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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. As we progress into a new year, we’d like to share some exciting updates.



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Celebrating Black History Month This February
Bridging Bozzuto From Coast to Coast
Resilience, Gratitude and Community in 2020: A Rise by Bozzuto Year in Review
Clock In With Confidence
Welcome to #BozzutoAtHome With Exciting Partnerships

 


Taking Time to Reflect on the Importance of Family: An Introduction by Kelley Shannon

Kelley Shannon
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Engagement
The Bozzuto Group

I’ve reflected on family a lot over the past several months. If you’re like me, you’ve had more opportunities and reasons to be reflective. This pandemic has taken away so much and my heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones, jobs and more. In a way, though, it has also given us the gift of time. Time to spend with our partners, our children, our pets or roommates is invaluable. Having more time to exercise, cook, meditate, check in with distant friend groups or sleep in on the weekends is unlike any other time in my life. Taking time to redecorate and reorganize my home, learn new games, tackle my reading list and watch my favorite shows on Netflix has been life-affirming. And I’m grateful for the gift of time to imagine the big reunion that I hope to have when it is safe to finally bring family and friends back together.  

In African American culture, the tradition of family reunions dates back to the time period after the Civil War and emancipation, when formerly enslaved people would post advertisements in newspapers to help locate separated family members. The tradition was also inspired by the Great Migration, when millions of African Americans fled the rural South in the early twentieth century. Family reunions became opportunities to reconnect, share fellowship and preserve family heritage. Today, the food, laughter, storytelling, music and even matching t-shirts act as glue that strengthens our ties. And, it reminds us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, no matter the size of our families.   

This tradition of the Black family reunion, while rooted in a dark time, has become a beacon of hope for the preservation of the Black family—which is why I’m greatly looking forward to attending the virtual Bozzuto Family Reunion that SOUL, our Black/African/African American employee resource group, is hosting at the end of the month. Leading up to this important community event, I invite each of you to imagine what your family reunion might look like as we recover from the isolation and devastation of COVID-19, the injustice of police brutality against Black people and the riots at our nation’s Capitol that challenged our country’s democracy. I think we could all use a family reunion to recenter us, one that shines an amazing light reaching every corner of our souls and wraps us in warm hugs to last a lifetime. 

 


Celebrating Black History Month This February

Each year, a theme is set to inspire the month-long celebration of Black History Month. A tradition started in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, one of the founders of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, this theme sets the tone for honoring and celebrating the history of Black, African and African American culture during the month of February. 

Save the Date 

Inspired by the Black Family, the theme for Black History Month 2021the SOUL employee resource group invites you to join them for a virtual family reunion at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The event will start with some history around this important theme and favorite family reunion memories from SOUL members. After hearing from a guest speaker, we’ll enjoy a skit that you won’t want to miss. This event will include a few more extra-special surprises and giveawaysRSVP here.  

Don’t forget to display a specially designed Zoom background celebrating Black History Month during the event and the whole month—they’re already uploaded to your Bozzuto Zoom account. 

Wencourage you to support Black-owned restaurants by ordering lunch from one to enjoy during the program. Find a list of restaurants to support near you here. 

Over the course of the month, as you continue to reflect on the Black Family theme, we also encourage you to take part in activities such as reading and listening to works by Black authors, supporting Black-owned businesses and taking some time to educate yourself on Black and African American history. Click here to explore more ideas in our Cultural Placemaking guide. 

 

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Bridging Bozzuto From Coast to Coast 


Bozzuto Management Company (BMC) launched into 2021 with very exciting news—we are continuing to expand our national footprint into West Coast markets. To help us grow our national presence, longtime industry executive Heather Wallace has joined BMC as Managing Director of Client Services. Based in Northern California, Heather will help us further refine our business development strategy as we prepare to bring the Bozzuto experience to California and beyond.

Heather Wallace
Managing Director, Client Services and Business Development
Bozzuto Management Company

Heather brings with her more than 20 years of industry experience. She was most recently a senior executive with Sares Regis Group, where she helped them double their West Coast presence and modernize their management platform. Having served in key positions in operations, acquisitions and development for leading companies such as Lincoln Property Company, Archstone, Trammel Crow Residential and Alliance Residential, Heather will lead Bozzuto’s Client Services team and will play a pivotal role in bringing our award-winning service to new markets.

As we get ready to move West, we want to make sure our exceptional standard of service remains consistent no matter where we are. That’s why we’ll be looking for existing, diverse and high-performing team members to come with us to California—nobody knows how to deliver on our brand promise like our extraordinary team members do. Stay tuned for future opportunities to be a part of this exciting growth.

 

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Resilience, Gratitude and Community in 2020: A Rise by Bozzuto Year in Review

Creating sanctuary is at the heart of everything we do. Our social impact program Rise by Bozzuto unites our employees, residents, partners and clients around a distinct corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, allowing our Bozzuto network to make an impact like never before. In 2020, the unprecedented need brought on by COVID-19 called for adaptive action and Rise launched campaigns that facilitated giving back to those deeply impacted by coronavirus. Click here to find out more about these campaigns and view our first-ever Rise by Bozzuto Annual Report for a recap of our efforts in 2020. 

With your extraordinary support, in less than 30 days over April and May 2020, Bozzuto contributed $50,000 towards feeding healthcare heroes with sweetgreen and World Central Kitchen, as well as racing to end poverty with A Wider Circle. In the fall, we continued to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by collecting and donating food items for Feeding America’s local food banks. 

The reach of Rise by Bozzuto would not be possible without our 50 Community Champions from every region and division of the company. These incredible leaders are employees who help us launch initiatives for their fellow team members, residents and partners in their region. 

Thanks to all of your support and engagement with Rise by Bozzuto, we were selected as the winner of Multi-Housing News’ (MHN) inaugural award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. We’re especially proud to be the first recipient of this important industry award and we will continue to strive towards meaningful work that drives change within our communities and across our industry. 

As Bozzuto President and CEO Toby Bozzuto states, “We will continue our good work in the hopes of living meaningful lives through compassion, humility and purpose. We will continue to strive to be a paradigm for what is good and what is right.” 

If you are interested in helping bring Rise initiatives to your region and building relationships with local organizations, reach us at Rise@Bozzuto.com. 

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Clock In With Confidence

Bozzuto UltiPro is about more than clocking in or requesting paid time off—it’s about simplifying your life. Designed to grow with the company and prepare us for continued success, this new software streamlines payroll, manager tasks, employee information and more. Bozzuto chose UltiPro for its streamlined user experiencerather than having to log in to several different platforms to access HR information, you can count on UltiPro to handily keep all your important payroll and benefit information in one convenient place.  

 If you have questions or need a refresher on how to use UltiPro, there are several effective trainings and resources available on BOLD. Make sure to complete the required training here and find a helpful UltiPro training playlist here. For more information, join one of the upcoming virtual office hours sessions—click here to save your spot. 

 

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Welcome to #BozzutoAtHome With Exciting Partnerships

Creating sanctuary for those we serve is the reason behind everything we do. This belief has motivated us to deliver extraordinary experiences every day for our residents in the communities we serve from Chicago to Baltimore and New York City to Miami. Wherever they are, we want them to know that they are a part of the Bozzuto community, and we want to make every day feel special. 

We know how important it is to feel connected to neighbors, family and friends—especially during a time when many of us are physically apart. We initially nurtured this feeling of community, of belonging, in a virtual space through #BozzutoStaysHome. 

A highly successful series that generated more than 7,000 combined Facebook views and replays, viewers had an exclusive cooking lesson, a style demo, HIIT workout and more—all hosted on our Facebook and Instagram stories. More than 1,600 people tuned into the Time Management demonstrations put on by professional organizer Rachel Rosenthal in partnership with the Container Store. She took over Bozzuto’s Instagram story for two days to answer questions submitted by Instagram users, generating more than 57,000 total impressions for all stories.   

Newly relaunched as #BozzutoAtHome, the program will feature exciting similar partnerships and entertainment, allowing residents to engage with their communities from the comfort of their homes. Join us as we explore—virtually—what sanctuary can be. 

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