Park Manager without a park to manage

I’ve been a mobile home park manager off and on for about 12 years now. I’m good at it and enjoy the work, just have had trouble finding the right fit. I’ve managed parks as small as 60 units and as large as around 350. And have managed 3 parks at the same time. I’ve also managed motels and apartments.

I have a degree in computer science, have taken all the California real estate courses but didn’t get my license. I’m experienced with Manage America, Rent Manager, and other management software. I’ve been a licensed process server and eviction specialist, so I know how all that works.

The reasons my previous management positions didn’t work out vary. Usually it came down to a conflict between me and the owners or regional manager. For instance when I was managing 3 parks in Wisconsin for a large company I accepted some of my manager’s duties like running weekly conference calls, filing all evictions for all the parks the company owned in the state, was the contact for anyone of the other managers who had any computer or Manage America problems or questions. I went above and beyond what I was hired for. After about 9 months a regional manager position opened and I expressed my interest. My regional manager, who was in charge of hiring for the position, told me she didn’t like me and wouldn’t consider me for the position, she then hired her friend who had only worked as an assistant manager for 4 months. At that point I quit and moved back to California.

Another position where I managed 2 parks in California, it went well for a few months, there was no regional manager, just the owners as my point of contact. The owners had some kind of business deal with a guy and part of the deal was he would be hired on as a regional manager. He had no experience in property management. After about 2 weeks he told me to hire a cleaning crew for a couple units that came vacant and then proceeded to tell me to make sure I didn’t hire any Mexicans. Of course that was unethical and illegal, so I reported this to the owners so they could talk to him and keep themselves out of trouble. Two days later I was fired.

My most recent management position had owners that were not local. I couldn’t get any work done because I spent at least 80% of my day either on the phone with them or answering the literally dozens of emails a day they would send me. I tried very hard to get them to give me a little freedom and let me send them weekly reports, but it was overwhelming the amount of details they wanted every day about every unit. They also insisted I setup an LLC and they pay me as a management company so everyone else who worked there would be my employees and I would be responsible for paying taxes, having workers comp, etc, that the owners would not reimburse me for. I eventually left.

So I’m basically looking for a park, or multiple parks to run, have some amount of freedom to do things the way they need to be done, I don’t need to be micromanaged. I always do what’s in the best interest for the park, the owners, and the residents. I’m okay with a lot of units and full time work, but I’m also fine with a smaller park and part time work.

I’m willing to relocate to just about anywhere. I’d prefer to stay away from big cities like LA and NY.

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Patrick@aeropartners.com

May have a job opportunity for you. Sent you a PM! @Danwilson

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Just an update:

It’s been 6 weeks since making my original post, and still haven’t had any luck finding a management position. But I’m not giving up and continue to search the major job posting websites.

Hopefully a catch a break soon.

It’s been several months, and I did find a position with a company. However, after a couple months they hired a new RM who asked me to sell mobile homes that had major issues, leaking roofs, black mold, etc. He told me to just have them painted over so potential buyers wouldn’t know.

Not only is that unethical, it’s also illegal. I tried to explain that to him, but he wanted to impress his new bosses and insisted. I refused and was fired.

I need a company that has values and won’t ask me to do things I’d be ashamed to admit to my children.

I’ve had a few people contact me from this post, most ask me to email them, but I never hear back after that.

I’m still looking. On-site, or offsite, community manager or regional manager. I’m ready to work and ready to relocate to wherever I’m needed.

I wish I had the credit/finances to purchase my own park and run it the right way, but that doesn’t seem likely. So if anyone could use an experienced manager who will work hard, do what’s right for both the company and the tenants, please contact me and lets talk.

It’s been 10 months since my original post. I’ve had multiple people message me saying they want to talk to me about opportunities. I responded back with my contact info and 9 out of 10 never contacted me. The few who have were either interested in maybe bringing me onboard in a year or longer, or once they see my resume and see that a lot of my management positions didn’t last very long, assume I’m not worth the effort.

If people would take the time to read through my posts they would understand why some of my jobs were short term. In between management jobs I’ve worked security jobs just to bring in a paycheck, so those last until something better comes along.

I’m in California, but don’t want to be. That also makes a lot of companies pass me by, they assume it’s going to be too much trouble for me to relocate. So I continue to look, I continue to send out my resume to every job on indeed that I’m qualified for. I don’t apply for positions that say they require 5 years of tax credit experience when I don’t have that. I don’t lie on my resume and I don’t lie about my skills.

My skills vary from evictions to marketing, to everything in between. I’m good with numbers and good with people. I understand that there is a balance between doing what’s best for the company while also doing the right thing by the tenants. I understand this is a business and making money is the primary goal, and I know how to help a mobile home park make money, but there is a line you don’t cross to try to save a penny or make an extra dollar at the expense of tenants and their families.

So at the moment I’m wasting my time and skills by working 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week as a security officer. It’s not a rewarding job, and certainly not a career.

I’m in Charlotte, NC. We are taking the nasty homes, rehabbing them at $5,000-$10,000/unit and making them the way they are supposed to be. Quality affordable housing is the mission.

This is what we are creating over and over again

We juat started marketing to handymen to create a community of handymen that are willing to repair the units to our standards. It’s not easy to create this kind of community by myself.

My concern is that i can’t afford you. I can offer housing, but not much in addition to that. I’m not drawing a salary since all collections are going rehabbing since there was so much deferred maintenance by the previous owner.

Amkor.Holdings@gmail.com

Hi! Please contact me at 509dancan@gmail.com