Annapolis Property Services (APS) Employee Spotlight: Sanford Collins
At APS, we’re very proud of being the leading residential property management company in the Annapolis area. But we’re equally proud of the skilled staff that supports our ongoing success. In this first of our Employee Spotlight series, we profile our Director of Operations, Sanford Collins.
What Sanford Does for APS and our Clients
Sanford Collins is a busy man with a lot more on his plate than just the sushi he loves to eat for lunch at the Yama Sushi Bar. As the APS Director of Operations, Sanford oversees Maintenance, Accounting, and a wide range of complex company processes. His typical day involves ensuring that APS operates in compliance with company policies and relevant Tenant-Landlord laws. But Sanford also deals with a variety of tenant and maintenance issues that are never the same twice.
Fortunately, Sanford loves a challenge, so what he enjoys most about his job after three and a half years is the constant change. As he points out, “It’s never the same from day to day. With more than 500 properties under management, we regularly deal with new issues. Resolving them takes a lot of thought and consideration of the best outcome for all parties affected. The good news is that we have a great group of employees who really support one another and work as a team.”
Sanford finds his role rewarding. “As property managers, our role is significant for both landlords and tenants. We manage what is usually a landlord’s largest financial asset. This comes with a lot of responsibility, trust, and high expectations. I find it especially rewarding when my expertise can quickly save a landlord time, money and/or a massive headache.”
Diverse Experience Put to Great Use
Sanford brings a great deal of diverse experience to his role as Director of Operations. He has worked as a CPA, a licensed realtor, and an Audit Manager. He has also served as the Treasurer for the local chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers.
One of Sanford’s more unusual jobs was that of product model. “I used to work at a software company that chose to use individual employees as product models,” he explains. “For two years, I was featured on the box of the company’s primary antivirus product, and the product was displayed prominently on the shelves in every Best Buy nationwide. Every month I’d get an email or text from a friend or relative asking, “Hey, is that really you?” It really was.
Sanford finds that property management leverages his skill set in multiple areas while presenting daily, ever-changing people challenges. When asked who he would switch jobs with at APS if given the opportunity, Sanford laughs and replies, “I would switch with Peter Cook, our company President. Doesn’t everyone want to be the boss?”
Life outside work
Originally from the city by the bay, San Francisco, California, Sanford moved to Maryland in 2009. A graduate of California State University, East Bay, he holds a BS in Business Administration. In his spare time, Sanford enjoys jogging, working out, and spending quality time with his lovely wife and daughter.
The APS Team
In addition to Sanford, APS has ten other full-time employees who work closely together as a team to meet the needs of our customers. The APS offices are located at 914 Forest Dr, Annapolis MD (next to the True Value hardware store on Forest Dr/Bay Ridge Ave). To learn more, visit our website at www.AnnapolisPropertyServices.com or give us a call at 410-695- 6151.