Ryan McGahan

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Stephanie James joins the Homestead U team in Tucson, AZ, as the Leasing Manager for The Ranch at Star Pass. Stephanie graduated from The University of Arizona majoring in Family Studies and Human Development with minors in retail as well as Spanish. She worked for more than six years as the manager of the University of Arizona Book Store, a retail buyer and event planner. James brings plenty of experience to Homestead U with the University of Arizona student community. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, going to concerts, working out, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.




R_McGahanRyan McGahan joins the Homestead America/Homestead U Marketing team in Columbus as a Marketing Specialist. McGahan will focus on graphic design, social media and technology. A native of Worthington, OH, McGahan graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in Graphic Design. His previous experience includes sales and design for local tv stations, ABC 6 and Fox 28. In his spare time he enjoys screen printing t-shirts, playing and listening to music, watching 80′s movies and spending time with his wife and Baby Girl.


Student Housing Business Magazine: Company Profile

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Homestead America / Homestead U Welcomes Guy Purington

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Guy Purington was recently enticed into joining the team at Homestead America as a Yardi specialist and to work on special projects.  Before Homestead, Guy filed similar roles with T&R Properties, Crawford Communities and The Gentry Company.  He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of multifamily housing, and 8 years of experience working with Yardi.  He has 4 children, 3 cats, 2 old Volvos, and 1 spouse (Jackie).  He enjoys coaching middle and high school soccer for Hamilton Township (Go Rangers!) and can often be found at flea markets, yard sales and antique malls.  Originally from New Hampshire, he loudly proclaims that the BoSox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots still rule.


Employee Spotlight: Rittner Hufford

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Employee Spotlight

Name: Rittner Hufford

Job Title: Director of Special Projects & Leasing

Property: Homestead U – Tucson (Northpointe Student Apartments & The Ranch at Star Pass)


1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 6 Months (Since January 2, 2013)

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Campus Apartments (Dreaming about a company like Homestead!)

3.) Where are you originally from? Price, Utah. Grew up in Colorado & Arizona

4.) What’s your favorite part about being a Homestead Employee? The Team! Great support and open communication. That’s hard to find at other companies.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? Take me to dinner & a movie and I’m a happy camper. I like camping too.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? Country, real country.

7.) What’s your favorite website? Homestead-U.com, duh! or Google.

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Jonathan’s Cork in Tucson, AZ.

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Cruise to the Bahamas!

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

11.) What’s your favorite Homestead memory? Trip to Ohio. Columbus is a great city and I loved meeting the team!


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