Long-Time Real Estate Professional Reinvents Herself as Corporate Housing Entrepreneur

For six years, Meghan Hartman’s career was in flux. The Global Financial Crisis ravaged the real estate industry, and Hartman, a former real estate agent, was looking to reinvent herself. Enter AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing in 2013, and an opportunity to own a local office in Phoenix, AZ.

_11278Ready to take charge of her career, Hartman jumped on this new business venture, with encouragement from her long-time confidant, Mark Vost, who today helps Hartman run the company’s day-to-day operations.

“As I unraveled the AvenueWest brand, I could see what a great fit it was for Meghan, and how her real estate skill-set would be an asset to her running a business like this,” says Vost.

Today, AvenueWest Corporate Housing in Phoenix is a thriving business that not only provides property management services to owners of furnished homes being offered for rent, but also provides high quality, short-term rental properties to those in need of temporary housing. Hartman says her ideal clients include traveling business executives, visiting medical professionals, and insurance companies in need of furnished homes for their displaced clients.

SUNT105 R03AvenueWest Phoenix Experiences Steady Growth

Hartman says AvenueWest Phoenix has experienced steady growth from the start, enabling her to manage seasonal swings.

“Phoenix’s rental season is busy in the winter and quiet in the summer, which can at times be overwhelming or underwhelming,” says Hartman. “We are committed to working hard year round to forge new relationships that strengthen our business so we can persevere through dramatic seasonal swings.”

5401_e_van_buren_st_1102_MLS_HID913246_ROOMdinningareaHartman says she created a medical professionals division to cater to the ongoing corporate housing needs of visiting medical professionals to Phoenix. “This has provided us with a steady stream of business no matter the season,” she says.

The backbone of AvenueWest Phoenix though, says Hartman, is the AvenueWest business model and corporate support team.

“We would not be able to do corporate housing without AvenueWest. The brand brings instant recognition and respect, not to mention a great deal of leads. We cannot give enough credit to AvenueWest’s global team and concept,” says Vost. familyroomkitchen_700

About AvenueWest Phoenix

AvenueWest Phoenix provides unparalleled service and exclusive furnished corporate housing properties available for rent in Paradise Valley, the Biltmore area, Downtown Phoenix, Midtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, the Warehouse District, Central Avenue, Camelback Corridor, and Arcadia. Visit http://phoenix.avenuewest.com for more information or give us a call today – 602.753.2412. _11288

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About AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing

Kimberly Smith is an accomplished entrepreneur and published author with more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur in the areas of real estate, property management, corporate housing, website development and franchising. Her businesses and expertise have received national recognition from the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies to features in the NY Times and her book “Making Money with Rental Properties,” was internationally published and distributed by Penguin Publishing Group. In 1999, Mrs. Smith co-founded AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., a multi-million dollar success story. Colorado based company AvenueWest provides real estate property management of furnished residential properties offering full service corporate housing services to upscale executive travelers in need of a monthly lodging solution. AvenueWest Corporate Housing, under the leadership and vision of Mrs. Smith, was recognized by the DMCC as the 2003 Emerging Business of the Year, was ranked for 3 consecutive years on Inc. Magazines Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Businesses list and in 2010 was recognized by the Corporate Housing Providers Association as awarded Provider Company of the Year. Inspired to help people find corporate housing and real estate solutions on a national basis, Mrs. Smith co-founded Corporate Housing by Owner, LLC in 2005 a national resource dedicated to connecting furnished rental properties with executive renters. In 2006 CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO) was launched, the first-of-its-kind online portal connecting furnished rentals and the traveling public. In 2013 CHBO was recognized by CHPA as the Associate Company of the Year. In 2009, Mrs. Smith co-founded a new franchise company, AvenueWest Global Franchise, LLC allowing for the national expansion of the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing product where she currently leads as the companies CEO. Current offices are located in Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Collins, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Colorado Springs. Kimberly is a recognized leader in the corporate housing industry and served for 5 years on the Corporate Housing Providers Association Board of Directors, the primary trade organization for the corporate housing industry, and as the 2011 elected Chairman of the Board. Kimberly has been nationally recognized for her business success and her philanthropic endeavors and has been featured in media sources like the NYTimes, LA Times, Denver Post, US News & World Report, MSNBC.com, CNBC and SmartMoney.com. She was awarded the 2013 Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award for real estate, small business finalist in 2010, and finalist in the prestigious Power Book of The Denver Business Journal, a feature in Denver Woman magazine as an outstanding business woman and mother, in 2009 she was selected to join The Denver Business Journal’s elite class of 40 under 40 and in 2010 and was recognized by CoBiz Magazine as a top 5 GenXYZ leader. In 2012 Kimberly was a finalist for the prestigious NBC 9News Leader of the Year Award.

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