Employee Spotlight | Jeff Hayes

Name: Jeff Hayes
Position: Vice President of Housing Services
Location: Corporate Office

What is your favorite part of your job?
I have been in the lodging and housing industry for over twenty-five years. I truly enjoy providing a “home” away from “home” experience for our guests and clients. It is always a stressful time to be living in temporary housing and away from your permanent home, anything we can do to go the extra mile, make our guests feel as if they are among friends and family is very rewarding. We do this by having fun ourselves and providing good service to each other. I recognize this can be a tough business that we are in, however, when we approach it with a service and hospitality mindset it is very rewarding.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
In the winter, I enjoy attending my son’s hockey games and skiing with my daughter. During the summer I enjoy playing golf and spending time on the water boating and fishing.

What are your favorite sports teams?
Minnesota Wild Hockey
Purdue Basketball
Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Twins

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile!”

What is your greatest achievement?
Creating a close knit family and raising two children, who are now teenagers.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned?
“Seek first to understand, do not rush to judgment”

Is there a “fun fact” about yourself you’d like to share?
I grew up in Elkhart, IN and have strong ties to Indiana. Most of my extended family is from Elkhart and Crawfordsville. I lived in Indianapolis for four years.

February Housing Tip

Save Your Money. Protect Your Carpet!

Here is something most people take for granted when living in an apartment…Carpets! Carpets are the most expensive items in your apartment. Take your shoes off when you enter, and make sure not to track dirt/mud/oil into your apartment. Think about getting some sort of runner or mat to put at your apartment entry. If you can designate a certain area for dirty shoes, clean up will be minimal