Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

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Joining a company that you love, that makes work always feel like a safe place is extremely important to the lives of us all.

Here at The Collier Companies, we strive to cultivate an environment that empowers, teaches and promotes continuous growth for all of our Collier team!  We don’t refer to those hard-workers here as “employees”, but as “team members”, as we all work together for a common goal.

Every day our number #1 goal is the same; Make your homes the heart of our business.

“We Believe that everyone is a leader and our actions teach our belief systems.” – Collier Companies Manifesto

Read more about Adrian, Regional Leasing Strategist, and why he chose to be a Collier Companies Superhero!

 

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    • Name/TCC Position: Adrian Rodriguez/Regional Leasing Strategist

 

    • Hometown: Woonsocket, Rhode Island

 

    • Education: Santa Fe College, Associates in Graphic Design

 

    • TCC Anniversary: February 5th, 2014

 

    • Employment history with the company: When I was hired, I started as a part time leasing specialist at Lexington Crossing with little to no sales experience. I still remember being ask to sell my manager a stapler in her office that she already owned during my interview. After being at Lexington for about a year and experiencing my first turn, I made it known that I wanted to move up and continue to grow within The Collier Companies. This is when I heard about the Regional Leasing Strategist role. I thought to myself, “I get to do what I enjoy and travel too? Sign me up!” So in May 2015, I was blessed with the opportunity to become The Collier Companies new Regional Leasing Strategist. I began my new adventure by traveling to multiple communities within our portfolio and took on my biggest project to date; IQ’s lease up. Now the RLS role and program continues to grow and I have the pleasure to work, train and experience life with all of our lovely crew members throughout our 10,500+ unit portfolio.

 

    • Why did you join TCC?: At first, I was simply looking for a part-time job that would be flexible with my school schedule. I’ve stayed over the years because I genuinely enjoy what I do and love the people I work with. The values and culture put in place by Nathan makes coming to work feel like your hanging out with family.

 

    • What are some TCC Benefits that you love?:Traveling to conferences and apartment association trainings are always a blast! I love getting the opportunity to learn and grow my knowledge within the industry as well as an individual. That’s one thing I definitely admire about our company culture; we’re encouraged to never stop learning!

 

    • What’s special about TCC? : One thing I always say that sets The Collier Companies apart from any other company I’ve worked with, is the level of comradery, mentorship, and accessibility. For me, it wasn’t common to run into the owner of a company I worked for, let alone have that same owner take time to teach a class and invest in his/her employees personally. Now, I am constantly encouraged to grow and have a direct line of communication with superiors, that within any other company, would seem beyond reach.

 

    • Your goals at TCC and beyond? : My goal is to utilize the skills and experience I’ve obtained within TCC for further growth opportunities. To be a continued asset to our company, crew members, and residents. To thirst for improvement and knowledge. To be frequently pleased, but never satisfied.

 

 

 

Thinking about your next career move? Visit Collier Careers for more Information on joining our team!

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 11,000 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit https://colliercompanies.com.


Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

Published:

Joining a company that you love, that makes work always feel like a safe place is extremely important to the lives of us all.

Here at The Collier Companies, we strive to cultivate an environment that empowers, teaches and promotes continuous growth for all of our Collier team!  We don’t refer to those hard-workers here as “employees”, but as “team members”, as we all work together for a common goal.

Every day our number #1 goal is the same; Make your homes the heart of our business.

“We Believe that everyone is a leader and our actions teach our belief systems.” – Collier Companies Manifesto

Read more about Kristen, our Director of Sales & Leasing, and why she chose to be a Collier Companies Superhero!

 

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  • Name/Position: Kristen Koon
  • Hometown: Lake City, FL
  • Education: University of Florida, Bachelors in Business Administration
  • TCC Anniversary: August 15, 2015
  • Employment history with the company:
  • I started my humble beginnings as a leasing specialist at College Manor.  From there, I was promoted to Lux13 (formerly known as Hidden Lake) as a Leasing Manager during a vital year for refinancing.  After a successful campaign there, I was then promoted to the Assistant Community Manager of College Manor and later College Park.  Soon after, I was given the incredible opportunity to be the Community Manager at The Landings. In August of 2015, I began as a Community Manager at LUX13 Apartments.  After having a successful year, I went on to finish the lease-up at IQ Luxury Apartments. In September of 2016, I was awarded the honor of being the Reposition and Lease-Up Manager for The Collier Companies to assist with our repositioning communities and work with our upcoming developments.  I am now the Director of Sales and Leasing working with our onsite teams to build leasing strategies, and overseeing our regional leasing team and brand ambassadors.
  • Why did you join TCC? : In the beginning, I started because I loved the idea of working where I lived and needed to support myself through college.  I’ve continued to choose The Collier Companies over the years due to the consistent values Nathan has instilled in our company culture.
  • What are some TCC Benefits that you love? : The passion for growth and the love for continuing education is what keeps me smitten with The Collier Companies.  Nathan’s passion for growth individually, and as an organization, is a key principal on what TCC is built on.  Whether we are attending a local apartment association training, a conference, internal company training, or one-on-one training, we’re encouraged to grow.  Nathan shares his knowledge daily to all of the company, each day we’re offered a new opportunity to learn!
  • What’s special about TCC? : What isn’t special about The Collier Companies, honestly? We are offered endless of possibilities for growth.  You choose your own destiny within The Collier Companies. You’re encouraged to set a goal, and work towards surpassing it. During my first year in Collier College, I was told to write a letter to my future self to open in 5 years. When I opened the letter 5 years later, the goals I had set for myself had been accomplished due to the encouragement of our companies unvarying leadership.  Nathan has built The Collier Companies leading by example. When you see the founder of such a great organization wade through a retention pond to pick up one empty can, you’re in awe of the caliber of leadership and guidance set for this company that make us unique from so many others.
  • Your goals in TCC and beyond? :  I aspire to continue to grow as a team member personally and professionally, to positively impact resident retention and revenue growth, and most of all, to make a positive impact on each person I encounter.

 

 

Thinking about your next career move? Visit Collier Careers for more Information on joining our team!

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 11,000 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit https://colliercompanies.com.


Why I became a Collier Companies Superhero!

Published:

Joining a company that you love, that makes work always feel like a safe place is extremely important to the lives of us all.

Here at The Collier Companies, we strive to cultivate an environment that empowers, teaches and promotes continuous growth for all of our Collier team!  We don’t refer to those hard-workers here as “employees”, but as “team members”, as we all work together for a common goal.

Every day our number #1 goal is the same; Make your homes the heart of our business.

“We Believe that everyone is a leader and our actions teach our belief systems.” – Collier Companies Manifesto

Read more about Erica, our Social Media & Public Relations Specialist, and why she chose to be a Collier Companies Superhero!

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    • Name/Position: Erica Eubanks, Social Media & Public Relations Specialist

 

    • Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

    • Education: Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida

 

    • TCC Anniversary: May, 2015

 

    • Facts About Me: I love the color pink and unicorns, and my desk displays that! I’m a FAMU Rattler for life, obsessed with skincare & a healthy lifestyle and I blog in my free time!

 

    • History with the company:  I joined the company in 2015 as Human Resource Coordinator and then I was promoted in April 2017 to Operations Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of Operations.  I recently accepted the position to Social Media & Public Relations Specialist in the Marketing Department.

 

    • Why did you join TCC? : I joined The Collier Companies, (TCC) when I was ready to get serious about my career.  I did major research before applying to the company because I wanted to be certain that I was applying to a business that almost made me forget I was at work, and that’s what I found here at The Collier Companies.  Being able to see a proven history of growth and positive company culture was a major point in showing me that TCC was beyond exceptional.  Seeing our owner Nathan Collier and his amazing arsenal of knowledge, I got a taste of the awesome learning experience that was in store for me when I was hired to TCC and WOW!

 

    • What are some TCC Benefits that you love? : I absolutely love that Nathan and our Executive Team are extremely focused on continued growth and learning for all of our team members!  Whether it’s an industry conference, online certifications, Certified Apartment Manager certifications and more, TCC continues to expose us to it all and ensures that we have the tools to succeed!  I enrolled in Collier College as soon as I joined the company and was blown away by Nathan’s knowledge that he was sharing with us all!  With case studies and interactive lessons, I graduated feeling as if I was a graduate of the University of Florida MSRE program!  Part of our company manifesto notes, “We Believe in life-long learning (Obsessively so) and that to cease to learn is to cease to live.”

 

    • What’s special about TCC? : TCC was bred from a self-made man who took the time to learn and excel at all of the positions we now hire for on a daily basis, and it shows in his love and care for this team. Most noteworthy  about TCC? Hard to choose, but it’s Nathan and our team. There are thousands of companies in this industry, but I was never drawn into them as I have been to TCC.   They brought me in as a young industry-newbie, nourished my skill-set and so many other young team members the opportunity to grow in this company.

 

    • Your goals in TCC and beyond? : I aim to continue my training in Marketing and Public Relations to further build The Collier Companies brand online and offline!

 

 

Thinking about your next career move? Visit Collier Careers for more Information on joining our team!

The Collier Companies owns and manages over 11,000 apartment units in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. For more information about The Collier Companies, please visit https://colliercompanies.com.


The Collier Companies Takes Team Members on Development Tour

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     On May 24, 2017, The Collier Companies took team members from Tallahassee, Gainesville, and The Collier Companies’ Regional Headquarters, to Tampa, Florida to view its newest student housing development, IQ Luxury Apartments.

     IQ Luxury Apartments is an all-inclusive student housing apartment community, located in Tampa across from the University of South Florida that opened Fall 2016. Its 10 floor plans and 656 units feature premium amenities and offer resort-style living for an affordable price. While there, The Collier Companies’ team members were able to explore these premium amenities and take a tour of the model unit. Features include private bathrooms, washer and dryer, cable, and new furniture packages. Amenities offered includes two courtyards with gas grills, salt water pool with beach entrance, sun deck, two-story fitness center, standing tanning bed, private study lounges, on-site management, and a multi-level parking garage with direct access to the main building.

     After leaving IQ, team members were taken by other Tampa properties managed or owned by The Collier Companies. On the way back to Gainesville, the bus stopped in Ocala for team members to see the two existing communities The Collier Companies owns, and to see the construction site for the next development, Canterbury. Ground breaking for Canterbury will take place in late June.

     For more information about IQ Luxury Apartments, please visit their website, liveatiq.com. More information about Canterbury Apartments in Ocala will be released soon. For more photos of the development trip, please visit our Facebook page. The Collier Companies was founded in 1972 with its headquarters in Gainesville, Florida. Today, it is the second largest privately owned provider of student housing in the nation with a portfolio comprised of more than 10,800 units amassing near 24,000 beds from all properties.

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Conference of Champions 2017

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     On February 1-3, The Collier Companies had its annual Conference of Champions at the University Air Center in Gainesville, Florida. The keynote speakers conveyed ideas about leadership, service, and current news in the multifamily housing industry over the three days. This annual leadership conference brings together the Community Managers, Service Managers, and key regional team members of TCC, to acknowledge the accomplishments they made in the past year, and motivate them for the upcoming year.

    This year, the conference was about taking flight and soaring above expectations. Mark Cukro, former Director of Service Team Development for Colonial Properties Trust, Inc., was the keynote speaker opening day. Cukro spoke about how important service is in the multifamily housing industry. He challenged all in attendance to change the way they interact with their customers. When interacting with customers, Cukro reminded the managers that they are the company on-site, and it is important to make the customer feel important. The keynote speaker the second day of the Conference of Champions was Jones Loflin, author and leadership trainer. His seminar, “Earning Top Gun Status as a Leader”, was all about teaching our leaders to prioritize and organize their daily tasks to get the most done effectively and efficiently. He stressed the importance of recognizing which types of overload our managers experience and preventing them from becoming overwhelming. Both speakers used a combination of hands-on and group activities to help explain why The Collier Companies’ success is a team effort. Founder and Chairman Nathan S. Collier ended the second day of the conference with a motivational seminar about how The Collier Companies began and where he sees it going.

    The third day of the conference was about where The Collier Companies is now and where it is going as a company. CEO Andy Hogshead spoke about TCC’s new acquisitions The Connection in Statesboro in Statesboro, Georgia and Tuscany Place in Ocala, Florida. Hogshead also spoke about potential for development and upgrades to current properties. Di Brockington, Vice President of Operations, spoke about where TCC has improved over the past year, and answered questions submitted by team members before the conference. Alicia Morris, Social Media and Online Reputation Manager, spoke about The Collier Companies’ current online reputation portfolio-wide and gave tips on how team members can improve their properties’ reputation. Brianne Kocher, Director of Marketing, spoke about how managers can use specific software to gain feedback from their residents on how they can improve on-site. The conference adjourned after team member training for fall 2017’s apartment turn. The Collier Companies’ six regional community managers led this training.

    The Conference of Champions is not only a motivational conference, but is also an acknowledgement of the accomplishments of TCC’s team members over the past year. Every day, time was set aside for awards to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding leaders in the company. The Collier Companies thanks its wonderful sponsors and team members for another successful year.


Service Manager Wins Local Maintenance Mania

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    The Collier Companies is pleased to congratulate Bennie Santiago, Service Manager, for his accomplishment in being the overall event winner of the Bay Area Apartment Association’s Maintenance Mania on February 3. As the overall winner, Bennie will travel to the National Maintenance Mania to compete to be National Champion.

    Bennie competed with several other service professionals from the Bay Area Apartment Association, BAAA, at the Egypt Shriner’s Activities Hall in Tampa, Florida. The Maintenance Mania is a national competition by The National Apartment Association, NAA that includes eight events where maintenance technicians compete against each other in timed, skill-based games built around common maintenance activities. Besides being the overall event winner, Bennie placed first in the Season’s Ceiling Fan Installation and Fluidmaster Duo Flush Toilet Conversion competitions. He placed second in the CFG Faucet Installation, Kiddie Fire & Carbon Monoxide Safety Installation, and the Bradford White Water Heater Installation. He placed third in Frigidaire Ice Maker Installation and Kwikset Smartkey Key Control Deadbolt competitions. Winners from each local event get a chance to travel and compete at the National Championship held at the annual NAA Education Conference & Exposition on June 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Bennie’s attitude and skill exemplify the Change Agent nature The Collier Companies, TCC, instills in each employee. Bennie is currently a two-year veteran of TCC and serves as the Service Manager at Lakeside Apartments in Brandon, Florida.


Turn Star Awards 2016

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    In the apartment industry, unit turnover is fast and furious. Often, some properties have only a week to prepare units for new residents. The Collier Companies has over forty-five apartments in Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. The staff at each Collier community has a limited amount of time to clean and prepare their entire property for the line of new tenants. After each ‘turn’ the company has a large party thanking the hardworking staff, and awarding those ‘stars’ that make turn a success. This year, The Collier Companies had three Turn Star parties covering all six regions. Awards were given to team members and vendors who received a nomination by their fellow team members. Award recipients receive a certificate showing their achievement.

 

Austin Howard receiving his award

 

Tallahassee

    The first award party took place September 17, in Tallahassee, Florida. This party covered the nine properties located in the city. The recipient of the Office Team Member Award was Austin Howard. Our Helping Hands Team Member Award winner was Meghan Comer. The Service Team Member Award was given to Michael Mooy. Our Office Rookie Team Member Award winner was Dorian Earley. Our Community Award winner was Seminole Grand. After the awards, the entire team member staff enjoyed tickets and vouchers for the Fun Station.

 

 

 

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img_0233    The second Collier Companies Turn Star Party took place September 20, in Tampa, Florida. This party covered seven properties. The Office Team Member award winner was Samantha Ervin. Our Service Team Member Award recipient was Sean Leslie. The Rookie Team Member Award was given to Shawna Antunes. Our Helping Hands Award winner was Mark Wilkie. The Headquarters Team Member Award recipient was Ricky Brown. Our overall Community winner was Lakeview Oaks. The Tampa Region would also like to thank Moore’s Painting and Cleaning for their help in making Turn 2016 a success. The Tampa team members and their families enjoyed food and fun at AMF University Lanes during and after their awards.

 

 

Nathan S. Collier, The Collier Companies Founder and Chairman

Nathan S. Collier, The Collier Companies Founder and Chairman

Gainesville

    The final award party took place September 21, in Gainesville, Florida. This party covered over fifteen properties in the city. After a word of thanks from The Collier Companies’ Founder and Chairman, Nathan S. Collier, the awards were presented. The Headquarters Team Member Award was presented to Michael Rosenblatt. Our Helping Hands Team Member Award winner was Anastasia Rivera. The winner of the Office Team Member Award was Cody Talcott. Our Rookie Team Member award was presented to Corin Norvell. The winner of the Service Team Member Award was Kyler Kirkland. The Overall Community Award winner was The Crossing at Santa Fe. This award ceremony also honored the top two leasers in Gainesville: Cera White and Schadre Dent. The Collier Companies and the Gainesville team members would like to thank Right On Time Home Repairs for their help in making this year’s turn a success. After the awards, the Gainesville team members enjoyed a night filled with fun and laughter at The Skate Station.

 

    To see more photos from our 2016 Turn Star Awards, please click here.