The Gateway to Progress
Given that all of our news lately is so depressing, I want to take a moment to talk about something good. Is it poor timing to write about great things when the world is still dealing with such weighty issues? Perhaps, but I think some of us out there are ready to hear a different narrative. We’re all still in the midst of an unprecedented year, but we strive to find the joy in everything as it’s the only way forward. Here’s a glimpse of joy in our little world.
A global crisis is an interesting thing. All of the business experience in the world, all of the training, any special designations or continuing education classes you’ve taken can’t prepare you for something of this nature. As the pandemic bloomed, we followed it along and sharply curtailed operations along with the rest of the country. During the shutdown we had a number of employees leave permanently, whether it involved a career change or relocation.
And we couldn’t be happier. Stress and fear are benched. Joy, you’re on deck.
Our first new hire was LaShaundra, who works directly under Letitia in our Leasing Department. She’ll be the smiling face you see the next time you come by. Shortly after, we brought in Monique to complete the picture, and to assist with the smiling. Our Maintenance Department will see the greatest changes. Formerly run with two Directors, we’re excited to announce Diane Taggart as our new Director of Maintenance, who will be running the inside and outside teams. Diane comes to us with a vast amount of property management experience and we look forward to the improvements she has in store. Working under her are two new Client Service Reps or CSR’s as we call them, Latasha Riley and Jermigha Garcia. Latasha also comes to us with a background in property management so she’ll be a strong asset to our maintenance efforts. Jermigha also comes to us with real estate experience and
Along with the new staff comes new policies, and as I’ve said in this process “there are no friendlies.” Nothing is sacred and nothing is safe. We’re evaluating our lease, our management agreement, our application process,
The fun doesn’t stop there. While in the eye of this hurricane we also revamped our marketing. We have radio spots on three different stations, cautioning buyers and sellers alike to be careful about what they sign. More recently, our first-ever TV ad hit the airwaves to send an encouraging message about the plight of our community in the midst of the crisis. With that crisis now waning, we’ll be relaunching the TV spots and producing a real estate commercial that needs to be seen so buyers and sellers alike can protect their interests. It’s going to be a great summer!
Along with the office restructuring, we’re still moving steadily along with the new office build in downtown Belton. For safety and security reasons, we built a wooden wall serving as a barrier at the front of the construction site. Never
We found our joy in the midst of this crisis is hard work. Taking on tasks that seem mountainous until you’re on the summit and realize it wasn’t that bad. We hope you have found your joy as well, and can’t wait to run into you at the Vive Les Arts Theatre or a local restaurant, once this whole thing is behind us.
Pretty soon it will be, just hang in there.