Seeing the Sights of NYC from New Heights at #CDECAENGAGE

In the beginning of November, the Business Administration & Management track at the 2017 Collegiate DECA ENGAGE conference explored New York City at a higher level than the normal tourist. Actually, it was on the Penthouse Level of luxury apartment buildings with amazing views of the New York City skyline.

The Collegiate DECA members on the Business Administration & Management track had an eye-opening experience into the residential property management industry thanks to DECA Inc. National Advisory Board partner, National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI). Collegiate DECA members were able to learn from two organizations that work in this industry: Equity Residential and Greystar Real Estate Partners.

We started our day learning from these organizations on how they run their businesses. What I thought was really interesting was how the organization that presented really showed how diverse the industry was while showing their organizational cultures. They provided insight to our member on how they utilized social media to connect with their residents and future residents while also staying up to date in the industry.

Then moving into the day, members quickly became entrepreneurs and were challenged with a Business Simulation sponsored by our National Advisory Board partner, Knowledge Matters. Members were able work on a virtual business simulation and were to run the business as if it was their own.

After lunch, we split up into two groups and had the opportunity to visit two properties, The Beatrice in Chelsea operated by Equity Residential and the Instrata Nomad, operated by Greystar Real Estate Partners. We were able to collaborate in depth with executives from each company learning about their businesses while enjoying  beautiful views of New York City.

Thank you for spending the past few days with us, and I am looking forward to seeing all of you in April at #DECAinDC.

To engage with NAAEI or a member company in your community, contact Sarah Levine, Director of Workforce Development.

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