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Product Service Council

  Marivel Bownds, CAS, Valet Living
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Nine years  
  • Ever worked on the mgmt side? No 
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my 6th year. 
  • Who do you sell to? Multi-Family Communities 
  • Who is your customer? Asset Manager, Regional Manager, and Property Manager.
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Ambassadors, Expo, Community Outreach and Career and Community Development Committee 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I enjoy meeting new people and developing strong working partnerships.  
  713.806.9830 
  281.684-7856    
  marivel.bownds@valetliving.com    
 

Dixie Caldwell-Greer, CAS, The Liberty Group

  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? I have been in the industry for 18 years and I was on the management side for 8 of those years.  
  • How long have you served on the council? This will be my first year!  
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? Our customers are the properties, Management Companies Corporate offices, and Vendor offices. We supply temporary, temp to hire and direct hire Candidates for any Leasing, Assistant Manager, Manager, Maintenance, Make Ready, Porter, Housekeeper and Clerical positions.  
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Ambassadors, Careers and Community Development Committee, Community Outreach, Chili Cook Off, Century Club, BGF and Go Getters  
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I enjoy the multifamily industry because of the great people and awesome opportunities it present and every day is different and exciting. It’s been 18 years and I am still learning new things and meeting new people. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with new supplier member’s to make their experience as great as mine.  
   713.518.5390  
  713.961.7666  
  dixiec@thelibertygroup.com  
  Peggy Charles, CASE, Sunny Rock International, LLC
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been active for 17 years and have never been on the mgmt. side.  
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my 11th year on the council. 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? On the service side of Meyer Smith Inc., I deal with managers, asst. managers, maintenance and occasionally supervisors. If it is a large rehab project, supervisors, maintenance supervisors and occasionally VP & owners. Also on large rehabs I deal with general contractors and project managers. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Being involved with as many HAA committees has been a good part of my success in this industry. I would advise all new vendors to do the same. Ambassadors is a must for new vendors (in my opinion). Sports Challenge, Women Golf, Chili Cook off, Expo, Community Outreach, PSC - education subcommittee, Century Club. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? Working in this industry is like having one big family. Once you have made friends you keep them for years. People may move to a different company or move up in the company but rarely do they go out of the industry. Often the ones that leave come back because they miss the friendship that this industry has to offer. I think that is what keeps me passionate about the multifamily industry because owners and management are always changing (buying/selling/building) and I love change. Though all the changes the people remain the same, one big family. HAA, with all their events, makes it easy to get in front of the people you want to meet. 
  713.417.2126  
   281.564.4199
  peggy@sunnyrockint.com
 

Dylan Coleman, CAS, Camp Construction Services

  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? 2 ½ years...No    
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my second year. 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? My customers or “partners” as we refer to them at Camp include Multifamily Management Companies & Multifamily Property Owners/Ownership Groups. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? I am currently working on EXPO Committee, HAA NEXT, Community Outreach Committee. and the Ambassador One Society.  
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I work in this industry because of its stability, and the wonderful group of people you get to work and interact with. My passion for my work stems from the constantly changing environment of the industry that assures new and exciting challenges are never in short supply.  
  409.673.7210  
   
  dcoleman@campconstruction.com  
  Grant Crowell, CAS The Urban Forester, Vice President
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? have been active in HAA since 2005. I had a short off period where I launched my own business, but quickly regrouped and was back in the game 
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my fifth year on PSC.
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? For small projects we sell directly to the on-site staff and managers, but for whole property trimming contracts, we are often working directly with owners or with owner's representatives who are putting together a large scale rehab. We also serve many of the vendor members such as landscape companies that do not have tree pruning and removal capabilities in house. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? I am active on the Ambassador Club and with Century Club. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? Managers in this industry have a lot on their plate. I look at this as an opportunity to help people in an area that they usually get very little support. Helping people is the name of the game in all of business success. I'm just passionate in general about what we do, how I support my family and how our business adds to the overall fabric of the Houston Apartment Association. One thing I enjoy most about my business is being viewed as an expert in my field. 
  832.731.6531  
   
  grant@theurbanforesters.com
  Deborah DeRouen, CAS, ResPage
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? I’ve been in the industry for 15 years. About 10 years of that time was spent working on the management side. I have a pretty broad perspective of our industry. I’ve worked as a leasing agent, assistant manager and manager on site. I have association experience and I’ve been a supplier for a few years now. 
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my third year serving.
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? I sell to managers, regionals, owners. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Co-Captain for Ambassadors, Community Outreach, HAA NEXT, Go Getters, Better Government Fund, Chili Cook-Off Committee and Expo Committee 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? There are so many opportunities in our industry. There is never a dull moment in multifamily no matter what area you work in. It’s always exciting and there’s always something new to learn. We live in a great city that is booming with opportunity, especially in our industry and that makes it easy to stay passionate. I’ve also met some pretty amazing people along the way! 
   903.277.5451
    
    DeborahD@respage.com
   
  Derek DeVries, CAS, Camp Construction Services
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Three years
  • Ever worked on the mgmt side? No I have not. 
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my third year  
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? Greystar, Orion, Francis, Tarantino 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Ambassadors, chili committee, community outreach, BGF, Expo committee 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? Every day is different from the day before. I come to work and don’t know what may come my way or whom I may meet. It is a never ending adventure. 
  713.859.8799  
  713.413.2267  
  DDeVries@campconstruction.com   
  Brian Febbo, CAS, FSI Construction
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? I’ve been active in the HAA for 13 Years...5 of which were onsite.
  • How long have you served on the council? This will be my second year.  
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? Multi Family Property Owners, Owners Representatives, Management Companies, Regional Mangers in need of capital work.  
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Ambassadors, Community Outreach, Expo Committee, Steering Committee-Better Government Fund, and Product Service Council  
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I started in the industry as a Leasing Consultant 13 years ago looking for more constant hours. What I found was a industry with endless potential and wonderful people looking to help me achieve what ever professional goals I could imagine. I have learned so much from so many people… and I have alway been surprised by the interest our Industry leaders have in those looking to make a difference. So I guess to sum it up the reason I work in this industry and what help keep me passionate is “The People in it”! 
  281.415.5190  
   
  brianfebbo@fsiconstruction.com   
  Israel Garza, CAS, Maintenance Supply Headquarters, President
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? This will be my 10th year being active with the HAA on the supplier/vendor side.  I have never worked on the management side. 
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my sixth year serving on the council and honored to serve with such an elite group of members.  
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? I am a National Account Manager for Maintenance Supply Headquarters and my direct clients are toward owners and/or  the corporate side of the Management Company that make the decision to use MSH as an approved MRO Supplier.   
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Board of Directors, PSC Officer, Ambassador Club, Century Club, Community Relations Committee, Expo Committee & HAA Lyceum Graduate.  
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it?  It’s the people, the opportunities for business and it’s ever-changing environment.  I’ve been fortunate to make very good friends in this industry.  This association does an excellent job of creating networking opportunities and has been a great avenue that continues to help me be successful.  It truly is rewarding to be part of such a professional and yet fun group of people 
  832.683.7896    
      
  izzy.garza@supplyhq.com  
 

Dan James, CAS, Redevelopment Inc

  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side?   I came into the industry with Gemstar Construction in 1999. I have never worked on the management side.   
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my fourth year on the council. 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? We sell to owners, developers and management companies. Our customer can be anyone from property level staff to executive management and owners.
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA?  Chili Cook Off Committee, Community Outreach Committee.  I volunteer when I can.  
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I love the "work hard- play hard" nature of this industry. No matter how hard the work is, the people of this industry seem to always have a zest for life! I am passionate about real estate, especially redevelopment. To be a part of the process that brings distressed properties back to viability is always challenging and rewarding for me. I love it.
  713.501.7555  
     
  djames@redevelopmentinc.com
  Debra Knight, CAS, Valet Living
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been active for about 8 years and only on the vendor side.
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my 3rd year to serve on the council.
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? I sell to property manager's, supervisors, marketing directors and owners depending on the company. My customer is anyone who leases on-site, managers/supervises/owns a property that is looking to market to prospective renters.
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? I am a part of the Ambassador Club, Community Outreach and CCDC.
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I actually fell into the apartment industry without knowing anything about it and have been impressed constantly with all of the opportunity. I love the camaraderie among everyone in the industry, even competitors, and the opportunity to grow, especially in regards to education. What keeps me passionate is the relationships and friendships I've formed as well as the opportunity to constantly grow and learn.
  281.250.9517  
      
  debra.knight@valetliving.com
 

Stephanie Krop, CASE, Buyer's Access

  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side? I have been active in the industry since fall of 1989, working onsite from 1989-2004 and starting on the vendor path in 1994 with The Apartment Guide. I was with Direct Energy for almost 8 years and now with Buyer's Access.
  • How long have you served on the council? 8 years
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer?   
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Expo Committee, Chili-Cookoff Committee, PSC... 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I've grown up in the industry. My first job was part-time leasing, while going to night school. I was blessed to be surrounded and mentored by industry leaders from the beginning. These contacts enabled me to mature and utilize the knowledge in not only my onsite experience, but also when I joined the vendor side. The multi-family industry is the largest "family" on earth...and is very likely we have shared all aspects of our lives through births, deaths and disasters...and anything in between. I have the privilege  of working with people, I care about. This enables me to stay motivated to do my best, thus motivates my team into providing their very best to our clients...our extended family. I think our success comes not so much from what we do in our job, but how well we do it...and who we are taking along for the ride. 
  832. 477.0081
   
  skrop@buyersaccess.com
  Jacob Kunath, CAS, Century A/C Supply, Secretary
  • How long have they been active in the industry? 7 years 
  • How long have you served on the council? This is my fourth year.
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? We sell to managers and maintenance on a property level but, also have good relationships with regional supervisors as well. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Several: Technology, Ambassadors, Community Relations 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I've always had a passion for sales, and this seemed like the perfect fit. All the new faces we run in to and the old friends we stay in contact with keeps our industry a close knit community and that makes it FUN! 
  713.598.0482  
  281.776.1900  
  jkunath@centuryac.com  
  Laura Lestus, CAS, The Liberty Group, Treasurer
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been working in our industry since 1998 when I began my career as a leasing agent. On site I have held the positions of: assistant manager, manager and marketing director. I became an active vendor member in 2005 with the Houston Apartment Guide, The Liberty Group in 2008 and Smart Apartment Data this year. Having the experience of working on the management side has helped me greatly in understanding the challenges my clients face day to day and that knowledge gives me the ability to team up with my clients to provide the most effective staffing solutions.   
  • How long have you served on the council? I have been on the Product Service Council since 2010 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? I sell staffing solutions. My customers are both supplier members that would include their corporate offices and administrators to all on site, leasing and maintenance staff and management positions.     
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? I am a Co-Chair for the Ambassadors Committee, Better Government Fund Century Club, Career and Community Development and Go Getters membership committee. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? Our association provides a platform that fosters personal and professional growth while providing an opportunity to give back to our industry and community. My belief is it is our responsibility to share our experience and mentor new supplier members in order to continue to grow our association year over year . I have been Blessed with many wonderful opportunities and friends for a lifetime through HAA and my motto is "Pay It Forward"...  
  281.650.2878  
     
  laura@thelibertygroup.com
  Liz Levins, CAS, Impact Floors
  • How long have they been active in the industry? 16 years
  • Have you ever worked on the mgmt side? No
  • When did you join the council? 2014 (i think?) 
  • Who is your customer within multifamily? The manager? supervisor, maintenance staff? The Manager, Supervisor(s), Maintenance, Owner,Regional (all of the above)  
  • What committee/club do you volunteer for in HAA? EXPO, Chilli Cook Off, PAC, NEXT, Ambassadors, Product Service Council, Community Outreach 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I love this industry! The people I meet and the friends I make are endless as well as the professional career enhancements. To be able to Service someone with the product(s) they need and deliver with excellence is of high importance to me both personally and professionally. It's the feeling I get when assisting someone for the greater good that makes my soul feel full which is what this industry allows me to do on a daily. It is an awesome industry to be involved in and I take much pride in being apart of it. 
  832.453.1718  
  713.686.9222  
  llevins@impactfloors.com
 
 

David Lindley, CAS, FSI Construction  

  • How long have they been active in the industry?  I have been active in the industry since 2013
  • How long have you served on the council? I have served on the council since 2015
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? My customer is the individual property and the management company. I assist with capital improvements to their assets.
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA?  I serve on the Expo and Chili committees. I am a member of the Ambassador ONE Society, Better Government Fund and Go-Getters.  I am also on the Education Advisory Council.
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it?  I work in this industry for its ties to the community.  I believe every step forward myself and my company make has a real impact on of the people who occupy the units and communities we serve.  Houston is my home.  I am honored to serve with all the individuals who work hard everyday to make the multifamily industry great.  I maintain a high level of passion because I believe every little bit extra we do makes a difference. 
  832.477.1158  
  713. 690.5330 
  david@fsiconstruction.com
 

Candis Mohr, CAS, AAA Plumbers 

  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ever worked on the mgmt side?  I have been active in the industry for a little over three years and I love every minute of it!  
  • How long have you served on the council?  This will be my second year.
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer?  We sell to all levels in the apartment association, from owners to the maintenance staff. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA?  I am currently involved in many committees within The Houston Apartment Association: Ambassadors, Community Outreach, HAA NEXT, Go Getters, Better Government Fund, Chili Cook-Off Committee, EXPO, and I am currently in the Leadership Lyceum Class of 2015.
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it?  What keeps you passionate about it? With my father, Cesar, being one of the owners of AAA Plumbers, I have grown up around HAA.  When I started working for AAA Plumbers I was very enthusiastic when they asked me to get involved within the organization. I have already formed many wonderful friendships that have helped me grow personally, professionally and spiritually.  I cannot think of a better organization, or group of people, to learn from, grow with or form relationships with. It doesn’t feel like ‘work’ when you work with some of the best people in Houston!
  832.330.3998  
  713.462.4753  
  candismohr@aaaplumbers.com
  Doug Oehl, CAS, Power Express
  • How long have they been active in the industry? We have been active with HAA for over a year, 2 years in July. We have been pursuing the multifamily industry for 3 years.
  • Ever worked on the mgmt side? No
  • How long have you served on the council? This will be my first year on the council.  
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? Everyone needs electricity but we work with upper management, ownership and property management companies. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? I am actively involved with Ambassador One as well as HAA Next and community outreach.  
  • Why do you work in this industry? Because I wanted to join a competitive environment where I could make a difference. Our goal is to push the envelope from a product and service perspective. There's limitless technology and service enhancements that can be done in the electricity industry. We're focused on developing and bringing those enhancements to our multifamily clients to help them become more efficient and profitable.  
  • What keeps you passionate about it? Being able to look at problems clients have been experiencing for years and being able to deliver solutions with immediate impact. 
  832.293.4511  
  832.721.3200  
  doehl@power-express.com
 
  Blaise Spitaleri, CAS, Rasa Floors
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been active in the multi-family industry since 2009 with Rasa Floors in the DFW, Central Texas, Corpus Christi and Houston markets.
  • Have you ever worked on the mgmt side? I have not worked on the management side of the industry.
  • When did you join the council? 2018 will be my first year serving on the council for the Houston Apartment Association.  
  • Who is your customer within multifamily? The manager? supervisor, maintenance staff? Our customer is everyone involved in the spectrum. From the future residents, to the on-site staff, regionals, owners, to our industry vendors and our internal team at Rasa. 
  • What committee/club do you volunteer for in HAA? I am involved with the HAA PAC, 2018 Expo, Ambassador ONE and Go-Getters. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? My father had a small flooring business in New York. I grew up providing floors to families my whole life. This industries allows me to continue this tradition on a much larger scale and in a really great community of people. 
  713.817.1603  
  713.660.7777  
  bspitaleri@rasafloors.com
 
  Joseph Rodriguez, CAS, Urban Foresters
  • How long have they been active in the industry? A little over 2 years
  • Have you ever worked on the mgmt side? I have not
  • When did you join the council? 2018 will be my first year 
  • Who is your customer within multifamily? The manager? supervisor, maintenance staff? Our typical customers are owners, regional managers, asset managers, property managers, construction managers & regional maintenance managers.  
  • What committee/club do you volunteer for in HAA? In addition to the PSC, I am also on the EXPO Committee, Chili Cook Off Committee, PAC, NEXT Committee & Ambassadors. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? Not only is this industry about building strong relationships, it is also about helping each other succeed. Whether it be from the management side or the supplier side, we all want to grow together. That is one thing I think our industry has an advantage over anyone else. Knowing that me, and the people around me, are here to help and serve others so that we can all be successful keeps me passionate about this industry. 
  832.731.6531  
   
  joseph@theurbanforesters.com
 
  Mat Tilley, WeDoTrash
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been in the industry for 2 years.
  • Have you ever worked on the mgmt side? No I have not
  • When did you join the council? 2018 will be my first year on PSC  
  • Who is your customer within multifamily? The manager? supervisor, maintenance staff? The property and residents are the end user of our services. I call on multiple levels within a management company from regional managers, asset or marketing managers, directors, C-Levels, and owners. 
  • What committee/club do you volunteer for in HAA? I am involved in Ambassadors, Go-Getters, NEXT, and PAC.  
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I enjoy the comradery of the industry and how people genuinely care and are willing to help you. This is an industry that you can spend a life long career in and every day/week/month/year presents new challenges and opportunities. It gives us the ability to develop long term partnerships with our clients. Knowing that a startup company could go from concept to scale keeps me passionate and motivated. It has been a lot of hard work, persistence, serving others, and patience but we continue to grow each year. Also, the industry is a lot of fun!  
  713.836.2578  
   
  mat@wedotrash.com