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.
Thursday, October 10th - Continental Properties hosted its first ever wine tasting event. This was another event celebrating 40 years of amazing accomplishments. Jeff’s Spirits on Main, one of Continental's first developments in the 80s, helped make the event successful. We sampled nine different wines: reds, whites, and a sparkling wines were served up alongside snacks. Several of our Regional Community Directors, who were unable to make our 40th celebration in September due to Hurricane Dorian, were able to attend the event. On Friday morning, each team member was given their very own Special Label 40th bottle of wine!
Monday, October 7th - Continental Cares, including Continental team and family members, served chili (in honor of summer leaving Wisconsin) to families that are currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The team also made 'dinners to go' for the families who could not make it during dinner time. Back row from left: Mitch Wilichowski, John Minahan - Director of MF Acquisitions, Melissa Wilichowski - Development Coordinator, and Scott Rivers - Financial Analyst. Middle row from left: Ravshan Babakhodjaev - CPM, Gwyn Wheeler - Development Director, Kim Grimm - EVP of Development and Chief Talent Officer, and Eric Gumm - Development Director. Front row from left: Alyssa Flandermeyer - Development Coordinator, Kelly Luther - Procurement Manager, Lanae Haertel - Senior Accountant, and Jenny Armer - Regional Director.
Thursday, September 5th - Each year the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee hosts an amazing musical lineup. We have had Rush, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, .38 Special, and so on. However, Thursday, the grounds played host to a different kind of party: Continental's official 40th birthday celebration. We enjoyed a slideshow of the past 40 years, food and drinks, then the night ended with the all too satisfying defeat of the Bears as the Packers squeezed out a narrow win. It is always great to come together as a company, outside of work, and enjoy time together with our families.
Saturday, August 17th - On Saturday, August 17th, Continental Cares and the Revitalize Milwaukee team helped over 20 homes in Milwaukee during the annual Revitalize MKE Block Build. Continental sponsored a building owned by an elderly couple who have lived there for the past 14 years. The work consisted of scraping and repainting windows, sealing windows, installing grab bars, rebuilding balconies, and adding some much needed landscaping amongst many other tasks throughout the day. All tasks had a singular goal - to provide repairs and updates to make the couple's living experience safe in order for them to continue to live at their residence.
Local Food Truck Elevates Confab
Monday, July 22nd - Each quarter, Continental holds a Confab lunch discussing how our previous quarter unfolded and where we are in our development pipeline. This quarter, in light of our 40 year anniversary, our Confab focused around where we are going, what's new on Continental's horizon, and how we are in good shape to weather unknown, future storms. We discussed the communities we have developed both in the literal sense of putting brick and mortar into the ground, but also the lives we have impacted along the way. Staying true to our Creed is what makes Continental a company of leaders, thinkers, doers, and an organization of change.
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; Andrea 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.