Living the Difference
DECEMBER 2019 Volume 1, Issue 5
LETTER FROM MICHAEL DEPARTMENT UPDATE
PG 2 FRED FAMILY UPDATE
First of all, I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you. Without you we would not be the great company that we are. Each of you is critical to the success of FRED. We all have different roles and responsibilities, but let me stress that not one of them is more important than the other. We are all pieces of a puzzle and when we put those pieces together it forms a beautiful picture. That picture is the face of FRED. It’s so exciting to be part of a fast paced and growing company and it gives me joy
PG 3 EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHTS
PG 4 FEATURED NEWS
PG 5 EVENTS CALENDAR
to watch people grow within the company. With our growth there will be numerous opportunities for you to advance within the company. I am so proud of and thankful for the people that I have had the opportunity to work with on a daily basis. I have both learned and will continue to learn from each of you. Thank you for tolerating and forgiving me for the mistakes I have made over the years. Remember none of us are perfect. It is ok to make mistakes as long as we learn from them. Please remember that it’s so important we value and respect each other on a daily basis. Remember if you are having a bad day, you can start over at any time. My Christmas Wish list for FRED is that as a company we continue to put people first, as we have done over all the years I’ve been at FRED. When we collaborate and work together as a team we are able to accomplish great things!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Michael Bingham Senior Director of Property Management
PG 7 COVER PHOTO: 2018 FRED Holiday Events, Property Holiday Trees
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DEPARTMENT UPDATE What’s new in a department near you?
THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT MAKING STUNNING SPACES WITH HOLLY Holly La Londe, Designer, is responsible for creating and updating public spaces, models and corporate rentals in all of the Fiduciary properties. Her team includes herself and Maddie Clausen, a Design Intern in the Interior Design Program at Mt. Mary. Holly’s job consists of assessing property needs and recommending fabrics, finishes, accessories, furniture, color, lighting and other design elements that can be combined to suit needs of each property and its residents. These recommendations are presented to team members using design boards and cost estimates. When a property’s design is enhanced, its marketability improves. Holly’s skills also include negotiating for premium pricing on behalf of the company. She will review bids from sub-contractors and sales persons to make recommendations on how to save money in design and redesign. Holly also regularly meets and brainstorms with new development teams to plan new construction.
“When a property’s design is enhanced, its marketability improves.”
HOLLY’S PROJECTS UPCOMING
New Madison Training Center THE LANDMARK
1200 Building Total Remodel ENCLAVE New Carpeting MILWAUKEE REGIONAL OFFICE
Clubroom Refresh THE WOODLANDS Continuing Remodeling LIBERTY SQUARE Remodeling Foyer, Club Room & Fitness Center VALLEY VIEW Laundry Room Remodeling RIDGE VIEW 2020 Outdoor Furniture Orders ALL PROPERTIES
NEW CONSTRUCTION HIGH BLUFF - PHASE II THE BEVY
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Clubroom Refresh SADDLE BROOK Office and Business Center Remodel RIDGE VIEW Remodeling of Building 1 and Consulting on Int/Ext Signage LIBERTY SQUARE Pool Furniture and Common Area Art 1 GLENN PLACE Furnished Temporary and Permanent Offices SEASONS AT ORCHARD HILLS Refreshed Models FORTÉ, THE JUNCTION, 50TWENTY & VALLEY VIEW
FRED FAMILY UPDATE BRITTANY LEITING - FAMILY. FRIENDS. PACKERS. Taking Life One “Brittany Day” At A Time This month we’re featuring a ‘slice of life’ from Brittany Leiting, Assistant Property Manager at Creekwood Apartments. True to her Green Bay home, Brittany is a Packers fan and loves her friends and team members. “My two best friends are Kate and Cody. I enjoy coming to Creekwood to work with them!,” she said. “The things I enjoy outside of the office are of course hanging out with my kids, playing boardgames and cards with them,” she said. “I love the Packers and going to games, and online shopping, but not going actual shopping.” Brittany works hard for residents and staff, but also understands the benefits of some well-deserved self-care.
My two best friends are Kate and Cody. I enjoy coming to Creekwood to work with them! “I enjoy getting a break when I can to relax if I do not have my kids.” Living the life of an average Wisconsin gal, Brittany maintains a routine of cleaning the house and laundry on Sundays.
“Every Saturday I take a ‘Brittany day’ to unwind from the week and watch shows “I am a pretty boring person but I that I missed during the week,” she said. love it!,” she said.
PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT FRED communities doing amazing things.
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WHAT MAKES THEM SHINE Located in the heart of Fitchburg, Valley View’s landscaping and upkeep of apartments and common areas is especially impressive. Because of their team’s strength and dedication, residents consistently rave about the ongoing events that keep them engaged and feeling at home. Most recently, the property had a community garage sale where residents were encouraged to donate items to sell. All proceeds were used to purchase gifts for children in the community for the holidays, and all unsold items were donated to St. Vincent de Paul. This event was a huge success and continued to bolster the strong sense of community at Valley View. The team will have completed 32 apartment remodels by the end of 2019. With just 31 remaining, all 315 apartment homes will be newly remodeled by the 1st quarter of 2020!
Assistant Property Manager, Riverwood Q: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
Meet some of our fantastic team members!
Christmas Eve. We spend the day with my oldest son and his family decorating dozens of cookies - all five kids, from our 3-year-old to my 15-year-old. Then we drop off all the cookies at church for the after service gathering. At home we open gifts, have dinner and get ready for Christmas Eve service. It’s a wonderful family day for all the kids. Q: If you could tour with any band, which would you choose and why? Jimmy Buffett. I love his care-free island lifestyle. Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a make-up artist. The closest I got to that was being a cosmetologist for 18 years.
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Gustavo is fluent in Spanish and English and wanted to share his answers in both languages. Gustavo habla inglés y español con fluidez y quería compartir sus respuestas en los dos idiomas.
GUSTAVO PORTILLO JASSO Part-Time Utility Tech, Fitchburg Square Q: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season? ¿Qué es tu cosa más favorita de esta temporada festiva? Christmas is my favorite as I get more time with my family. Wife Andrea, son Edwin and daughter Madison. La Navidad es mi parte favorita porque tengo más tiempo con mi familia. Mi esposa Andrea, hijo Edwin, e hija Madison. Q: If you could tour with any band, which band would you choose and why? Si pudieras ir de gira con una banda, ¿cuál banda escogerías y porque? Aventura - I like their kind of music and how they sing. Aventura – Me gusta su música y como cantan. Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Cuando eras niño, ¿qué querías ser cuando eras grande? I wanted to be a soccer star because I LOVE soccer. Quería ser una estrella de fútbol porque me ENCANTA el fútbol.
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FEATURED FRED NEWS NEW FRED FUN ON FRIDAYS
SEASONS BREAKS GROUND IN ILLINOIS
As part of a new team contest, Property and Corporate employees are showing their FRED Spirit by submitting themed photos every other Friday, including their FRED Reds!
WHAT’S NEW WITH YOU?
Last October, the FRED team, contractors and West Dundee village officials kicked off the ceremonial groundbreaking for Seasons at Randall Road in Illinois. The first phase of the property’s construction is expected to finish in about 20 months.
FRED ANNIVERSARIES! CONGRATULATIONS to those celebrating FRED Milestone Anniversaries this quarter. Thank you for your continued dedication to The FRED Way.
Andrew McDonald - 5 years
Director of PM Accounting (12/08/19)
Want to contribute to the FRED
Erin Statz - 5 years
Cleaner, Valley View (7/28/19)
Monthly Newsletter? Send
Glenn Hofer - 5 years
Director of Construction (8/17/19)
announcements, news, etc. to
Rachel Schinkowitch - 5 years Regional Supervisor (11/17/19)
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Marilyn Klemann - 30 years Executive Assistant (11/27/19)
featured in a future issue!
FRED - 35 years
Company Anniversary (12/06/19) Look for future FRED Anniversaries (announced by quarter)!
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EVENTS CALENDAR Check out what’s on the way for FRED Properties.
FRED Holiday Events | Dec 6th &19th
FRED Closed | Dec 24th & 25th | Christmas
FRED Half Day | Dec 31st | New Year’s Eve
LOOKING FORWARD FRED Closed | Jan 1st, 2020 | New Year’s Day
BIRTHDAYS STEVE NODINE
State Street Station | Dec 1st
Corporate | Dec 7th
1505 | Dec 13th
Corporate | Dec 1st
Saddle Brook | Dec 9th
Foxcroft | Dec 14th
Synergy | Dec 2nd
Wells Street Station | Dec 9th
Corporate | Dec 15th
Drexel Ridge | Dec 3rd
Corporate | Dec 9th
1505/High Bluff | Dec 16th
KATHLEEN STARK The Junction | Dec 18th
ALICIA BROWN Saddle Brook | Dec 19th
FRANCISCO ORTIZ MARRUFO Elan | Maintenance
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Saddle Brook | Dec 26th
Domain | Dec 23rd
Welcome to the Team!
Corporate | Staff Accountant
The Woodlands | Dec 17th
Liberty Square | Dec 24th
MARIA ORTEGA SANCHEZ
Creekwood | Leasing
Forté| Dec 17th
Corporate | Dec 23rd
Corporate | Dec 10th
Creekwood | Dec 3rd
Corporate | Dec 17th
Arbor Lakes | Dec 20th
50Twenty | Dec 3rd
Saddle Brook | Dec 11th
MICHAEL KIMBLE Valley View | Maintenance
LAWSON SNYDER Corporate | Painter
The Woodlands | Leasing
RYAN DANHIEUX Foxcroft | Cleaner
LAURA SUFFERLING Saddle Brook | Leasing
Ridge View | Maintenance
Forté | Dec 28th
Corporate | Dec 30th
Promotions November 2019
Taylor Bouton 1 Glenn Place | Full-Time Leasing
Amanda Davidson 1 Glenn Place | Property Manager
Michael Hafeman Creekwood | Lead Maintenance Tech
Corvon Suby Barrington Place | Full-Time Utility Tech
FRED Family Holiday Traditions ANNUAL TRADITIONS FOR SEASONAL HOLIDAYS
Property Management Trainee | Saddle Brook
Property Manager | Riverwood
The Western family likes to take a walk around the neighborhood to look at all the Christmas lights after Christmas dinner. Pictured is my son Michael waiting (not so patiently) to eat.
Every year since our Daughter was 2 years old (she is 16 now) we have gone to cut down our Christmas tree. After we cut down the tree, which usually takes about two hours by the time we get out there and all agree on a tree we then go out for pizza to celebrate our tree.
Property Manager | The Landmark
Construction Coordinator | Corporate
On my mom’s side of the family, the Calderon’s, we have Mexican food for Christmas, instead of the typical ham, turkey, etc. The Sunday before Christmas, we get together and make homemade tamales to share along with our homemade dishes.
Photos Submitted by FRED Employees
In my family ever since I was a little girl I have always helped my grandma bake cookies. They would get stored away in ice cream buckets and brought out on Christmas Eve after dinner. Now that my grandparents are both gone, I still carry on this tradition with my kids (who are grown now) and my mom. I use the same recipe cards with her hand writing; but rather than those ice cream buckets, we deliver them to all of the aunts, uncles, cousins and friends! This way we all still get to have a little bit of grandma with us every Christmas Eve.
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