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.