Congratulations to Brittany Lawrence at The Metropolitan Apartments for being recognized by the Property Management Association (PMA) as a Rising Star in the D.C. Marketplace! Her professionalism and stellar performance at selling the benefits of her community and ability to turn prospects into residents earned her this special recognition. Fantastic job Brittany, we are so proud of you!
Employee of the Month
An MRI guru, team player and dedicated team member are just a few of the characteristics we think of when describing Chelsea Eaton. Chelsea has been the Assistant Property Manager at Ashley Apartments for over 10 years. Daily, she supports all properties and the Regional Team with MRI corrections, issues and questions. Chelsea assists in the training of new team members and is always available for refresher classes. We receive compliments from the residents at Ashley Apartments and other properties about Chelsea and her positive attitude and willingness to assist with anything. Chelsea continues to strive for excellence and is a valued asset to Ashley Apartments and Dreyfuss Management. She also embraces and displays our company culture.
Employee of the Month
Pamela Cash has been managing Capital Plaza Apartments for over 25 years. As the sole office staff member of her building of 120 apartments, Pamela has individually worked with every resident and contractor that has come in contact with the building. She over saw a complete lobby renovation and was able to keep the building occupied during the construction. Pamela eases the anxiety of moving to a new home by sharing her knowledge of the community and the area with new residents. By giving excellent customer service to our existing residents, she ensures that they will continue living at Capital Plaza for a very long time.
Capital Plaza wins Pace Award
Dreyfuss Management is proud to announce that Capital Plaza Apartments received a Distinguished Community Award at PMA’s PACE Awards on October 18th. Pam Cash (Property Manager) and Jasper Jones (Maintenance Supervisor) worked hard to get the community ready for judging and continue make sure the community looks great every single day! Congratulations Capital Plaza, thank you for your hard work!
Gettysburg Foundation Leadership Program
On October 10th and 11th Dreyfuss participated in the Gettysburg Foundation Leadership Program at Gettysburg National Military Park. During the two days they learned about the Civil War and its leaders. They experienced the following: saw the movie “A New Birth of Freedom”, behind-the-scenes tour of the Cyclorama, dinner at Dobbin House Tavern, on-the-battlefield leadership decisions and team fence building activity. They learned leadership skills to use on a day-to-day basis and gained experience they will cherish for a life time. Thank you all for participating. From left to right: Brittney Haworth, Eddy Hyland, James Santos, Linda Bozzonetti, Jackie Wert, Linda Cline and Meaghan Pacious.
In September we took our talented Maintenance Supervisors to Ocean City, MD for our annual Maintenance Conference. During the conference we practiced and competed in the first ever “Dreyfuss Maintenance Mania” and it was so much fun. Congratulations to Deyvis Taveras from Silver Spring House Apartments who won the event.
Each team member was invited to build a car from items found in a maintenance shop. The winner of “Most Creative Car” went to Mike Anesin at Laurel Village Apartments. Ruben Granados of Heritage Park Apartments built the fastest car in the race.
The following employees were recognized for “Going Above and Beyond”:
• Micha Herbert at Steward Tower Apartments
• Ruben Granados at Heritage Park Apartments
• Yamil Obando at Oakton Park Apartments
• Hector Cornier at Brookville Townhomes
• Fermin Guevara at Spring Ridge Apartments
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of this annual event.
On September 14, 2018 Team Pittsburgh had their Summer Picnic and it was an awesome event. We played games, mingled and ate tasty food. Bingo seemed to be the favorite and some winners got either a half or full day off work (they really loved that). We are looking forward to next year’s event.
On Saturday, October 6th, Oakton Park Apartments hosted Resident Appreciation Day with food and fun for all the residents. There were two moon bounces, carnival games, an airbrush tattoo artist and balloon animals galore!
Thanks to #TeamOP for working all day Saturday to make this event special for their residents.
October 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Reyna Romero is the Property Manager of Spring Ridge Apartments and also assist with operations at Maplewood Apartments. She recently trained one of our new Property Managers, which she did willingly and enthusiastically. Spring Ridge’s occupancy is currently 100 %, which is a tribute to her Leadership. The occupancy was achieved after a recent rent increase. Reyna always has a friendly smile, even while facing the many challenges at the property. She has been with the Dreyfuss Team for 11 years and we certainly hope she will be with us for many more! Thank You!
September 26th 2018
$5 Denim Fridays
Team Dreyfuss’s “$5 for Denim Fridays” have paid off with a $1,100 donation to The Lupus Foundation! We are so proud to contribute to the continuing research of this disease which effects 1.5 million Americans, including our friends and colleagues. Thank you to our team members that participated and please stay tuned for information on our next charitable giving campaign.
September 11th 2018
On September 11, 2018 Team Dreyfuss went Downtown Washington D.C. to volunteer with AARP #endseniorpoverty. We had a fun time helping AARP create food bags for our awesome seniors. We will continue to participate in events to assist charities to meet their annual goals. We hope our efforts make a difference. To find an AARP volunteering event near you, please visit: https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/get-involved .
September 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Christopher J. Oberdorf (Chris)
August 29th 2018
Team Dreyfuss is giving back! Earlier this Summer, we asked all of our employees to donate $5 for every Friday they wanted to wear jeans to work. All proceeds from “Jean Fridays” go to the Lupus Foundation of America to help in the ongoing fight to solving the mystery of Lupus.
This foundation is near and dear to many employees at Dreyfuss Management and Saturday, September 29, Team Dreyfuss members will participate in the 2018 Walk to End Lupus Now in downtown Baltimore.
Our colleague, Jackie Wert (Go Team JJ), is also hosting a fundraiser Saturday, September 8 at the Old Bowie Town Grill from 2-7pm to raise money for the Lupus Foundation. Everyone is welcome to come and join. There will be raffle baskets, a silent auction, a DJ, and more! Make sure to check it out! To learn more about the fundraiser click here.
If you wish to take part in “Jean Fridays”, the quarter is almost over! Let’s donate and wear those jeans!
To learn more about the Lupus foundation, and how you can participate in a walk in your area, please visit their website at https://www.lupus.org/action/walk-to-end-lupus-now.
Please join us in congratulating Danielle Cannon, Senior Property Manager at Carriage Park Apartments on a job well done. Danielle recently passed her CAM exam and now holds the designation as a Certified Apartment Manager. Congratulations Danielle, your Dreyfuss family is very proud of you!
August 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Human Resources Director,
Fair Housing Officer
Linda Cline exemplifies the true meaning of an esteemed asset of a talented team. She produces significant value to Dreyfuss on a daily basis. She is supportive, approachable, a trusted advisor and motivator. Linda performs expertly in her role as the Human Resource Director and holds the vital responsibility of compliance as our Fair Housing Officer. While professionally carrying out these duties, she finds time to coordinate Manager and Maintenance training conferences and social events, such as the company picnic. She is dedicated to her position and is the “glue” which holds the organization together. Linda is one of the first Dreyfuss experts with whom new employees interact during orientation. She successfully manages a variety of issues every day with grace, style and a sense of humor.
She is very knowledgeable in her field and maintains a current understanding of applicable laws while communicating that information to all employees. Her organizational skills amaze us and she is swift to respond when we need her assistance. Thank you Linda, from all of us, we appreciate all you do.
The Team at Glen Willow Apartments would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to Carlos Garcia from Heritage Park Apartments for selfishly and enthusiastically taking emergency maintenance calls at Glen Willow for almost 3 weeks!
This was a tremendous help, and we are very grateful you volunteered. So once again, THANK YOU!
July 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Richard A. Miller, Jr.
Supportive, dedicated and diligent are some of the characteristics that describe July’s Employee of the Month, Richard A. Miller, Jr. (Rick). Rick’s knowledge in the engineering field makes him a valued asset to Dreyfuss Management. Rick strives for perfection and is very detail-oriented. Rick is always responsive to the needs of the on-site teams and is willing to share his expertise. The communities benefit from his visits as he has exhibited an understanding of the management operation. At all times, he demonstrates professionalism and is always respectful to team members, vendors and residents. When Rick is not at work, he likes to bowl and his favorite movie is The Big Lebowski. Thank you for your longevity and dedication to the company.
On Friday June 15, 2018 Brian McKenzie with the Equal Rights Center (ERC) held the annual Fair Housing Training for our three properties in Pittsburgh, PA. Thank you Brian, ERC and to everyone that attended.
Congratulations to the Team at Carriage Park! Carriage Park was honored with two awards this year at the Apartment Excellence Awards in Pittsburgh, PA. Carriage Park won “Overall Community Appeal of 2018” and “Garden Apartment Curb Appeal of 2018”. Pictured from left to right: Thomas Berry, Danielle Cannon, Michael Sweeney and Senad Kostic.
June 28th 2018
The Veteran’s Place
Laurel Village concluded their drive for “The Veteran’s Place of Washington Blvd.” The support was overwhelming. They will be picking up the items and then a group from Laurel Village (residents and staff) will be going to the facility for a tour.
On Friday June 22nd we held our Company Picnic at Bohner Park in Gaithersburg, MD. Even though the weather was cold, windy and rainy we had an AWESOME time. Employees and their families enjoyed a nice buffet, DJ music and plenty of games. Thank you all for joining us and making the event memorable.
June 04th 2018
Red Nose Day at Dreyfuss
On May 24th, Dreyfuss Management participated in the annual Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is a day where people all over the world raise awareness concerning child poverty. In honor of the day, our properties and the main office rocked their own “Red Noses” to help bring awareness for the charity. Some of our properties even got their residents and their local fire department involved. We want to thank everyone who participated and we are looking forward to next year. To learn how you can partake in Red Nose Day or to learn more about the charity please visit their website at https://home.rednoseday.org/faq.
June 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Hugo M. Barahona
Hugo Barahona has been with the company for 10 years and constantly proves himself to be a tremendous asset. Many times, he has been asked to help out another community by covering for someone on vacation, helping a Regional Manager analyze a problem or simply lending a helping hand. His superb knowledge with electrical work has saved communities thousands of dollars by not having to hire a contractor to either install or make repairs. He does so with a pleasant personality and an eagerness to get the job done correctly. He goes above and beyond on a regular basis and is greatly appreciated. Thank You!
May 18th 2018
Michael F. Germeyer
Hired: June of 1991
Retired: May of 2018
We would like to recognize a maintenance team member that after 27 years with Dreyfuss Management has decided to retire. Mike was a maintenance technician at Carriage Park Apartments in Pittsburgh, PA and started in June of 1991. Mike was a great mentor and patient teacher. He was responsible for responding to work tickets and HVAC issues. Mike was always willing to share his knowledge and made himself available at any time for help, which the newer technicians really appreciated. Mike was always friendly with children and residents. He is looking forward to spending lots of time with his wife, Pat, his kids and grandchildren. Mike plans on doing a lot of fishing. Happy Retirement!
May 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Amanda M. Asbacher
Sr. Accountant - Main Office
Hired On: August 24, 2015
Patient, responsive and attentive are just some words to describe our May “Employee of the Month”, Amanda Asbacher. Amanda has been a Senior Accountant at the main office for over two years and has helped oversee the implementation of many different projects portfolio wide, especially over these past few months.
Amanda has been very helpful to all the properties in setting up RentTrak and has been very quick to respond to any questions or concerns they have had regarding the new system. She has also taken the lead in setting up the new commercial property in Richmond, Virginia. She implemented the use of MRI Commercial and taught several colleagues how it differed from the Residential program.
While balancing all of this, she also took on a number of other duties while one of our employees was out earlier this year and didn’t even bat an eye. Amanda is always eager to support the executive team and our properties whenever need be. She is the true description of a team player.
Amanda always finds the time to help out when there is an issue with the financial statements and many other issues at the site level. She takes the time to quickly investigate issues, and then patiently explains and then graciously corrects them. Her friendly attitude, despite the many challenges she faces on a daily basis, make it a pleasure to work with her.
What do you like doing when you are not working? I love spending time with my goldendoodle and fiancé, preferably at a local vineyard or brewery. However, most of my current free time is spent wedding planning.
What is your favorite movie? I am not a big movie buff but I do consider myself an expert on all things Real Housewives.
April 20th 2018
Fair Housing Training
Dreyfuss Management takes Fair Housing very seriously and on an annual basis we train our entire staff both via online courses and in-person seminars when it comes to this very important subject.
The most important characteristic of Dreyfuss Management is the dedication and loyalty of our personnel. One clear example of this is the length of service of our work family. We wish to recognize these professionals for their 25 to 43 years of time and commitment. Thank You and Congratulations!
• Pamela Cash – Property Manager at Capital Plaza Apartments
• Balbino Torres – Maintenance Technician at Oakton Park Apartments
• Michael Germeyer – Maintenance Technician at Carriage Park Apartments
• Richard Miller – Assistant Director of Engineering at Rugby Personnel Services
• Richard Leahew, Sr. – Custodial Supervisor at Carriage Park Apartments
• Linda Smith – Leasing Consultant at 8600 Apartments
• Timothy Ramsey – Groundskeeper at Del Vista Apartments
• Robert Krivanek – Maintenance Supervisor at Carriage Park Apartments
• Thomas Hall – Director of Engineering at Rugby Personnel Services
• Dann Franklin – Maintenance Supervisor at Crane Village Apartments
• Alvin Rawlings – Maintenance Technician at Lily Gardens Apartments
• Roy Coligan – Maintenance Technician at Carriage Park Apartments
• Linda Coppage – Administrative Assistant at Dreyfuss Management
• Joseph Schuble, Jr. – President at Dreyfuss Management
• Mark Pacious – Vice President at Dreyfuss Management
April 02nd 2018
After a month of competition, the Closing Ceremony for the first Dreyfuss Olympics has concluded. Each community demonstrated their spirit and enthusiasm when competing in four different categories. The overall winner has been identified!
We wish to congratulate our All-Around Winner, Team Sierra Leone (Clermont Apartments). Adisa Benjamin and CJ Colon accumulated points in most categories, thus securing their number ONE spot in the Dreyfuss Olympics.
Team Germany (3221 New Hampshire Avenue Apartments) placed 2nd and Team Canada (Lily Gardens Apartments) placed 3rd.
We thank all communities for their participation and passion for friendly competition. We enjoyed touring the decorated offices and appreciated everyone who took part in the event.
Fun was had by all and we are excited for the next one in year 2020.
April 02nd 2018
15-24 Years of Service
April 01st 2018
Employee of the Month
Alicia E. Guido
Leasing Consultant at Brookville Townhomes
Hired On: September 11, 2017
Alicia was a temporary Leasing Consultant that came to us through a staffing agency. Her leasing skills blew us away and we asked her to join us as a permanent member of the Brookville Team. Alicia joined us during a slower leasing period when the property had numerous vacant townhomes waiting to be rented. She quickly learned about the community and started renting right away.
March 28th 2018
Alexander Jackson was recently promoted from Leasing Consultant to Assistant Property Manager at 8600 Apartments. After proving that he was a hard worker and willing to take on any task given to him, the decision to promote him was easy. We know his dedication and work ethic will help him shine in his new position. We would like to thank Alex for his commitment to the team and the property and we are looking forward to see him grow as an Assistant Manager.
March 26th 2018
10-14 Years of Service
March 06th 2018
25 Years of Service
We want to take this opportunity to say "Thank you!" and congratulations to Mike Germeyer for 25 years of maintenance service with Dreyfuss Management and Carriage Park Apartments. Mike is a dedicated team member who is well-liked by his coworkers and residents. Mike contributes daily to the successful operation of Carriage Park. He has been and continues to be a skilled professional on the Dreyfuss Team.
March 06th 2018
30 Years of Service
Thank you and congratulations to Robert "Paul" Krivanek who is our Maintenance Supervisor at Carriage Park Apartments in Pittsburgh, PA. Paul has been with the company for over 30 years, he was hired in July of 1987. At the beginning of 2017 Paul was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor due to his devotion and loyalty to the company. His hard work and awesome leadership style shines through in his maintenance team. Paul also leads the way through his tireless pursuit for innovation and efficiency.
March 06th 2018
Fermin Guevara our Maintenance Technician was recently promoted to the Maintenance Supervisor at Spring Ridge Apartments. Fermin has proven himself to be someone that is extremely dedicated to the team and the property. Fermin has been a valuable employee since March of 2015. His elevated skill level and tremendous work ethic saves the community time and money while assuring a high level of resident satisfaction. His positive and can-do attitude helped propel him to becoming a Maintenance Supervisor. Thank You and Good Luck!
March 06th 2018
CONGRATULATIONS TO YAMIL (Jay) OBANDO
Jay Obando was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor at Oakton Park on February 4, 2018. He earned this promotion due to his hard work, dedication and 15 year's experience at Oakton Park.
March 1st 2018
Employee of the Month
Jose "Ruben" Granados
Maintenance Supervisor at Heritage Park Apartments
Rehired On: December 5, 2016
The role of a Maintenance Supervisor is never an easy one. It requires patience, quick thinking and many long hours. Then when a Maintenance Supervisor takes on the additional role of a Leasing Consultant, you know you have a WINNER! Jose "Ruben" Granados is that WINNER. In one week, he battled a water main break and a gas leak, working with his Team for long hours into the night, and he did it all with a big smile on his face. Ruben, also managed to rent two apartments and collected rent when Leasing Consultants were not available!! Ruben has shown that when needed he steps up and assumes duties outside of his normal day-to-day tasks, even the ones that are not at his own property!
Ruben is truly "S-U-P-E-R" as the supervisor. When he and his maintenance team are not busy serving residents or preparing apartment homes for move-in, they seek other projects to tackle. Such as installing new duct work to properly heat the leasing office. This "can do" attitude saved the property thousands of dollars when an HVAC contractor was not needed to complete the work. The Team at Heritage Park are lucky to have a maintenance supervisor who is willing to help out wherever he is needed, no matter the role or location.
Ruben Granados mirrors the values of Dreyfuss as one who cares for others and pursues a high standard of customer service.
On his time off he likes to be active and exercise at his local park. He also likes to find things to repair at his own house. His favorite movie is Forrest Gump.
February 13th 2018:
On Wednesday, February 13, some of Dreyfuss’ maintenance professionals came together to take part in a training session hosted by HD Supply. The session covered a variety of different topics related to kitchen appliances including refrigerators and ranges. Fun was had by all and our professionals are looking forward to using what they learned during the training to help the residents at their communities.
February 15th 2018
Dreyfuss Winter Olympics kicked off last Friday, February 9 and our Professionals celebrated the day by showing off their team spirit! Each property selected a country to represent and decorated their offices in support. Our Professionals went all out in support of their countries. Each property will compete against one another in a variety of events to see who will take home the gold, silver and bronze. Make sure to drop by your community to cheer them on. Don't forget to share your photos with us on social media using #DreyfussOlympics.
February 1st 2018
Employee of the month
Shelia O. James
Property Manager at Del Vista Apartments
Employee Since: April 2017
Del Vista Apartments experienced a fire in December of 2017. The fire affected 13 apartment homes, meaning that 13 residents were displaced. Six families lost all their possessions and the other seven homes suffered smoke and water damage. Without hesitation Shelia jumped into action and began delegating her team to assist the residents by giving out jackets, blankets and accompanying them to the pool house where it was warm. Shelia also contacted Red Cross and had accommodations setup for all the residents at a nearby hotel.
Shelia's goal was to try to keep as many residents as possible by transferring them to other available apartments on the property and to get them all back into their homes as fast as possible. Shelia coordinated with all 13 residents' insurance companies to ensure coverage was provided and inspections performed. With Shelia's commitment and hard work to the property and to her residents, seven residents were able to move back into their apartment homes before Christmas.
Shelia displayed unsurpassed customer service during this tragic event. Her dedication makes her a true asset to the Dreyfuss organization and to the community. Because of her actions we want to thank her by giving her the February Employee of the Month Award.
Sheila enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she is not working and her favorite movie is "The Green Mile".
January 3rd 2018
Charlie Keener Remembrance
December 20th 2017
Fully Responsive Website
In December 2017 our website, dreyfuss.net got a complete overhaul and is now fully responsive and mobile friendly. We have implemented new sections to focus on our residents, employees, vendors and of course our clients. You can keep up with current happenings within the company with our news feed and archive.
October 13th 2017
On October 13, 2017 Dreyfuss Management said goodbye to a valued member of our family. Chad Hill retired after dedicating more than two decades to our organization. Chad contributed to the Dreyfuss reputation as an esteemed, professional management organization serving the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area for more than 80 years.
Chad demonstrated his skills at every level of multi-family housing administration. He excelled as a property manager, was promoted to an executive, lead projects for property acquisition, marketing strategies, construction management, staff training and assisted with developing the policy and procedures manual. Through all of these experiences he carried himself with honor, class and a genuine desire to serve our clients and residents. Chad was a mentor to staff and instilled an ethical approach to our business. Chad will be missed, but we know he will remain busy with family, golf, reading and his other ventures.
Dreyfuss Management expects to maintain the same level of expertise and commitment to excellence as it turns over the position of Director of Property Management to James M. Santos.