Weidner is excited to present the Lead Start Program, an interactive training program that introduces new employees to their support teams at the corporate office and helps them acclimate to the exciting multifamily industry.
Company founder and CEO, Dean Weidner introduced the Lead Start program almost a decade ago. Since its inception, it has evolved from a 3-day training to a 5-day program. New associates are flown in from all over the U.S. and Canada to Weidner headquarters in Kirkland, WA, where mentors in the industry pool their talents and experience to create a truly inspiring week of training.
During the training, new associates engage in specific training such as selling skills, marketing, leadership, and understanding Weidner’s core values. Through teamwork exercises, activity base-training, culture, and software training, new associates get a full view of what’s expected in their new position and where to find support when they need it. In the inclusive, family environment, associates have the opportunity to bond with their fellow teammates, learn from each other, and build relationships with colleagues across the country. New employees are then given a tour of the flagship property, Tower 12. This is followed by a graduation ceremony and more celebrations!
Mr. Weidner rarely misses an opportunity to come and speak to the group during the Lead Start training and opens the discussion up with a question and answer session where no question is off the table! When he created the Lead Start program, his main objective was for Weidner employees “to think, act and analyze, and make decisions as if they were in charge of the whole business and act as if they own the property.”
Through the Lead Start training, new associates not only get a lead start in their Weidner Career, but the best start in the ever-changing, rewarding career of multifamily.
Welcome to the team! What Matters to You, Matters to Us!
Who says the office is safe from Halloween antics? Just in case you thought that placing a plastic pumpkin head filled with candy would suffice for a Halloween decoration, we thought we’d share some fun, festive ideas to welcome the trick o’ treaters.
Head over to Office Depot for these Halloween crafts, from a giant spider web made of yarn to a black wreath, here are 8 DIY ideas for the office.
Try a black decorative mini-tree and light it with pumpkin-shaped mini lights. Invite co-workers to hang their favorite handmade Halloween ornaments and give out a prize for the most creative ornament.
Invest in some battery-operated candles and place them inside lanterns and disburse around your office area for a spookier look.
Set up a chair in the office to seat a special “guest.” Form a scary character out of some old sheets, blankets, and pillows and dress it in an old hat, wig, suit or dress, add some black boots and prop your creation up in a chair. Place the candy bowl inside or for some extra laughs, a few old office reports.
Martha Stewart has a long list of Halloween crafts if you’re feeling creative. If crafting isn’t your thing, but you enjoy the festivities, there’s always Party City and similar outlets for plenty of Halloween décor for the office and home.
Whatever you do, have a scary good time and share your Halloween pictures and antics with us at #LifeatWeidner.
Weidner is pleased to announce the acquisition of River’s Cove Apartments in Germantown, WI!
River’s Cove is the epitome of tranquil living, offering expansive views of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course and the Menomonee River. Picturesque walking and jogging trails are just some of the perks of this pet-friendly community. Residents also enjoy superb landscaping and grounds that feature a pond, courtyard and picnic area.
Ranging from 907 to 1,200 square feet, each two and three bedroom apartment home features exquisite designer touches including a wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, and a chef-inspired kitchen. From the convenience and style of the stainless-steel appliances to the sweeping views off the balcony, River’s Cove offers residents upscale apartments for rent in Germantown, WI.
Out and About in Germantown, WI
River’s Cove is a community where residents can relax and enjoy the breeze from the Menomonee River without sacrificing the conveniences of city-life. Located in the Northwest Suburbs of Milwaukee, the community is a short distance from major shopping, dining, entertainment, parks and businesses. Downtown Milwaukee is a short drive away and offers a bevy of museums, breweries and pubs, and plenty of landmarks to explore. Check out the Bronze Fonz, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Harley Davidson Museum for some local culture, and then head over to Lakeshore State Park and Oak Leaf Trail for some quality outdoor time.
Large employers in the area include AT&T Wisconsin, Aurora Healthcare, and Kohl’s department stores. Residents with families will appreciate the close proximity to Rockfield Elementary, Kennedy Middle School, and Germantown High.
From the stunning views to the modern, convenient amenities, River’s Cove Apartments is a great place to call home in Germantown, WI and we couldn’t be more excited to say, “Welcome to the Weidner Family!”
While it might still feel a little warm out there to exchange soup recipes before we know it the leaves will be turning, the pumpkins will multiply, and those warm summer nights will morph into cozy evenings by the fire. Here’s your chance to get a jump on your Fall décor with these simple decoration ideas:
Wreaths compliment a variety of décor styles and can be changed out to represent each season. Gather some pine cones, colorful leaves, branches, and colored ribbon and make your own or check out Pier One, World Market, Amazon, or Homegoods for a bountiful supply on fall décor.
Plaid is synonymous with Fall and can be found in a variety of décor items from blankets and pillows to dishes and napkins.
Display and consume colorful apples, pumpkins, gourds, and squashes. Arrange in a glass bowl and enjoy a pop of natural color in your dining room.
Create a portable centerpiece with ingredients taken from your own neighborhood. Gather leaves, branches, dried flowers, and miniature pumpkins and arrange them on a rustic tray. Add to your display as the season progresses and the colors of the leaves change again and again.
Create a garland out of dried corn and husks. Who knew corn was so versatile? Check out this craft from Martha Stewart Living and greet your guests at the door with this colorful garland.
Add a pop of color to your fireplace with a row of pumpkin candles and mini pumpkins along the mantle.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, now’s your chance to stock up and decorate with decorative wood baskets. Try placing them on corresponding accent rugs for an extra cozy feel.
Bling out a pumpkin with fall leaves that have been glued on to the pumpkin and painted with metallic glitter.
Change out pillows and add flowers for an instant seasonal update.
Create a dramatic entryway with multi-colored pumpkins.
Create a seasonal wall and decorate with warm, earthy colors, fall décor, and Thanksgiving photos and memories.
Now that you have a few fall decor ideas to get you started, what are you waiting for? Hashtag #LifeAtWeidner and show off your fall-inspired home decor, we’d love to see how it turns out.
While Hollywood prepares for their awards season, so does Weidner! Planned for early 2019, the excitement is mounting as we prepare for the W Awards, a celebration of our most treasured asset – our people.
Weidner Apartment Homes is uniquely special in that our employees tend to stick around for longer than a bit and we feel it’s important to celebrate this at the W Awards with our 5, 10, 15, & 20 year awards of which there are many. Awards are also given out by employee nomination as well as through market data such as Lowest Delinquency and Exceptional Financial Performance. All of this fosters team spirit and reminds us all that not only does it “take a village,” but a connected family of experts to manage our properties with care.
Weidner employees will be nominated in the following categories:
100% Audit Score
Service with a Smile
Above & Beyond
Best Curb Appeal
Best Team Player
Masters of Maintenance
Give ‘Em the Pickle – Customer Service Recognition
Exceptional Customer Service
Best Overall Shop
Excellent Financial Performance
To create a buzz and promote team spirit, a theme is introduced for the celebration and our sites create videos, skits and other fun projects explaining how their site incorporates this theme into their property on a daily basis. This is so fun and incredibly memorable. Last year, the theme was “Love Notes,” inspired by Peter Kageyama’s book, “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places.”
The W Awards celebration gala will include guest motivational speakers, a buffet Lunch, and some special surprises! And, Weidner employees can likely expect to see Senior Leaders Jack O’ Connor (COO) and Dean Weidner (President) speak to the teams and present awards. The opportunity to come together as a team, celebrate one another, and share ideas on how better to serve our residents is what makes Weidner such a great place to work.
We’re honored to serve our residents and proud of each and every employee that contributes to our continued success. Look out Hollywood, here comes the W Awards!
Recently, the Weidner Cares team gathered forces to partner with the YWCA of Oklahoma City.
“YWCA Oklahoma City is part of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the nation. Across the globe, we stand with more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States.
YWCA Oklahoma City works to break the cycle and empower new beginnings for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in our community. Through our comprehensive crisis services, we provide an opportunity for renewed hope and a brighter future.”
A total of 94 volunteers took on several projects with the goal to improve the quality of the shelter. One of the many components of the project included a revamp of one of the buildings which they hope to convert into a long-term shelter. To accomplish this, the project was broken down into several teams, who contributed their skills on both the inside and outside of the shelter, including the area landscaping and the playground. The Weidner Cares teams also built and painted picnic tables, cleared and organized the office area.
Mary Cornelson, Director of Education, Outreach and Volunteer Services, was surprised by the team’s ability to complete so many projects in one day!
“YWCA OKC was very excited to host Weidner Cares Day this year. The team accomplished so much to jump start the refresh on our old shelter! Already our staff and clients are enjoying the freshly painted picnic tables and benches. Without the support and work completed on Weidner Cares Day, we would not be progressing as quickly as we are on renovating the space. Thank you for choosing YWCA Oklahoma City!”
Thank you, Mary! We appreciate the opportunity to give back to such a worthy and important organization!
Thank you to each and every volunteer that made this Weidner Cares event such a success. We’re so proud!
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by “celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”
With its inception in 1968, and later enacted into law on August 17, 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during September and October.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time of celebration. Here’s a sampling of some celebratory events in Phoenix, Odessa, Tulsa, and Seattle.
Phoenix, AZ Events:
Arizona State University “observes Hispanic Heritage Month, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Chicanx, Latinx, Hispanic individuals and groups who identify with and strive to create a more inclusive environment for these communities.” Check out ASU’s calendar of events as they are updated.
The first Phoenix Latino Pride Festival will take place on October 13th at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds and will feature two stages, a large dance tent with 12 DJ’s, an Art and Expression Tent and a Western Rodeo/Mexican Charreada with the theme of “Empowering our Voices for Respect, Justice and Dignity!”
Odessa, TX Events:
Odessa, TX hosts a month-long celebration every year. Check their calendar of events for upcoming details.
Seattle, WA Events:
In Seattle, the Sea Mar Seattle Fiestas Patrias festivals will begin on September 15th with a traditional parade and community festival in South Park. Guests will also enjoy a variety of Hispanic music, dance, food, art exhibits and a health fair at the Seattle Center.
“Fiestas Patrias is an expression of Latino culture: music, dance, food, folklore and many other traditions that have accumulated over the centuries. This is a fiesta to celebrate our history while taking pride in the new generations of Latinos that now call the United States home.”
In keeping with the Weidner Cares tradition of devoting a single day where the Weidner Cares Team assists a non-profit in helping them to provide services to the community, we’re pleased to share our latest project in California: Operation SafeHouse.
The Operation SafeHouse mission is, “With Community Support, provides Emergency Shelter, Intervention and Outreach Services to Youth in Crisis.”
“When families come to us, they’re usually at their wit’s end—parents are frustrated and children don’t know where to turn. Our 21-day Emergency Shelter provides a caring staff that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for youth and their families who need help negotiating the often challenging road from childhood to an independent adult life.”
In addition to providing emergency shelter, Operation SafeHouse promotes mental well-being with their “Cup of Happy” program. “In partnership with Riverside County Department of Mental Health, the Cup of Happy program is a prevention and early intervention program focused on the destigmatizing mental health issues for youth 16-25 years of age. We focus on providing healthy lifestyles and emotional wellness through a number of different programs that include creative writing courses, open mic nights, youth leadership classes and LGBTQ support groups. We promote these activities through health fairs, school campuses, school clubs/organizations, Youth Opportunity Centers and local youth “hangouts.”
The Weidner Cares Team was pleased to lend a helping hand to this incredible non-profit organization by revamping the facility that has been home to so many during the past 27 years.
First, there was some organizing to do in the storage area. Maintenance Manager Adam Chadwick discovered that the area was overflowing and lacked a system, so the Weidner team led by Mandy Urfer, created that system so that it would be safe and efficient for supply storage.
Next, the Weidner Cares Team took on the landscaping and irrigation system, replacing an antiquated sprinkler system with a drip system for optimum water conservation and efficiency.
Doors, poles, and gates were painted, giving the facility a fresh and sleek new look. Resident apartments were deep cleaned, and carpets were replaced in the office.
As always, what was most rewarding for the Weidner Cares team was the residents’ reaction to the new and improved facility that now looked so welcoming. In fact, residents were so excited about the positive changes, they came out to help the volunteers.
Giving back to the community, coupled with the unforgettable experience of bonding with teammates to serve the community is what keeps the Weidner Cares Team at it again and again. There’s just nothing better than creating community through service.
Congratulations to all of the volunteers that helped make Operation SafeHouse that much safer. Well done!
Football season is among us and there are quite a few teams and players that are showing some promise for 2018. Even though the season has just begun, everyone is already putting in their predictions on everything from which teams are going to the playoffs to who’s winning coach of the year.
Super Bowl 53 Prediction
While many teams are putting in work, it’s probably no secret that the Green Bay Packers have a really good chance of taking it all the way this year. One of the reasons Packers just might make it is due to their improvements seen in last few games from the last season and preseason by players like defensive lineman Kenny Clark, receiver Davante Adams, outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Reggie Gilbert. As a whole, the team should see some vast improvements since a handful of their players are no longer free agents. A happy player makes for a happy season.
It’s easy to want to throw Tom Brady’s name down seeing as how he’s the only player to have won this award four times, but this year it might just go to someone else. Eyes are set on Aaron Rodgers.
“If the Packers win the Super Bowl, there’s a 99.8 percent chance that Rodgers is going to be named the MVP, and that 99.8 percent chance moves up to 100 percent if Rodgers wins the game on a Hail Mary, which is completely possible since he’s basically averaging at least one completed Hail Mary per playoff game at this point in his career.
Not to mention it’s common for the quarterbacks to win MVP after their team has won the Super Bowl.
North, South, East and West AFC and NFC
It’s hard to tell who will come out on top of the different divisions but this year’s predictions are in. When it comes to the North AFC the Steelers are a heavy favorite. This team typically dominates this division and no changes seemed to have been made this year that would suggest otherwise. For North NFC the prediction goes to the Packers who have a team being lead by some strong players.
When making predictions for the South AFC it’s no surprise that the Jaguars are the team chosen to come out on top. With their star defensive core, they are a force to be reckoned with. In the South NFC the saints take the cake hands down.
Looking at the predictions for the East AFC it comes as no surprise to hear the Patriots name. They’ve been dominating this division for almost two decades now. If we look at NFC the team that shows the most promise is going to be the Eagles. While their season might start off a bit shaky, they are sure to dominate.
As for making the West AFC predictions, it was a little harder but the team that seems like it will come out on top is the Broncos. The Chiefs will make them work for it but Broncos will push through. If we’re talking about The West NFC, the team to be on the lookout for is the Seahawks. This team is looking to make a comeback after they lost their chances of going to the playoffs for the first time last year in five years.
This season is undoubtedly going to be one for the books, and after waiting several months football fans are excited to get things started. Everyone grab your jerseys and let’s watch the magic unfold on the field.
As Seattle natives, we can help but cheer for our team, go Seahawks!
As the sunlit days of summer start to shrink, it’s a good time to revisit safety tips and safety gear for those after-dinner walks, runs, and bike rides.
Invest in reflective outerwear. Reflective wear is the first line of defense in low-lit conditions. For the dog, invest in a safety vest and beacon light. For yourself, you’ll find a great variety of reflective gear from vests to wrist and ankle bands to hats and tennis shoes at stores like REI, Amazon, and ReflectiveApparel.com.
Stay in well-populated areas. Switch up your after-dark exercise routine to well-populated areas that are also well lit. Consider taking dance classes at night or adding the indoor mall to your favorite “trail.”
Tell someone where you’re going. Let at least one person know where you’re headed. Venturing out in nature alone is great for the quiet and calm, but could cause loved ones the exact opposite if they’re worried about your safety.
Be aware of your surroundings. Assess your surroundings and notice when something feels “off” or out of place. Your intuition is finely tuned when you listen to it, so enjoy, but stay aware.
Install a safety app on your phone. Safety apps aren’t foolproof, but they can add an extra layer of protection for you. Check out this recent report by Techlicious.com.
Don’t listen to music while walking, running, or biking alone. It’s one thing to listen to your favorite workout playlist when you’re at the gym, but when you’re out for a walk or run alone, make sure you’re giving yourself every safety advantage by staying alert and aware.
Organize a neighborhood fitness night. There’s safety in numbers! Invite some friends and neighbors to join you in an after-hours basketball game, neighborhood walks, silent disco party, or softball.
Do you have a safety tip you want to share with the Weidner community? Let us know at #LifeatWeidner.