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Residential | CAMDEN DEVELOPMENT - WASHINGTONIAN PROJECT
CAMDEN STRIVES TO EXCEED EXPECTATIONS WITH INNOVATIVE TECH AND SERVICE. BY BIANCA HERRON
amden Development, a subsidiary
of REIT Camden Property Trust,
develops, acquires and manages
multifamily apartment communities across the country. Camden owns
interests in and operates 153 properties
with more than 53,116 apartments.
The Houston-based company is not only
dedicated to providing residents with a
quality home, but also cultivating a great
work environment for its employees. With
more than 1,600 employees, Camden has
additional offices in Austin and Dallas, as
well as California, North Carolina, Georgia,
Arizona and Florida. For the past 10 years in
a row the company has been named one of
Fortune's "100 Best Places To Work."
Senior Project Manager Duane Canter
attributes the company's vibrant culture
to a work environment where employees
respect and help each other. "We've been
in the top 10 on that list for seven of those
years," he says proudly. "We have a great
family atmosphere and everyone supports
each other. If someone is having problems,
other employees will step in to help."
He cites Hurricane Harvey as a recent example. Camden's employees started a relief
fund for any peer who needed assistance
after the devastating hurricane.
"It's been great helping out anyone
who needs it," Canter says. "Many of the
employees contribute to it, so it's employees
Additionally, Camden is very dedicated to
giving back to all the communities it resides
in through its Camden Cares program.
"We volunteer in large groups addressing
various needs, including care for those individuals who have served or are currently
serving our country," Canter says.
Camden is a customer-centric company,
so its No. 1 goal is to exceed its customers'
expectations. "We are not only here to
serve our customers, but we also value our
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vendors, too," Canter explains. "We believe
they are our customers and want to ensure
their experience with us has them valuing
our relationship as well."
Canter notes the company communicates with its vendors, which in turn helps
build longstanding relationships. He adds
that many of its subcontractors have been
partners of Camden's for 18 years. "It's been
a very great working relationship," he says.
"They dedicate themselves to doing a great
job for us, and we dedicate ourselves to ensure they're successful. We want everyone
who works on our projects to make a fair
profit, and go home safely."
* Location: Gai ersburg, Md.
* Employees on-site at peak: 150
"Camden's mission is to provide
living excellence to our customers
by being focused on eir needs
and delivering on our promise to
be e best."
- Duane Canter, enior project manager
Trust and honesty have helped maintain those key relationships. "We deliver
on our promises, which is crucial, with an
emphasis on quality control and on time
delivery," Canter notes. "We never set up