Halo Stafford is an Association manager at Gittleman Management and serves as Treasurer on the CAI-MN Board of Directors. She is a professional manager with a board-based background in financial, personnel, and project management and has been a CAI member for 8 eight years.
As a prominent member of CAI-MN and the only professional at Gittleman to hold a PCAM designation, we wanted to learn more about her and thought you should too.
Family life: Halo is a single mother of two lovely children: Leila, 9, is a dancer and singer (so watch out Hollywood) and Andy, 11, is a big sports fan (looks like Adrian Peterson may have some competition as a running back). He plays basketball, football, and baseball.
Path into the profession: Halo started her career in the hotel business then moved into the apartment industry. She did clubhouse management, leasing, and eventually was promoted to Property Manager of an apartment community in Northville, MI. An opportunity presented itself in Association Management in Ann Arbor, MI so she decided to make the career shift into the industry.
Soon after she earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management and earned both her CMCA and AMS designations while attending college. Halo is very ambitious and feels there is always more to learn.
Halo earned her PCAM designation in 2009. In order to apply for the PCAM Case Study you must first meet the prerequisites which include successful completion of six M-200 level classes, 5 years of association management experience, and successfully passing the CMCA examination. CAI also requires a certain number of hours of formal education, attendance at CAI or industry related events, completion of CAI or industry related education programs, or volunteering at CAI or other industry related organizations. Once these requirements were met Halo took her PCAM case study in Houston, TX where she stayed for three days. The property assigned for this case study was a large 800-unit luxury community with two gated entry's with 24-hour staff, two pools, hot tub, tennis courts, playground, volleyball court, lakes, fountains, fitness center, and recreation centers. The PCAM study involved answering several questions relating to the operational functions of this property. After submitting the PCAM case study and nervously waiting for about 30-days, Halo was ecstatic when she received notification that she had passed the study and earned her PCAM designation. Now that a few years have passed she is ready for her next challenge, through pursing IREM designations. Go Halo!
Hobbies and Interests: Being a wonderful mom to her two children she also finds time to exercise which is very important to her. She enjoys biking, running, and weight training. She loves to read and spend time with her children doing various family oriented activities.
Little known personal fact: Halo is a vegetarian and very health conscious. She believes in taking care of her body, inside and out.
CAI Connections – how, why, and who got you to join: Ron Duprey started the CAI-Michigan Chapter and was the CEO of Kramer-Triad while Halo was employed there for five years. He encouraged her to join CAI and motivated her to complete the education courses and take the path to obtaining all the CAI designations offered for Association Managers.
Recently Completed Project: Halo is currently working on a $1.5M building restoration project for a condominium built in 1916. Historical restoration was completed by the developer when the building was converted to condos. Now they are working to complete masonry and tuck-pointing repairs to make the building more structurally sound.
Interesting/challenging aspects of the job: There is always something new and unusual that presents itself. There is never a dull moment in Property Management. The most challenging part of the job for Halo is finding balance between evening meetings, children, and a little relaxation time.