The Diversity Issue

By Stephen L. Burger, CPM, CRX, CRM

These are odd times indeed. We posted a news story recently about how the US stands alone in the world on the issue of cultural diversity.

It is odd, from the American perspective, to hear that any country finds diversity a cultural zero, neither good nor bad, and that some actually consider it a negative. We’re a country built on immigration, it’s a concept built into our national DNA and symbolized by the Statue of Liberty, herself a French immigrant.

And it’s especially odd for a property manager to hear, especially for a company like EBMC, which is ethically dedicated to respecting the rights of people of all races, religions and sexual orientation.This is true in all of the properties we manage, but it is especially true in the housing we provide.

Discrimination is a very odd word, itself working as both a positive and a negative. Its negative meaning is clear, but a person can also have discriminating tastes, meaning a desire for quality in his or her lifestyle.

Creditworthiness is the prime distinction that marks the occupants of housing in the EBMC portfolio. But even this is somewhat of a universal measure of stability and growth, as well as lifestyle. It’s a touchstone and a commitment we make to our ownership/investment clientele.

It’s also a promise of quality, safety and stability for all who call our properties home. The pledge we make to our clients resonates through all our constituents, including our occupants, no matter their background.

Steve Burger, President

As president and COO of Eugene Burger Management Co., Steve Burger is directly responsible for the overall quality, depth and consistency of management services provided in all 15 regions in the EBMC coverage map.

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