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14 April 2015 @ 12:18 am
I got the go a head from Greg to get Appfolio running asap so I am working around Shane on that one. This is the biggest piece of the equation to automate this platform.

The big vision Shane has is to use the property management as an investor platform so he wants to put as little time and energy into it. I agree but I thing a lot of time now saves a TON of time later.

I found a huge issue with how the accounting department has been running the books. Turns out that the service tickets have been entered into rent manager wrong for the last 4 years. So we have never kept any of our profit in our bank account. We ended up sending it all to the owners... We are talking somewhere in the hundred thousand dollars of lost profits range. I corrected the situation so we don't lose the money in the future. When I brought this up to Shane his comment boiled down to "oh I could have fixed that with a calculator, in my sleep, blind folded, but I was to busy doing important things" Well I fixed a 4 year money sink that no one before me had ever seen before so I'll pat my own back.

Oh and on the way out of the office Shane asked for 10% of DeanArrow, LLC. I told him I would give him a 10% referral on what he sends my way. Shane is always talking about what others can do for him. Maybe that is his negotiating tactic. Just keep asking for the moon until someone gives it to you.

Shane hands his card out to EVERYONE, I'm not sure how well that works but as I said Shane is a networking Ninja so I need to follow suit.
14 April 2015 @ 12:07 am
This week Shane and I have butted heads a few times. Every day I am more in awe at his negotiating and networking skills and flabbergasted in his utter lack of organizational and communication skills. He literally talked his way into a job here then talked his way through a hostile take over of the company. He has managed to connect with everyone in this town in only a few months. I need to watch him closely and learn everything I can about how he networks and negotiates.

On the other hand He has to be right and he has to be the big man alpha male. I told him I am a Dave Ramsey fan and he went on and on about how that doesn't work and only leveraging can make money...The same week he tried to convince Greg (the investor whose money we are using for the hostile take over) that leveraging is how its supposed to work. Shane is broke and believes in leveraging Greg is a wealthy and buys homes cash. You figure out who's advice ill take.

Appfolio went well, we go the go ahead to switch, Shane wants us to wait because...he doesn't have a reason its more about him wanting to be in control. I set up a date to start the switch and when the sales guy sent a meeting request Shanes response was "lets push the date back because this fetcher can't tell me when to meet"

I am getting a clearer picture of what Shane wants accomplished and the more I can see his vision the more I have to work around him to accomplish it. This is going to be an interesting Dynamic.

I have added a few protocols to the maintenance department to increase accountability. They didn't track who was on what call! How crazy is that.

Shane has managed to convince a couple to sell him and Holly 7 properties on land contract for 0 down. How does he do this?
The first week was an adjustment. This company has had 7 "leaders" in 4 years. The employees all have whiplash and live in a constant state of crisis mode. The employees have been told how to do their jobs in so many different ways and the systems in place are a patch work of all the past managers leaving an absolute mess. Currently every job is being done in the most complicated Rube Golberg-esque way imaginable.

One thing I noticed is that the constant figure in the business Dave has surrounded himself with other managers who are as absentmindedly brilliant as he is. Everyone who has been through the place has amazing ideas and horrible implementation. Not to mention their communication skills. Fortunately, while Shane is no different in this regard, he was smart enough to bring a COO type (myself) into the picture. What this company needs is a new system and some automation.

My first assignment was Maintenance. I started by process mapping the workflow and found that the Maintenance department was doing accounting work and vice-versa. We were also using two accounting software programs duplicating efforts and making accurate accounting next to impossible. I redirected the workflow and responsibilities and I believe I have cut out 10 hours a week of work from the process.

While redesigning the maintenance workflow I have found the back end software (Rent Manager)we are using to be inadequate so I set up an appointment for next week with a sales rep from Appfolio.

I still have a lot to learn about how this company runs.
13 April 2015 @ 11:28 pm
I packed up my wife and two daughters and drove for 3 days to get to Muskegon, MI. Both the girls vomited the whole way and Laura was suddenly very vocal about how bad an idea she thought this "adventure" of ours was going to be. After three days of what can only be described as the road trip from hell we pulled up to an apartment that would be our temporary home for the next few months and the electricity is off... and its dark... and the electric company is closed.

Some how I had convinced my wonderfully supportive wife that I should quit my job and move across the country so I could start investing in real estate. Muskegon is a getto crime ridden little city on Lake Michigan. It also happens to have the largest beach on the west shore, the biggest lake feeding into Lake Michigan with out a "no wake" zone, a supper active chamber of commerce that is pouring grant dollars into the region, and home that can be purchased for $100. You can buy a home for one hundred dollars!

I have a buddy I have worked with in the past who is obsessed with real estate. He has made and lost millions playing the game and he turned me onto the area a few years ago. He had gathered some investors and been purchasing homes for a while when he had the opportunity to take over a failing property management company. Shane is a big picture CEO type and so he asked if I would come out and help him run the thing.

Two weeks later we now live in West Michigan. Crazy.

Shane has a lot of good ideas and one I have been meaning to start anyway was to keep a business journal just to collect my thoughts and make sure I am learning. I would rather learn from others mistakes then make them myself.
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05 May 2007 @ 03:19 pm
So this week has been fun, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Its all pretty fun. To get the full details check it out at www.todaywasawesome.com
12 April 2007 @ 02:14 am
Once again movie night rolled around and once again I had fun even if no one else seemed to. Well you can’t please everyone so you got to please your self. Truth be told movie night is hard to pull off every time because there are so many different groups that every once in a while some people come and they just don’t mesh too well. That’s what happened this time but after the ice broke and one of the groups went home things picked up quite nicely.

The chicken parmesan recipe that Fatty gave us was awesome! We ran out of the correct spices so it was missing the perfect zing but that’s ok, practice makes perfect. I thought we made way too much but once again to my surprise, no left over food.

When Larry Daley, a divorced father who can't seem to keep a job for more than a week, applies for a job at the Museum of Natural History, he is assigned as a night guard. However, a seemingly easy job turns out to be a wild ride when he finds that an ancient curse has caused the "inhabitants" of the museum to come to life.

This was my second time seeing this movie and I liked it a lot more this time around. Its not your typical Ben Stiller movie, but this time knowing that it was a kids movie allowed me to accept and enjoy the humor better. It is really amazing how your perceptions and pre-conceived notions about a movie can drastically change your attitude about it.

All in all it was a good move night, I liked the food and the movie was great.
Chicken Parmesan: $31.27 minus $2 from Movie Night Donations $29.27
Bang for our Buck …. 3 Bangs
15 February 2007 @ 03:00 am
Movie night was another success despite the cosmic disruption that we call Valentines Day. Today being in my opinion the worst day of the year, I had a surprisingly good time. We started with a great Baked Pasta Shells recipe that Dan and I sort of just made up. Then after dinner everyone chatted and we even got a rendition of Tree Boy going on, I have to say that while it is fun, it is not quite as exciting if everyone isn’t willing to sing. Finally we left for the theater, on time for once I might add and everyone got tickets for the show, well almost everyone, I have been noticing a high attrition rate between the white house and Movies 8.

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate. Colin Sullivan, who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. When it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught.

This film is good but not great. The story line had major potential but instead of spending money on developing it they through it all into big name actors and flashy effects. Honestly the dialog was un thought provoking with the F-bomb alone being dropped 237 times. Then the story ends in the worst way possible. Trying for a “shocking” or “mind-blowing” ending they added another mole to the mix and in less then a min everyone dies. Now if that was how it ended I think the movie would have been much better but then they continue to drag it out and try and give you another “twist” by killing off the main character in a random act of premeditated violence. But after the shocking second mole this little twist left you wishing the movie had ended five min ago.

This weeks movie night: $23.27 Minus $4.03 from movie night donations…$19.25
Bang for our Buck: 3 Bangs
Current Location: The White House
07 February 2007 @ 10:49 pm
This week’s movie night was a success. As usual the night began with Dan and I, running around frantically getting together all the ingredients for this week’s meal that we were preparing for what we thought would be close to twenty people. Then as usual the calls began to come in… everyone canceling for one reason or another. Well with a few well placed phone calls and one risqué house call, we where able to pull together a decent group. Seventeen by my count, lets try and get a few more next week eh?

The shepherds’ pie was really good and we made plenty for everyone along with roles and juice drinks, we had cookies at the beginning but Ian seemed to have eaten them before anyone else made it. It was an easy recipe and cook time was under an hour and a half and we got everything for $22.59.

The Prestige is a movie that seems to befuddle everyone for the first time. I must say that the second time around was a very enjoyable experience. The beginning is riddled with clues to what’s going on and as Sara said “Once you know the trick it’s really quite simple.” The Prestige is the story of two magicians, whose intense rivalry pits them against each other on a life-long battle for supremacy, leading instead to a life full of obsession, deceit and jealousy, jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. This story is well told and presented beautifully making for an enjoyable if a bit drawn out night at the movies. Costs for our admissions were a dollar a piece.

This week’s Movie Night with shepherds’ pie:

$24.59 Minus the $2 from Movie Night donations….$22.59.

Bang for our Buck: 4 Bangs
08 January 2007 @ 06:02 pm
OK my friend and I obtained the actual medication guide that they give you along with any perches of an antidepressant. Reading through it we found a few logical errors so I decided to post some excerpts and see if you can spot them too!

(actual medication guide for prozac.)

Parents or guardians need to think about 4 important things when their child is prescribed an antidepressant:
1. There is a risk of suicidal thought or actions.
2. How to try to prevent suicidal thoughts or actions in your child.
3. You should watch for certain signs if your child is taking an antidepressant.
4. There are benefits and risks when using antidepressants.

(ok if that was it fine, its logical if your depressed you might try and kill yourself, but the medication guide continues.)

Children and teenagers sometimes think about suicide, and many report trying to kill themselves.

Antidepressants INCREASE suicidal thoughts and actions in some children and teenagers. But suicidal thoughts and actions can also be caused by depression, a serious medical condition that is commonly treated with antidepressants.

(Hold on a min here, lets take a look at the logic on this one. A) Depression causes suicidal tendencies. B) Lets treat depression with a pill that INCREASES suicidal tendencies? C) Its called population control who liked those fat girls anyway!)

A Large study combined the results of 24 different studies of children and teenagers with depression or other illnesses. In these studies, patients took either a placebo or an antidepressant for 1 - 4 months. No one committed suicide in these studies, BUT SOME PATIENTS BECAME SUICIDAL.

(Hum... so 24 different studies have all proven that antidepressants make me want to kill myself. I want to take this why?)

Contact your health care provider RIGHT AWAY if your child exhibits any of the following signs:

*New or worse depression
(what does the word ANTI mean anyway?)

*Thoughts about suicide or dying
(we sell a telepathy pill that makes you want to eat poison!)

*Acting on dangerous impulses
(what like joining the football team?)

*Attempts to commit suicide
(wait i thought i was taking an ANTI-depressant why am I suddenly willing to throw myself off a bridge into a bus full of Scandinavian school children?)

(well to end this cheery guide they chose a few well developed sentences to smooth things over and reassure you that you DO want to take those little pills)


NO. This is a warning about the risk for suicidality. Other side effects can occur.

(oh thats great besides having to worried about becoming the newest skid mark on the interstate, my shorts are going to have skid marks, I'm going to hack up a lung while i begin to bleed out of my eyes as my brain liquefies....wait maybe thats why i killed myself
Current Location: white house
Current Mood: uncomfortablesuicidal