We Welcome Our New Senior Vice President

Here at Polinger Company, we pride ourselves on growth and development. For this reason, we are thrilled to welcome Maj-Lene Pedersen Keech as our new Senior Vice President of Residential Property Management! Maj-Lene is a skilled professional with over 20 years of multi-family experience and robust industry knowledge.

History of Excellence

Maj-Lene earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Sierra Nevada College and her Master’s of Science in Real Estate with a concentration in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past 15 years, she has been a strong force in the Mid-Atlantic real estate industry, having held positions with Washington REIT, the Bozzuto Management Company, and most recently, as Senior Vice President with PRP Estate Management.

Industry Involvement

Beyond the walls of the office, Maj-Lene is active in the real estate and property management industries. In the past, she served as President for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)’s Northern Virginia Chapter 77. She is currently serving as the Director on the Executive Council for Chapter 77 in addition to serving on the Property Management Association’s PACE committee and she is a member of CREW Northern Virginia.

Looking to the Future

Polinger Company manages more than 5,000 apartments and we are confident that Maj-Lene will bring each to new heights with her passion and dedication to providing residents with the best possible living experience. With Polinger her responsibilities include direction and oversight of our residential properties and marketing, along with personnel matters and owner relations. Maj-Lene also assists in the company’s apartment acquisition process, taking an active role in the evaluation, due diligence, underwriting and closing of investments.

Welcome to the family, Maj-Lene!

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Take Your Child to Work Day

Polinger Company celebrated National Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 26, 2018, with an enthusiastic class of participants.

Children from the marketing, accounting, operations, administration, and construction teams were present. After a breakfast of fruit and donuts, lessons were taught by each department to help the children learn each role. 

Afua Ofori, Director of Human Resources, conducted a welcome session acclimating the children to the basics of property management and how Polinger Company operates. They viewed a slide show presentation and learned the difference between commercial and residential properties. 

Katie Sichinava, Project Accountant and Julia Hoops, Project Accountant taught the importance of budgets and income. As a game, the children were given a monthly stipend and were able to choose how to spend it based on flash cards showing needs and wants. Surprisingly, vegetables were bought in addition to video games.

Kim Cueva, Director of Marketing, showed the importance of a website and the internet. The children then created their own brochures based on what they believed was important to show a prospective renter. There was no shortage of creativity in the room. 

The children took a tour of the office and the outside grounds to help burn some energy. “It was a successful and very fun first “Take Your Child to Work Day” here at Polinger and we look forward to doing it again in the future,” said Ms. Cueva.

Award-Winning Communities

Polinger Company is honored to announce several of its properties won the 2017 National Resident Satisfaction Award from SatisFacts and the 2017 ApartmentRatings Top Rated Award. SatisFacts surveys over 3 million residents of rental apartments nationwide and measures the results for property management companies. ApartmentRatings.com is an online resource for renters to view reviews from existing residents.

The sister companies combine to ask residents about their experiences with moving into the apartment and maintenance requests. 

The SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award is given to properties that achieved a score of 4.0 or higher on their surveys. The ApartmentRatings Top Rated Award recognizes properties with outstanding resident satisfaction as measured by a 70% or greater overall recommended score. Each award has minimum survey return requirements to ensure a proper sampling is achieved. 

Bethesda Place Apartments in downtown Bethesda took top honors of all Polinger properties with a 99% recommended score from Apartment Ratings. The following other properties also won both awards: Highland House and Highland House West in Chevy Chase, Brighton Village in Gaithersburg, Congressional Towers and Rollins Park in Rockville, The Arcadian in Silver Spring, Country Place in Burtonsville, and the Swift Petworth in DC.

 

We thank the teams at our communities for their hard work and dedication for making these awards possible. Congratulations on your success!

Happy Retirement to Sydell Strumpf

Polinger Company is honored to announce the retirement of Sydell Strumpf after 55 years of service. Mrs. Strumpf began as a temporary employee at Congressional Towers apartments in Rockville, and throughout her career, held various positions such as Property Manager and Auditor. In her time as Auditor, she was lovingly known as the “Chief Quality Control Office.” She is described as loyal, honest, hard-working, and caring by those who know her best.

Her expertise, knowledge in Property Management and familiarity with the Polinger way were unparalleled. She was a mentor to many of her colleagues. In her retirement, Sydell plans to spend time with her family and continue enjoying her weekly mahjongg games with friends. She will be greatly missed the Polinger Company family.

Polinger Cares

#PolingerCares 2017

As a part of our annual #PolingerCares company-wide volunteer initiative, the Polinger team tackled a big project at Raymond Education Campus in Washington, D.C., where we came together to paint the school and show off their school colors of green and yellow!

Proudly sporting our Polinger caps, leasing and maintenance teams from various communities were excited to come together for a day of giving back to the community.

Raymond Education Campus, or Charles W. Raymond Elementary School was constructed in two sections in 1924 and 1928, with alterations in 1964 when classrooms on the west side were added. The school was named in honor of Charles W. Raymond, who served as engineer commissioner from 1888 to 1890, and a U.S. Corps of Engineers member.

They strive to empower students to communicate effectively, solve problems independently, demonstrate effective leadership skills, and become responsible citizens in a global society. Their vision is to create an exemplary learning community, where students will acquire the necessary skills to attend college and succeed in our global society.

As an older school, understandably, they wanted a fresher look. The Polinger team jumped at the opportunity to help them achieve that while they work hard to shape the future success of our children.

Dedicated to yet another Polinger volunteer initiative, Mr. Polinger is so proud that his team of talented and hard-working individuals put in their time and effort to really transforming the hallways of this school for students, teachers, and staff to enjoy for years to come. 

We’re fortunate to have a team who cares so much about improving and giving back to the community, and having fun while doing it!

We can’t thank our team enough for volunteering and look forward to our next opportunity! Each of our communities really came together to give back to the community.