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James Lee at West End Terrace is the subject of the Mills Properties Associate Spotlight for May 2018.

James Lee, West End Terrace

You know that feeling you get after eating a giant meal at Cunneto’s on The Hill? The one where you know you over-did it but every bite of that delicious Italian food was worth it? That’s kind of the feeling you get after talking to James Lee, a Maintenance Technician at West End Terrace in the Central West End.

James, the subject of our May Associate Spotlight, has been part of the Mills family for 12 years. He began working at West End Terrace in November of 2005 and will celebrate his thirteenth anniversary with Mills on November 15th of this year.

James tells me that working on the maintenance team gives him the opportunity to do things he loves, like working with his hands and using his tools, while experiencing those positive interactions with residents. While James may say that, the reality is probably more that having James as part of the Mills family is a treat for the company and the residents at the Central West End community.

Remember talking about the “full” feeling? You get it when talking to James Lee about his work history too. He started out working in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant and then spent a decade at McDonnell Douglas. Like 5,600 other St. Louisans, the failure of the A-12 Avenger II program led to a career change for Lee in 1991. He spent several years working for a railroad company before returning to work briefly for Boeing.

After leaving that industry behind James went to work for another company in the multi-family industry, starting as a groundskeeper. After several years there, he made the move to Mills and West End Terrace.

Making A Difference In The Community

Outside of Mills, James sounds even busier than you would think a grandfather of 13 would be. For 20 years he has volunteered with St. Matthew Grand Lodge, a masonic lodge in St. Louis City’s Ville neighborhood. Through that organization, James does charity work with several other organizations and also seeks to help area youngsters.

Children who grow up involved in the organization are known as trailmasters (boys) and sunbeams (girls). Several years ago, the organization was helping support 4 or 5 trailmasters and sunbeams as they made their way through college. As James has taken more of a leadership role with the organization, they have progressed to now supporting as many as 25 yearly.

James has already started working towards his next goal for the organization. He wants to outfit its community space with 6-8 computers so that the kids have something to do “other than get in trouble,” he says. He’s working now on a plan for the program with plans to move onto fundraising in the near future.

As if things weren’t busy enough for James Lee with working and volunteering, he will welcome his 14th grandchild later this year. He saw the oldest of his grandchildren graduate from Ranken Technical College earlier this year. The graduation might mean a little more money in his own lunch budget as his grandchild won’t be going to school close enough to come by and “borrow” lunch money.

Outside of providing the lunch money, James also is the de facto cook for all family functions and gatherings. His favorite dish to cook? Lasanga, which he learned to cook way back when working in that Italian restaurant. Don’t look for any store-bought sauce is his kitchen. Just as he takes pride in his various other endeavors, Lee takes great pride in making his own sauces.

A Man Of Many Smiles

If you’ve been looking for the secret to life, you should know that James beat you to it. Or should we say his 13 (soon to be 14) grandchildren beat you to it?

“They keep me young,” James says with a grin.

James Lee sure is a man of many smiles. His grandchildren make him smile. Seeing the residents of West End Terrace smile makes him smile. Italian restaurants make him smile and Longhorn Steakhouse knows how to bring a great big porterhouse of a smile to his face.

He’s a man who can dole out some great advice as well.

“If you keep your head up and do the best you can, people will recognize you for that. You just have to love what you do.”

Thank you for everything you do, James. Mills is lucky to have you as part of the family.

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2018 St. Louis Apartment Association Rising Star Awards https://millsapartments.com/slaa-events/mills-2018-slaa-rising-star-awards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mills-2018-slaa-rising-star-awards https://millsapartments.com/slaa-events/mills-2018-slaa-rising-star-awards/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 03:30:21 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10640 The 2018 St. Louis Apartment Association Rising Star Awards banquet took place on Friday, April 27th at the Sheraton Westport Chalet. The night began with a cocktail reception that gave the 625 attendees a chance to mingle and show off their outfits before dinner began. Dinner was served in a packed ballroom that featured six […]

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The 2018 St. Louis Apartment Association Rising Star Awards banquet took place on Friday, April 27th at the Sheraton Westport Chalet. The night began with a cocktail reception that gave the 625 attendees a chance to mingle and show off their outfits before dinner began. Dinner was served in a packed ballroom that featured six tables full of Mills associates. After dinner and some delicious cheesecake, the night’s presentation took place to honor the 120 Rising Stars award nominees and the 47 different companies that made the event possible.

Members of the Mills family taking home awards included Erica Foley, Amanda Hansen and John Argent. Erica was named the Rising Star of the Year for her work in 2017 at Celtic Crossing. Amanda was named the Behind The Scenes Professional of the Year based on her performance with the accounting team at the Mills corporate office. John Argent, now at Kirkwood Bluffs, earned his Maintenance Supervisor of the Year award while at Oak Park Apartments in 2017.

Being the photogenic bunch the Mills associates are, it would be fair to say that the #seriousaboutfun mantra was very well-represented. Aside from taking solo selfies and group selfies, the Mills bunch also shared their pictures on Snapchat using the filter our marketing team created for the event and were frequently seen in the photo booth area.

See a slideshow of pictures from the 2018 St. Louis Apartment Association Rising Star Awards.

2018 SLAA Rising Star Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2018 SLAA Rising Star Awards nominees

Rising Star of the Year: Erica Foley, Celtic Crossing

Behind The Scenes Professional: Amanda Hansen, Accounting

Property Manager of the Year (1-200): Marshall Branco, Pear Tree

Property Manager of the Year (201-400): Mary Korte, CitySide

Property Manager of the Year (401+): Sara Hasser, Pavilion

Assistant Manager of the Year (1-200): Melissa Jackson, The Orion

Assistant Manager of the Year (401+): Sarah Elizabeth Aiello, Pavilion

Leasing Professional of the Year (1-200): Allison Mangiore, The Orion

Leasing Professional of the Year (401+): Jessica Holloway, Kirkwood Bluffs

Maintenance Supervisor of the Year (1-200): Gary Powers, Stanford Place

Maintenance Supervisor of the Year (401+): John Argent, Oak Park

Maintenance Technician of the Year (201-400): Nick Meyer, Waterford West

Maintenance Technician of the Year (401+): Octavio Mendez, Kirkwood Bluffs

Grounds Person of the Year: James McPherson, Pavilion

Property of the Year (Pre-2010) : Park Clayton

Property of the Year (Post-2010): Celtic Crossing

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Associate Spotlight: April 2018 https://millsapartments.com/meet-mills/associate-spotlight-april-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=associate-spotlight-april-2018 https://millsapartments.com/meet-mills/associate-spotlight-april-2018/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:57:40 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10613 Mills is excited to introduce you to another outstanding associate, Terrez D. Terrez is the assistant manager at Bonhomme Village Apartments in Olivette.

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Mills is excited to introduce you to another outstanding associate, Terrez Duplessis. Terrez is the assistant manager at Bonhomme Village Apartments in Olivette.

Terrez is originally from New Orleans and has been in the Property Management industry for 13 years. She is currently working on her Masters in Management of Information Systems, which takes up a lot of her time when she is not hard at work at Bonhomme. Whenever she has free time, she likes to travel, shop and hang out with family and friends. Her favorite restaurants are Morton’s Steakhouse and El Agave.

Thank you for everything that you do for Bonhomme and Mills, Terrez! You are greatly appreciated.

 

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Associate Spotlight: March 2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/associate-spotlight-march-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=associate-spotlight-march-2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/associate-spotlight-march-2018/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:11:01 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10577 Congratulations to our accountant, Sue, on being our Mills March Associate Spotlight. Thank you for all that you do, Sue!

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Sue has been an accountant with Mills Properties since October 2016.  She is happily married to her husband, Bruce and has three wonderful boys – Sean, Ben and Tyler.  Ben and Tyler are currently attending school at MIZZOU and Sean her oldest lives in Michigan working in the automobile industry. Sean recently proposed to his girlfriend, so later this year Courtney will be joining the family.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys camping, hiking, and reading a good book on the beach.  Her favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends, laughing and making great memories.

Thank you for all that you do for Mills, Sue! You are greatly appreciated.

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Mills Celebrates A Successful 2017 With Mills-A-Palooza 2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/millsapalooza-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=millsapalooza-2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/millsapalooza-2018/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:27:22 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10504 Dave & Buster’s in Maryland Heights was the site of Mills-A-Palooza, the annual Mills Properties company party, last week. Communities across the Mills portfolio closed early for the day so that our associates could enjoy some costumed fun, friends, food and Skee Ball. For Mills-A-Palooza 2018, superheros were the name of the game and the […]

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Dave & Buster’s in Maryland Heights was the site of Mills-A-Palooza, the annual Mills Properties company party, last week. Communities across the Mills portfolio closed early for the day so that our associates could enjoy some costumed fun, friends, food and Skee Ball.

For Mills-A-Palooza 2018, superheros were the name of the game and the Mills team sure had some fun with that theme. Quailman came in from Columbia, The Guardians of the Galaxy made the trek over from Kirkwood Bluffs. The Incredible Hulk made an appearance. Captain America was in attendance times two and our human resources team came dressed as American superheros, among other fun costumes.

After dining on a great buffet featuring nachos, sliders, mini-pizzas and salad, our associates sat down for a great presentation from Kirk Mills and the 5th Annual Mills Awards. Service awards were also given out for those who have been with us for five, ten and fifteen years. Two members of the Mills family were also recognized for being with us for more than 20 years!


2018 Mills Award Winners at Mills Properties37 employees of Mills Properties were nominated for awards at Mills-A-Palooza 2018.
 

Every employees’ name was put into a jar and names were pulled at random to win attendance prizes. This year’s big winners had their choice of some really fabulous prizes including two 50″ Smarts tvs, a Roomba, a Kindle Fire, an XBOX One bundle, vacation days, gift cards and more.

After the awards and attendance prizes were given out the attendees spread out to enjoy each other’s company and play some games. In the spirit of March Madness and the SEC Tournament on the televisions around the venue, a few of the guys made a friendly competition out of the basketball game. There were also intense games of Skee Ball, auto racing and maybe even a dance battle or two.

A total of 37 people were nominated for awards this year, which you can see below. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.

In addition to those awards a Best Dressed winner was also chosen. The 2018 Mills-A-Palooza Best Dressed award went to Jessica Holloway from Kirkwood Bluffs. See her costume in the slideshow below.

Mills-A-Palooza 2018

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On-Site Spotlight: February 2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/on-site-spotlight-february-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-site-spotlight-february-2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/on-site-spotlight-february-2018/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:14:27 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10467 Mills is excited to introduce you to another outstanding associate, Rachel F.. Rachel is a leasing consultant at Bennington Heights Apartments in Maryland Heights and has been there a little over a year.

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Mills is excited to introduce you to another outstanding associate, Rachel Franklin. Rachel is a leasing consultant at Bennington Heights Apartments in Maryland Heights and has been there a little over a year.

Rachel has been with the love of her life, Lou, for 9 years. She’s a fur baby mom of three, One-eye Ty (recently had to have one eye removed due to glaucoma), Frankie and Max! Her grandma, niece Rowyn and nephew Chance are her world!

One of her greatest passions is doing make-up. She was featured on several well-known photography websites in St. Louis to do bridal make-up. When the weather is nice, she loves to go to Cedar Lake Winery in Foristell.

Rachel’s quote to live by is: “Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot!”

Congratulations, Rachel! Your positive spirit, hard work and commitment are an awesome representation of the Mills Core Values. Thank You for everything you do!

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On-Site Spotlight: January 2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/on-site-spotlight-january-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-site-spotlight-january-2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/on-site-spotlight-january-2018/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:34:24 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10409 We're excited to welcome Alan Cobb to the Mills team and excited to introduce him as our first associate spotlight of 2018. Alan is a maintenance supervisor at Park Val Apartments. 

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New Year, New Associate Spotlight!

We’re excited to welcome Alan Cobb to the Mills team and excited to introduce him as our first associate spotlight of 2018. Alan is a maintenance supervisor at Park Val Apartments.

Alan has been employed at Mills since August of 2017. In his down time, he loves to spend time with his grandkids outside of work. He also likes to watch the St. Louis Blues play. His favorite restaurant he loves going to all the time is called Hacienda. One interesting fact about Alan; he is supposedly related to Ty Cobb, the famous baseball player.

Congratulations, Alan! We appreciate your hard work. Thank You for everything you do!

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SLAA Rising Star Nominees 2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/slaa-rising-star-nominees-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=slaa-rising-star-nominees-2018 https://millsapartments.com/blog/slaa-rising-star-nominees-2018/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:15:11 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10344 Congratulations to all of our Mills SLAA Rising Star Nominees for 2018! The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 27th. We can't wait! Thank you to all of our associates for a great year and good luck!

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2017 SLAA Rising Star Banquet

 

We would like to give a very special Congratulations to all of our Mills SLAA Rising Star Nominees for 2018! The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 27th. We can’t wait! Thank you to all of our associates for a great year and good luck!

Rising Star of the Year:

Erika Foley, Celtic Crossing

Behind The Scenes Professional:

Amanda Hansen, Accounting

Property Manager of the Year (1-200):

Marshall Branco, Pear Tree

Property Manager of the Year (201-400):

Mary Korte, CitySide

Property Manager of the Year (401+)

Sara Hasser, Pavilion

Assistant Manager of the Year (1-200):

Melissa Jackson, The Orion

Assistant Manager of the Year (401+):

Sarah Elizabeth Aiello, Pavilion

Leasing Professional of the Year (1-200):

Allison Mangiore, The Orion

Leasing Professional of the Year (401+):

Jessica Holloway, Kirkwood Bluffs

Maintenance Supervisor of the Year (1-200):

Gary Powers, Stanford Place

Maintenance Supervisor of the Year (401+):

John Argent, Oak Park

Maintenance Technician of the Year (201-400):

Nick Meyer, Waterford West

Maintenance Technician of the Year (401+):

Octavio Mendez, Kirkwood Bluffs

Grounds Person of the Year:

James McPherson, Pavilion

Property of the Year (Pre-2010) :

Park Clayton

Property of the Year (Post-2010):

Celtic Crossing

Management Company:

Mills Properties

Congratulations to everyone and Good Luck! Here’s to a successful 2018! Go Mills!

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On-Site Spotlight: December 2017 https://millsapartments.com/blog/site-spotlight-december-2017/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=site-spotlight-december-2017 https://millsapartments.com/blog/site-spotlight-december-2017/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:16:17 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10275 Mills is excited to introduce you to our final Associate Spotlight of the 2017 year! Meet Kris A, a talented Maintenance Technician at Bennington Heights.

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Mills is excited to introduce you to our final Associate Spotlight of the 2017 year! Meet Kris Abernathy. Kris is a talented Maintenance Technician at Bennington Heights

When Kris is not working, he enjoys spending time with his kids fishing and hunting. He has 3 boys: Zachariah, Gavin & Jackson. In his down time he likes watching crime shows and likes all types of movies except horror films. He has family in Texas and tries to get down there to visit whenever possible. He had a hobby of racing RC cars – but it’s a very expensive hobby to keep up with.

Fun Fact about Kris: before he became a maintenance technician, he was a truck driver and has been to all 48 contiguous states!

Congratulations, Kris! We appreciate your hard work and commitment to Mills. Thank You for everything you do!

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Mills 7th Annual Holiday Giving https://millsapartments.com/blog/mills-7th-annual-holiday-giving/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mills-7th-annual-holiday-giving https://millsapartments.com/blog/mills-7th-annual-holiday-giving/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:05:15 +0000 https://millsapartments.com/?p=10272 A huge thank you to our residents, associates and vendors for making the 7th annual Mills Holiday Giving in partnership with St. Patrick Center, a success.

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Now in it’s 7th year, our annual Holiday Giving program which partners with St. Patrick Center, an amazing organization which provides housing, employment and health opportunities to people in Missouri, was a success. Through the help of those who volunteered their time and donated, we were once again able to bring a joyous Christmas to St. Louis families in need this December. Through the generosity of our residents, associates, and vendors, we were once again able to donate gifts to help in the fulfillment of Christmas wishes for 70 St. Louisans this 2017 holiday season with donations exceeding $7,000.

Of course, we could not have completed this goal without the kindness of our awesome associates who offered their time to shop for and wrap gifts for the families. In addition, we owe a huge thank you to all of our amazing vendors who donated this year to help us reach our goal.

United Services
E. Meier Contracting
Comfort Systems
Design Aire, Inc.
GSCMO Construction
Gray Painting
Green Land Fire Protection LLC
Proserve Property Maintenance
Hoppy’s Self Service
HD Supply
Denny Hornbeck Construction

A huge thank you to all of our Mills residents who donated to support this wonderful cause! We had an overwhelming response and are proud to announce the communities that received the most donations this year: The Pavilion Apartments collected $1,109! The Orion collected $256 and Kirkwood Bluffs collected $121! Such an awesome achievement by all!

Together We Certainly Made a Difference!

Check out the fun times as our Mills associates shopped, wrapped, and delivered wonderful holiday gifts:

 

Mills Apartments

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