Twenty-five years ago The Connor Group consisted of one investor and $400,000 to buy three apartment communities in Dayton, Ohio. Today, we have more than 900 investors, $2 billion in assets, and entered our 12th market this year with our first acquisition in Denver, CO.
We started with three Partners. Today we have 33. It’s a group that includes service techs, administrative personnel, property managers, sales associates, trainers, and top executives. In 2015 we promoted our first grounds person to Partner. There is no glass ceiling here. And, because there isn’t, our associates have a “sky’s-the-limit” attitude.
What’s at the core of our success? People. More specifically, people who share a common vision, commit to our Core Values, are passionate about what they do, and are dedicated and driven to be the best. Culture also plays a key part in our success. Rooted in our five core values, it also includes discipline, training, innovation, and hard work.
We actively recruit people from all types of industries and businesses and provide them with the tools they need to be successful. Very seldom do we hire from within the apartment industry. Our associates don’t know the “industry standards” and without those preconceptions, they have no knowledge of what someone else has deemed impossible to do. It may make us outsiders, but that’s okay. We aren’t overly concerned about what others are doing or their conventional wisdom because our associates proceed with the mindset that anything is possible. Admittedly, it’s not for everyone, but it works for us.
If you want to know more about The Connor Group and who we are at the core, I invite you to read our book on culture. Find it here.