With the housing market having shortages in some areas and multiple large companies looking to shift their office headquarters within the next few years, property management is becoming a big part of Houston business. Property Manager Phillip Emenogu talks about how his business background helps him to manage all of his real estate projects.

Property Manager Phillip Emenogu (photo courtesy of Phillip Emenogu)

Property Manager Phillip Emenogu (photo courtesy of Phillip Emenogu)

What does your current position entail?

“I’m a property manager for Eco Solutions Reo. As stated on my LinkedIn profile, I hire contractors to complete total contract compliance, as well as work performance of subcontractors. I ensure all work orders are completed timely and properties conveyed to our inventory are clean, safe and consistent with contract requirements. I authorize and approve all invoices, work orders and reimbursable expenses associated with subcontractor services and update vendors on maintenance requests and notify of any hazards. I follow up with work orders issued by inspectors, provide inspectors with weekly updated inventory of their properties, closed and inspected, and lastly, I recruit qualified and skilled contractors that have experience in property preservation. I manage properties to prepare them to be in ready-to-show condition and maintain that property until the house is sold.”

Do you feel education prepared you for your current role? In what ways?

“I do believe education prepared me for this current role. Majoring in business management exposed me to many real life experiences that I’m facing on the job right now. At school, I had to meet daily deadlines, set goals for myself in a variety of subjects and activities and accomplish them. I believe these experiences translated into the role I’m in now as a property manager. One of the most useful skills I gained from my school experience was learning how to plan, execute and complete quality work within the time period given. I feel my strong time management skills have prepared me for my current position as a property manager. Time management is key and essential when at work. You have to have a scheduled time for everything, for example scheduling meetings, calling contractors, reviewing invoices, etc.”

Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

“My advice to anyone who is looking into getting into management upon graduation is to intern for a company as a management intern and get the experience you need to be able to perform the necessary scope of work required of managers. Read books on management, take classes in management, talk to managers and ask them questions about management and lastly, join management organizations.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.