Living Living the the Difference Difference
DECEMBER 2020 Volume Volume2,2,Issue Issue211
February/March December2020 2020
FRED FAMILY UPDATE A CHALLENGING YEAR WITH UNEXPECTED REWARDS CONGRATS "GRANDMA HEIDI"
by Heidi Kivi, Director of Property Management Operations As I reflect on this past year, we have all been a part of some pivotal moments. I started the year, as I always do, excited for the possibilities to come. Thinking professionally, what new projects would be on the horizon and what innovative trends would we hop on board. Personally, it was the year of my youngest daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding and hopefully the year my oldest daughter would announce I would become a Grandma.
Nobody could have predicted that we would be monitoring, discussing, and changing our policies (at times by the hour) for the next 9 months and beyond.
Although there have been many Heidi Kivi with her three children (from left to right) : challenging times, I Kristopher Kivi (m. 2019), Alyssa Kivi-Kreisler (m. 2018), and would not change it Kaitlyn Kivi-Brown (wedding in Jan 2022). Heidi was given (with hopes that we this sought-after photo of her and all her adult children for all stay healthy). I feel her birthday last year after daughter Alyssa's wedding. we all have become Obviously, nothing prepared me greater visionaries, for Friday, March 13th (such a At the end of the day, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still excited stronger leaders, and fitting Friday the 13th). It was for where FRED will go and grow for team players as a result of this year. the moment we would never 2021. My daughter Kaitlyn's wedding This elevation and strong bond that turn back from. At this moment, will be awesome even though it has been brought to FRED could not the Directors, Brett Miller (CEO), have happened the same way without a was pushed back a year, and yes, my and Jackie Forecki (HR Director) challenge like COVID-19. It has brought daughter Alyssa has announced I will dropped everything at 7 pm to be a Grandma. There are definitely us to a level of growth beyond what I hop on a video meeting that great things ahead for all of us! brought us to where we are today. think we ever could have imagined.
WHAT MAKES THEM SHINE Riverwood is located in beautiful Kenosha, Wisconsin and borders the Illinois state line. The community was built in 1995 and has 216 one and two bedroom units. Amenities include a fitness center, pool, and volleyball court. In 2020, Riverwood upgraded their pool furniture, renovated 16 units, and completed a property-wide asphalt project. Riverwood has had a successful fall and winter, with occupancy at or near 100%. The Riverwood team includes Casey Western (Property Manager), Tammy Conklin (Assistant Property Manager), Adriana Perez and Cortez Killen (Leasing Professionals), Tom Sbalchiero (Lead Tech), John Newer (Tech II), and Jeff Brecht (Utility Tech).
FRED FUN STATE STREET STATION
SEASON OF GIVING BACK
FEATURED FRED TEAM CONTRIBUTIONS JOEY WISNIEWSKI Development Coordinator
Last month and part of this month, Joey Wisniewski helped organize a Facebook fundraiser by Milwaukee Area Mustache Association (MAMA) to raise funds for Movember, an organization dedicated to menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. All donations went directly to Movember.com for testicular/ prostate cancer research and general men's health, with a goal of $5,000. Participants also had the option to share a photo of their 'stache, which Joey posted with a smile (top left).
Director of Maintenance
1505 Apartments and Townhomes will be doing a fundraiser and supply collection via donation box for BOTH Family Sharing in Grafton and The Ozaukee County Humane Society. The 1505 team, as well as their residents (who consist of 80% pet owners), are excited to give back! They hope to see everyone in the giving spirit for the holidays, especially with the current state of the world.
In following with CEO Brett Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition when his boys were still in the Scouts, Jeff Leamy's son, Chase (age 9), joined the Scouts for the first time this year and sold traditional wreaths to FRED properties for the holiday season. Ten properties participated and Jeff and Chase delivered the wreaths the week of Thanksgiving for properties to display for the winter season.
Meet some of our fantastic team members!
Last year, Wauwatosa Lions Club asked Property Manager Madelyn Jaeger if State Street Station would be interested in participating in their annual toy box drive. Madelyn was very excited about any form of outreach work that had potential to benefit the local community. With COVID restrictions this year, Madelyn thought this was a great opportunity to give back without having to leave home. She thinks one of the best things about State Street is the community within the building, so working with them to help the outside community is always a great feeling.
MIKE KAVANAUGH Leasing Professional Q: Share about your FRED journey: when/why did you start, what position(s) have you been in, what property(ies) have you worked at, etc. My wife and I retired back to Wisconsin in September of 2015. The following May, I saw a job opening for a Pool Monitor at 50Twenty, where we were living, and applied for the summer season. I had such a great time that, at the end-of-season party, I asked if there were any more Part Time openings. It turned out that FRED was looking to fill a Part Time Leasing position at Barrington Place, so I started there and enjoyed the time spent with residents and the team: Rich, Marvin, and Alan. I was then offered a Full Time Floating Leasing position and have since been working at Liberty Square, The Landmark, Barrington Place, 50Twenty, and Arbor Lakes. I love working with all the people in my FRED family as well as the residents. It helps keep me young!
EVENTS CALENDAR DECEMBER 2020 WED
Welcome to the Team
1505 Apartments | Maintenance
Seasons at Randall Road | Assistant Property Manager
Seasons at Randall Road | Groundskeeper
Elan | Maintenance
Seasons at Randall Road | Leasing
LEESA SLATER EATON
Synergy | Property Manager
The Woodlands | Leasing
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day | December 24-25th
New Year's Eve | December 31st
The Landmark | Property Manager
Valley View | Leasing Professional (FT)
MAURA TIEDEMAN Valley View | Assistant Property Manager
New Year's Day | January 1st
FEATURED FRED NEWS FRED UNITED, VIRTUALLY
FRED ANNIVERSARIES! CONGRATULATIONS to those celebrating FRED Milestone Anniversaries this quarter!
While our United Way Campaign looked a bit different this year, many FRED team members still stepped up to the plate and came through for the folks in Southeastern Wisconsin. Many thanks to everyone who completed a pledge form virtually. Our lofty goal this year was $25,000 and thanks to donations of all sizes, including some generous last minute contributions, FRED raised a total of $29,873! Although we are all facing various challenges during the pandemic, FRED team membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; incredible generosity still came through to help others. It is things like this that mean we can all say we are proud to be part
Peter Todd - 5 Years
Vice President of Construction, Corporate
Mark Rosenau - 5 Years
Leasing Professional, Liberty Square
Era Zeka - 5 Years
Leasing Professional, Domain Look for future FRED Anniversaries (announced by quarter)!
COVER PHOTO: The Bevy Clubroom, Double-Sided Fireplace
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