August 27, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI McKinley is pleased to announce that Jill Burke, Pam Nesbitt-Reau and Robin Roark have all achieved the Tax Credit Specialist designation awarded by the National Center for Housing Management (NCHM). Jill is a Regional Director, Property Operations, Pam is the Senior Regional Property Manager, Midwest and Robin is takeover specialist also assigned to the Midwest.

"It's great that Jill, Pam and Robin took this course to gain a better understanding and knowledge of the special requirements needed for managing tax credit properties," said Alexandra Jackiw, managing director of McKinley's Residential Client Services division. "McKinley applauds their decisions and congratulates all of them for passing the exam. We are thrilled that all of them have been awarded this designation. They are all to be congratulated on their success."

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August 20, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MIMcKinley is pleased to announce it has been retained as the property and asset manager for 1111 Imeson Park Boulevard, a 248,160 square foot office and industrial development in Jacksonville, Florida.

We appreciate the opportunity and we look forward to being involved in the repositioning of 1111 Imeson Park Boulevard, " commented Matt Mason, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Real Estate at McKinley. 1111 Imeson Park Boulevard represents McKinley's second assignment in Jacksonville and increases its managed Florida commercial portfolio to more than 1 million square feet."

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August 19, 2012

Norfolk, VA Diane O'Brien, the driving force behind McKinley's J.A.N.A.F. Shopping Yard in Norfolk, VA recently announced her upcoming retirement after a total of 26 years working at the retail center, the last 23 years of them with McKinley.

"Approximately 23 years ago we acquired J.A.N.A.F. Shopping Yard and the best was yet to come -- Diane O'Brien was leading the show when we bought the property. Now, a brief 23 years later, after many "ups" and many "downs", J.A.N.A.F is the most important retail center of its kind in all of the state of Virginia with more than 1 million square feet and currently sitting at 99% occupancy," exclaimed Albert M. Berriz, CEO of McKinley. "Many things have come and gone at J.A.N.A.F. during these 23 years, but one constant has remained and that's Diane! She is a rock, yet modest, a giant amongst giants in my book. She is family, and she is forever J.A.N.A.F. We wish her continued success on this new phase of her life but she knows the door is wide open should she ever get too bored."

"It seems like just yesterday that I first met Albert M. Berriz and the McKinley team after their acquisition of J.A.N.A.F Shopping Yard," mentioned Diane O'Brien. "It's been quite a ride these past 23 years and I am extremely happy to have been an integral part of J.A.N.A.F. Shopping Yard and the McKinley team. I appreciate all the opportunities that have been presented to me during my career at McKinley and I wish the entire team continued success."

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August 14, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI McKinley is honored to have been listed by Crain's Detroit Businessin the "Private 200", a list of Metro Detroits largest privately held companies by revenue. This makes more than a decade running that McKinley has been placed on this exclusive list.

"I am extremely pleased that McKinley has been recognized again byCrain's Detroit Business "Private 200," commented Albert Berriz, CEO of McKinley."The entire McKinley team is proud to be included in this recognition and it is further proof that our constant and continuing efforts towards business growth of our real estate platform has paid off with great results to our investors and clients."

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August 12, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI McKinley is pleased to announce that it has added three new communities totaling 950 units to its Residential Client Services management portfolio. The three communities are Royal Isles in Orlando, FL, 312 Riverside in Marshall, MI, and Residences at Bexley Woods in Columbus, OH. Management teams are already in place and value creation strategies are being developed.

"The McKinley Team is excited to add these three communities to our management portfolio", said Alexandra Jackiw, Managing Director of McKinley's Residential Client Services. "We are especially pleased that two of the three management assignments are new clients for McKinley, while the third comes as a result of a long-term client relationship -- a strong testament to our excellent reputation in providing successful outcomes for our clients. As with all of our residential management assignments, we look forward to working hard to build long term value for our clients, as well as consistently exceeding our residents expectations."

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July 31, 2012

The Ann Arbor YMCA is offering free swim and water safety classes at three Ypsilanti apartment complexes this summer following last years successful program.

The program has expanded to allow access to more children and includes not only Aspen Chase but the Villas located at 2911 Bynan Dr., and Golfside Lake at 2345 Woodridge Way.

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July 31, 2012

Read all about former Ann Arbor News publisher David C. Sharp as a compassionate boss and committed supporter of the community in which he lived and worked.


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July 24, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MIMcKinley is pleased to announce the successful workout of the Olympic Corporate Center, an 88,045 square foot office building in Erlanger, KY. McKinley was appointed the receiver of the asset in December of 2009. During its management tenure, McKinley positioned the center for sale by stabilizing the buildings rent roll with more than 15,000 sq ft of completed leases, providing more efficient and better management and operations, as well as solidifying tenant relationships.

We appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the repositioning of the Olympic Corporate Center on behalf of our valued clients and stakeholders," commented Matt Mason, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Real Estate at McKinley.

"Matt Mason and his entire team have done an extremely excellent job in repositioning the Olympic Corporate Center," added Albert M. Berriz, CEO of McKinley. "We are pleased to have again produced a great result for our valued client."

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July 23, 2012

Dear McKinley Family,

I am excited to announce a new opportunity and role for career growth: Associate Director of Operations. These will be critical leadership positions within Owned Residential, reporting directly to me, responsible for achieving specific operational targets, delivering financial results, and solving problems in the field at our communities every week. In this role, you will partner very closely with Betsy, Chris, Hugh, Brent, & I to receive assignments and execute on deliverables.

In order to be considered for this position you must be or become a Community Manager and produce excellent results consistently.

Excellence in the Community Manager role is measured through performance within monthly missions (Silver, Gold, Platinum), quarterly financial results, renewal performance, and physical community/product appearance. I also look for great communicators, including staying connected to leadership on a regular basis, providing insightful feedback to team members, and building a cohesive team through clarity of purpose and responsibilities.

Associate Directors will be assignment/project based instead of portfolio based. In other words, instead of having a static set of properties that you are responsible for over time, you would be given new assignments at different locations each week or month based on the needs of the business. I will be looking for Associate Directors in both the North & South, so geography is not a limitation for anyone.

I have included below a snapshot of important qualifications. You can also use this as a roadmap for your personal development.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:

#1 - Has consistently delivered excellent results as a Community Manager at McKinley.

#2 - Evaluates performance of their own team and team members objectively and critically.

#3 - Delivers high quality written and verbal feedback in a constructive way. Does so frequently.

#4 - Mastery of best practices across all operational topics (sales, renewals, work orders, turns, expenses, collections) and the ability to hold others accountable to these standards.

#5 - Needs to be very organized and have a high degree of follow through; there can be no slack in the execution of objectives.

#6 - Leads by example through outstanding customer service.

#7 - Takes direction and feedback very well, craving learning opportunities and personal development.

#8 - Demonstrates a very clear understanding of expectations for product excellence.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please let me know so that we can discuss next steps. Whether you believe you are ready now, or want to be there in 3, 6, 12 months, I am excited to hear from you to discuss this opportunity!


Albert L. Berriz

Vice President & Managing Director, Residential Real Estate

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July 19, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI McKinley is pleased to announce that the Janaf Shopping Yard in Norfolk has been selected for the 2012 Best of Norfolk Award in the Shopping Centers & Malls category. Each year, the Norfolk Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category, as well as enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and their community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to determine the winners based on the information gathered both internally by the Norfolk Award Program and data provided by third parties.

"McKinley is extremely honored to be selected as the winner in the 2012 Best of Norfolk Award for shopping centers and malls at our Janaf Shopping Yard," said Albert Berriz, CEO of McKinley. "This is an outstanding tribute to the entire McKinley team at Janaf and I would like to commend them for their efforts and success."

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