AME Client Spotlight: Tammy Gibbons, Furst Properties
Name: Tammy Gibbons, Furst Properties
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
Manage the property like you manage your own home with the same passion and tender loving care. Manage the company’s money like you do your own making wise investments and being frugal at the same time. Enjoy your work and work each day like you don’t need the money.
Before working at your current company, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
My very first job was a nurse’s aide in a nursing home. I was 16 years old and was assigned to the Alzheimer’s Floor of the home. It was the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever had. I learned a lot about the elderly and have life-long memories of some of my experiences there.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I started at Furst Properties 17 years ago when the youngest of my four children went in to preschool. I had been a stay at home Mother for 8 years and I wanted a part-time job while my kids were at school. My Mother was the VP of Property Management here at Furst at the time and she told me that she was looking for a part-time day porter. I accepted the position and started a journey of learning all new things, light maintenance, cleaning and odd jobs in our then, two building portfolio. I have held several different jobs here starting with day porter and now 17 years later I am the VP of Property Management in charge of our 7 buildings. I learn something new every day. I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given and look forward to many more experiences.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Commercial Real Estate whose job would you want?
I don’t know of any that I would rather have. I often wonder what it might be like to manage multi-million dollar homes. Maybe that would be an interesting learning experience.
What are 3 words to describe a Property Manager?
Quick thinking, Organized and able to leave things on your “to do” list for the following day. The job is never done.
What is on your wish list for the next 10 years in Management?
I want to become a better supervisor, a better negotiator and gain some much-needed self-confidence. I am super excited about this opportunity. Furst Properties has always been there for me and my Family and I hope that I can repay them for all that they have done for me. I am looking forward to many years and many new learning experiences.