Career Spotlight: Nathan Borne
Name: Nathan Borne
Tell us about your career:
I started in the industry in 2008 after a brief stint in new home sales. While I enjoyed new home sales, I found it boring. Thinking my new home sales experience would translate well to a career in property management, I applied for a few leasing opportunities and eventually got hired. I’m proud to say that I have worked my way up from leasing agent to regional manager to be able to say that I have walked in those shoes. While I never said “I wanted to be a property manager when I grow up” I am thankful to have “fallen” into such a dynamic and meaningful industry that impacts so many. We are given the unique opportunity to enhance the properties we manage and in the process, we impact the broader community by making them more desirable places to live—this, to me, is perhaps the most meaningful part of my job.
What advice do you have for someone just starting in your field:
Ironically, property management is very much a "people" business. Be a sponge. Learn as much as you can! The great thing about this business is that it is filled with opportunities for education and training! Also, continue to develop and refine your interpersonal skills. You will encounter many moments that will push them to the limit!
Anything else you would like to share:
Always, always, stay positive. If the day gives you lemons, make lemonade. Don’t take yourself too seriously, it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers, and always lead with compassion.