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11
Aug 17

The Weidner Cares Team in Colorado

Weidner Colorado

The Weidner Cares team recently partnered with Urban Peak in Colorado Springs for their 2017 Weidner Cares event. Urban Peak is a “non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.” Their mission is to “help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.”

The Weidner team stepped up to assist with landscaping, building, painting and cleaning their facility which includes a 20-bed shelter. Inside, the team painted and cleaned the shelter rooms and hallways, installed ventilation, and hung art ledges so some of the residents’ artwork could be better showcased. They also cleaned the kitchen and put together a number of meal kits in preparation for those in need.

Outside, the team spent some time revamping the outdoor recreation area where residents spend much of their time, doubling the size of the existing shade structure so residents can experience the full enjoyment of summer. Next, they installed a new basketball hoop, built new picnic tables, raised garden beds, mulched the large outdoor courtyard, re-stained all of their existing benches and painted the exterior of the facility.

With an 85-person team, the Weidner Cares team were able to accomplish great things for this deserving organization.  The residents and staff at Urban Peak wanted to give thanks and sent over a framed poster with their messages of appreciation for the hard work contributed.

Thank you Urban Peak, and thank you to the Weidner Cares team in Colorado for another job well done!

What matters to you, matters to us!

-The Weidner Team.

9
Aug 17

Weidner Congratulates Winners of Tribute Awards

AMA Tribute Awards

Weidner Congratulates Winners of Tribute Awards

The annual Arizona Multifamily Association recently held its annual Tribute Awards and Weidner is proud to congratulate winners, Jessica Karl – Community Manager of the Year, 125 units or more, and Stacey Searl, Property Supervisor of the Year.

The Arizona Multifamily Housing Association:

  • “Represents ethical rental housing providers in legislative, legal and regulatory matters
  • Provides services, products, educational programs and networking opportunities that enhance the general welfare and economic health of all our members
  • Cultivates opportunities for quality rental housing throughout Arizona”

More About the Winners

Stacey Searl started with Weidner Apartment Homes on January 3, 2012, in the Phoenix, AZ region. Stacey began her career in property management in 1986 as a part-time leasing consultant while attending Arizona State University. She studied Broadcast Journalism at ASU but quickly realized she had a natural talent and passion for Leasing and Property Management. At the age of 23, she was managing 128 units and within 2 years she found herself managing a community of 856. In 1990 she obtained her AZ real estate license and continued to work for the local management company, Bernard/Allison. In the late 90’s she was offered a unique position to manage a rental property located in the Right of Way owned by the AZ Department of Transportation. “Overseeing this project from lease up to relocation to demolition for over 1000 renters and commercial tenants was a tremendous but satisfying challenge!” Once this project was complete, Stacey returned to Bernard/Allison Management Services as a District Manager for an average portfolio of 7-9 communities. During her career with Bernard/Allison she assisted the firm with new programs, training, won numerous awards for revenue growth, expense control, associate development and creative collaboration. “I enjoyed working with innovative clients who influenced me to take risks and push the limits with new ideas in our industry.”

Stacey was encouraged by a vendor to apply at Weidner. That proved to be sage advice for Stacey. Weidner’s Arizona region was at 6500 units when she joined in 2012. Today, Weidner owns over 12,000 units in AZ.

“I am so proud to be a part of this growing region and to work for a company that truly cares about the people. Every day that I work for Weidner, I fall in love with this business all over again”. Stacey is the only Senior Area Director in AZ and she mentors 2 other Weidner employees.

Stacey and colleague Lisa Stoss launched the very first “Wake up with Weidner” program, created the Gold Star leasing program and she is now developing a maintenance resource program for the AZ region. “I am so proud to be recognized by my colleagues and represent Weidner as this year’s Property Supervisor of the Year. What an honor!”

Stacey has been married to her husband Jim for 27 years. They have 3 grown children and are starting to remodel their “empty nest.”

Jessica Karl is a graduate from University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelor of Science, a major in Real Estate Property Management, and a minor in Business Administration.  While attending UW-Stout, Jessica accepted a 10-week internship with Weidner in the Arizona Region, at Mozaic at Steele Park and Acclaim.  Jessica experienced hands-on Property Management involving administration and people management.  She fell in love with residential property management and hasn’t thought twice about her career choice.

After graduation, she continued her education and training with Weidner Apartment Homes, Manager in Training Program (MIT) in 2014.  Six months later, she was placed as acting Assistant Community Director at Mozaic at Steele Park (399 units) while completing the MIT program.  The MIT program allowed Jessica to be trained in all areas of RPM and establish relationships with multiple mentors.  In the fall of 2015, Jessica was promoted to Community Director at Natura Villas Apartments (340 units) in Peoria, AZ.  In the spring of 2016, Jessica was promoted to Skyline Lofts (332 units) a Downtown Phoenix Mid-rise Community.  In the fall of 2016 Jessica was given the opportunity to add Proxy 333 (118 unit) to her portfolio.  Proxy 333 is a Downtown Phoenix Mid-Rise Community, which was a new acquisition to Weidner portfolio and only 30% leased.  The lease- up offered a new perspective to RPM that Jessica did not have prior experience with. In a challenging and developing sub-market, Proxy has reached 95% occupied in July of 2017; a huge achievement for the team.

In addition to Jessica’s accelerated journey with Weidner, she was nominated for 2016 AMA- Assistant Property Manager and again in 2017 for Community Director 125+ units, where she brought home one of the two awards for Weidner.  Jessica also became a Certified MIT Mentor in 2017 and is an active NAA Ambassador,  where she passes on her experiences to future RPM leaders. She is truly dedicated to continuing her growth, education, and development of skills with Weidner Apartment Homes.

Jessica enjoys traveling to WI to visit her family and friends, and loves to go to dog parks with her new puppy, Oliver. She spends most of her time in AZ with her Weidner Family and adores all the people she’s met.

Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to congratulate Jessica and Stacey for their exemplary service in a position that is met with a variety of daily challenges. Managing the needs of residents and finding innovative, effective ways to overcome challenges and deliver consistent, quality service is no easy feat. We recognize that our success is due to the passion, hard work, and dedication of our employees and we couldn’t be more proud of their contribution.

Congratulations, Jessica and Stacey for a job well done!

-The Weidner Team

4
Aug 17

Summer in Seattle

summer in seattle

Summer in Seattle might just be our best-kept secret! As residents know and tourists soon learn, Seattle sparkles in the summer, and so do our pools.

Here are a few safety rules and pool etiquette reminders, then we’ll explore some fun excursions to keep you cool in and around Seattle.

Safety Rules and Etiquette by the Pool

  • Please pay attention to the hours of operation for the pool and spa areas, which are set by the management team and designed for your safety and for the courtesy of all Weidner residents.
  • Residents must be 14 years of age or older to use the pool without the supervision of a Resident who is at least 18 years of age or older. All residents between the ages of 14 and 17 must use the buddy system (two residents at a time) when using the pool or spa.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and legally responsible (able to give consent for medical aid) for anyone under the age of 14.
  • Management must be made aware of instances where a Resident entertains more than two (2) guests at one time. Residents must accompany, and stay with their guests. No adult shall supervise more than three minors at one time.
  • There is no lifeguard on duty! It is the responsibility of every resident to monitor their own and their guest’s behavior and to observe safety rules at all times.
  • Glass containers are prohibited in the pool, spa and deck areas at all times. Please use plastic containers only.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the pool and deck areas.
  • Residents are responsible for cleaning up their trash before leaving the pool and deck areas. Please be considerate of others who are using or are going to use these areas.
  • Diapered children will not be allowed in the pools at any time. Running, screaming, playing loud music or acting in a boisterous manner is prohibited in the pool, spa and deck areas.
  • Jumping on or off of any item of furniture, retaining wall, fence or pool rails will not be tolerated. Diving into the pool is not allowed.
  • Please do not bring floating air mattresses or inflatable toys around the pools and deck areas for safety reasons.
  • Pets are not allowed in the pool, spa or deck area at any time, with the exception of service animals.
  • Please do not wear any thong bathing suits, jeans, cut offs, or street clothes in the pool. Wearing clothes in the pool will absorb the chlorine that keeps the pools clean.
  • Persons suffering from any illness or communicable disease may not use any pool at any time.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the pool areas at all times.
  • All Residents and guests are required to shower before using the pool or spa.
  • Safety equipment is only to be used in an emergency.

Cooling Trends in Seattle

If you’ve never tried Paddle Board Yoga, you’re in for a treat- and a workout. A combination of balance, nature and paddle boarding, this excursion will keep you cool and fit.

Sailing never gets old, unless you are prone to getting sea sick, then we suggest lounging by your community pool. Check out some of Seattle’s finest sailing excursions here.

Or, perhaps you’d like a little scenery with your cooling. Check out the Sea Planes at Kenmore Air.

At nearby Lake Washington, you’ll discover plenty of ways to cool down. The second largest lake in Washington State, Lake Washington borders Seattle, Kirkland, and Renton and is a favorite among the locals. From picnicking, to fishing, to tubing, canoeing, and kayaking, there’s something for everyone at Lake Washington.

Enjoy your cool adventures this summer and don’t forget to share your pics with us at #LifeatWeidner!

-The Weidner Team

 

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