Get to Know Our Leaders: An Interview with Regional Manager Elizabeth Gasparro
Elizabeth Gasparro, one of CARROLL’s Regional Property Managers, sat down with us to learn more about her career at CARROLL, her team dynamic, and her leadership advice for people just starting out.
Q: Introduce yourself for us!
A: Hi! I’m Elizabeth Gasparro, and I’m a Regional Manager with CARROLL.
Q: How long have you been with CARROLL, and how has your time with CARROLL impacted your career?
A: When I started at CARROLL, I’d been in property management about 10 years, and I was promoted to a District Manager role, and for the last two years I’ve been a Regional Manager. CARROLL has helped me with my experience and my career goals.
Q: In what ways would you say you’ve grown since you began your career in multifamily real estate?
A: I started out as a Groundskeeper, and I was promoted to a leasing person, to Assistant Manager and then to Property Manager. I learned so many different things along the way, and then when I came home to CARROLL I was able to learn more and become a Regional Manager.
Q: What motivates you?
A: Both my mom and dad are doctors in education. They have pushed me; my dad taught me to continue education, to always get training, that you never know everything. My mom, who went through breast cancer twice, taught me to never stop, to always keep pushing, to never give up. My team is there to support me every day and help me learn every day, and CARROLL has given me new roles and places to reach and to grow and work harder every day.
Q: Do you have any strategies for dealing with tough times in your position?
A: I think that everybody has tough times, no matter what the position. It can be a grounds person, it can be a Regional Manager, and you’re going to have a stressful situation, whether it’s personal things or work items that get to be a lot. You have to come up with ways to cope with those things, and everyone copes with things differently. I like to go and run and clear my head and know what I need to focus on to get my day organized, so that I can be productive and finish the projects that I need to finish.
Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
A: The most rewarding part of my career is helping other people get promoted. I think it’s something amazing to have a leasing person who becomes an Assistant Manager or an Assistant Manager who becomes a Property Manager; and you know you’ve helped them create goals and then attain those goals.
Q: Describe the importance of a great work environment in your experience.
A: I think it’s super important to have a great work environment for a company’s productivity, goals, and reputation. You want people to love where they work. We’re together as co-workers more than we’re with our families a lot of times. So, it’s extremely important to love what you do and where you go every day.
Q: Describe the importance of a good team.
A: A good team makes your job easier. The team that I have at CARROLL is an amazing team. The supervisors of myself and the people that I supervise all work very well together, and it’s important to have that cohesive atmosphere to continue with productivity and goals.
Q: Do you have any advice for those getting started in their career in multifamily real estate?
A: My advice would be to set goals, dream high, and continue to work and achieve what you want to achieve.