Name: Connie Vinson, CALP, CAM, CAPS
Tell us about your career:
I started as a part time Leasing Agent with AIMCO IN 1999 and went to a full-time position with Hercules Living shortly after a move. I knew I wanted to grow with a company and was searching in the Jacksonville, NC area for a company I could grow with. I found Blue Ridge Companies and asked several times about job openings at their community, and in 2002 I received a call from the property that I applied at. There was an opening!
From there I have enjoyed 19 years working with various communities within Blue Ridge, taking in every opportunity I could along the way. I earned my CALP, CAM and CAPS during my career with Blue Ridge and volunteered throughout my time in the industry with the area Apartment Associations I worked within and learned from those same associations, creating relationships with my peers along the way. I became a Community Manager in 2012 with Blue Ridge and have had the opportunity to have this position at a few different communities. I recently accepted an advancement in my career with Blue Ridge Companies as the Commercial Property Manager for the portfolio.
What advice do you have for someone just starting in your field:
Be patient with yourself and your leadership. Always find a company that has the same core values as you and be involved in your local apartment associations. Educate yourself as much as possible, learning something new daily!