Despite the challenging economic climate, the Apartment Finder is weathering the storm and carving new paths to victory with a great team! Together Everyone Achieves More and teamwork has truly made the difference in our success this past year. I am proud to work with such amazing talent and would like to recognize these outstanding leaders and achievers for 2009:
Publisher of the Year:
Crystal Tolen – Tulsa
Dedication to her market, commitment to her clients and superb results have helped Crystal increase the Tulsa market by more than 20% over last year.
Crystal also successfully opened a satellite publication in Northwest Arkansas that has garnered significant support from clients, who appreciate Apartment Finder working to help build their business in smaller markets.
Sales Team of the Year:
Terry Fritz and the terrific Denver sales team took charge last year to drive the Denver Apartment Book to all-time highs in pages and results! Every issue, more and more apartment communities are taking advantage of the incredible commitment of the Apartment Book team to help drive leases. The secret sauce for the Denver team is their enthusiasm for making their clients -- and each other -- successful.
Congratulations to The Apartment Book team in Denver – Terry Fritz, Sr. Publisher, Joel Sandoval, AE, Megan Dyk, AE, Kim Grant, AE, Shannon Barsi, Admin/CSR.
Rookie Publisher of the Year:
Carol Nemmers, New Orleans – and the Louisiana markets
Wow, Carol came into the state of Louisiana and took it by storm! She has grown the Finder presence across the state, gaining recognition in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Monroe and Shreveport. Carol also launched Apartment Finder on land and online in New Orleans, building the market from the ground up.
Carol has led her team to many victories as we have expanded our AF footprint in Louisiana! Each Finder market has grown, and Carol has spread over-the-top customer service to every single advertiser. Her gracious and caring attitude is appreciated by customers and Apartment Finder Family alike.
Market of the Year:
Triad, NC (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point)
Long-time publisher Dale Holder has led his team into unchartered territory in the past year, reaping the rewards of steady and reliable service to the market. Under Dale's leadership, the Apartment Finder hit its all-time highs in customers and revenue to become the leading marketing partner in the market.
It is through persistence, the dedicated efforts of a seamless team, well-attended Connection Club events, and knowing that excellence was within their grasp that they were able to reach this level and never looked back! What an incredible year for the Triad team -- Dale Holder, Publisher, Kim Yedlowski, AE, and Robin Broadway, Admin/CSR.
Account Executive of the Year:
Susan Buksa, Las Vegas
With Susan’s outstanding contributions, Las Vegas has experienced their best year ever. Susan has been an integral part to this incredible progress, working with publisher Chandra Vail to take establish Apartment Finder as a high-quality marketing partner that delivers reliable results. Susan's hard work and dedication has impressed every one of us on the Apartment Finder team. Go Susan!
Administrative/Sales Support Person of the Year:
Josh Ormond, Upstate NY
Josh does an incredible job every single day. He manages the efforts of five publications in all areas of our business: sales, service, collections, production, and all office duties. He bills 3500 pages a year, has 40 closing production deadlines, in addition to supporting our Upstate sales team with their sales, service and reporting efforts!!
Not only is Josh a reliable and consistent resource for the sales team...he's also an innovator always looking for new ways to improve. Last year, Josh wrote a software system for our classified publication in Upstate to help with processing our ads and billing that saved NCI $30k per year! It took us from a manual to an automated reporting system. The extra effort he took to enhance our process and to make our work environment a better work place was truly outstanding!
Congratulations to all of our exceptional winners. The Apartment Finder team is filled with strong and talented people. In the past year, these stars shone brighter and stronger!