StuartCo Voted Top 150 Workplace in MN for the Fifth Consecutive Year

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We’re proud to share with you that StuartCo was voted a Top 150 Workplace for the 5th Consecutive Year!

Over 200 of our employees responded to a survey conducted by the Star Tribune and Workplace Dynamics, and their feedback landed us in the Top 150 of mid-sized companies for a fifth year!

We appreciate the commitment and loyalty of our employees and know that translates to superior service to our residents. We hope you feel the same and continue to refer your friends and family to StuartCo rental properties.

Visit the Star Tribune website for more details on this exceptional achievement!

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June 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

The Wellington “KnitWits”

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Over the past five years, The KnitWits at The Wellington Senior Living have been busy knitting Afghans for The Children’s Hospital. The group is resident lead by Marilyn Monson. As new residents move in, Marilyn does not hesitate to approach them to see if they knit and would like to join the group. The group currently has 11 knitters, but that number has fluctuated over the years. Every Afghan has a color theme, and the yarn is usually donated to the group or to The Wellington.

Making the afghan is a team effort. Each knitter knits a 9×6 inch piece of whatever color is assigned to them. From the colors in each Afghan, Marilyn comes up with a name for each and every one. They are then tagged with their name and delivered to the hospital by Marilyn. They are currently working on their 80th Afghan and are excited to keep on knitting past the 80th one!

These ladies find great joy in doing this. One of the former knitters once said, “I did not think I could do something for someone else anymore, but this allows me to do just that.” They may not get to meet any of the children that receive these blankets, but they know they are making a difference in the lives of these children, and that brings them much joy. So, as long as the yarn keeps coming, and the fingers keep moving, The KnitWits plan to keep on knitting!

June 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Meet The StuartCo Corporate Interns

Meet-New-Employees-1Join us in welcoming our three corporate office interns for the summer,  Lauren Fasching, William Schultz, and Lisa Kittleson. We are thrilled to welcome them to the team!

We asked each of them a series of questions to get to know them better.  Take a look!

Lauren Fasching

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Where do you call ‘home” (hometown)?  Bloomington, Minnesota

What school do you attend?  Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!)

What year are you entering this fall?  Senior Year

What is your major? Any minor(s)?  Major: Marketing Minor: Management

What’s the favorite course you’ve taken thus far, and why?  My favorite class thus far is an advanced business communication course I took this past semester. We were able to conduct research to help solve our chosen company’s business problem and provide real life suggestions to help further their success.

What are your hobbies/extra-curricular activities/interests?  Being a Minnesotan, I love going for boat rides on the lake and listening to some good country music.

What’s your favorite Food?  Indian Food :)

How do you prefer your coffee?  Black

Are you going to any concerts/music festivals this summer (and if so, which ones)?  I always try to attend Basilica Block Party in the summer. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be, and why? I would love to travel to South Africa on a mission trip someday. I think it would be a great opportunity to experience a different culture and build lasting memories.

What excites you about your role at StuartCo?  I am very excited to be back for my second summer! I have really enjoyed working in the marketing department and I’m looking forward to spending some time out at One Southdale Place.

William Schultz

WILLIAM SCHULTZ

Where do you call ‘home” (hometown)?  Waconia, MN

What school do you attend? The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

What year are you entering this fall? Junior Year

What is your major? Any minor(s)? Major: Marketing Minor: Finance and Cultural Studies

What’s the favorite course you’ve taken thus far, and why? My favorite course in college has thus far been “Management: Corporate Ethics”. The overarching reason that I thought so highly of the class was due to the high regard I had for the instructor, Prof. Rand Park. He is an extremely captivating lecturer, a skill that I chalk up to his background in both law and business.

What are your hobbies/extra-curricular activities/interests? I love anything high-intensity and outdoors. I most enjoy downhill skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing, all water sports, running, hiking, biking, etc. I also love music, and am proficient in guitar, piano, drums, Saxophone, bass, and a little recorder from the 4th grade.

What’s your favorite Food? I will eat just about anything with Seafood involved, especially sushi. How do you prefer your coffee? Black coffee or soy latte please.

Are you going to any concerts/music festivals this summer (and if so, which ones)? I will be attending Soundset this May (for the 4th consecutive year) and Lollapalooza in late July (for the 2nd consecutive year).

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be, and why? I would love to visit the Alps before I’m 25 to try out the powder in Europe.

What excites you about your role at StuartCo? I am excited mostly by how many different directions I will be pulled by all the different departments. I love it when I’m doing something new every day, so feel free to pile the projects on my desk!

Lisa Kittleson

LISA KITTLESON

Where do you call ‘home” (hometown)?  Waconia, MN

What school do you attend? Bemidji State University

What year are you entering this fall? Senior Year

What is your major? Any minor(s)? Major: Marketing Communications Minor: Business Administration

What’s the favorite course you’ve taken thus far, and why? Consumer Behavior; our humanly ways of decision-making and process is so interesting—and frankly, quite hilarious at times.

What are your hobbies/extra-curricular activities/interests? At school, I am the President of the Student Alumni Association and I work in the Admissions Office on-campus as a University Ambassador. In my free time I love to be outside, especially spending time on/by the lake. I studied abroad in Europe during the spring of 2014 for 2 months and ever since I’ve returned, I’ve had a bad case of the traveler’s itch…so anytime I can, I will take the opportunity to travel!

What’s your favorite food? Brats, Grapes & Popcorn…but definitely not all together!

How do you prefer your coffee? Carmel-color with hazelnut!

Are you going to any concerts/music festivals this summer (and if so, which ones)? I plan to attend Firefest; a day-long music festival in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday, July 25th! Fun Fact: I have never been to a summer music festival before, so it should be fun!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be, and why? As stated earlier, I love traveling. But if I could travel anywhere, someday I would love to visit the Philippines and either backpack or take a cruise around Scandinavia! I have thought about and would love to continue onto Grad School abroad somewhere, but we will see what happens…

What excites you about your role at StuartCo? Since learning about StuartCo, I have heard nothing but positive remarks about the team/company. Everyone that I have met so far, have all been nothing but positive and uplifting. I am eager to not only learn about this industry and everything that comes with it itself, but also to experience how a business runs on a day-by-day basis in so many different departments and fields. Also, to learn from such well-educated and knowledgeable mentors, to gain new experiences and take advantage of the opportunities that I can take with me for life. I feel very fortunate to have such an opportunity as this and am willing and eager to learn! I am excited to be here and look forward to getting to know you all and working with you!

May 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

The Alton SuperStars Remain Undefeated After 14th Game and Kare 11 Captured the Fun.

The Alton SuperStars took on the StuartCo Corporate Office in balloon volleyball and landed their 14th consecutive win and story coverage on Kare11 News!

They remain undefeated with hopes of attracting more challenging opponents.

Volleyball is just one of the many activities residents at The Alton participate in. Our award-winning activities team is passionate about providing opportunities to play, learn, create, and grow in daily life at The Alton on our Shepard Park Senior Living campus.

Jana Shortal from Kare 11 and her team captured all the fun yesterday. The photo gallery can be viewed here.

Our ongoing fun, including The Alton’s take on Uptown Funk video that went viral, can be found on our Facebook Page.

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April 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Congratulations to our 2015 MADACS Nominees!

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On Friday, September 25th, 2015, the Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) will hold its 20th annual MADACS Awards: Multi housing Achievement in Design, Advertising & Community Support. The purpose of the MADACS awards is to recognize owners and associates who have made significant contributions to multi housing marketing and management through exemplary achievements.

The Minnesota Multi Housing Association acknowledges the MADACS awards as the most honored award given in recognition of superior contributions to the multi housing industry.

StuartCo is proudly submitting the following 2015 nominations:

Mario Westby, The View At Long Lake (Caretaker, Individual)

Amy Topel, 430 Oak Grove (Maintenance, Individual)

Dan Wolfe, Highland Ridge (Maintenance, Supervisor/Lead)

Ed Sacic, Dean Paulson, & Robert Hoffman, Greenfield (Maintenance, Team)

Kim West, Coachman Trails (Community Manager, Market Rate)

Lisa Komarek, Rockwood Place (Community Manager, Affordable Housing)

Jill Forrest, Deer Ridge & Raspberry Woods (Community Manager, Multiple Sites)

Catherine Ragozzino, Genesee (Assistant Manager)

Shannan Robb, Heritage Landing (Leasing Consultant)

Teresa Fenne, (Support Staff)

One Southdale Place, (Floor Plans)

430 Oak Grove, Rooftop Deck (Partial/Project Remodel or Addition, Common Area)

Shepard Park Senior Living, postcards (Outreach Marketing Piece)

One Southdale Place, (Website)

StuartCo/Simpson Housing Partnership, (Community Service Program/PR)  

Rockwood Place, (Property Excellence, Affordable Housing)

Parkside Apartments on Medicine Lake, (Property Excellence, pre-1995)

430 Oak Grove, (Property Excellence, post-1995)

One Southdale Place, (Property Excellence, Best New Development Market Rate)

Best of luck to our nominees!

April 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

Uptown Funk at The Alton

This video of the team members and residents at The Alton Memory Care is guaranteed to brighten your day!

If you’d like to find out more about The Alton, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 651-699-2480 or via e-mail at thealton@stuartco.com We welcome you to take a tour of this wonderful Memory Care Community!

Connect with us on Facebook too for additional photos and videos of our vibrant community.

March 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm 2 comments

StuartCo at Feed My Starving Children

This past Wednesday, 50 StuartCo employees made a trip to Feed My Starving Children – Eagan for a company packing event.

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Feed My Starving Children provides life-saving meals to people who need them most all over the world — from countries affected by natural disaster to places enduring economic despair.  FMSC meals are distributed in nearly 70 countries through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and malnourishment centers.

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During the two hour packing time, we packed 111 boxes of food. Each box contains 36 Manna Packs, and each Manna Pack provides 6 meals. In the end, we packaged enough food for 23,976 meals! That’s enough to feed 66 kids for an entire year!

A Manna Pack consists of four ingredients.

1.   Rice, the most widely accepted grain around the world.
 2.   Extruded soy nuggets, providing maximum protein at lowest cost.
 3.   Vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian flavoring to give growing children the critical nutritional elements they need.
   4.   Dehydrated vegetables for flavor and nutrition.

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Fun Facts About FMSC:

• A single meal costs only 22 cents to produce.

• Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987; the first shipment of the current food formula was sent in 1991.

• 92% of the total donations goes directly to the food program. 8% goes to fundraising, administration, and overhead combined.

• They have sent food to more than 70 countries in our history including Haiti, Sudan, Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Lesotho, Liberia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Cambodia, East Timor, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia, and El Salvador, and to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and many more.

For more fun Facts about FMSC, click here.

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If you’d like to find out more about FMSC and how to get involved, please visit their website here.

To see more photos from our packing event, visit us on Facebook.

March 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

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