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President’s Pen Did You Blink?


2014 TAA PAC Contributions


$30,000


I know I blinked. Is it really July? It has been an exciting first half of the year in the multifamily industry in the Triangle – continuing record sale transactions, record new construction delivery in the sizzling Downtown Raleigh market and Duke University market, and record advocacy participation at the State Capitol promoting our industry to elected leaders. With this excitement, I hope it has been a successful first half of 2014.


I am a closet procrastinator. Some of you that know me well may not believe it, but it is true! I am writing this message on June 14… only 5 days past due. In talking to my wife about this article over the past several days, I kept saying “this writer’s block is killing me.” She pulled me back to center saying it is not writer’s block. You need to share a message about slowing down and breathing as this is keeping you from focusing on your message.


$6,573


She was right and I am sure a majority of you read- ing this message are in the same boat. We are all working at 100 MPH just to keep our heads slightly above water. It is the nature of our industry and the reason we all love coming to work each day. Every day is different; every challenge is unique.


Here are a few suggestions for slowing down, breathing, finding balance, and finding rejuvenating activities in our daily routines:


President’s Challenge: In our 30th year, the goal is $30,000 in


TAA PAC Contributions.


• Stop and smell the roses. Take a stroll around your property, inspect landscaping, check on breezeways and chat up some residents. Fresh air and moving around can do wonders for your mind and body.


• Take a lunch break. Get up from your desk, go to a quiet area, and enjoy some “me time” if only for a few minutes. You need that mental break!


• Volunteer. I am asked all the time, “how much time is being President taking up?” My answer is the


same. It takes time but it is rejuvenating. It is a break from the daily grind. Volunteer in your community or volunteer in TAA. You will be surprised how actually adding more to your plate will make you feel better and even result in more productivity.


• Invest in yourself. So often, I hear people leaving training excited and energized, ready to implement what they just learned. Make time for training and do it often. Keep the excited and energized feelings going year round.


As a wise man once said, “you can’t go from Chili’s server to CEO in a week!” Appreciate where you are; master your current responsibility. More importantly, focus on balance and grow smart.


It is my sincerest hope that your membership in the Triangle Apartment Association has been fulfilling, leading to a strong return on your investment over the first six months of the year. As we enter budget season, remember all of the resources available at TAA from rental space to host those budget camp meetings to our valued service partners eager to earn your business.


On behalf of the TAA Staff and the TAA Board of Directors, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Falk family on the passing of David C. Falk, Sr. after battling a prolonged illness and to the Everett family on the passing of Simon Everett who left us far too early at the age of 30 in a tragic accident. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” –Thomas Campbell, Scottish Poet


Until next time…


Bob Metzger CAM, CAPS President


Northwood Ravin taapresident@triangleaptassn.org


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