On Wednesday, November 2nd, nearly 135 Continental team members gathered at the Pilot House at the Discovery World Museum for Continental’s 2016 State of the Company (SOC) meeting. During this event, which is held annually, team members had an opportunity to learn about Continental’s accomplishments in 2016 as well as considering how the organization will achieve its goals in 2017.
During Continental's annual "State of the Company" event that took place this week, Ashley Napoli was named the 2016 Rich Bell Award winner. The recognition is given every year to the individual who best embodies the Continental Creed.
I am pleased to announce several promotions in the Development Department.
Sara Johnson has been promoted to Senior Development Director. Sara's Continental career path is a tremendous example of continuous growth. She started as a temporary CAD Tech in 2004. Soon after she was hired as a Land Planner. She then moved up to Development Coordinator, then to Development Associate, and then to her most recent position, Development Director. Along the way, she was also our Design Manager.
It’s with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Sara Dashti to Land Planner on the Retail/Hospitality Team. In February 2016, Sara moved into the AutoCAD Tech role within Development. Prior to this Sara held several intern positions in both Construction and Development.
Springs Apartments property managers from all over the country, along with senior management and other operations team members gathered last week at the Aloft Chicago O'Hare for our annual Managers' Meeting.
It is with great pleasure that I announce two promotions in the Accounting Department: Heather Carl has been promoted to Accounting Supervisor – Multifamily Operations and Jeremy Swanson has been promoted to Project Accountant.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Sneha Tamma to Tax Associate.
The key to the success of Continental has always been the people. From the moment you walk in the door as a new member of the team, you'll be impressed with the quality of every individual who works here. You'll start hearing some phrases repeated - not because we're mimics but because it comes naturally when the organization you join shares your values. "Continental DNA", the "Best and the Brightest", "Prairie Dogs*" are three examples of how we regularly describe ourselves.
Since 2012, Continental’s recruiting volume has more than doubled. In 2016, we are on pace to hire 144 new team members, between the home office and the Springs. As the company and our Springs portfolio continues to grow, the need for a position dedicated to providing our hiring managers with the resources and support necessary to effectively and efficiently fill open positions has become apparent. So without further ado, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Nikki Rozek to the newly created position of Talent Acquisition Specialist.
One of the biggest topics discussed during Continental's first Challenge Meetings in 2015 was what to do with all of the new people we would need to support our growth. Space in our home office was getting very tight, with not much room for new team members. After deliberating on many options, we decided to turn our third-floor storage area into new office space.