2019 Company Picnic – Norhart

2019 Company Picnic – Norhart


Alright guys, I just want to give a couple
of quick words and then we’ll get to the games and the fun. But thank you so much for being
here today, I greatly appreciate it. You know a few weeks ago I got a chance to go visit
my brother, he works for Disney and he helped build Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland.
And, a week before it opened he got me a chance to go tour that place and it was just incredible.
It was so neat seeing what these group of creative, talented, passionate people did
in creating Star Wars in real life. It was so much fun to see that, but as I looked at
that I thought for a moment, I thought and realized that their are certain companies
that change the world, for the better. And as I thought about it, I started to think
about our company and what we’re doing here. And I started to realize that we have a shot
at changing the world ourselves. For example, this last year we have more than doubled the
pace of construction. I mean just think about that, how difficult that was. I know it was
hard, but we’ve doubled that pace. And in fact we had a number of newspapers come out
and tour Gateway Green. In particular the Pioneer Press was scheduled to be there only
a half an hour, and they ended up staying an hour and a half because they were so impressed
with what you guys had accomplished. We’re on track and we’re working on designing Lexington
Lofts which will bring us to a whole other tier of construction. And then the rental
side. We’ve been leasing at a rate that is faster than I have ever seen before. You guys
are doing a great job in getting resident feedback and engaging with our residents through
things like the resident board. And in fact, some of our properties have become the top
rated for their area. For example Emberwood I believe is the top rated in all of Blaine.
And then the technology side. You guys have raised and brought out more technology in
the last few months than we have ever before. We launched a whole suite of smart home technologies
that no other company, in our shoes, has ever built and we built that from scratch and brought
that out in the last few months. And a whole sub-metering infrastructure which I know was
a pain to get installed, but despite that pain it still got done and we had to go in
front of Connexus Energy and meet with their board of directors to even get that approved.
Like the level of a completion, a level of execution there is unparalleled. And you know
with all of this hard work there comes some pretty incredible results. For example, about
a little more than a year ago our company hadn’t won any awards. There had been very
little recognition for what we have done, in the greater world. But, in the last year
we have won about a dozen awards including some national awards. I mean just think about
that, our little company winning national awards. Like what you guys are doing isn’t
heard of anywhere. I meet other companies like ours or even much larger than us in our
space and they are shocked by the things you guys are accomplishing. On top of that we’ve
also been getting some world-wide attention. You know a little more than a year ago, we
didn’t have hardly any social media presence, but within the last year, we’ve collectively
gotten over a million engagements on social media. People all over the world, reaching
out to us and wanting to engage with our company, like what you guys are doing is so impressive.
Really let that sink in, I am so impressed with it. In this next year, one of our major
goals is going to be fighting to become one of the top places to work. And I know we have
a lot to do and a lot to improve in that area, and we want your help to do that, but that’s
one of our goals and we want to work to become one of the best places to work as well. You
know we only live once. And I often think what do I want to do with my time here on
this earth. For me, one of those things is simply to be a part of something much greater
than myself. To be part of a group that is changing the world and what’s so cool is that
you guys are doing that and we’re working toward a company that is changing the world
on an ever larger scale. So, I really only have one thing to say to you guys and that’s
simply thank you. Thank you for making this happen. And maybe day-to-day you don’t always
see the bigger picture and what we’re actually accomplishing, but take a moment, take a step
back, and think about what you guys are actually accomplishing. It’s incredible. Yeah, just
thank you, for all that you guys are doing.

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