Liberty Group In The News

Liberty In The News

As a leader in the staffing and executive search industries, The Liberty Group has been featured in numerous industry publications since 1977. In addition, our executives have authored many articles in trade magazines and journals for the multi-family and commercial real estate industries.

The following articles are reprinted with permission. Click the title or thumbnail image to read the full article.

For the most up-to-date Liberty Group news, visit our blog.


Atlanta Office Now Open

Our new Atlanta Apartment Staffing office is now conducting interviews for all multifamily positions. Our Atlanta location will be one of our largest branches and we have hundreds of the top property management companies who are seeking talented candidates to start immediately. The Liberty Group has apartment jobs that offer you a lot of flexibility. You can choose from temporary, temp to hire, direct hire, full-time and part-time positions that are available to start as early as tomorrow. We have a large variety of positions that range from: Concierge, Leasing Consultant, Assistant Manager, Community Manager, Groundskeeper, Housekeeper, Make-Ready, Maintenance Technician, HVAC Technician and Lead Supervisor. We offer the most competitive pay and benefits.

The Liberty Group is a National Executive Search and Temporary Staffing firm specializing in the multifamily induAtlanta Officestry since 1977. Apply today and start tomorrow with many of our jobs. Put our forty years of experience to work for you! Our office is conveniently located in the Perimeter Area within minutes to Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. Our address is Two Ravina Drive Northeast, Suite 500 Atlanta, GA 30346.

Coming South on I-75

Go south on I-75 and exit onto I-285 East towards Greenville.  Go approximately 5 miles and take exit 29 onto Ashford Dunwoody Road.  Take a left at the light and cross back over I-285.  At the 3rd light, take a right onto Ravinia Drive NE.  Immediately after turning right onto Ravinia Drive NE, take another immediate right onto Ravinia Drive NE, (Building 1 will be on your left).  Salon Ravinia will be on outside ground floor of Building 2.

Coming from Hwy 400

Go on Hwy 400, exit I-285 East towards Greenville.  Take first exit 29 onto Ashford Dunwoody Road.  Take a left at the light and cross back over I-285.  At the 3rd light, take a right onto Ravinia Drive NE.  Immediately after turning right onto Ravinia Drive NE, take another immediate right onto Ravinia Drive NE, (Building 1 will be on your left).  Salon Ravinia will be on outside ground floor of Building 2.

Coming West on I-285

Take exit 29 onto Ashford Dunwoody Road.  Take a right at the light.  At the 3rd light, take a right onto Ravinia Drive NE.  Immediately after turning right onto Ravinia Drive NE, take another immediate right onto Ravinia Drive NE, (Building 1 will be on your left).  Salon Ravinia will be on outside ground floor of Building 2.

When seeking out our Leader for our Atlanta office, it was apparent we had to hire someone with years of experience in the multifamily industry and had strong customer service skills. We were thrilled when we met Mary Beth Breen, she had all of the experience, skills, strong work ethic, excellent reputation, and caring personality we need to manage a staffing office. Mary Beth has over twenty years’ experience in multifamily and in the Atlanta area. Most of you will know her from her five years at Apartments.com where she dedicated her time to customer service and volunteering at the Atlanta Apartment Association. We are proud members of the Atlanta Apartment Association and long-time members of the National Apartment Association.  Please join us in welcoming Mary Beth to the Liberty family.

Mary Beth Breen-Branch Manager

You can reach our Atlanta Apartment Staffing office at 678-505-7501 or toll free at 855-961-7666. Our email is Atlanta@thelibertygroup.com. To learn more about our new office and search our jobs visit http://www.thelibertygroup.com/jobs-in-atlanta-ga/


New Apartment Staffing Office is Now Open in Southern California

We are now hiring for all multifamily positions in So Cal.Now Open, Southern California Apartment Staffing Greetings from sunny Southern California! The Liberty Group is rapidly expanding and is excited about our latest apartment staffing office in Southern California. We are now open and hiring for all multifamily positions that range from temporary, temp to hire, and direct hire. We are currently interviewing for a variety of apartment jobs in Leasing, All Management, and All Maintenance positions.

The Liberty Group is a National Executive Search and Temporary Staffing firm specializing in the multifamily industry since 1977. Our jobs you can apply today and start tomorrow. Put our experience to work for you!We are conveniently located in the heart of Orange county. Easy access off the 57 freeway and the 5 freeway, and across the street from the Angel’s stadium. We are less than 4 miles away from Disneyland.

We are active members of the Apartment Association of Orange County (AAOC), California Apartment Association (CAA), and have been a long-time member of the National Apartment Association (NAA).

Meet our new Branch Manager, Stefanie Koslosky. Stefanie grew up in Orange County, CA. She has been in the Real Estate industry for the past seventeen years. She held a CA real estate license and was member of the Orange County Association of Realtors until she found her niche in Property Management. Stefanie has managed multifamily and commercial assets. Most of our clients will know Stefanie from working at Yardi and Popcard. Liberty is grateful to have Stefanie join our team and we are confident our candidates and our clients will enjoy working with her, and the entire So Cal team too.You can reach our So Cal office at 657-221-2340, or email SoCal@thelibertygroup.com. You may also reach us toll free at 855-961-7666. To read more about our office and search our jobs, visit our office page here.


Nashville, Tennessee Apartment Staffing Office is Open and Now Hiring!

Liberty in Nashville

We are thrilled to announce our Nashville, Tennessee Apartment Staffing office is now open and hiring. The Liberty Group is a national executive search and temporary staffing firm specializing in the multifamily industry since 1977. We are growing rapidly and are currently hiring for all apartment positions. We have temporary, temp to hire, and direct hire positions available to start immediately. Current available jobs are: Concierge, Leasing Consultant, Assistant Manager, Community Manager, Groundskeeper, Assistant Maintenance, Make-Ready Technician, Service Technician, HVAC Technician, Lead Supervisor, and much more.

The Liberty Group Nashville is located right off the I-40 and Briley Parkway off of Elm Hill Pike. Make a left on Marriott Drive off of Elm Hill Pike, at the top of the hill make a left in the 4th entrance into 555 Marriott Drive entrance. You can easily commute from Mt. Juliet, Hermitage and Donelson. It’s also only 15 minutes to downtown Nashville.The Liberty Group Nashville OfficeWe are pleased to introduce our Nashville Branch Manager, Mark Darnell. He has years of experience in the multifamily industry and has won several customer service awards. Mark is an active member of the Greater Apartment Association of Nashville. Mark can be reached at 629-888-1122 or email him at MarkD@thelibertygroup.com. You can send all resumes to Nashville@thelibertygroup.com or call 629-888-1122 to schedule an immediate interview.
Branch Manager Mark Darnell

 


New South Carolina Apartment Staffing Office

Greetings from South Carolina!

Due to high demand from our valufed clients for talented candidates, we are now open in South Carolina! The same quality service you have grown to expect over the last forty years with our talented staffing coordinators, who know multifamily better than any other firm, will be recruiting position for South Carolina.

Liberty is ready to answer the bell!

Liberty is proud to announce the opening of their South Carolina Apartment Staffing Branch office spanning the entire state with emphasis on three major rapidly growing markets in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. When the decision to open this branch was made, we chose Brent Foster to lead our team.

Meet the branch manager: Brent Foster

Brent, an eighteen year veteran of the multifamily industry, has held numerous executive level positions in the multifamily industry including Regional Director and Regional Marketing Director as well as being an Account Sales Executive with CoStar Group. Brent is active in the National Apartment Association’s local affiliates and is currently serving a sixth term on the Executive Board of Directors for the Upper State Apartment Association in Greenville. He is also an active member of the Columbia and Charleston Apartment Associations. We are thrilled to welcome Brent on the Liberty team!


 

HAA All-stars sports Challenge raises $25K for American Red Cross

All Star Sports Callenge with HAA teamHAA’s annual event brought together 300 members for a day of friendly competition. Forty-six teams participated and 40 volunteers helped with the event, which was co-chaired by Laura Lestus with The Liberty Group and Marivel Bownds with Valet Waste.

HAA All-Stars Sports Challenge co-chair Laura Lestus (4th from left) with The Liberty Group takes time out with TAA 2015-2016 President Beth Van Winkle, CAM, CAPS, CPM, Beth Rohani and Jaqueline Galena.

Click Here to view the article as a PDF.

Click Here to view the article in the Texas Apartment Association Magazine.


New Denver Temporary Staffing Office

Donna SewardHouston, TX, May 24, 2016– The Liberty Group, a National Executive Search and Temporary Staffing firm in the multifamily industry since 1977, is proud to announce the opening of their Denver temporary staffing office. Donna Seward, previously the Senior Sales Executive of Key Accounts at Apartments.com/CoStar, has been hired as our Denver Branch Manager. Ms. Seward flourished at CoStar. She has developed long-standing, national, regional and local client relationships and mentored their Denver sales team. Donna has over twenty-five years of experience in the multifamily industry. She is a longtime resident of Denver and is an active member of the Association of Metro Denver. We are thrilled to have her on board.

“We knew we wanted to open a branch in Denver in 2016. Denver has a thriving economy and boasts impressive growth in the property management industry. Our clients have asked when we would be offering our temporary services along with our existing executive search capabilities. In response, we sought out a talented branch manager. When we met Donna Seward, we knew instantly she was a fit for the Liberty Group. Donna has an outstanding reputation and is dedicated to providing excellent customer service. We are fortunate indeed, to have Donna on our team to open and lead our Denver office.” Matthew Smith, Senior Vice President, The Liberty Group.

The Liberty Group’s Denver office is conveniently located 3 blocks north of Colorado Boulevard and I-25 interchange, midway between Downtown Denver and DTC at 3801 E. Florida Ave., Suite 400. The direct office number is 970-454-6649, and the email is Denver@thelibertygroup.com. For additional information, please contact Shonna Schneider-Marquis or Donna Seward at 855 961-7666 (toll-free).


Rebuilding After a Flood

Rebuilding After The FloodsPosted by Communications Department on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HAA and HAA members are donating $69,000 this afternoon to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund.

Thanks so much to those who have donated to this worthy cause, including the Houston Apartment Association, Camden Property Trust, Camp Construction, Dinerstein Companies, Alliance Residential, Vesta Management Services, J. Allen Management, Westdale, Professional Apartment Services, SMI Realty, Creative Property Management, Liberty Group, Reliant/NRG and Jeff Hall.

If you have not yet donated to the Fund, it’s not too late! We would like to encourage you to donate directly online at www.houstonrecovers.org or by check. Let Mercedes know via email if you have made a donation, so we can keep a running tally of our industry’s contribution. There is much work to be done, and many flood victim residents to assist through the Fund.

Over 1,900 apartment units were effected by the recent flood. If you own or manage one of those properties, you are probably in the midst of rebuilding and you know that the permitting process can be a daunting one. The Houston Apartment Association has been working with the City of Houston, and they want to ensure a smooth permitting process to get residents back in their units as soon as possible.

To guide you through this process the City has provided us with a Post-Storm Permitting guide, a sample of the building permit application for your review, a project cost estimate and their flood damage repair checklist.

When you go by the permitting center located at 1002 Washington Ave B1 in Houston, make sure to identify yourself as a flood affected property owner and they will help you through the process.

Directions for Post-Storm Permitting, click here.


Liberty opens a new office in Phoenix and hires Pamela Godsil as Branch Manager

Houston, TX February 25, 2016-The Liberty Group has opened an apartment temporary staffing office in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in the multifamily housing industry. We have hired Pamela Godsil as the Branch Manager.

Pamela Godsil Phoenix Branch ManagerOur new office is in the Biltmore area right off of Camelback with easy access to all public transportation. This branch office will also serve the surrounding cities such as Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona. We knew we wanted our office to be in a prime location, and we sought after a Branch Manager, who had been in the Phoenix area and the multifamily housing industry for many years. That is when we met Pamela Godsil. Pamela came from Alliance Residential as a Business Manager and has won several awards during her nineteen years in various positions. Ms. Godsil is very involved in the Arizona Multihousing Association and came highly recommended to us. She is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and in finding the talented individuals to fill our client needs. We are thrilled to welcome Pamela on board.

Click here for a map of the Phoenix office located at 4742 N 24th Street Suite 300 Phoenix, AZ 85016.

For more information about The Liberty Group and its other locations, click here. You can search and or apply for positions in the Phoenix area.

The Liberty Group is a National Executive Search and Temporary Staffing firm specializing in the multifamily housing industry since 1977. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Shonna Schneider-Marquis or Pamela Godsil 855-961-7666 (toll-free).


Opening of Our New Indianapolis Office

HoBeckiLorduston, TX, February 12, 2016– The Liberty Group, a National Executive Search and Temporary Staffing firm specializing in the rental property management industry since 1977 is proud to announce the opening of their Indianapolis office. Becki Lord, previously Director of Business Development for Indatus and longtime Indiana resident has been hired as the new Indianapolis Branch Manager. Ms. Lord has 27 years of experience to the multifamily industry and received her BS degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

“We knew we wanted to open a branch in Indianapolis early in 2016. Indianapolis has a thriving economy and boasts impressive growth in the property management industry. Our clients have asked when we would be offering our temporary services in this area, so we sought out a talented Branch Manager. That is when we met Becki Lord and we knew instantly she was a fit for the Liberty Group. Becki has an outstanding reputation and is dedicated to providing excellent customer service. We are thrilled to have Becki on our team to open our Indianapolis office.” Matthew Smith, Senior Vice President, The Liberty Group.

The Liberty Group’s Indianapolis office is located on the north side of Indianapolis at 8888 Key Crossing, Suite 1300. For additional information, please contact Shonna Schneider-Marquis or Becki Lord at 855 961-7666 (toll-free).


 

Angie Lavrack, CAM, CAS Earns the Elite Go-Getter Blue Jacket
Congratulations Angie!

Angie Earns the Go-Getter Elite Blue Jacket

November 19, 2015–Angie Lavrack was presented the Elite Go Getter Blue Jacket at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, November 12. Angie Lavrack is an Account Manager at The Liberty Group. She received her B.S. from the University of Houston before joining the multifamily industry and becoming a leasing agent. During her sixteen-year career she worked her way up to a property manager position. In 2011 she started working at The Liberty Group. While working in multifamily, Angie received her CAM designation in 2002 and her CAPS designation in 2005. She also obtained her Texas Real Estate license in 2007. In addition, Angie regularly volunteers her time with the Houston Apartment Association. She is a Go-Getter, Ambassador Team Captain and sits on the Resident Relations Committee, BGF Century Club as well as the Community Outreach Committee.

When she has free time she enjoys watching football, loves all animals and spending time with her family and friends.

“I remember very clearly the day we met though the date eludes me. Angie was managing for an A+ lease up when I met her on a cold call. Cold calls can go either way, either you are able to talk or not. We spoke at length and I could not believe how gracious she was with her time.

As time went on, we saw each other at HAA functions and I realized that Angie had what I will call “True HAA Spirit” Her graciousness is genuine and defines what HAA is all about…just come on in and make yourself at home! While is biased, if I were a newbie coming onboard, I could not think of a better Ambassador to show me the ropes. I think I can state that most of HAA feels the same way!

4+ years ago, I was nudged by a fellow supplier that Angie needed to work for our team. On behalf of the entire Liberty Group, I don’t think we could have made a better choice!

Receiving the Blue Blazer is a Milestone (no pun). I am still taken that our HAA President Jackie Rhone received hers the same night!

Sometimes you receive a gift and you all that are necessary are to say THANK YOU! Angie’s only goal is to ensure a new supplier’s success and she has done that to the benefit of all!” Dean O’Kelley, National Sales Associate.

AngieAward

The Liberty Group is a National Executive Search and Temporary Staffing firm specializing to the multifamily industry since 1977.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Shonna Schneider-Marquis at 713-961-7666 or email at shonnas@thelibertygroup.com.


Welcome Back Laura Lestus

Laura Lestus, CAS has returned to The Liberty Group as the new Area Manager. Laura started with The Liberty Group in 2008 as Branch Manager in Houston, Texas. Laura quickly became a very active member of the Houston Apartment Association and won the Supplier of the Year in 2014.Laura serves as the Chair of the Ambassador committee, Century Club Member with the Better Government Fund and on the Product and Services Council. She worked tirelessly with Liberty’s own Liberty Cares program for the Camp Hope for Veterans suffering with PTSD, FISH For Hope, Toys for Tots and she personally helps families who are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction.

 


 

2014 Honors: Laura Lestus

Laura Lestus, The Liberty Group, is a longtime, steadfast volunteer for HAA, serving on the Resident Relations and Community Relations committees, and as an Ambassador co-chair, to name just a few. A CAS designate since 2009, she also serves on the HAA Product Service Council and says, ‘It is our responsibility to share our experience and mentor new supplier members in order to continue to grow our association year over year.
By Cody Miller, Houston Apartment Association Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of ABODE, the Houston Apartment Association magazine.

 


 

A Gracious Welcome

Even after seven years as an Ambassador, earning a Certified Apartment Supplier designation and serving as this year’s Expo chair, Dean O’Kelley says he still feels like a relative newcomer to the industry. ABODE asked O’Kelley, our 2013 Supplier of the Year, to share his thoughts on customer service and what advice he gives new HAA members to help them succeed.By Rachel Zoch, Houston Apartment Association
Reprinted from the September 2013 issue of ABODE, the Houston Apartment Association magazine.

 


 

Revenue Management Shifts Into High Gear

A new career track is gaining popularity in the apartment industry: revenue management. Software products designed to push rents integrated with property management database systems have evolved in their ability to maximize rental rates based on myriad information, which includes current occupancy, amenities, location and market trends.By Ken Bohan, CPC, CTS
President, The Liberty Group
Reprinted from the August 2013 issue of Units Magazine

 


 

Filling the “Green” Chair

A growing trend in multifamily housing is the process of ‘going green’ in both new developments and retrofits. Companies of all sizes are seeking to effectively decrease expenses while improving the marketability of their portfolios through the implementation of sustainability positions. By Ken Bohan, CPC, CTS
President, The Liberty Group
Reprinted from the February 2013 issue of Units Magazine

 


 

Closing the Gap

Transferable skills, unlike job-specific skills, are those skills you use in nearly every job. These skills are integrated into your workday and can be used across different fields but rarely stand out as obviously as skills that are easier to quantify. By Laura Lestus, CAS
Houston Branch Manager, The Liberty Group
Reprinted from the February 2013 issue of ABODE Magazine, the Houston Apartment Association magazine

 


 

Focus on Austin: 2012 Professional of the Year Award Ceremony

Shonna’s supervisor says she exemplifies all that The Liberty Group stands for, is a value-add at every turn, and that he cannot imagine his team without her. Her peers say that her passion for the community and the Austin Apartment Association has played a significant role in her career as she has represented our association with integrity, leadership, loyalty and honor. Reprinted from the January/February 2013 edition of Window on Rental Housing Magazine

 

 


 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ken Bohan, The Liberty Group, knows the importance of strong connections, civic duty, good business and a great life. By Deborah Nix, Houston Apartment Association
Reprinted from the August 2012 issue of ABODE Magazine, the Houston Apartment Association magazine

 

 


 

You Got the Job!

What are some of the top ways an Apartment Manager can win that big promotion to Regional Manager? And what are the career killers that can hold a Property Manager back? This article has the answers, complete with surveys and interviews with managers from top multifamily management companies. By Ken Bohan, CPC, CTS
President, The Liberty Group
Reprinted from the March 2012 issue of Units Magazine

 

 


 

How to Hire

With a workforce in flux, property management executives are implementing increasingly sophisticated hiring strategies to ensure their firms are stocked with top talent. By Ken Bohan, CPC, CTS
President, The Liberty Group
Reprinted from the February 2011 issue of Units Magazine

 

 


 

Viewpoints

With experience comes perspective, and this article from a longtime HAA supplier member offers some observations and predictions from longtime HAA owner/management leaders. By Ken Bohan, CPC, CTS
President, The Liberty Group
Reprinted from the August 2010 issue of ABODE Magazine, the Houston Apartment Association magazine

 


 

Checking Up

A few thoughtful questions can yield valuable information from a candidate’s reference. By Cheri Ziegler, CPC
Vice President, Liberty Executive Search
Reprinted from the February 2010 issue of ABODE Magazine, the Houston Apartment Association magazine

 

 


 

The Big Picture

Consider a candidate’s personality and expectations as well as his or her professional qualifications. By Cheri Ziegler, CPC
Vice President, Liberty Executive Search
Reprinted from the February 2009 issue of ABODE Magazine, the Houston Apartment Association magazine

 

 


 

Why Is It So Hard to Find Top Talent? And What Can My Company Do to Attract It?

Why is it so difficult to find top quality candidates that should be available RIGHT NOW when your company’s needs are at their greatest? By Shirley I. Kurtz-Levey, CPC, CTS
Vice President, Liberty Executive Search
Reprinted from the March 2003 issue of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine