A career in multifamily property manage-ment was hardly what Carmen Azzopardi had in mind when she began work as a housekeeper for a California-based manage-ment company in 1986.
Her energy and determination, however, made her a standout, and she soon moved into apartment leasing.
By 1992, she was promoted to property manager, a position that eventually brought her to Colorado Springs as senior manager of the Resort at University Park, where she handled the marketing and leasing. She joined Griffis/Blessing in 2005.
Azzopardi oversees a portfolio of nine properties. Her responsibilities have included repositioning several properties, which led to additional owner-investor group contracts for her employer.
“Carmen is just an exceptional woman, unruffled and cool under pressure. She also has a vision for the future and sees the big picture — all important to be a good property manager,” said Pat Stanforth, Griffis/Blessing senior vice president of multifamily property services and Azzopardi’s Rising Star nominator.
With a background in residential real estate marketing and operations, as well as budgeting, training and the opening of newly constructed communities, this Rising Star works with on-site managers to make ensure each owner’s goals are met – directing the operations and reporting of each property.
In addition, Azzopardi has taken organiza-tional and management skills learned on the job to lead her industry and her community as 2006-07 president of the Apartment Association of Colorado Springs. She also has served as an instructor for the association, teaching courses about risk management, maintenance for managers, financial management for the Certified Apartment Manager and National Apartment Leasing Professional classes.
As a seasoned district manager, she looks at her journey, starting with an entry-level position, as a key component of her success.
“I have worked in every aspect of the property management business, so I can relate to the challenges facing a maintenance, housekeeping or leasing department,” Azzopardi said. “Mostly I appreciate how important it is to build a good team and to support each other — both in the good times and the tough times.”
Her advice to younger property management candidates: work hard and be ready to grow.
“I was in my early 20s when I started,” she said. “Over the years I’ve been able to grow and reach my goals, including becoming a district manager. It’s a good field for women who want to be leaders. There’s plenty of room for growth if you have the drive.”
She also has been recognized for her achievements at Griffis/Blessing, including receiving the Screaming Eagle Award for being an outstanding employee, numerous team building awards and the Credo Award for best exemplifying the company’s mission, Stanforth said.