Residents of Southpointe Apartments in South County can feel like they are even more of a part of a community, thanks to property manager Cindy Sykes. In 2003 Sykes' husband went back to teaching and she knew that she needed to get a full-time job. She had a friend who was in the business, but she told her husband that it would be a temporary thing. Now, almost 10 years later, Sykes still is managing Southpointe and loves her job.
She recently joined the in hopes to make other contacts in the community.
"I don't think we've ever been a part of the Chamber, and I was talking to our marketing director, not only to help with marketing but to also get involved," Sykes said.
Recognized as a new member at May's luncheon at the , Sykes said that there are so many things to do with the Chamber, she felt a bit overwhelmed.
"They have a lot of fun stuff like golf tournaments and new businesses coming in," she said.
Placing an importance on the 192 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes being a part of the community, Sykes said that whether she is helping someone find their first home or moving from someplace else, she loves seeing new tenants get excited about the new place they are moving into.
"That's what I love about my job," she said. "It's just really fun and kind of a neat feeling to see people happy about where they are living. I've had people that are so relieved and they need the help because they are all in different circumstances in their lives."
Sykes said that being a property manager isn't just managing—it's wearing different hats such as being a babysitter, a financial planner and a psychologist.
"When someone comes to you and there is really a serious life situation, you have to find ways to navigate through that," she said.