Boss Talks

Boss Talks: Episode 24 with Robert Velez

Recorded on:
December 7, 2022

Here's the rundown of what he plans to share:

  • Dealing with conflict: de-escalation, honesty, integrity, discernment
  • Using comedy to deal with the stresses of working in multifamily
  • What he would change if he could
*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.

Who is Robert Velez?

In August 2001, Robert joined the U.S. Army, serving in Active Duty for 4 and a half years, and was deployed in 2 separate tours to Iraq. In between military tours, he had a security job. Once he finished his contract with the military, he began a journey that has led him to his current position; a result of 10 years of apartment industry experience.

In 2009, a great friend and maintenance supervisor gave him the opportunity to work on a property that was built in 1969. He worked there for 2 years and 9 months; first as a Make-Ready Technician and last as a Maintenance Technician. He gained the bulk of his maintenance experience during that time.

Early on, the endless workload and lack of work-life balance brought on by the on-call rotation took a tremendous toll on him. This experience drove him to rethink his purpose in life.

In the summer of 2012, he left the industry and moved away for 4 years to pursue and obtain a BA in Religious Studies. He earned the degree, but during his last 6 months in school, realized that the calling on his life has always consisted of keeping a strong faith, listening to others, providing hope to the hopeless, and bringing laughter to a world consumed by the daily stresses of life.

He understood that the apartment industry was a place where he could fulfill his calling to serve others while employing his God-given talents.

In the summer of 2016, with a renewed vision, he returned to the apartment industry, where he continues to serve.

Since then, he has been a Make Ready Technician, Maintenance Technician I & 2, and Service Manager, and in recent weeks accepted his biggest challenge yet; becoming Multi-site Assistant Community Manager.

No matter the task at hand, he looks for the opportunity to love, listen, learn, and laugh.