Thursday, March 4, 2010

NBS Companies and Stratton Launch NBS Multifamily Management

Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies, NBS Financial's parent company, and Susan Bowlsby Stratton, a successful apartment management executive, have joined forces to found NBS Multifamily Management, a company dedicated to managing apartment communities of 100 units or more around the West Coast.

Why start a new venture in this economic climate? NBS Companies President J. Clayton Hering said he expects that as the job market grows, the demand for housing will increase, with a short supply of single-family and multifamily housing due to the significant reduction in construction over the last several years. With single-family lenders requiring greater equity and better credit, fewer people will be able to buy houses and will thus reenter the apartment market.

“With increased market activity the necessity for professional, value-added multifamily management will rise, and NBS Multifamily Management will provide a quality of service to enable multifamily owners to be competitive,” Hering said.

NBS Multifamily Management expects to hire more than 100 people in the area to run and maintain the apartment communities it will manage.

Stratton, who has more than 20 years of multifamily management experience up and down the West Coast, will serve as President of the new company. Stratton spent 13 years at Harsch Investment Properties, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations, where she was responsible for the company’s multifamily division and managed up to 5,500 units. A native Oregonian, she will receive her Executive MBA from Pepperdine University in March.

“I am so pleased to be joining NBS,” Stratton said. “My years of experience combined with NBS’ very successful property management track record will allow us to shine in the multifamily management industry.”

Cassandra Haavisto will serve as NBS Multifamily Management’s Regional Manager for the Puget Sound area. Haavisto’s industry experience spans 20 years; she has managed more than 13,000 units during her career and worked for major companies like Harsch Investment Properties and Trammell Crow.

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