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You have been a great advocate and sponsor for the Industry Achievement Awards, now Honors Awards. Why is this program so important to you? This is Liberty’s and HAA’s opportunity


to recognize the best of the best. What we have tried to do as a company is to represent the best firms and provide them with top talent. I am always proud to see previous temporary associates, placed candidates and well-respected clients receive the recognition they so richly deserve.


You are also a great advocate for HAA’s government affairs department. What is it that draws you to industry advocacy? As goes the apartment industry, so goes


the core of The Liberty Group. The indus- try’s advocacy programs are a critical component in terms of appropriate taxa- tion and regulation. If we had a stronger voice in the 1980s, the grandfathering of existing properties in the tax reform pro- gram might have been approved and the resulting bankruptcies and foreclosures would not have occurred. It is important to stand up for and


financially support what you believe in, for in doing so you earn the right to shape opinions and the eventual direc- tion of policy.


Mayor Annise Parker just named you to the Planning Commission. How did your appointment come into being? I have been a contributor to Mayor


Parker’s campaigns in the past and have had the privilege of serving on commit- tees for both of her recent campaigns for mayor. I feel that Houston is most fortu- nate to have an individual with her integrity, commitment and vision in the role of mayor. Most recently, I reached out to Annise and asked how I could make a further contribution to the city. She suggested an opportunity to serve on the Planning Commission, which I readily accepted.


What does this new role mean for you? Serving on the Planning Commission


is the opportunity to learn and better understand the process and hopefully, when appropriate, make a difference.


How about the political climate and future of Houston for the industry? The city enjoys a pro-business environ-


ment, as does Texas. Over the years, Houston has been graced with continu- ing growth and an economy that, while not always robust, has been relatively healthy. The opportunities over the next three to five years for new development and redevelopment are quite bright. Financial restraint will hopefully control significant overdevelopment, which should boost occupancies, as well as rental rates. Today, HAA enjoys a good relationship with our city officials. Our opinions are heard. We are fortunate to have Andy Teas as HAA’s legislative liaison.


Whom do you admire in the industry? There are so many it is difficult to


name just one. Several that come to mind are Nora Krakower, Tony Pusateri, Bill Dinerstein and Eileen Subinsky – all passionate trailblazers and outspoken, professional leaders that have given back to the industry.


Whom do you admire in life? My father, for his integrity, work ethic


and his passion for his profession and patients. He was a pediatrician who had the largest pediatric practice in OKC with office hours seven days a week.


Would you like to tell us about your family and friends today? As to family, I am an only child, and


my wonderful parents have gone to the angels, but I am blessed many times over to have very dear and supportive friends both within and out of the apartment industry. I have been twice blessed with life partners. My first partner, Harry K. Hodge, DDS, and I were together for 15 years before he passed away in 1993. Several years later, I was fortunate to meet Dean O’Kelley, a most gracious and sup- portive man, and we have been together now for over 13 years.


I know you are an avid traveler. Can you tell us about some of your recent adven- tures? A favorite trip? It is a great gift to see the many won-


derful people and things around the world while being able to unwind, relax and share it with friends. If I were to pick the most exotic place I have ever been, it would be Egypt. The pyramids, the Sphinx – standing before them and realiz- ing how long ago they were built and


“I can’t think of a better person for us to honor than Ken. Over the last 30 years, he has made a positive and far-reaching impact in our industry by carefully picking the human capital that supports the real estate. This isn’t just citywide but nationally. I was fortunate enough to be one of his pro- tégées and consider myself lucky. Even today I still will call Ken to ask his expertise in this great field of ours. Who better to ask than Ken Bohan, given all of his contributions to the multifamily business?” – Kim Small, MORGAN


“Ken is one of the kindest and most supportive bosses I have ever had the privilege to work for. He is a true leader in the recruiting industry and pos- sesses a moral compass that constantly points in the right direction. Ken leads by example and reminds those of us who work for him that no shortcuts exist and we owe it to our clients to provide the best possible service each and every day. I am truly fortunate to be able to work for Ken Bohan.”


– Matthew Smith, The Liberty Group


“I was extremely excited to hear that Ken Bohan was this year’s Hall of Fame honoree, and some jumping up and down yelling ‘woo-hoo!’ may have taken place. My heart is filled with joy while honoring Ken. He has dedicated his life to helping so many people not just find a career but find a successful career path. In our lifetime, we will never know the full impact of the success that has been achieved by all who have had the opportunity to work with Ken.


I will never be able to thank him enough for the love and support he gave me in the months leading up to the death of my mother. I was able to experience and enjoy her final days only because Ken made it possible for me to take any time I needed to do what I had to do. He rallied the Liberty team, and the support I received was life-changing. His response was, ‘I have your back.’ It doesn’t get any better than that!


Mr. B –Thank you for setting such a wonderful example of strength, determination and being a man of vision and unquestioned integrity. Congratulations!”


– Laura Lestus, The Liberty Group


“When I was looking for a job in 1988 after companywide layoffs, my boss and vice president at the time suggested I call Ken. He was the consum- mate professional and assisted me right away with solid guidance. From that point on, it was clear he was a leader in his field.


Over the years, I have become personal friends with Ken and enjoyed his friendship so very much. He actually attended ‘The Nutcracker’ with me and my family in Oklahoma City 16 years ago and was extremely gracious when my 5- and 6-year-old nieces and nephew did not appreciate ballet yet and were quite disruptive. Ken just took it all in stride as he does everything. He is professional, wise, thought-provoking and most impor- tantly, honest. I have appreciated his unwavering support of our associa- tion at the local, state and national levels and the volunteerism his entire company provides. This award is richly deserved, and I am honored to know Ken and celebrate with him.” – Suan Tinsley, Vesta Management Services


“I don't know of anyone more deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award than Ken Bohan. His loyalty and dedication to HAA is without peer. We are very fortunate to have him in our industry. Congratulations, Ken.” – Dick LaMarche, Creative Property Management Co.


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