Name: Stephanie Moran, CAPS
Tell us about your career:
I started in our industry about 24 years ago. I worked in a different profession at my full-time job and had a college loan to pay off after graduating from college. I decided to get a part-time Leasing Consultant job working on the weekends to help with paying off that loan. I loved it! After working as a part-time Leasing Consultant for about a year, my supervisor approached me about applying for the open full-time leasing position. I knew that I loved this industry and decided to go for it!
I have been so lucky to be surrounded by the smartest and best people in this industry. After working as a Community Manager for years, I progressed to a Marketing Director position. This position allowed me to express my creative side. However, I missed the team interaction and decided to go for a Regional Manager position. I have been a Regional with Blue Ridge Companies for over eight years. I'm so appreciative to work for such a great company that invests in the education of its employees and makes a positive impact in the communities they serve.
What advice do you have for someone just starting in your field:
Surround yourself with intelligent people in the industry and look for your niche. Never give up on what you want to achieve. Be thankful for the struggles you go through; they make you stronger, wiser, and humble. Don't let those struggles break you. Let them make you! More importantly, life is short so enjoy the journey!
Anything else you would like to share:
My favorite quote is: "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." - Samuel Johnson