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April 23, 2012

Kettler’s Maintenance Team Wins Big in AOBA’s First “Maintenance Mania” Competition

Kettler’s Maintenance Team Wins Big in AOBA’s First “Maintenance Mania” Competition

Kettler Management, a multifamily management firm based in McLean, VA, won the top three prizes at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Maintenance Mania® competition, hosted for the first time by NAA’s local affiliate, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA). Jose Ciciliano of Riverdale, MD, with Kettler Management, was among more than 50 maintenance staff who participated in the April 10th program developed to recognize and honor the critical work done by maintenance professionals at apartment building communities. Kettler employees James Bunder-Bundor of Stafford, VA and Jorge Blanco Martinez of Silver Spring, MD - won second and third place. HAI Humphrey Management was presented with a “Spirit Award” for cheering on their employees in the most enthusiastic manner.

The competition, offered by NAA and presenting sponsor HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, was held at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD. It consisted of eight maintenance-focused challenges that tested competitors’ maintenance skills and knowledge of the industry. The first place winner, Jose Ciciliano, not only won $1,000 in game prizes but also won the Grand Prize of $500 AND won a Door Prize of $100 gift card!

The area’s multifamily maintenance professionals from 14 companies that manage apartment communities in DC, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia competed against each other to see who was the fastest at deadbolt key control, faucet repair, appliance repair, fire & carbon monoxide safety installation, toilet repair, lamp & ballast retrofit and ceiling fan installation. The finale of the event was a clever race car competition, where the competitors built a model car - using at least one maintenance product or part - and raced it down a derby-style track.

“AOBA is delighted with the success of this first-year program and congratulate all of our hard-working participants for a terrific job! We look forward to having many more participants compete in Maintenance Mania next year,” said Jeanne Clarke, Director of Administration for AOBA.

“Maintenance professionals are essential to the success and viability of the multifamily housing industry,” said NAA President Doug Culkin, CAE. “NAA is extremely proud to be able to shine a light on such an outstanding group of individuals through the Maintenance Mania® program.”

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