Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Overland Park for 8th Grade. I returned to Colorado to finish my degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I currently live with my husband and two sons in Shawnee, Kansas.
What did you want to do when you were growing up?
As a small child, I wanted to be an Astronaut. Once I stopped being able to read in the car due to motion sickness, I knew it wasn’t in the cards!
My very first job was as a child care assistant for a YMCA after-school program.
Describe your career.
I’ve been in the Property Management field since 2006. I was working for a temp agency in NYC and landed in the Property Management Office for Rockefeller Center as an Administrative Assistant. The glamour of “The Rock” is what convinced me to accept a permanent position, but the dynamics and fun challenges of Property Management kept me in the field after we moved back to Kansas City.
How did you end up working as a Property Manager at BRES?
I was hired as Administrative Assistant in 2009 and hit the ground running. I continued to ask for and take on new challenges, then took some time off to stay home with my kiddos while working part time as Property Administrator. When I decided it was time to come back to work full-time, I had luckily kept my feet wet so I was on my boss’ radar for a Property Management position.
Do you have any immediate or long-term goals within your current position?
My immediate goal is to wrap my head around the day-to-day demands of being a property manager. I enjoy digging into logistical issues and figuring out ways to improve processes and increase efficiency, but keeping an eye on the big picture when you are in the weeds is an art I would love to master.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned over the years?
I continue to learn more and more how important it is to see things from all sides. It’s easy to lose sight of what it’s like to be on the other end of our relationships. If you keep your mind open to other perspectives, it’s much easier to find common ground and achieve compromise.
What are your favorite books within your field and for fun?
For my professional (and personal) productivity, the author David Allen and his “Getting Things Done” time management methods are unmatched. I continue to re-read his books so that I can constantly be thinking about how to improve my processes and perspectives. For fun, I love literature, old and new. My favorite all-time novel is “Pride & Prejudice”. I am currently reading “All the Light We Cannot See” and I’m enjoying it!
What’s your must-read publication each day?
Ha! With two boys under 4 at home and full-time career, I’m lucky to read all of my e-mails each day! I check in with Google News when I get time here and there.