March 2019
Dear FJG Family, 
Happy Spring! This month, I would like to give special recognition to some of the remarkable individuals who fill our company - our Operations Team. Due to their exceptional level of professionalism and communication, these team members make it possible to add new properties to our management portfolio, the latest being Baker Crossing in Virginia Beach and Village at The Arbors in Richmond. 

I would also like to personally congratulate 14 of our team members who have been promoted within TFJG this month: Arista Lueck, Britney Holder, Chris Weathers, Courtney Schachtner, Dan Thomas, Gabe Campbell, Ina Dickens, Jeff Pitzer, Mike Ellrich, Neily Maldanado, Niketa Washington, Rosalind Alexander, Sally Oertle and Shaun Gibbs. Your determination and commitment are VERY much appreciated! Congratulations!!!

Lastly, TFJG is currently looking for individuals to join the Culture Committee. This committee allows team members to voice their opinions and share ideas that will help sustain our positive culture within each of our regions. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to join this wonderful group.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and in honor of March Madness, my favorite legend, Michael Jordan, once said, "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."


Taylor Franklin 
TFJG PromotionsPromotions
Please help us congratulate our team members who have been promoted within The Franklin Johnston Group this month. Your determination and commitment are very much appreciated. 
  • Arista Lueck, Portfolio Manager, Corporate
  • Britney Holder, AP Clerk, Corporate
  • Chris Weathers, Maintenance Supervisor, Park Crescent
  • Courtney Schachtner, Community Manager, Park Crescent
  • Dan Thomas, Director of Maintenance, Corporate 
  • Gabe Campbell, Regional Maintenance Supervisor, Corporate
  • Ina Dickens, Assistant Community Manager, Dunlop Farms
  • Jeff Pitzer, Regional Maintenance Supervisor, Corporate
  • Mike Ellrich, Senior Community Manager, Corporate
  • Neily Maldanado, Staff Accountant, Corporate
  • Niketa Washington, Portfolio Manager, Corporate
  • Rosalind Alexander, Relations Coordinator, Baker Crossing
  • Sally Oertle, Community Manager, Kings Crest
  • Shaun Gibbs, VP of Property Operations, Corporate
Welcome to TFJG: Baker Crossing & Village at The Arbors NewMAnage
The Franklin Johnston Group was selected to assume management, effective March 1st, of Baker Crossing in Virginia Beach and The Village at Arbors in Richmond. 
  • Baker Crossing: 600-unit Baker Crossing offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes located northwest of Virginia Beach with easy access to I-264 and I-64. The community is enhanced with a variety of unique feature. Residents enjoy lounging by the sparkling swimming pool, playing on the basketball/shuffleboard courts, and exercising in the 24/7 fitness center. The community is dog-friendly and welcome well-behaved dogs of any size or breed. Visit Baker Crossing Today for a tour!
  • Village at The Arbors: 292-unit Village at The Arbors offers the perfect affordable apartments to fit any lifestyle. The community has spacious one-, two-, and three- bedroom homes that are newly upgraded. Residents enjoy the assortment of community amenities, including a resort-style swimming pool, fully-equipped fitness center, activities court, and playground. Stop by for a tour today!
The Culture Committee provides a platform for TFJG team members in all different departments to be heard and ideas to be shared. In this committee, each individual aims to build and sustain a positive culture within each of our regions. The committee recently announced they are currently receiving applications for team members to apply. If you're interested in receiving this application, please reach out to Courtney Strait. They will be selecting the Committee by April 10th and the first meeting will be held on Friday, April 26th. Important Facts:
  • Culture Committee meets once a month at the Virginia Beach Corporate Office 
  • If selected, you will be serving on this committee for a year - this is to ensure we continue to allow as many people to serve on the team. 
  • All job types will be considered - we aim to have representation from all different fields that contribute to TFJG.
  • TFJG will be picking 6-7 motivated team members to join the committee this year
2018 -2019 Culture Committee: Courtney Strait, Niketa Washington, Jenny Humphries, Jeff Hubbard, Aaron Kuykendall, and Gabe Campbell
TFJG Speaks to Students at ODU Strome College of Business, E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate ODU
TFJG team members, Angie Lombardi (VP of Marketing) and Courtney Strait (HR Generalist) talked to the students of the ODU Strome College of Business, E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate this week about "The Future of Apartment Home Living". They spent about 45 minutes with the students talking about TFJG's mission and core values, company culture, internship opportunities, and finally intern testimonials. At the end, many of the students had questions about real estate and property management as an industry. They asked a few questions about what makes TFJG stand out against other companies and the ladies were able to go into our culture and the standard that we set for each of our properties. Courtney Strait, said, "It was really fun and lots of students came up after to introduce themselves and talk about potential opportunities."  

Accounting Team Outing at Top Golf - Virginia BeachAccounting
The accounting department is the heart of our company. Their main responsibilities include producing accurate and timely financial reports, managing accounts payable, bank and petty cash reconciliations, preparing and maintaining general ledgers, escrow balances, and providing continuous support to the site teams and to each department. Their altruistic spirit for camaraderie in the work place is evident as each person on the team expresses their gratitude for each other. TFJG Controller, Ronda Coleman, rewarded the team with an afternoon away from the office at Top Golf in Virginia Beach. "Having the team together is a great morale booster and promotes a positive balance at work. They know the meaning of working hard" - Ronda Coleman. 
Tidewater Friends of Foster Care Birthday Project "Adopt a Month"
Children in the foster care system face trials and tribulations that most of us cannot fathom. For many of these children, their birthdays are not always a happy time due to their unfortunate circumstances. The Franklin Johnston Group corporate office was proud to support this project and help bring hope and joy to the children of Tidewater on their birthdays by gathering their birthday wishes. Each department (Accounting, Marketing, IT, Development, and Management Operations) divided into five groups and each group bought gifts for the 5 children. TFJG looks forward to doing it again next year! Birthday

Be the Solution Winners Solution
Congratulations to the following team members for taking extraordinary measures to  Be the Solution  at their communities: 
George Owens, Maintenance Technician, Park Crescent
George was nominated by his Community Manager, Beth Black. Beth wrote: "George is such an asset to the Park Crescent team, and has instrumental during the transition. He has an infectious, can-do attitude even in the most stressful situations. This week, we had 10 quick move-ins scheduled over the course of 5 business days, and George lead the team on the turns. He worked around the vendors and kept a positive attitude all week while making the apartments beautiful for our new residents at Park Crescent. We are so lucky to have George on our team! Way to be the Solution, George! 

Edgardo Leo Paz, Maintenance Technician, Park Place Senior 
Edgardo was nominated by his manager, Andrea Witherspoon. Andrea wrote: "Edgardo Leon Paz is a very humble being, a great asset to TFJG. He is extremely dedicated and consistently comes to work early to get prepared for the day. He never hesitates to help out if he is needed at other properties and always goes above and beyond of what is expected of him. He has a very positive attitude that often motivates my day. The residents speak highly of his work performance and so do I!" 

Aisha Cools, Leasing Specialist, The Summer House
Aisha was nominated by her Community Manager, Mike Ellrich. Mike wrote: "Aisha is dedicated to her position, and goes above and beyond at Summer House, engaging with prospects and interacting with current residents every single day. Her energetic personality, attention to detail and organization keeps all of us on track and inspired. She is the first smile people see when they enter our lobby, and always makes everyone feel invited to The Summer House. I receive compliments almost daily from future residents and others about Aisha's quick follow up to questions and her willingness to help. She is truly vital part of our team and demonstrates several of TFJ's Core Values each day.". 

Nikki Brumage, Staff Accountant, Corporate
Nikki was nominated by Accounting Manager, Tymesha Hargis. Tymesha wrote: "Nikki has exhibited a teachable spirit and willingness to learn. One of TFJG core values is Knowledge, and she has been asking the right questions to learn more about each of our properties to strengthen her skills in the accounting department. She has a playful and pleasant attitude when in the office, which rubs off on those around her and makes work fun. I see her doing great things in the company and am thankful for all her hard work". 
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In This Issue
Mission Statement
At The Franklin Johnston Group, our innovative team embraces excellence while creating communities that tell a unique story. We develop and manage with uncompromising standards, and value career growth earning us the coveted reputation as a preferred employer. The Franklin Johnston Group is the future of apartment home living.
Watch Us Grow
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TFJG Team Members

Our people make a difference in everything we do and are truly the secret to our success. Join us in welcoming the newest members of The Franklin Johnston Group:
  • Allie Warren
  • Brandon Dietz
  • Brian Wooten
  • Charles May, Jr
  • Craig Dorler
  • Diana Ruiz
  • Ebone' Gamby
  • Elizabeth O'donnell
  • Eniola Fadairo
  • Erikeisha Lane
  • Garth Melendy
  • Jared Jackson
  • Jaron Palmer
  • Johana Stichel
  • Justice Boateng
  • Katrus Garner
  • Kyana Bailey
  • Lamberto Inductivo
  • Lenious Johnson
  • Lori Cropp
  • Lynn Henion
  • Melissa Brown
  • Melody McPherson
  • Michael Gordon
  • Neily Maldonado
  • Renee Smith
  • Rynel Broadwater
  • Sabrina Herran
  • Sheritta Wood
  • Steven Hurley
  • Steven Kittrell
  • Tamara Tarver
  • Tash Jackson
  • Tinesha Bandy
  • Tirrell Lundy
  • Travis Turney
  • Tyhisha Jones
  • William Brown
Community Spotlight
The Abbey/Devon at South Riding
The Abbey/Devon at South Riding is located in the beautiful countryside of southeastern Loudoun county. Every spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment within the community boasts with comforts and conveniences you can't wait to come home to. Come take a tour of The Abbey/Devon today!

Corporate Employee of the Quarter 
At TFJG, we value and recognize the importance of our team members. To show our appreciation for your dedication and the impact you make, we are recognizing corporate team members quarterly with a designated parking space. Congratulations to Warrenell Jackson, for winning the Corporate Employee of the 2nd Quarter.

March Madness
If you're a college basketball fan then you've been waiting all year for March to roll around. March means "March Madness" - the craziest month in college basketball. Aaron Kuykendall, Operations Analyst, organized a bracket challenge in the corporate office. For this contest, participants submitted their tournament bracket picks and the one closest to perfect wins. The top standings with above 90 pts in the 2nd round: Aaron Kuykendall, Brian Miller, Stephanie Bertucci, and Mary Mitchum. Good luck to all of you and the winner will be announced in next month's newsletter.

River House Booth at ODU Housing Fair
The team at River House had a booth at the Old Dominion University Housing Fair where they informed students about their amazing community and the benefits of living on the River. Students were amazed on the amenities that were available! Great outreach marketing, River House!

2019 Best Senior Living Winner: Arbors at Culpeper
The votes are in! Congratulations to The Arbors at Culpeper for winning "Best Senior Living" contest in "Best of your Hometown" hosted by the Culpeper Star-Exponent News.  

Knowledge - Learning Empowers...ASK!
TFJG encourages you to learn! Please sign up for the upcoming opportunities listed below for A.J. Johnson and AHMA Training:


4/2/19 - LIHTC Compliance update 

4/10/19 - Advanced LIHTC Compliance

4/11/19 - Income & Asset Vertification and Calculation

8/8/19 - A.J. Johnson Training at VB Corporate Office

11/6/19 - A.J. Johnson Training at NOVA Office 

"Beep, Beep" The Arbor's Shuttle is Now Available
The Arbors at Shoulder's Hill and The Arbors at Towne Park are now open and the team is excited to shuttle their residents in the new bus! Both of these developments are a senior community that feature spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes designed for residents 62 and greater. Enjoy the ride!

Spring Fling at The Crossings Heritage
The team at The Crossings at Heritage had a very eventful March celebrating the spring season. Residents enjoyed making spring wreaths, celebrated March birthdays, played bingo, and kicked-off the first Garden Club of 2019.