Back to School
Three of CAP Management’s employees are back to school as of August 17th. Liia Koiv-Haus, Alex Bergeron and Jake Schmitz are all attending the University of Colorado Denver to earn their Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degrees. Their academic campus is located just a few blocks from our office in downtown Denver, and we think our policies create a perfect work/school/life balance for them as they work hard to better themselves professionally. Below is a description of their backgrounds, roles, and interests and where they stand in the MURP program.
Liia Koiv-Haus is one of our two Assistant Office Managers as well as our in-house landscape architect. In addition, she has recently taken on some accounting duties to assist our accounting department as our company continues to add new associations to our family of HOAs. This versatility and ambition is reflected on her academic plate as well. Not only is she pursuing a MURP degree, but also a Master of Landscape Architecture degree simultaneously. That’s a lot of work! But she is dedicated, as shown in the high quality work she produces. This summer, Liia completed a comprehensive landscaping plan for one of our HOAs in Denver. From there, she switched back to assisting homeowners with questions and concerns about their condominiums and learned the ropes of accounts payable and account receivable. We are so glad to have such a talented person on our team and wish her the best of luck with this semester!
Alex Bergeron is our Chief Sustainability Officer. In the past, he has spearheaded the award winning water conservation projects at the Strawberry 1 at Heatherridge association in Aurora and the Shadow Wood association in Denver. Currently, he is hard at work with a very similar project at The Cape HOA, which is adjacent to the Belmar district in Lakewood. He will continue to lead our sustainability department through the school year and beyond. Alex began the pursuit of his MURP degree in August of 2013. He is currently in his last semester of the program and will graduate in December. His decision to enroll in the program was a result of his passionate interest in a sustainable and resilient built environment. Alex originally took interest in the subject in his native Providence, Rhode Island, which was in the midst of a hugely successful urban renaissance while he was attending the University of Rhode Island as an undergraduate. After serving at the Mayoral Fellow in urban planning for then Mayor David Cicilline (now a US Congressman), Alex knew that the field of urban planning was for him and he moved to Denver in 2011 to further his career. Good job, Alex! We’re proud of you.
Jake Schmitz originally joined our team during the summer of 2014 to assist Alex in the water conservation project at the Shadow Wood HOA. We were so impressed with his work that we offered him an internship position to learn more about the role of homeowners association in the urban environment. He continues to remain on our team assisting property managers in a variety of ways – look for him at your HOA. In May of this year, Jake completed his undergraduate program in urban planning at CU Denver and this fall transitions to the Masters-level program. Fortunately, Alex and Liia are here to provide mentorship as he sets out. We are confident he will succeed with flying colors!
With schedule flexibility, a supportive staff, a convenient location, and other perks, CAP Management is happy to employ these young, talented people and we are excited to see them do well. Good luck this semester, guys! We’ve got your back.