My father David founded ACCU, Inc. in 1979, and I think it’s safe to say I grew up in the business, starting from the age of just 16. While I had a run as a young adult exploring other career paths, managing community associations is clearly in my blood, and I always found my way back.
My career path in community association management was finally cemented in 2002. I had just finished college, and my father asked me to “babysit” the up-and-coming Beauvallon Condominium Association while a developer interviewed candidates from around the country for an on-site building management position. While I had some knowledge of the industry, having watched my dad live and breathe it all those years, I was fairly inexperienced when it came to serving in any kind of leadership role. Up to that point, the most I had done on the properties that ACCU, Inc. managed was change light bulbs, sweep garages, clean hallways, and otherwise maintain the grounds.
When my father finally introduced me to Sid Malmberg, who would quickly become one of my closest friends and mentors, I was ready to take on more. Sid was probably only 6’3”, but when he was towering over me in my father’s office, he looked like a giant. A no-nonsense kind of man, Sid wasted no time in taking me under his wing. He guided me with a firm hand but a soft touch while I gave my “babysitting” duties my highest level of attention.
The day finally came for my father to ask the developer, “Who do you want to hire from among the candidates we provided?” The developer responded, “I choose your son.” And with that, I was launched on the path of becoming a community manager.