Name: April Vasta
Title: Regional Manager
Company: Blue Ridge Companies
Local NC Affiliate: TAA
Tell us about your career:
I started in the industry a little over 19 years ago. I was at a point in my life where I didn't know what I wanted to do when a friend suggested I apply for a leasing position. I had no clue what that entailed but had no other prospects on my horizon so why not? I loved leasing apartments from the first day. I asked so many questions and wanted to learn everything there was to learn. I've been very lucky to have worked for companies that believe in educating their employees and giving the opportunity to volunteer with our local associations. I've now been with Blue Ridge Companies for 11 years with the last 5 as a Regional Manager.
What advice do you have for someone just starting in your field:
It is so helpful to find yourself a mentor in the industry. Someone who will give you sound advice when you ask, who will listen when you need it and someone who will give you that push when you are unsure of your next step.
Anything else you would like to share:
Get involved with the Apartment Associations. Join a committee, attend a class and go to the events. You will learn so much from the amazing people who are so willing to share their passion for what we do!