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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Worthington Commons Joins the Homestead America Portfolio

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We welcome Worthington Commons to the Homestead America Portfolio. Formerly Karl Village, the property is located off of Schrock Road in northern Columbus. The property will be managed by Erin Manges. Worthington Commons will feature two-bedroom town homes that are located in the Worthington school district. Featured amenities include: a central location, air conditioning, ceiling fans, pet friendly, full basement, washer and dryer connections, a playground and more!

Click HERE to view more 

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Homestead America HVAC Training

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Our very own Brandon Bradley, Maintenance Supervisor for Shaker Square, put together an HVAC training class for the HA maintenance team. They learned quite a bit including transitioning from R22 to 427A and 410A. Michael Fisher helped with the 410A training. Afterward lunch was sponsored by Chadwell Supply and invited all Maintenance Supervisors and Community Managers.

 

 

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Photos: Keep Calm and Lease Apartments

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Photos: Fall Party at Century City

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Photos: Shaker Square’s Going Back to School Party

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Marcia Bond Retires from Homestead

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MarciaAfter nine years, Marcia is leaving our company to “semi-retire” to be a part time Controller at a local financial planning business.

For those of you who may not know, Marcia was my first office employee when I started the company almost ten years ago.  At that time, we had just a few small properties and less than ten employees all in Columbus, Ohio.  We now have over 20 properties and 200 employees in five states.  That growth would simply not have been possible without Marcia.  Among so many other things, Marcia implemented our accounting systems, developed our banking relationships, and created and oversaw the implementation of our employee benefits programs.  These, and so many of her other initiatives, helped pave the way for the growth we have experienced and enjoyed.  The influence Marcia has had on this company is immeasurable.

Marcia – thank you for everything you have done for Homestead America.  Thank you for your dedication, your loyalty, your leadership, and most importantly, your friendship.
Please join me in wishing Marcia much happiness and enjoyment in her next chapter of life.

– Dave Anderson

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Employee Spotlight: Junior Horn

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HornName: Junior Horn

Job Title: Maintenance Supervisor

Property: Century City

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: 1.5 Years.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Maintenance.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Inez, KY

4.) What is your dream vacation?: Going to the Grand Canyon or seeing the ocean for the first time.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?: Fishing and spending time with grand children.

6.) What is the best concert you have ever been to?: George Jones.

7.) What is the most challenging part about your job? Problem solving water leaks.

8.) What is a talent you have?: Carpentry

9.) Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: If I were to tell you it wouldn’t be a surprise.

10.) What is your proudest moment at HU? Being promoted to supervisor and working with great people.

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Kathleen Hofmeister joins the Human Relations team at the Home Office

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Kathleen Hofmeister joins the HR team at the Home Office as the HR Admin. Raised on a farm near Weston, Ohio, she graduated from St. Henry High School, which is in a town of less than 2,500 people. Kathleen (Katie) served 8 years in the Army Reserves and attended college at both The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. She has experience in customer service management, compliance, auditing and quality assurance. When she has time she enjoys outdoor sports and activities including hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, boating, etc. “I have some pretty great kiddos that I am beyond thankful to call my own. Julia, Noelle, Ellie, and Elijah keep me busy, crazy, and entertained (sometimes all of those things at once)!”

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Photos: Cheryl’s Crusaders 2016

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