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Sharing Our Experiences

The Bozzuto Buzz is about coming together and connecting as a community—sharing our stories and using our voices to express the triumphs and challenges we face. For the month of November, we celebrate some exciting updates, accomplishments, share the stories of our peers and provide ways to give back. 

As we enter Thanksgiving week, we wish you and your families a happy and peaceful holiday. Now more than ever, we’re thankful for your extraordinary work. 



Read These Stories

An Introduction by President and CEO Toby Bozzuto
Cultivating a Community of Belonging: Our New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub
Celebrate the Season of Giving and Gratitude
Bozzuto Philly Jumps Into Action on Election Day
Bozzuto Awarded Two New MHN 2020 Excellence Awards Among Other Honors 
A Virtual Night to Remember: the 2020 BMAs
Honoring & Celebrating Our Veteran and Veteran Spouse Employees


An Introduction by Toby Bozzuto
Toby Bozzuto
President and CEO

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Cultivating a Community of Belonging: Our New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Hub

We’re excited to share our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Hub, which reflects the actions we’ve taken together and provides helpful resources to guide our continued efforts. Explore our different cultures and observances in the Cultural Placemaking Guide, read about the experiences of our colleagues in Employee Perspectives and more. 

As a company that deeply values our employees’ diverse perspectives, Bozzuto understands the importance of cultivating an environment of trust and belonging, where employees seek to understand each other’s lived experiences, embracing the beauty and richness of our diversity and awakening one another to opportunities for equity. Explore the hub on the Bozzuto Intranet here 

We’re also inviting you to share your voice for our inclusive leadership session, an interactive training launching in early 2021 that includes 10 short films featuring Bozzuto associates. To be considered for these films, please record and submit a 30-second video of yourself answering a set of questions. Find the questions and submit your video here.  

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Celebrate the Season of Giving and Gratitude

Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season? The pillars of Rise by Bozzuto—which focus on homelessness and housing, youth development and environmental impact issues —offer you several ways to make a collective, positive impact on our neighborhoods and communities. Whether you want to host a food drive, make a donation or lead regional Rise initiatives as a Community Champion, Rise by Bozzuto has the resources for you to give back in a way that works for you.  

Here are a few ways you can make an impact: 

  • Donate here today—every $1 donated to Feeding America turns into 10 meals for those who are experiencing food insecurity.  
  • Host a food drive—5 canned goods create 10 meals. Click here for everything you need to lead a drive in your community.  
  • Track any food donations you collect for your local food banks on our collective drive page here.

Visit the Rise by Bozzuto portal here to find resources and additional information. Email Rise@bozzuto.com with any questions. 

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Bozzuto Philly Jumps Into Action on Election Day

Imagine being able to roll out of bed, walking down to your apartment building’s lobby and casting your vote in this year’s election. For some Philly residents, this convenient process was a reality for the 2020 election. This year’s election day brought some unusual work responsibilities for members of the Bozzuto Philadelphia team, who were hard at work supporting local voting efforts, including hosting on-site voting at Dalian on the Park, on Election Day.  

When the Parkway House—a designated Election Day polling station in Fairmount, Philadelphia—caught fire on November 2, the Philadelphia Board of Elections urgently went next door to Dalian on the Park to ask for help. Property Manager Michael Allard, working with Regional Vice President Doreen Trongone and their asset manager, secured the community as a polling station. 

On Election Day, The Dalian on the Park team allowed five voters in at a time, enforced social distancing measures and required face masks. Residents were able to vote on their way out of the building. The residents, poll workers and voters expressed appreciation for the beautiful location and well-thought-out set up.  

“I am so pleased that we were able to pull this together so quickly and do our civic duty,” Michael reflected. 

A few blocks away, 1213 Walnut Property Manager Anthony Barone was working with Fairmount Votes to increase voter turnout and recruit poll workers to take the place of older, at-risk workers who were staying at home due to COVID-19 concerns. He encouraged the new paid poll workers to reach out to their local ward leaders to identify and donate their pay to these individuals, who may have had to choose between their health and finances.  

On Election Day, Anthony also served as a poll watcher—reporting late openings and voting issues causing backups and working to resolve issues that came up for anyone who was denied the right to vote. He and his team made the process more efficient by identifying which voting machines voters needed to use based on their precincts. Crane Chinatown Property Manager Ashley Gredzinski served as a poll watcher as well. 

Thank you to Michael, Anthony, Ashley, the Bozzuto Philadelphia team and all those who helped with this year’s election—voters appreciate your hard work and dedication to democracy. 

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Bozzuto Awarded Two New MHN 2020 Excellence Awards Among Other Honors 

Multi-Housing News (MHN) awarded Bozzuto and Bozzuto-managed communities several notable awards and honorable mentions during their 14th annual 2020 Excellence Awards. These awards recognize the company’s exceptional attention to detail and dedication to creating sanctuary. 

Rise by Bozzuto was selected as the winner of MHN’s inaugural award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. As communities faced unprecedented challenges this year, Rise united the Bozzuto network to give back like never before—thank you for your amazing participation in these campaigns and efforts. Additionally, Regional Director of Maintenance and Engineering Yasmin Hayat won the Rising Star award, recognizing her for her impactful leadership, out-of-the-box thinking and impressive on-site project results. Yasmin is the first Bozzuto associate to earn this impressive award. Liberty Harbor East, which made its grand debut in Baltimore, Maryland last year, was recognized as a Silver Medalist for the Best Development & Design: Mixed Use.  

We are thrilled to be recognized for the following honors: 

Several other Bozzuto-managed properties won MHN awards as well—check out the full list here

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A Virtual Night to Remember: the 2020 BMAs

Even while we’re physically apart, we still found ways to celebrate one another’s accomplishments during this year’s first-ever virtual Bozzuto Management Awards (BMA). The sense of excitement and community was strong throughout the night as we celebrated from properties, home offices, kitchen tables and more. Thank you for tuning in to the celebration, where we were able to hear from our leadership, recognize the strong relationships you’ve built and the excellent work you’ve done in collaboration with our residents, clients and partners.  

Congratulations to all our award winners—we are so grateful for your hard work and dedication to our mission. See the BMA winners here. 

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Employee Perspectives: Honoring & Celebrating Our Veteran and Veteran Spouse Employees
Veterans Day at Bozzuto

Last week, we paused on Veterans Day to remember the invaluable service of our veterans—their bravery, sacrifice and resilience. To all those who have served, especially the veteran and veteran spouse employees in our Bozzuto community, thank you for your service to our country. 

Chairman and Co-Founder Tom Bozzuto and fellow Co-Founder John Slidell, both Vietnam veterans themselves, shared a special Veterans Day message. Watch the video here

Do you know these Bozzuto veterans and veteran spouses? We asked several of our Bozzuto veteran and veteran spouse colleagues to share stories about their experiences in the military with us. Read about their service, career journeys and what Veterans Day means to them here

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