Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Arm of the Year: Paul Petrulis, Arm

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Arm of the Year: Paul Petrulis, Arm

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WHAT INITIATIVE(S) ARE YOU PROUD TO HAVE IMPLEMENTED OR BEEN A PART OF?

I am proud of being part of something bigger than myself. When I was asked to be a part of the Liebcrman Mentor/Mentee program, I jumped at that chance. Having the opportunity to be a part of that program, as well as engaging in activities outside of the property management field (like being involved in charity work) certainly helped me become a better employee. And I couldn't have done it without a wonderful support staff at Lieberman Management, AMO.

HOW HAS ACHIEVING THE ARM CERTIFICATION HELPED YOUR CAREER?

Earning my ARM certification gave me confidence in areas that I felt weak in. Education gives you confidence, and confidence gives you the ability to position yourself as an "expert" in the room. And then what you do with it is up to you. The ARM certification has helped me open doors with property management professionals, as it shows an increased level of commitment to the profession.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE UP-AND-COMING PROFESSIONALS IN THE INDUSTRY?

Literally: Just do it. (Jet involved, volunteer for a committee (IREM and others), run for a board if you live in a condo/HOA environment. It only serves to make you a better person and professional. Once you get involved, you'll find that it will open doors, and you'll meet more like-minded people than you could imagine.

My family relocated from Chicago to St. Petersburg, Fla. in mid-2017, and without my IREM connections, my career transition would have taken much longer than it did. Because of the people I had met through IREM, I was able to secure employment--for a job that was not even posted--by making a few calls, sending a few e-mails and flying down for an interview. This industry is all about people. The more connections you make, the better off you will be. You simply never know when you will need help with a vendor, a board member, a legal situation or even a job search. …

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