Bonjour mes amis – hello my friends. I’m so excited to serve as the Association’s 48th president.
Although it’s reassuring to look back on our past, my focus is the future. Although our beloved Association has been up and running successfully for 52 years, I believe we’re just getting started.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my years in this industry is that leadership is about serving others. Robert Greenleaf first coined the term, “servant leadership”. He said, “Leadership is the powerful force that occurs once a person discovers their heart to serve, answers the call to lead and summons the courage to engage.”
That’s what I’m here to do – serve you, the members of this great association; working beside our leaders to make a difference. Service is my heart; it’s who I want to be personally as well as professionally. Service guides my priorities.
One of my favorite authors and speakers, John Maxwell once said, “Great leadership means great service. The best place for a leader isn’t always at the top. It’s the place where you can serve the best, adding value to other people.”
I’m eager to work with you to perpetuate a positive impact on our industry. As a leader in the multihousing business, we have the opportunity to make a difference here in the metroplex and across the state and nation. I’m here to facilitate whatever it takes to strengthen this great organization and the industry. I’ll listen to your concerns, make sure you’re well-informed and provide every opportunity to be involved. As Steve Jobs once said, “Great things are seldom accomplished alone.”
Since I’m quoting famous people, let me do one more. JP Morgan once said, “Go as far as you can see, and when you get there look a little farther.”
I want us to go farther, see farther, accomplish more than we think we can. We need to find the tools it takes to support what works for the people we serve. Let’s revise what needs to be re-worked; re-think what needs to be re-thought; take some chances and pursue aggressive new goals.
Your board of directors will be meeting next month to create a new strategic plan. We’ll take a look back then quickly start moving forward. I want us to make service a greater priority. I want us to talk about doing more to help the communities where we live and work. I want us to re-think our brand in creative ways that advance the Association’s vision where people are the most important resource.
The time we give to the Association directly supports our day-jobs. We learn, advocate, communicate and network with and through the Association. I can envision new forums designed to strengthen our knowledge and effectiveness. I can see new mentoring programs, new events and new opportunities to bring empowered new leaders to the table with exciting new ideas.
I’m excited about where we’re going and sincerely hope you’ll join us!
Candy Maxey was recently introduced at the Association’s recent LSALC as AATCs 48th president, our chief elected officer. Candy’s full-time job is with Greystar as a regional property manager. For additional info on AATC, reach out to Candy or go to AATCnet.org or contact any member of the Association’s staff. We’d be pleased to help in any way possible.