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Solutions, a contract and direct hire firm spe- cializing in analytics, accounting, engineering and information technology. This year we have added four new associates to grow and better serve our corporate admin/accounting business- es, along with three in executive search and one in accounting. Today, Liberty and its affili- ated and sister companies employ in excess of 77 core employees, and we have five offices and staff located in six states.

What’s in the works for you and Liberty, now and for the future? Growth. Our clients are in need of top tal-

ent, and it is in short supply! With our clients’ ability to once again borrow, we are seeing a resurgence in acquisition, construction and development, and this is further fueling oppor- tunities in the property management field. Like our clients, Liberty is working to hire top- flight staff to meet the needs of our clients. With retirement looming ahead for more of

the baby boomers, the growing need for more technically competent staff, competing indus- tries drawing existing talent away from multi- family, and a general lack of readily available talent, our clients are in greater need than ever of our services. Salaries are once again on the move. No one is going to leave their current position for a lesser financial opportunity. Recent unemployment figures of 8.2 percent leave some to believe that the talent pool is larger than ever. To the extent that the pool is larger, they are correct, especially if you need to hire an auto assembly specialist. Highly quali- fied real estate professionals from the site to the corporate office are in short supply.

What do you consider your greatest accom- plishment with Liberty? Identifying, attracting, hiring, training and

retaining a great staff. I am quite proud of the fact that our executive search team has an aver- age tenure of more than 11 years. Additional accomplishments include maintaining a com- mitment to survive in the tough times, a will- ingness to adapt and the company’s reputation for integrity and service.

What has been the biggest challenge for you? The downturn in the mid-’80s came at a

time when we had just expanded our offices due to year-over-year growth. Everything abruptly came to a standstill. It wasn’t that our clients weren’t using agencies, our clients were just not hiring. Job orders were radically reduced in parallel with the needs of our clients. It was far more challenging than the most recent downturn. An important lesson learned – in the service business you don’t want debt. In the recent “Great Recession of 2008,”

Liberty had no debt and was far better prepared to weather the downturn. (Oftentimes, experi- ence is mistaken for wisdom.)

How did you become involved in HAA? I started attending HAA meetings when I was

still in the property management industry and was an early member of the Society of Apartment Property Supervisors (now ACES). When I opened Liberty, it was very apparent that the association provided the best opportu- nity to network, both from a potential client and candidate perspective.

What role in HAA has been the most interesting? My service on the educational planning

committee has been one of the most interest- ing aspects of my involvement with HAA. The evolution and advancement of the programs never ceases to amaze me. Liberty is a supporter of these programs and is proud to have helped underwrite the computer training room at the new HAA offices.

The toughest? Probably when I was on the HAA board, as a

delegate to the NAA. I, along with my fellow delegates, had to report back the financial defi- ciencies and dysfunctional operations of the NAA to the HAA board. HAA, thankfully, stood by the NAA, and today our national association is both financially solvent and doing an out- standing job of representing the industry both legislatively and educationally.

The most rewarding? My years on the Product Service Council,

leading eventually to my heading that commit- tee, were incredibly rewarding. During my tenure on the PSC, we were able to institute the HAA auction, which has provided an opportu- nity for all associate members to sponsor events, not just the PSC. In addition, we were able to achieve voting

status for the Century Club members, which has resulted in increased membership and par- ticipation. My involvement with the PSC led to a slot on the HAA Board.


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