Category Archives: Homestead U

Employee Spotlight: Terry Collins

1031130918_0001Employee Spotlight

Name: Terry Collins

Job Title: Maintenance Supervisor

Property: The Ranch at Star PassApartments in Lubbock, TX.





1.) How long have you been with Homestead?:   One and a half years.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Same position as now, over 9 years at this property.

3.) Where are you originally from?:  Tucson, AZ.

4.) What’s your favorite part about being an HA employee?:  Being here to see where this property is constantly improving.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?:  I like to go camping and fishing with my family. Riding my dirt bike across the desert.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music?: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Southern Rock.

7.) What’s your favorite website?:  Craigslist
, looking for another dirt bike.

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant?:  El Molinitos, Great Mexican Food.

9.) What’s your dream vacation?:  A Cruise with my wife.

10.) What’s the best TV show you have seen lately?:  Big Bang Theory

11.) What’s your favorite HA memory?:  The day Homestead took over this property, and saw the improvements and upgrades planned.

Photos: Grand Opening of New Pool at University Village 6/26/14

Video: The Ranch Lubbock

Ally Herron Promoted to Tucson Regional Manager and Marketing Director of University Village

A_HerronAlly Herron will take over as Regional Manager in Tucson and Marketing Director at University Village in Columbus. Herron has been the Leasing and Marketing Director at University Village for the past year. Before Homestead U, Herron was with Crawford Hoying where she worked as the Corporate Trainer and Property Manager at Olentangy Commons.  She brings to Homestead U 14 years of experience in  the industry.  Herron graduated from Ohio State University and LOVES OSU!  She is married and has 2 furry kids, Sadie, a 5 year old Sheltie and Cassidy, a 1 year old Collie.  She has 5 nieces and nephews and loves to hang out with them whenever possible! She is very thrilled to join the team and brings a lot of enthusiasm with her!

Video: The Ranch Roast in Lubbock

New Business Manager and Leasing and Marketing Manager in Tucson.

Exciting promotions and new hires in Tucson as we ready for the 2014-15 school year!

McCutcheonMelissa McCutcheon was promoted to Business Manager at NorthPointe Apartments in Tucson. McCutcheon started at NorthPointe in January of 2013, where she started off as an ACE until being promoted to a full time Leasing Professional in October. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Melissa transferred to The University of Arizona to study psychology.

In her free time Melissa enjoys relaxing by the beautiful NorthPointe pool or hiking through the gorgeous mountains nearby. “I try to take advantage of the wonderful scenery here in Arizona as much as I can. I also enjoy taking road trips out to California to visit my sister and going to the beach or flying back home to see my family when I have the chance!” McCutcheon said. 






Enrique Gonzalez was hired as the new Leasing and Marketing Manager at The Ranch at Star Pass in Tucson.  Enrique is an International Sports Science Association (ISSA) certified personal fitness trainer. He has spent the last 12 years studying a variety of fitness disciplines including bodybuilding, power lifting, aerobic training and nutrition, and specializes in personal fitness training for seniors.  

Gonzalez has gained a vast array of experience through instruction, personal experience, continuing education, and a career in the United States Marine Corp.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.S. in Regional Development.  He recently return to his roots in sales and marketing joining the team at The Ranch at Star Pass as the Leasing and Marketing manager. He brings his 10 years of experience in real estate, property management, and leasing. He is motivated and excited to be apart of the Homestead company team.


Rivergate project featured in The Athens News

Church would make way for apartment complex under proposal

Zoning board, citing parking and height issues, rejects variances

By Conor Morris

published: Wednesday, May 21

Click here to visit Athens News Website


Photo Credits: Photo by Terry Smith, The Athens NEWS. Photo Caption: Under a proposal from Homestead U of Columbus, the New Life Assembly of God Church near OU’s South Green would be razed to make way for a student apartment complex.

Owners of the Riverpark and River’s Edge apartment complexes on South Green Drive have big plans for the land where the New Life Assembly of God Church currently stands.

Student housing company Homestead U LLC of Columbus plans to build a new 4.5-story, $20 million apartment building called “Rivergate” on the spot.

The only problem is, those plans may be a little too big; in a 4-1 vote, the Athens Board of Zoning Appeals at a May 13 hearing denied the owners four requested variances from city codes. That decision can be appealed. Concerns also have been raised about whether the plans have enough parking.

Phillip Foster, the pastor at the New Life Assembly of God church, spoke at the zoning board meeting in favor of the project.

He said the church entered into a contract with Homestead U’s late last year. If and when issues with the city and OU are resolved and the church finds a new location (Foster assured the board that it would still be in Athens), the church will be torn down and replaced with the Rivergate complex.

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Homestead America Honored as a Top Workplace!


We’re proud to announce that out of 850 employers Homestead America ranked 24 in Ohio’s Top 50 Workplaces!!!!  Thank you for your Nomination, Survey Results and most importantly your Team Effort.  This wouldn’t be possible without YOU!!

photoRead the full story here!

Beginning last summer, WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, PA, partnered Columbus CEO and WBNS-10TV  to seek nominations for exemplary workplaces among central Ohio employers with at least 50 employees. A combination of ads, social media and direct outreach identified more than 850 employers from a variety of sectors that were invited to participate to make the list of Ohio’s 50 Top Workplaces.

For the 2014 Top Workplaces, 79 for-profit, nonprofit and government employers with a combined total of 31,247 employees completed the examination by WorkplaceDynamics to be considered for the Top Workplaces designation. That required 12,609 employees in those workplaces to complete surveys covering a range of topics that have been thoroughly tested to reveal whether an employer provides and maintains a top workplace. Nominated employers distribute surveys randomly to employees, with a response rate of at least 35 percent required.


This year’s winners include 31 newcomers and 19 from the 2013 list.

For the surveys, either online or on paper, employees use a seven-point scale to respond to 22 statements such as “I feel genuinely appreciated at this company” and “I have confidence in the leader of this company.” The surveys measure qualities such as company leadership, communications, career opportunities, working environment, managerial relationships, pay and benefits. Responses are then correlated to a control question in which employees rate their workplace. A series of statistical tests look for any questionable results.

Feeling good about a company’s future and having confidence in its leadership play a key role in creating a Top Workplace, according to central Ohio workers who participated in Columbus CEO’s survey in partnership with WorkplaceDynamics.

Sixty-eight percent of the workers at the highest-rated businesses said they believed their companies were going in the right direction. Sixty-five percent said they had confidence in the leader of the company.

Some direct quotes from the surveys..

“They always keep us informed. “We always know what’s going on.”

“The company also shows its appreciation by hosting events to celebrate milestones and providing perks like free lunches.”

“You have a sense of belonging and camaraderie and unity in all of these teams you are a part of.”


2014 March Madness Winners Announced!


CecilWe hosted our second annual Homestead U March Madness Tournament Challenge!  We had over 300 students playing on a national level.  Cecil Stage, the Maintenance Supervisor at River Park, took home the $500 prize for the corporate pool.



Congratulations to all of our winners:

University Village (The Ohio State University) : Alex Randall, $1000
RiverPark(Ohio University) : Mitchell Eastlick and Sean Brawley, $500 each
The Ranch (Texas Tech) : Kendell Senter, $1000
The Ranch at Star Pass (University of Arizona and Pima College) : Tim Luensman and Jake Walton, $500 each
NorthPointe (University of Arizona and Pima College) : Belgica Hervey, $1000

Thanks again for playing with us!

New Leasing & Marketing Managers in Lubbock and Tucson


Kaitlyn Key – The Ranch

Kaitlyn was recently promoted from Leasing Agent to Leasing and Marketing Manager at The Ranch in Lubbock, TX. Originally from the great big town of Gruver, Texas. Where the cattle population is greater than the people. Key moved all over the nation growing up and played a little collegiate ice hockey in the Midwest then ran back to Texas as fast as she could. She attended Texas Tech University as an Agriculture major. When in college she worked as a farm hand and at her student apartment complex. Key has been working in student housing for almost 4 years now. In her free time she likes to play disc golf, tailgate for Tech football games, hunt, play fantasy football and baseball and eat free home cooked meals at her grandmas house. She is a die hard fan of Texas Tech football, Big Red, Frito Pie and Alex Rios’ legs who plays for the Texas Rangers.




Bailey Zygutis – NorthPointe

Bailey was promoted to Leasing and Marketing Manager at NorthPointe in Tucson, AZ.  She was working as the Leasing Consultant at The U leasing center near The University of Arizona, representing both NorthPointe Apartments and The Ranch at Star Pass.

Zygutis is an Arizona native, born and raised the beautiful city of Scottsdale.  She moved to Tucson in 2008 to attend the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences in 2012.

After college, Bailey decided to stay in Tucson, working as a Personal Trainer, which led to her first marketing job as a sales rep for a supplement company called Cellucor.  If her past career choices didn’t make it obvious, health and fitness has long been a love of hers.

She has also had numerous customer service-related positions and absolutely loves working with others!

A good friend of hers introduced me to the Homestead U apartments here in Tucson. She said  “I was very impressed.  I can tell you from personal experience that there really are no other Tucson living communities that can compare (in quality, value, price, etc.), so when I was offered the job at The U, I was all in!

“I can see a lot of potential here and am excited to work together as a team to let that potential shine!”