Job Title: Regional Director and Principal
Company: Thrive Communities; Kendehl and Co.
Industry: Real Estate and Leadership Consulting
Mentor Since: Fall 2018
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Bridge MBA Students
Regional Director: Responsible for approximately 5000 apartments, 40 communities, 5 Regional Managers and 200 associates in two states. Responsibilities include: Leadership, management, company goal setting, budgeting and reforecasting, policy and procedure creation and implementation, client relationships, vendor relationships, business development, renovations, strategic planning, lease-ups, new business and target market identification, brand strategy, marketing, communications, KPI management.
Thrive Communities: Boutique at scale. Thrive was founded on the belief that design, development, market positioning, and multifamily property management services can all be housed in one company to optimize value for property owners and residents alike. Inspired by our mission, our Leadership Team prides itself on an irrational pursuit of excellence, applying their complementary skills to create communities and relationships that truly thrive.
Thrive Communities, 2014-Present
Kendehl and Co, 2020-Present
Prior experience includes sales, marketing/communications, consulting, non-profit fundraising and volunteer management.
Seattle University, MBA, 2014
Seattle University, BA International Studies, International Economic Development, Spanish, 2009
Mentoring Objectives & Scope
I’m passionate about living life fully. That means encouraging and believing in myself and others with an eye towards reaching our full potential - a life of joy, love, integrity, and achievement. With me you’ll find fulfillment and leadership advice, achievement inspiration, and guidance for defining and reaching your goals. I'm an advisor to a number of small businesses in terms of business strategy, marketing and design, financial and strategic planning, and enjoy seeing people and their companies grow.
When and where do you hold meetings with your students?
Meetings can be held online via video call, or in person in Seattle, Bellevue, or North End. I prefer to meet with my students monthly as a group, and hold one on one meetings once or twice a month depending on what's most helpful for my mentees.
Kendehl is passionate about unlocking the potential of our people and communities. By empowering confident and capable site leaders and teams, she ensures her communities are full of creative ideas and positive energy. Her focus on what’s most impactful to the business allows her to identify the best strategic path forward and deliver results that matter. She oversees a team of five Regional Managers in two states, over 40 communities and 200 associates. Her experience includes multiple renovations, lease-ups, Class A, B and C communities and mixed-use developments. Her expertise in business modeling, strategic planning, marketing, and leadership enable her to optimize revenue, NOI and cash flow while encouraging and supporting the teams responsible for plan execution. She’s a four-time Emerald Award winner for Regional Manager of the Year in 2019, Renovation of the Year in 2019 and 2017 and Community of the Year in 2018, and was nominated for Portfolio Manager of the Year with NAA in 2020. Outside of her day job (which she loves), she enjoys advising small businesses and entrepreneurs, evaluating potential investments, and is an active leadership blogger and Seattle University MBA Mentor. Kendehl is not one to stay stagnant and is always engaged in multiple projects, through which she finds creative inspiration and new ideas. Kendehl's favorite saying is "action creates momentum," and she lives this wholeheartedly. Kendehl earned her MBA and Bachelor’s in International Economic Development and Spanish from Seattle University. She also holds her CAPS credential with NAA, and teaches CAM and NALP coursework for WMFHA.