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Top 50 Preview: The Top 10 Property Managers of 2012
Lindsay Machak / MULTI FAMILY EXECUTIVEE / May 1, 2013
There wasn’t much of a shake-up when it came to the Top 50 managers of 2012.
Greystar Real Estate Partners claimed the top position for the third year in a row by gaining more ground in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Western regions in 2012. The Charleston, S.C.–based company saw a 3 percent increase in managed properties last year and hopes to expand overseas in 2013.
Greystar’s dominance will likely be extended into next year, as well, given the $1.5 billion deal it struck with Equity Residential in January to acquire upward of 8,000 units.
Falling in line behind Greystar were five companies that all stayed in the same ranks as the prior year, including Pinnacle, which held its ground at No. 4. The Addison, Texas–based company held its place without gaining or leaving any markets in 2012. However, the firm welcomed a 10,000-unit addition to its portfolio in Texas, president and CEO Rick Graf notes.
“We’ve added some really key people in certain markets,” he says. “We’ve revamped our corporate infrastructure and the resources we’ve put into that. We’re rockin’ and rollin’ on all four cylinders.”
Graf believes companies choose to work with Pinnacle because of its personal touch, a tone from the top that prioritizes soft skills. Graf ensures the company has a good attitude toward everyone involved in the business, from the residents to the office managers to those who are hired to work at the corporate level.
While changes were being made in all aspects of the company, Graf says he didn’t want to lose the fundamental values of excellent customer service. Something as simple as being nice to people and saying “please and thank you” are what makes Pinnacle one of the top managers of 2012.