June 28, 2017

It is was great pride and excitement that McKinley share with you this wonderful news about the Neutral Zone (NZ). We have been a core supporter of this marvelous organization from the start, and we are so proud of this amazing accomplishment:

ANN ARBOR, MI. - The Neutral Zone, a diverse youth-driven teen center located in Ann Arbor, was selected by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as the recipient of the 2017 Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence. The award was presented at the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, June 27.


The Award annually recognizes a nonprofit that reflects Mr. Huegli’s vision of high standards in human services programming and belief in human potential. Huegli served in the human services sector in southeast Michigan for nearly half a century before his death in 1988.  He helped to establish the Community Foundation and worked as acting director in its first year. Previous winners include the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, HAVEN, the Rose Hill Center, and United Methodist Retirement Communities.


The Neutral Zone was founded by teens and adults in 1998 as a concert venue to provide a safe, supportive space for teens on Saturday nights. Today, the organization has grown exponentially to supporting weekend concerts and special events, as well as an after-school drop in space with over 20 programs in visual and media arts, music performance and technology, literary arts, community leadership, and education. During the school year, approximately 350 teens visit weekly, 200 participate in summer programming, and another 500 young people visit through school and community partnership projects during the school day.


Over the past decade, Neutral Zone has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a high-quality youth development organization in delivering distinctly effective programming focused on engaging youth in meaningful decision-making, mentorship, and leadership.  Neutral Zone is  proud to have supported over 60 organizations, schools, and community health based centers to increase their youth-driven practices and are excited to continue efforts that engage young people to have student voice, build restorative communities and lead artistic and community based initiatives. 


“It is an absolute honor to be awarded the Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence,” says Lori Roddy, Executive Director of Neutral Zone. “Being chosen for this award reaffirms our work in the community and the unique partnership between the Community Foundation and Neutral Zone.”

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June 27, 2017

McKinley is proud to announce that it has received the prestigious 2017 National CIGNA Well Being Award.  This honor recognizes companies with a remarkable quality and excellence in health awareness.  McKinley was honored with this award Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at MidAmerica Club in Chicago, Illinois.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award and I feel so fortunate to be surrounded and supported by such an amazing team who all contribute to making McKinley Healthy Living the world class program that it is today,” stated Meredith Mitchell, Health and Wellness Director.  “The most important thing we do is connect with people and by connecting with them we have the opportunity to help them make healthy lifestyle changes they can adopt and maintain! I'm so thankful for the opportunity and to be a part of this world class team,” added Mitchell.

“It's an incredible achievement for our team to receive this honor from Cigna. Cigna is a wonderful partner for us in the employee benefits arena,” shared David Peabody, Senior Vice President & Managing Director - HR Services & Risk Management. “I'm very proud of the commitment to health and wellness from all of our McKinley team members that made this possible and continue to be amazed by the passion and innovation Meredith brings that consistently pushes everyone to excellence,” stated Peabody.

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June 16, 2017

McKinley is pleased to announce that it has closed on a $6,500,000 long-term financing with Fannie Mae (FNMA) for Sun Pointe Lake Apartments, a 96-unit market rate Multifamily community located in Daytona Beach, Florida. This continues the on-going effort of locking in over $1.25 Billion in long term financings with maturities ranging from 10 to 35 years on McKinley's Multifamily platform located in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia and Florida. Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National company, originated the financing on behalf of McKinley. Berkadia’s long-term relationship with McKinley spans several decades, and within the last 5 years it has executed on over $1 Billion of Multifamily long-term mortgages on behalf of McKinley via HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


"We continue our long-term refinancing efforts in this most favorable interest rate environment. We have now closed on almost all of our Multifamily debt at historically low interest rates, the majority of which is locked up for 35 years. As interest rates continue to rise, this very favorable debt platform will be highly accretive to our long term generational asset values," offered Albert M. Berriz, McKinley's CEO, Managing Member and Co-Owner. "We have been and will continue to be very disciplined in this effort, and that financial discipline along with extraordinary asset performance, has combined to build a fortress balance sheet position for our enterprise now and into the future," added Berriz.


McKinley is proud to be a major employer and owner of Multifamily and Retail real estate throughout Central Florida, having actively invested in the region since 1982. As one of the largest owners of Multifamily real estate throughout Central Florida, McKinley is committed to the future and well-being of the region, its customers that provide us the opportunity to serve their housing needs, and its 500 amazing Central Florida based team members who make it happen every day. McKinley currently owns a portfolio of 57 multifamily communities in seven major Central Florida sub-markets including the Orlando Theme Park market, the Orlando Airport market, Winter Park, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Pinellas County which includes Clearwater, South Pasadena, North Redington Beach and Gulfport, and Tampa/Hyde Park/South Tampa. McKinley operates in the Central Florida Region under its flagship McKinley workforce housing brand, as well as its luxury brands which include McKinley Beach on the Barrier Islands of Pinellas County and McKinley Hyde Park in Hyde Park/South Tampa.

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June 1, 2017

McKinley is pleased to announce the promotion of David A. Peabody, Esq., to Senior Vice President & Managing Director - HR Services & Risk Management.  In his new role he will lead all Risk Management efforts in addition to his core HR and other risk management duties.


David has been with McKinley since 2005. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and the Harvard Business School. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association; the American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law; the State Bar of Michigan sections on Labor and Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation Law; the University of Michigan Letterwinners M Club; the University of Michigan Alumni Association; the Harvard University Alumni Association; and the Harvard Business School Club of Michigan.

"David and I have been working side by side for a number of years.  He will be a tremendous success in this new role due to his intellect, passion for our core values, and the tremendous respect he has garnered both internally and with our clients," offered Albert M. Berriz, McKinley's CEO, Co-Owner and Managing Member. “As the 2017 Hurricane Season starts today through November 30th, we are confident in David’s ability to lead our team and keep our people as well as our communities safe.  We have an amazing team across the country that comes together each year to prepare and implement one of the most effective and sophisticated hurricane preparedness efforts in the real estate industry,” added Berriz.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to lead our risk management team and as we enter hurricane season, am currently focused on working with our operational leaders to maintain McKinley’s exceptional preparedness and awareness program for our communities in potentially affected areas,” shared Peabody.

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