Celebrating an anniversary is a great way to recognize the work that has been done. Many companies have the chance to celebrate 1-, 5-, and 10-year anniversaries. Fewer companies can say they celebrated 20- or 30-year anniversaries. And fewer still have celebrated their 40th anniversary. According to the Harvard Business Review, less than 20% of companies that were founded prior to 1980 are in business today. On August 28th of this year, Continental will reach that milestone of 40 years.
Ronald McDonald House Dinner
Thursday June 27th - Continental Cares, alongside Continental team members, served over 50 meals to families that are currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The meal included grilled cheese, tomato soup, sloppy joes, salad, fruit, chips, cake and beverages. Back row from left: Sara Johnson, Senior Development Director and Jim Schloemer, CEO. Front row from left: Brigid Duffy, Legal Team Assistant; Lanae Haertel, Senior Accountant; Amanda Dieringer, Talent Acquisition Specialist; Katie Dietzler, Financial Systems Manager; Andera Schloemer; Amber Lichtensteiger, Accounting Coordinator; Cammie Bergman, Talent Acquisition Specialist and Lynn Brown, Legal Development Director.
Continental is focused on building communities, not only in the literal sense that we build actual communities, but the idea that we build community values and give back to the communities in the form of employment, tax revenue, and so much more. Read below about how past team members felt that Continental “built” communities during their time and how it affected and still affects their personal life.
Former Vice President of Human Resources; 2005 – 2011
Building physical apartment and retail communities is the “What” Continental does... Who Continental is can be found in the ”How” it builds these communities. The “how” is being with a “community” of individuals who passionately utilize the combined individual strengths under the guiding values of the Continental Creed each and every day to achieve excellence. Everyone who interacts with Continental is and has been impacted by the “How”.
I find this ”How” is not something that each employee does just in business dealings at Continental however. Most live and instill these same values in their own families, communities, relationships and activities. “How” CPCI employees have lived and instilled in others the CPCI values outside CPCI over the past 40 years has had a profound positive impact on the “building” of all “communities” employees are involved in outside of Continental!
Former Director of Property Management (Commercial); 1998-2015
My recollection of how Continental “builds community” took place at one of our southern apartment communities. They had experienced severe weather and had lost power for several days. The fantastic staff of this community jumped at the chance to make this situation easier for the residents.
Since the clubhouse had a generator, it was the only place that had electricity. The staff encouraged anyone to come and store their medications if needed in their refrigerator, have a cold drink, or just chat with others. This meant long hours for staff members for several days. But I am sure that many of those residents met a new friend, or just didn’t feel so alone during this experience because of that hard working staff. And that is a wonderful way to “Build a Community”
Former Vice President of Multifamily Operations; 2001 – 2009
During my experiences in the multi-family industry including my 8+ years at Continental I was often amazed at the uphill struggles we had attempting to develop apartment properties in most communities. Despite the fact that we were bringing a quality and well managed development to the neighborhood apartments, to this day are still not welcomed with ‘open arms’.
I've sat in several town hall meetings and listened to the comments about how apartments were not wanted or needed in the community. It was as if the apartments would negatively affect real estate values.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I saw our Springs developments enhance the surrounding community, and serve as a valuable addition to each community. Our residents contributed a positive economic impact, and once ingrained in the community often would move towards a home purchase in the same town.