Food Bank of the Rockies Jun13

Food Bank of the Rockies

Serving 32 counties in Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming, Food Bank of the Rockies ignites the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. Since its establishment in 1978 in Denver, the Food Bank of the Rockies has been a steadfast pillar in the fight against hunger. As the largest hunger relief organization in the Rocky Mountain region, it is a testament to its commitment and ability to address the enormous hunger challenge. Distributing upwards of 196,000 meals daily, the Food Bank of the Rockies puts the power of the community to work for its neighbors. Providing more than just a meal, this organization gives hope and opens a future for its clients. “Because when you can’t provide for your family today, it’s hard to even think about tomorrow,” said Charlene Moser, corporate partnerships manager at Food Bank for the Rockies. Ninety-six cents of every dollar go directly to distribution. Food Bank of the Rockies has four distribution centers and coordinates with more than 800 Hunger Relief Partners throughout Colorado and Wyoming, acting as a distribution hub for food, essentials and logistical resources. It also operates its direct programs, providing for those in need through its Mobile Pantries, Food for Kids programs and home-delivery services for older adults. The Food Bank of the Rockies is focused on fresh fruits and vegetables, cultural prevalences and expanding its Food for Health program to focus on community members living with chronic diseases such as pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Those suffering from diseases will receive a box of food and produce delivered to their homes weekly for an entire year to help them maintain or restore their health. Every donation makes a difference! The community’s need for food is still higher than pre-COVID levels. The food bank spends more than three times as much monthly to purchase food than before. Thanks to its robust purchasing power, Food Rescue Program, government allotments, donations, and lower bulk pricing, one dollar helps distribute enough food for three meals. Yardi’s funding and volunteer work have made a tremendous difference for the Food Bank of the Rockies. “Since 2020, Yardi has donated more than $110,000 to Food Bank of the Rockies, enabling us to provide more than 330,000 meals throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Your impact is meaningful, and we are grateful! We could not do what we do without amazing partners like Yardi,” explained Moser. Happy Clients The following stories are from some neighbors of the Food Bank of the Rockies who receive food assistance through its mobile pantry or Food for Health program. Sam: Sam is a patient at Denver Indian Health and Family Services receiving treatment for his diabetes. Sam shared that food expenses have been challenging for a daughter to care for, even with SNAP benefits. His medical provider connected him with the Food for Health Program to help with both his diabetes and lessen the burden of food insecurity. “We’ve been living just off the bare necessities lately, and this really helps to prepare meals and stuff on a weekly basis. Sometimes, I have leftovers, use my food stamps, and make a meal out of all that.” Dasja and her mother, Sabrina. Dasja and her mother, Sabrina, live near one another and do everything together. That includes getting food at their local food pantry, a Hunger Relief Partner of Food Bank of the Rockies. Dasja has Chron’s disease, is on disability, and is a stay-at-home mom for her seven-year-old daughter. She shared that the food they get to choose from the food pantry helps, especially when it comes to managing her Chron’s disease with a specific diet. “I’m always trying to cook different meals, so this really helps out,” said Dasja. “The meat is good because you can read the [recipes and instructions they include], portion it, and freeze it. They have fish, which is good because that’s what I...

Dubai92 Radio Jun12

Dubai92 Radio

Team Yardi Dubai was one of the lucky winners of the Dubai 92 radio Office Escape this summer, earning a visit from staffers for the UAE’s Feel Great radio station. The team enjoyed hilarious moments with Dubai 92’s famous radio presenters during an hour of entertainment and friendly competition for prizes. It was the perfect way to break up a normal work day, bond with colleagues, and create unforgettable memories. “We’re taking over five lucky offices, and yours could be next! Enjoy an hour of non-stop entertainment, games, and music with us. Gather your colleagues and get ready to compete for amazing prizes,” states a station promo for the...

Joint Action Energy

At Yardi, part of our motto is to “take care of our communities.” Many Yardi office volunteer events have focused on food banks and supplying organizations with food, hygiene products and toys for underserved children and their families. In addition, they have helped the environment with trash pickup and planting native plants and produce. Here’s a look back from the past year at some of the offices doing their part in the communities they belong to. Pictured are the offices and nonprofits. Santa Barbara: Direct Relief Oxnard, CA: Food Share of Ventura County Atlanta: Atlanta Community Food Bank, Chattahoochee Nature Center, and OneGoal Summit Dallas/Irving, Texas: Texas Conservation Alliance and Operation Kindness NYC: Feeding New York Cleveland, OH: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Raleigh, NC: SOAR Outreach Denver, CO:  Food Bank of the Rockies Dubai: Al Noor Centre Find future non-profit profiles at https://www.yardi.com/blog/category/giving. Yardi is Energized for Good! Visit www.yardi.org for more about our philanthropic...

CNC Unity Garden Apr26

CNC Unity Garden

#TeamYardi of the Atlanta Relief Team hit the grounds at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA, last week and did some good for the environment. CNC believes the natural environment should be preserved and protected for future generations by connecting people with nature. CNC provides a safe and welcoming space for community members to connect with nature through education, interpretation, recreation, volunteerism and community events. CNC Horticultural manager Jacqueline McRae leads volunteers in multiple greenhouse projects, including clean-up, plant potting, seedling stepping, and propagation of plants native to Georgia and the Southeast. CNC prides itself on being a leader in Georgia for plant conservation, especially for native pollinator plants. #TeamYardi worked in the Unity Garden, a quarter-acre area developed in 2010. Here, fresh fruits and vegetables are grown from seed, harvested and donated to the North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry. Way to go, Yardi! Find future non-profit profiles...

Environmental Stewardship

Last week, #TeamYardi Dallas volunteered with the Texas Conservation Alliance. The group participated in a paramount environmental stewardship initiative and cleaned up litter from White Rock Creek in Dallas. In total, the group gathered 850 pounds of litter from the waterway! Their efforts benefit local and marine wildlife all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2023, TCA planted nearly 10,000 native plants in North Texas to support pollinators like monarchs, removed over 13,000 pounds of litter from Texas waterways and planted 1,000 trees to mitigate the urban heat island effect. A few members of Yardi took home native plants. Thank you for opening up your yard space to pollinators. Monarchs and other pollinators face many challenges, so every plant makes a difference! Find future non-profit profiles...

NY Marine Rescue Center Apr09

NY Marine Rescue Center

Let’s splash over to the East Coast and introduce the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC), founded in 1996 in Riverhead, NY. This nonprofit is dedicated to preserving and conserving marine mammals and sea turtles. NYMRC provides in-field rescue and rehabilitation for marine mammals and sea turtles throughout New York. In fact, it is the only permitted organization to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals and sea turtles in the state of New York. With its focus on continuing to help these critical animals and provide them with a second chance at life, NYMRC plans to carry out research projects that examine the post-release movement pattern of rehabilitated animals and further understand their utilization of New York waters. Yardi funding helps with the overall costs associated with operating this organization, which ultimately helps preserve these charismatic and important species. “We are so thankful for Yardi’s continued support,” said Maxine Montello, executive director of NYMRC. Since NYMRC’s inception, it has rescued 5,929 animals, including 2,344 sea turtles, 2,650 seals, and 935 small whales and dolphins. Yardi Long Island Volunteers Last year, #TeamYardi members from the Long Island, NY office had 27 volunteers who visited Robert Moses Beach for a beach clean-up day. One group gathered over 21 pounds of debris. The employees enjoyed a day at the beach and made an incredible impact on the marine environment. In addition to two beach clean-up days, eight volunteers represented Yardi at the New York Marine Rescue Center’s Ocean of Hope event. Yardi contributed a charitable donation, and the volunteers enjoyed silent auctions, music and food. Volunteer Opportunities All Yardi employees can join NYMRC in the field with beach clean-ups, fairs, and other educational programming. Please contact Maxine Montello at [email protected] to learn more about how to help and join NYMRC. “The team is only comprised of eight female employees. Without the support of volunteers and interns, NYRMC would not be able to do the work we do,” shared Montello. Find future non-profit profiles...

Yardi Atlanta Women Meet, Celebrate Mar26

Yardi Atlanta Women Meet, Celebrate

Last week, the women of the Atlanta office gathered to celebrate each other and network through thoughtful conversations in honor of Women’s History Month. The morning started with a raffle drawing and an exciting networking game: Meet Your Match. Everyone got a clue, such as “cookies” or “sweet,” and you had to network to meet your match without saying the word. For example, “milk & cookies” or “sweet and sour.” While the event took place, music played in the breakroom, and a complete brunch feast was served, including waffles with all the fixings, salmon and grits, bacon and eggs, and mock mimosas. Afterward, the women gathered in the meeting room for fun trivia questions and discussions. The trivia knowledge consisted of famous women in our industry and more, with prizes. Fireside chats were then discussed to create a supportive and informative environment for the office women. A box of tissues circled as many had emotional and profound stories to share. These stories and strategies for overcoming traumatic experiences that have built such strong women were welcomed with open arms, and everyone was in their feels. It wrapped up with some open conversations and engagement for “Women at Yardi,” which will soon open the doors for women to come together virtually for support and vitality. What an empowering day for the women in the Atlanta...

OneGoal Student Summit

OneGoal Metro Atlanta works with regional partner schools to develop their knowledge and capacity, resulting in more equitable and practical support for all students. Over the years, OneGoal has delivered real student impact. 2024 Atlanta Student Summit Conference Hosted at Clayton State University, OneGoal brought 850 high school juniors and seniors from ten schools around the Atlanta metro area for a college and career exploration day. The event was full of energy and excitement as students began to envision what a path to higher education could look like for them—the day included planning for the future, using tools to define the path to higher education and personal connections with the OneGoal community. It allows students to explore various career paths, and postsecondary options and engage with colleges and technical schools at an Opportunity Fair. #TeamYardi of the Atlanta Relief Team contributed significantly to this event by assisting with setup/organization, welcoming committees, lunch support, cleanup, and even featuring entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and lessons learned. “We successfully fulfilled every request made to us, contributing to the nonprofit cause and investing in the future workforce and our communities,” exclaimed Amy Mojica, relief suite team Atlanta case supervisor. The entrepreneurs who shared their experiences: Scott Mclean, Senior Manager for Yardi Relief Suite Robyn Woods Green Jacket, Yardi consultant   Ternisa Kirk, Black Jacket, Case Auditor Janice Wells, pink Jacket, Case Auditor The Yardi Relief Team is a Yardi group that assists states, counties, and cities in managing federal and state funds to help communities in need. This assistance encompasses mortgage, rental, and utility aid as well as other forms of support to facilitate Treasury, Department of Energy, and other community service block grants. Yardi looks forward to more events with OneGoal and future community events! Find future nonprofit profiles...

Philip Suh Feb07

Philip Suh

Yardi’s global offices make essential contributions to property management and investors worldwide. Today, meet Philip Suh, associate technical account manager with the Residential CSD team. Meet Philip Suh Philip Suh has been working at Yardi for over a year and a half. Suh spends his workdays answering and catching up on emails in the mornings, participates in daily scrum meetings with his team to discuss cases they are working on that day, and finishes up with client meetings in the afternoon hours. Suh currently works on Positive Pay and Interface cases with the client and a third party vendor or bank. “I love helping people set up and implement new things into their Voyager environment,” said Suh. “I also really enjoy being able to help my teammates out and want to try my best to be approachable by my teammates or other people!” Suh feels the reciprocity at Yardi among his teammates, which he is very grateful for. “I love that everyone is so open to lending a hand, especially with unfamiliar topics. I have never felt that I was not welcome to ask a question on my team,” Suh shares. Work-Life Balance Suh appreciates the work environment at Yardi and likes the work-life balance. The direction from his Team Lead and manager has given him more opportunities, which he acknowledges. “I’m really happy with my work-life balance here at Yardi, which allows me to have fun and be my own person when I’m not working. I think ensuring that not letting your job title define you is really important,” Suh expressed. Yardi is hiring globally! Interested prospective employees can explore opportunities on the Careers site. Sweet Love Suh spends his time outside the office with his lovely wife, Camill, eating good food and sweet...

Sarah Kermon Jan10

Sarah Kermon

Yardi’s global offices make essential contributions to property management and investors worldwide. Today, we introduce Sarah Kermon, associate technical manager with the Raleigh office’s Commercial NC Practice 3 Team. Meet Sarah Kermon Sarah Kermon has been working at Yardi for a little of a year. She assists with incoming support requests from Yardi clients. She also helps her team members with cases for their clients as needed and provides peer support to other colleagues. When she is not working on cases, Kermon betters her knowledge of Voyager and various software components. One emphasis is deepening her technical understanding of reports in Voyager. “I enjoy the opportunities to pursue areas of interest, which include building up my technical skills with things like SSMS, Profiler and learning more about the backend structure that makes our products work,” said Kermon. Kermon has grown exponentially at Yardi due to her colleague’s willingness to help her. She always feels comfortable asking questions and reaching out in areas of uncertainty. Yardi prioritizes its employees in a way that provides comfort as new hires adjust to their positions and creates an environment that welcomes challenges and curiosity. “Everyone around you is invested in your success and wants to give you opportunities to learn and excel,” shares Kermon. She continued, “I am super excited to be working in my new role with the Commercial NC Practice 3 group and love getting to know all the amazing people who have guided me along the way!” Yardi is hiring globally! Interested prospective employees can explore opportunities on the Careers site. Rubix Cube Extraordinaire While Kermon is not working at Yardi, she enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants. She recently learned to make chicken piccata, which is her new favorite. She also enjoys collecting puzzles and...

Office Celebrations

End of year gatherings were abundant this year, with many Yardi offices ending the year with festive get-togethers. Here are some highlights from #TeamYardi celebrations worldwide. In North America, Canada celebrated its 25th anniversary and gathered to celebrate with raffle prizes, dancing and more. The Atlanta office had a fancy holiday reception at the Delta Sky360 club in Truist Park and had a sweet and spicy gingerbread house competition in the office for the end of the year. Michael Sturniolo’s team made an impressive win with a double-decker gingerbread house, “Gingerbread Jack & the Jellybeanstalk.” (See photo in gallery at end of post.) The Raleigh office gathered for a festive evening out with collegues, featuring food, drinks, a photo booth and lots of laughs. On the East Coast, the New York office had a holiday lunch with a surprise VIP guest (Mr. Anant Yardi) at Benjamin Steakhouse, and the Long Island office had a holiday party at Crest Hollow Country Club. Scottsdale, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Boise had fun competitions with games, golf and basketball. In Texas, the Dallas and Irving offices gathered for a fun family night at the Mavericks NBA game. The UK had a holiday celebration at Fairgame in London and embraced some friendly competition, with Harry McBrearty having the most points and winning a 5ft bear! The Middle East celebrated the festival of lights—Diwali- in Pune and Dubai. Dubai also marked the end of the year presentation with a fantastic lunch, a gift exchange and New Year spirit. Additional images from the celebrations can be seen below. Thanks to all the offices who shared photos of their gatherings. Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday...

Seasonal Spirit Oct30

Seasonal Spirit

#TeamYardi had a wicked good time celebrating Fall and spooky season this year. The Atlanta office festivities started with a costume contest. The winners of the contest were as follows: Best: Static Shock costume, Amber Brown Funniest: Burger costume, Jonathan Singleton Scariest: Dr. Facilier costume, Gerald Valentine Most Creative: Frida Kahlo costume, RheaAnn Koppelman Best Group: Mario Party costume, Ciro Vellino, Tyler Edwards and Spencer Hardiman Those who participated brought some fun to the office and turned a typical Wednesday into an enchanted Wednesday. For lunch, three food trucks were provided with various foods for the office—Yaardie Eats, The Mad Greek and The Loaded Taco. Games were provided, and even a special guest was in attendance after making his rounds at the Atlanta HBCU scholarship programs Yardi supports. Jay Shobe, senior vice president, was impressed with Georgia’s southern hospitality. At headquarters in Santa Barbara, the office had a Fall Fest for Yardi employees and their families. The afternoon consisted of a pumpkin carving contest with pizza and gelato. The kids got dressed up and enjoyed a corn maze with trick or treating. What fun office collaborations for the end of...

Yardi Dubai Aug04

Yardi Dubai

#TeamYardi of Dubai is here again, showcasing their influential excitement in and out of the office. Here are a couple of updates from the Dubai office. Bring Kids to the Office Bring Kids to the Office was an exciting event and opportunity for Yardi’s wonderful parents to introduce their kids to the place where parents spend a significant part of their day. Employees had the chance to share the work environment with little ones and create an engaging and fun atmosphere for everyone in the office. The day was jammed packed with a range of activities suitable for children of different ages: Office tours– Kids had the chance to explore the office and learn about what their parents do when working. Interactive fun– entertainment included balloon twisting, face painting, games and music with party hosts. Snacks, treats & sweets to keep the energy level up throughout the day. “We were so excited to see the workplace come alive with the laughter and joy of our employees’ little ones. It was undoubtedly a fantastic day of bonding and creating cherished memories together,” exclaimed Oksana Goliak, Yardi Dubai office manager. Fostering Healthy Competitions The friendly yet competitive nature of employee team building encourages employees to showcase their skills while cheering on their teammates. Healthy competition can instill a sense of pride and accomplishment, motivating individuals to work harder as a team. Moreover, the Cup cultivates a supportive environment where employees celebrate each other’s successes and learn from their setbacks, strengthening team bonds. The Yardi Sports League continues with a new season for 2023 and promotes employee well-being. Recently, Yardi Sports League held a Table Tennis Cup: a fantastic team-building event promoting physical fitness and enhanced employee teamwork, communication and camaraderie. Be sure to check out all...

Inclusive 4K

Yardi Dubai supports Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities as part of the company’s global program of philanthropic support for nonprofits and NGOs. Yardi Dubai is sponsoring education and training classes all year for Al Noor students, who include hundreds of children and young adults with physical and cognitive challenges. Yardi’s Dubai office participated in a 4K Run at a recent family charity-raising event. The theme was Superheroes for Inclusion. The team gathered to run or walk with Al Noor students and their families, with a focus on supporting the inclusion of “people of determination from all walks of life.” Established in 1981, the Al Noor Training Centre started with just 8 children. With a holistic approach to wellbeing and development, the centre has expanded and now provides high-quality professional training for people with disabilities in Dubai. The centre has specially designed programmes to suit each individuals’ needs, which includes children and young adults with various physical and cognitive challenges such as down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. They also employ Trans-Disciplinary Assessment and Intervention methods to ensure each child gets the precise help they need. Today, the Al Noor Training Centre has over 180 students with more than 28 nationalities. The goal of Al Noor’s Vocational Training Unit is to make students of determination skilled and productive members of the community. Training is offered in wood design technology, printing technology, fashion technology and bakery units. The centre includes a well-equipped gym, a large multi-purpose auditorium, a swimming pool and a shaded outdoor playground. If you would like to find out more about the services Al Noor Training Centre provides to their students with disabilities or explore employee engagement initiatives, visit Al Noor Training Centre. Editor’s note: Team Yardi UK marketing associate Sophie Swords contributed to this...

Yardi Dubai

The Yardi Dubai office is full of spirit, energy and fun group activities. Office manager Oksana Goliak coordinates the office to meet up for regular friendly competitive group sporting events. In 2021 they had a virtual climb of Mount Everest and had some skiing action for Ski Dubai. Then in 2022, they started the Yardi Sports League, which included cricket, badminton, football, and volleyball. Here is a look at some of their accomplishments of the past few years. When the pandemic hit and most were on lockdown, Yardi Dubai started to include some virtual team-building activities. In 2021 the Dubai team virtually climbed the highest mountain peak, Mount Everest. Each team member logged their steps into a daily group log with a challenging goal of 230 km in seven days. Cycling activities were excluded. Watch the video here: Next up in 2021 was Ski Dubai. The team gathered at an indoor skiing arena pictured here. Watch their outing here. In 2022, Yardi Dubai started the Yardi Sports League and gathered for cricket, football, volleyball, and badminton throughout the year. Pictured below is the cricket match. Watch the video here: Dubai Sports League: Football. Watch the video here: Dubai Sports League: Volleyball and Badminton. Splitting into two teams, The Black Panthers and White Tigers. The Black Panthers won the badminton trophy, and the White Tigers won the Volleyball...

Ralf de Graaf Mar07

Ralf de Graaf

From the Yardi Amsterdam office, meet Ralf de Graaf, senior manager for European Yardi services. His primary role is managing services teams during the implementation process and providing ongoing support for the European residential sector. Yardi’s EU product focus includes clients in both the Build to Rent (BTR) and student housing. He has spent over 25 years in finance, working with top financial companies such as Ernst & Young and Deloitte. de Graaf’s experience includes roles in finance management, outsourcing, platform management and operational leadership. With extensive knowledge in finance, de Graaf’s second hat at Yardi is overseeing Yardi’s international standards and compliance efforts. “In this role, I work with a small team based out of our Amsterdam office in close partnership with our programming teams and the various client service teams to help our clients meet local compliance in many European countries. The structured approach we have established towards the topic really helps to respond to rapidly changing laws and regulations across the European continent,” de Graaf said. He also works with the European translation team on initiatives to improve and deliver language capabilities across many products. “With the clear connection of the topic to the value we bring with our consumer-facing products, such as RentCafe in the residential segment, working on this topic is strategic to us,” de Graaf shared. Amsterdam YASC In 2017, de Graaf decided to pursue a career change and talk to key industry contacts. “I visited YASC in Amsterdam. This was a good moment to talk to some of the Yardi people I had the pleasure of working with for a long time, some of them already since 2004 when Deloitte became one of the first clients of Yardi in Europe,” he recalled. That was the start of...

Ana-Raluca Iliescu Jan17

Ana-Raluca Iliescu

Yardi’s growth as a top employer is thanks in part to staff members who assist with recruiting around the globe. Meet Ana-Raluca Iliescu, team leader for recruitment in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Meet Ana-Raluca Iliescu Iliescu has been working for Yardi for nine years. She started with the company as a call center agent and transferred to the Human Resources department after two years. Currently, she coordinates the recruitment team and participates in recruitment processes. “My experience at the call center was one of the most valuable that I have ever had and played an important role in preparing me for the recruiter position. I had already acquired most of the skills needed for the job, so transitioning into the new role went smoothly,” shared Iliescu. Her day-to-day work includes close collaboration with the recruitment team and other departments in the Yardi Romania office. She oversees all processes, stays on top of changes, and proposes and applies solutions to improve practices and candidate experiences. “Having been in a recruiter role at Yardi for over six years, I got the chance to work with almost all our teams, thus getting an excellent grasp of the business needs and processes and gaining much diverse experience as a recruiter,” said Iliescu. Growing business The people at Yardi’s worldwide offices are a big part of the effort to create and foster a distinctly welcoming corporate culture. “One of the things I like most about my job is that what our team does helps the people and the business grow. I also enjoy passing on my experience to help others succeed in this field. At the same time, I like the fact that it’s a challenging role, and you never get the chance to get bored – you can learn new...

Glassdoor Honor Jan12

Glassdoor Honor

Yardi has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for the third time as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023. The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award is based solely on the input of employees, who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a review about their job, work environment and employer on Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies. “Taking care of our employees and offering opportunities to contribute to our clients’ success are guiding principles at Yardi,” said Anant Yardi, the company’s president and founder. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award again from Glassdoor, and we are grateful for the supportive culture that has been fostered at all levels within our organization.” For 2023, Yardi is No. 76 out of 100 companies on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work US Large list with a 4.4 rating. The company was previously honored in 2020 and 2018. Here are some of the comments current employees have made recently about Yardi on Glassdoor: “(Yardi is a) wonderful place to work. Flexibility, good pay & benefits, and caring, supportive team and leader. Privileged to work for such a philanthropic company that values both its clients and employees.” “The company has been incredible to work for throughout the pandemic and treats its employees and their families as good as I’ve ever seen.” “Management and team leads meet with you often to check in on how you are doing, career goals, questions, concerns. They do so in an authentic way, not obligatory. Leadership has not only asked these questions but has great follow through. They have helped guide me on a path based on my own career goals and they also encourage “out of the box” ideas and love when you take initiative.” Yardi is currently hiring, and you can find worldwide career opportunities on the Careers page. Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work winners were determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between October 19, 2021 and October 17, 2022. During the year-long eligibility period, employers considered for the large list must have received at least 75 ratings for each of Glassdoor’s nine workplace attributes (overall company rating, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, diversity and inclusion, senior management, work-life balance, recommend to a friend and six-month business outlook). “It’s encouraging to see companies doubling down on employee mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, competitive benefits and flexible work environments as we head into 2023. I sincerely congratulate all of the Best Places to Work winners,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor Chief Executive Officer. For the complete list of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners in 2023, please visit:...

Walk for Hope

Team Yardi Raleigh is a longtime supporter of the Foundation of Hope in Raleigh, founded in 1984. The nonprofit works to conquer mental illness by investing in groundbreaking scientific research and mental health initiatives. The Foundation of Hope strives to eliminate suffering from mental illness in the community. On Oct. 9, the Foundation of Hope held the 34th Annual Walk for Hope to fund mental health research at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry. This year a total of over $790,000 was raised. Team Yardi TKO, a title sponsor of the event, raised $6,000 this year. TKO stands for Timothy K Owens. He was a manager with Yardi for many years and lost his life by suicide about 11 years ago. In his memory, the Yardi Raleigh office started the Walk for Hope team and has been walking and raising money ever since. “Tim will never leave our hearts,” shared Kimberly Wood, Captain of the Walk for Hope Foundation.   33 Yardi team members joined the walk this year including Kimberly Wood of the PayScan Implementation Team; Greg Smith, Vice President; Pam Davison, Senior Project Manager; David Fabian, Senior Director; Vera Morris, Consultant; Maggie Corgan, Technical Account Manager; and Sheila Johnson, Technical Account Manager. “Mental health research is so very important,” said Wood. “I can’t imagine there are very many people who are not touched by mental health issues for family or friends,” she continues, “Personally, I volunteer throughout the year at the Foundation of Hope office.” “It feels SO good to give back.” The 5K walk was followed by a family-friendly festival including lunch, music, informational booths from mental health care companies, a small petting zoo and so much more. The weather was beautiful and over 3,200 registered and raised money...

Introducing Yardi RISE Oct24

Introducing Yardi RISE

Earlier this year, Yardi began a new initiative in the UK called Yardi RISE. Fay Chester, regional director, and Amber Crighton, event planner, wanted to create a new event for women at Yardi to network, inspire and empower each other. The event focuses on four pillars: R – RecogniseDiscussing things that affect women in the workplace, such as health (e.g., menopause, pregnancy and more). I – InspireCelebrating each other’s successes and learning from one another as tech is still a male-dominated industry. These events can help inspire people who are new in their careers and want to work their way up the ladder. S – ShowcaseWhat opportunities are there that women can get involved with, e.g., events, speaking panels, mentoring opportunities etc. E – EmpowerSupporting, encouraging and challenging ourselves and one another, whilst being able to talk freely in a non-judgmental space. For the first event, we hosted one session in London and one in our UK head office in Milton Keynes with guest speakers, Hannah Marsh, co-founder of HomeViews and Margaret Sweeney, executive director and chief executive officer for IRES REIT. These first sessions focused on careers and we began the session by introducing ourselves, our role at Yardi and who inspires us. Our guest speakers then presented and gave advice on how they became successful women in real estate. Hannah Marsh went first and opened up by stating, “I had no idea what to do with my career once I graduated and now, I’m a co-founder at HomeViews and an entrepreneur. Honestly, I still don’t know what to do with my career but I don’t think it matters. I don’t know what the next 20 years are going to offer me, but you need to take ownership of your career and not wait for something to happen. Make decisions for yourself and not what people believe is the right career for you as they will always put a label on you.” Marsh gave eight tips for women in real estate – Put yourself forward and compete – make sure you have a voice and put yourself out there Be credible – do your research before a meeting but remember it’s okay to learn as you go Be visible – put your hand up and get yourself seen Relationships matter – people will want to do business with you when they like you Don’t assume you’re being treated fairly – ask questions and don’t be afraid to challenge When you no longer get nervous, it might be time to move on – if you’re not excited about what you’re working on or get a buzz from a project, you need to start asking for more Trust your voice and instincts As you manage and lead, give your team the opportunities to shine Marsh showed us how it doesn’t matter if you’re unsure of where you want your career to go, but make sure you do something that makes you passionate and inspires you. Don’t be afraid to have your voice heard and it’s the relationships you make along the way that help you grow and allow you to nurture your teams as you start to lead. Margaret Sweeney opened her session by expressing that her first ambition in life was to be a teacher, however, she pivoted into a BCOMM degree to give herself more options in her career. She always believed it was better to choose something that would allow her to have options, but nowadays thanks to technology there are more jobs available which makes the world of real estate more exciting. Sweeney’s advice to the group were the 6 C’s – Confidence – having self-assurance – be confident in yourself and try not to overanalyse everything. Only analyse why you should get the job, not why you shouldn’t get it. Communication – Always use your voice. Organisations and companies are structured around organisation models that...

Blake Cole May11

Blake Cole

Meet Blake Cole, a team lead for RightSource auditors in Yardi’s Minneapolis office. Blake started at Yardi in November 2020 as an auditor and was promoted to team lead within six months. Blake Cole Recently, he had the opportunity to be part of longtime Yardi affordable housing client ALCO’s very first internal podcast. We caught up with Blake to learn more about how he proactively tackles client challenges. Read on to learn more. TBS: How do you spend your work hours? BC: As Team Lead, I oversee the compliance and review of certifications for numerous affordable housing programs (e.g. HUD, LIHTC, HOME) across 11 states. My work hours are spent developing and cultivating strong relationships with our clients, responding to compliance questions and inquiries, supporting auditors in their review of complex certifications, as well as problem solving and troubleshooting software issues that may arise. I began my career in affordable housing 14 years ago as a Leasing Consultant for a 175-unit elderly property in Atlantic City, NJ where I utilized Yardi Affordable software daily to process rental payments and complete certifications on site. This experience of overcoming the day-to-day challenges of compliance in affordable housing ironically are some of the same challenges that my clients presently endure. Having walked in their shoes for more than a decade of my career has unquestionably positioned me to better meet their needs today. TBS: What do you most enjoy about your work at Yardi? BC: I enjoy being able to pursue my passion of problem solving and providing exceptional customer service all while working remotely. I enjoy having easy access to continued education and online training. I believe Yardi attracts the best of the best; and doing so gives me the opportunity to learn from professionals who...

Problem Solvers

Where would the world be without problem solvers? Certainly not far. Problem solvers propel innovation and help us make the most of the resources available to us.  At Yardi, four departments of work behind the scenes to help Senior Living clients anticipate, mitigate and troubleshoot dilemmas. They are among the problem solvers that help clients explore innovative solutions and deliver quality services to customers. Yardi solutions rise to face new challenges Evolving client needs require evolving technology. As developers issue new features, client-facing team members are ready to help with change management. Craig Christensen, team leader, Consulting Practices at Yardi says, “We work in a rapidly changing environment that has been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Our developers worked quickly to implement new solutions like vaccine administration tracking for our clients.” To navigate such new functionalities, clients can access tools like on-demand resources in Client Central or live training calls. Such tools are also helpful during the onboarding and continue education processes. Senior Living has a comparatively higher staffing turnover rate compared to multifamily. The ongoing pandemic has made it even more challenging. Yardi helps clients deal with the workforce shortage by streamlining routine processes. Stephanie Joralemon, product specialist, CSD, explains, “Clients found themselves consumed with ongoing trainings. We’ve resolved this issue with a Train the Trainer approach.” Through Aspire software, client trainers gain access to role-specific trainings 24/7. Live calls and trainings help fill any remaining gaps. Clients get the education that they need to quickly and accurately move forward with their work. Improved communication where it matters most Improving communication is another challenge overcome by Yardi specialists. In the past, medical profiles received updates via facsimiles and phone calls between the pharmacy and care provider. Yardi EHR and eMAR resolve the communication issue...

Never Miss a Beat Jan19

Never Miss a Beat

Sometimes it takes a challenge to jumpstart simplicity. It’s a lesson that the Senior Living Consulting Practices and Implementations team relearns each day. Ellen Lins is the senior team lead. She and her team help Yardi Electronic Health Record (EHR) clients optimize software usage to facilitate easier day-to-day operations at their sites. Training when every second counts The senior living industry poses unique challenges. Elevated security is necessary to guard residents’ protected health information. Additionally, the industry’s 24/7/365 business model necessitates constant access to and frequent changes of said data. No one can miss a beat. “Clinical staff are administering medications and providing care at all hours of the day and night. Outages and performance issues can have a critical impact, and impact their regulatory compliance, even if it occurs in the middle of the night,” explains Lins. Factor in the industry’s high turnover rates and the team is constantly engaged in client training. “To overcome those challenges, Yardi offers a free EHR Lite version of Yardi Aspire, an online learning management tool,” says Lins. “EHR Lite is a crucial part of the program that allows our team members to provide up-to-date training to multiple clients and their extensive user groups.” The team also offers 24/7 support through Senior Frontline. An EHR specialist is always available to provide training and emergency support when necessary. For the Consulting Practices and Implementations team, it’s always all hands on deck. But the benefits of their hard work are clients who can provide quality care for their customers. Improved understanding of EHR contributes into a higher standard of care of seniors throughout the nation. Offering results that improve lives With high stakes and responsibilities come great rewards. Technical account managers Mason Marshall and Rhonda Wenzel, along with senior...

Celebrating Unsung Heroes...

What comes to mind when you think of Yardi software development? Techies at their desks, typing out code? Designers creating user-friendly interfaces? Clinicians, nurses and accountants might not be first in mind, but they play an essential role in the development of our senior living software. Get a behind the scenes peek at the workings of our Clinical and Compliance teams. These specialists come from a range of backgrounds, lending their expertise to develop software that works for you. Nurses, accountants, operators, oh my! Programmers and graphic designers create software, but it takes droves of other specialists to customize program features for the unique needs of clients. That’s where the Clinical and Compliance teams work their magic. It’s a two-fold purpose: to interpret the needs of clients (and relay it to the techies) and to interpret legalities that must be considered during development and updates. Lisa Conrad, manager of Clinical and Compliance at Yardi, leads a team of medical professionals and regulatory specialists that advise on product design and content. “There could be a misconception that the team is all nurses.  Our team is comprised of members from differing professions and education. Each team member does have a healthcare background, but we cover the gamut from billing, operations, regulatory and clinical expertise.” Conrad, for example, began her career in informatics as a director of nursing for a provider in a long-term care facility. She adds, “We feel these diverse skill sets help us provide well-rounded content and solutions for the clients.” Big challenges offer big rewards for senior housing software professionals Senior wellness software is a particularly delicate field. Unlike commercial and multifamily tools, software that contains and transfers electronic health records ensures positive health outcomes. Prompt, efficient and accurate programs are more important...

Contributing in Canada Sep18

Contributing in Canada

When it comes to teams, families and communities, communication is a key factor for success. In-person and virtual soft skills are steadily growing in importance. Yardi team member Meherzad Bakht is teaching youth how to embrace a healthy lifestyle and improve their virtual communication skills. Simultaneously, he’s honing his own soft skills and furthering his career. Overcoming challenges with tech Bakht is a Yardi Voyager sales representative based in Toronto. He’s celebrating eight years with the company. He began his career with Yardi because it brings together his “passion for real estate, sales and technology into one position.” On a typical day, Bakht learns the needs and tech requirements of prospects and clients. He then aligns them with the best technology solution(s) to help them achieve their goals. Through his work, it’s clear that he cares about helping people overcome challenges. Game On! Bakht expresses that care through community involvement. He volunteers with Greater Toronto Big Brothers, Big Sisters Game-On after school program. This virtual mentoring program is for boys ages 11 – 14. The youth learn the foundations for making healthy choices, such as physical activity, nutrition, and emotional intelligence through discussion. “I knew I wanted to work with kids and give back to the community through mentoring,” says Bakht. “Over the last several months, I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with these kids and just being a resource. This is something I didn’t have when I was growing up and I know how important that could be in someone’s life.” Join Bakht in supporting Big Brothers, Big Sisters by making a donation. Bakht understands that sometimes, youth want to talk to someone who is outside of their immediate group of friends or family. The fresh perspective on past experiences and guidance is impactful at that age. Bakht recalls one of his favorite activities, making stress balls with the kids. The organization sent the supplies to participants. Virtually, Bakht guided the kids in how to make the sensory tool using a water bottle, flour and a balloon. During the activity, they all chatted about what was on their minds. “This was a really fun experience when we are actively working together and it was great to teach them problem solving skills,” says Bakht. He continues, “I actively worked on communication and listening. They really go hand-in-hand. Youth at this age can be easily distracted, especially in a virtual environment. We have to work on keeping them engaged and active. That’s why creating the stress ball with them was such a great experience.” Mentoring offers transferrable skills “My experience with Game On is a great way for me to get additional practice for collaborating with others, internally or externally, in a virtual world,” reflects Bakht. “These are great skills to practice because as a senior account executive, I need to be able to listen to and understand our clients’ needs to communicate how Yardi can best help them.” Over the last two years, the use of property management technology has grown. Many organizations have implemented, disparate systems. Some don’t know that a fully integrated property management, accounting, leasing and marketing solution is available. But Bakht works with clients wherever they are in the tech adaption process. Once he understands the bigger picture, he can help clients reduce touchpoints, gather reliable data and reporting—all via remote access. “Technology can be a true problem solver. And my work with Game On has improved my virtual communication skills so that I can even better serve our clients.” Tips for getting involved Bakht encourages community involvement, and not to be daunted by preparation. “If others are looking to volunteer and give back to the community, I would say don’t overthink it. Do some research, see how much time you have and reach out. These organizations are in need of volunteers, so they will work with you to align your goals, skills and how...