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Product Service Council

  Marivel Bownds, CAS, Valet Living
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Ten years    
  • 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 
    
  marivel.bownds@valetliving.com    
 

Dixie Caldwell-Greer, CAS, The Liberty Group

  • How long have they been active in the industry?  I have been in the industry for 19 years and I was on the management side for 8 of those years.  
  • 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  
   
  dixiec@thelibertygroup.com  
  Shaun Callaway, CAS, Earthworks, Inc
  • How long have they been active in the industry? For almost eight years, three in Houston 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? We sell our services from property managers to property owners 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? I'm involved with Ambassador One Society, NEXT, Community Outreach, Go Getter, Expo and Chili Fest Committee. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I have made so many friends and that makes it fun to be in the industry! 
  844.425.8168  
   
  shaun@earth.works
  Peggy Charles, CASE, Fidus Construction 
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been active for 17 years 
  • 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
    
   pcharles@fiduscapex.com 
  Grant Crowell, CAS The Urban Forester, Past President
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I 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 
  • 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
  Sean Cunningham, CAS, Flooring Warehouse
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Grew up in flooring, started working the apartment industry in 2008, joined HAA in 2017. 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? We sell to anyone who needs to buy flooring; residential, commercial, and Multifamily. In the Multifamily industry, we work with everyone from the maintenance to the owner. Anyone who can make the decision to purchase. 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Ambassadors, NEXT, Expo, PAC. 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I work in this industry because of the people. Over the years, I have been lucky to form many great friendships. Watching those friends grow in their professional and personal lives keeps my passion for this industry growing. 
  512.739.4748  
   
  sean@myflooringwarehouse.com
  Deborah DeRouen, CAS, Designs by Holmes
  • How long have they been active in the industry?  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. 
  • 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
    
    deborah@designsbyholmes.com 
   
  Derek DeVries, CAS, Camp Construction Services, Treasurer
  • How long have they been active in the industry? Three years  
  • 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  
   
  DDeVries@campconstruction.com   
 

Dan James, CAS, Redevelopment Inc

  • How long have they been active in the industry?  I came into the industry with Gemstar Construction in 1999. 
  • 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.
  • 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, Poolsure

  • How long have they been active in the industry? 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, Buyers Access and now Poolsure.
  • 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. 
   281. 914.0274 
   
   skrop@poolsure.com
  Jacob Kunath, CAS, Century A/C Supply, President
  • How long have they been active in the industry? 7 years   
  • 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  
   
  jkunath@centuryac.com  
  Laura Lestus, CAS, The Liberty Group, Vice President
  • 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.   
  • 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"...  
   713.819.3566
     
  laural@thelibertygroup.com 
  Liz Levins, CAS, Rasa Floors
  • How long have they been active in the industry? 16 years
  • 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. 
   832.361.2624
   
  llevins@rasafloors.com
 
 

David Lindley, CAS, FSI Construction, Secretary 

  • How long have they been active in the industry?  I have been active in the industry since 2013
  • 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  
   
  david@fsiconstruction.com
 

Candis Mohr, CAS, AAA Plumbers 

  • How long have they been active in the industry?   I have been active in the industry for a little over three years and I love every minute of it!  
  • 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  
   
  candismohr@aaaplumbers.com
  Tracey Moore, CAS, Flooring Warehouse
  • How long have they been active in the industry? 4 years 
  • Have you ever worked on the mgmt side? No 
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? I sell flooring, back splashes- most anything with tile, carpet, wood and vinyl. Managers, Maintenance managers, Owners 
  • What committee/club are you working on in HAA? Ambassadors, Chili, Street Team- I also love Sports Challenge and community outreach 
  • Why do you work in this industry? What keeps you passionate about it? I work in this industry because you can make lots of money!! The truth is I enjoy this group so much. I have been in other industry groups and no one compares to what this group will do to help you succeed. If you give your time, share what you know and willing to learn you can accomplish anything with this group. 
  281.546.2283  
   
  tracey@myflooringwarehouse.com
  Doug Oehl, CAS, Flooring Warehouse
  • 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.   
  • Who do you sell to? Who is your customer? Everyone needs flooring 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 flooring 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. 
  832.721-3200 
   
  doug@myflooringwarehouse.com 
 
  Joseph Rodriguez, CAS, Urban Foresters
  • How long have they been active in the industry? A little over 2 years   
  • 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
 
  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.   
  • 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  
   
  bspitaleri@rasafloors.com
 
  Mat Tilley, CAS, WeDoTrash
  • How long have they been active in the industry? I have been in the industry for 2 years.    
  • 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