Boss Talks

Episode 17 with Irving Gallarza

Recorded on:
October 12, 2022

Hey, Boss! If you’re a fan of punchy quotes and must-try business advice, then you won’t want to miss today’s Boss Talks episode! Meet Irving Lopez Gallarza, a Community Manager with Centerspace who shares his perspective on business success, the Great Resignation, and office culture alongside his story of working in multifamily.

*The views and opinions expressed on Boss Talks are those of the host and their guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Community Boss.
  • 00:28 - Meet Irving Lopez Gallarza, Community Manager with Centerspace
  • 03:34 - Irving’s biggest piece of advice, plus a few bonus suggestions
  • 07:17 - The Great Resignation in the multifamily industry
  • 10:33 - Flexibility in the workplace
  • 15:56 - Prop tech teamwork, innovation, and accepting change
  • 23:00 - The power of a birthday card
  • 25:30 - Ask your mentor for help
  • 30:29 - Last nugget of wisdom, plus our favorite 3 questions

Irving’s decade of experience plus leadership positions in the multifamily industry has sharpened his Boss skills. That explains why this Boss Talks episode is loaded with nuggets of wisdom!

  • We are family. “Family is in ‘multifamily,’ so at the end of the day, we gotta take care of each other.”
  • People matter. “We are in the people business. People want to feel appreciated. People want to feel like they matter.”
  • Utilize technology. “Hey, technology is our friend…how can we use technology to our favor and remove some of that work burden from our team?”
  • Lend a hand. “I think we all started somewhere and should be giving that lending hand and saying, ‘I'm here, I support you, and I'm listening.’”
  • Always be curious. “How are you innovating? How are you operating differently from your competitors or within your company? How are you structuring your different departments?”
  • Transparency. “When you build that sense of transparency across those fundamentals, it really sets your company up for success. What are you doing to set yourself apart? And what are you building with your company brand?”
  • Just stick with it. “This industry will take care of you if you stick with it. People are always there to have your back.”

Like Irving mentioned, multifamily is a family, we’re all in this together. Our Community Boss team couldn’t agree more! Which is why it’s no surprise that he shared a few noteworthy quotes from some of his favorite business leaders:

  • “A company's culture is a foundation for future innovation and an entrepreneur's job is to build that foundation.” –Brian Chesky, the co-founder, and CEO of Airbnb
  • “Teach your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Steven T., author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Irving, thanks for modeling what it truly means to be a Boss in the multifamily world! If you want to share your Boss experience with us, you could be the next guest on the Boss Talks podcast. Contact our host, Evan Happel, at to grab your spot. Until then, share this motivating episode with a friend and keep Managing Like A Boss!