Today we’d like to introduce you to Kisha Peterson.
Hi Kisha, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
While going to school part-time, I stumbled upon property management looking for a part-time job. In 1994 I was hired as an administrative assistant in a rental office and loved property management. It was then that my aspirations to grow further in property management began. My manager saw my potential and thought I should pursue an assistant property manager position, although he had no position available to offer me. I eventually left that company, taking an assistant property manager position. Each manager I’ve ever worked for recognized my good work ethic, knowledge, willingness to learn, leadership skills, and potential to go further. Within 5 years of entering the property management industry, I earned a promotion to the property manager. My first property was a mixed-use high-rise building with 221 apartments and 6 commercial spaces in downtown Baltimore. I spent 8 years at that property before being promoted to a larger property in downtown Baltimore where I spent the next 11 years. You can say Baltimore City helped raise me during my property manager career. Lol. I spent 25 years with that company, growing, learning, coaching, mentoring teams and individuals, and winning multiple performance awards for managing multi-million dollar real estate.
In late 2019 I had to take a leave of absence for medical reasons. In February 2020, due to health reasons, I decided to resign from a successful career after spending 25 years with the same company. I spent the following year or so healing and thinking about what was next for me. One thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t want to work for anyone else for many reasons again. One reason was that I needed more schedule flexibility, and I didn’t want to be obligated to report to an office anymore. Things that I pondered: Property management was in my blood, and I enjoy it, and I enjoy inspiring/mentoring. Most importantly, I want to live my life more purpose-driven than money driven.
Then I thought that everything I did for large companies, I could do for myself on a smaller scale! The thought excited me to my core. Vivid Property Management was born in May 2022, and I haven’t looked back.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been no smooth road at all. The good thing is that I prepared myself mentally. Being a newbie to entrepreneurship, or “solopreneurship,” has been the biggest adjustment. I’m used to working with multiple assistants, middle managers, and teams. Being the one-all be-all is very challenging and exhausting at times. I laugh at myself sometimes when I’m having a tech issue. I say aloud, “call IT, Kisha,” then I answer, “girl, you are IT” lol. Another struggle is adjusting to learning all things social media and technology. I’m the first to admit that I am not the most technologically savvy person. I’ve gone from that to building my website and managing multiple social media platforms.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Vivid Property Management?
VPM is a boutique property management company that services the greater- Baltimore region. I manage single-family and small multi-family properties for private owners/investors.
What sets me apart is that I have over 25 years of experience in the property management industry. I’ve managed every class property from A to C. I also own my investment properties, so my perspective differs from most other management companies. Moreover, all I do is property management. Most other management companies are subsidiaries of brokerages, sell real estate, or have other divisions such as construction. While having a multi-focus business is okay, it can sometimes water down the property management side.
What further sets VPM apart is that I am customer care driven, with both residents and owners. It’s not enough to do my job but to do it in a way that leaves the customer with a positive experience, whether the transaction is big or small.
What matters most to you? Why?
What matters most to me is living life on purpose with purpose. I think living any other way wastes our valuable time here on earth. We are all here for a reason. And when we find that reason, life is different. Different in the sense that it feels good, it looks good, it’s a difference that money can never buy.
- Website: www.VividPM.net
- Instagram: IG: vividpropertymanagementmd
- Facebook: FB: @VPMmaryland