A Decade at Bridge

At Bridge, our people are our greatest asset. For Elisa Cardenas and Armando Moreno, keeping our properties running smoothly for the last ten years has come with both challenges and opportunities for growth. As essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have shown incredible care and dedication to our tenants and their team. We asked Elisa and Armando to look back and reflect on their decade at Bridge and share their thoughts with us.

While both Elisa and Armando are celebrating 10 years at Bridge, Elisa actually started with us in 2005 and took some time off for school before returning to Bridge full-time in 2010. When asked about what they value most about Bridge, Armando cited the sense of family he feels being a long-term member of the property management team. Elisa called out feeling empowered by the organization to reach her goals and continue growing. When asked about how they have grown at Bridge, Elisa talked about how Bridge has encouraged her to hone her ability to work well with others, and to build strong relationships with a diverse range of residents at our communities. Similarly, Armando believes strongly in family and over his 10 years at Bridge, he’s learned how to expand his concept of family to appreciate different perspectives and be an open and strong communicator with people of different backgrounds, experiences and needs.

Elisa Cardenas | Assistant Property Manager | Villages at Gateway, Denver, CO

Most Memorable Moment at Bridge

Armando’s most memorable moment came in 2010 just after he started. He was on a due diligence inspection with another member of the Bridge team he had not met yet. When he asked the colleague who he was, Armando was very surprised to learn his partner was Rich Stayner, the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Property Management. Our leadership believes in the value of working shoulder-to-shoulder with our site teams to build value at our sites – as Armando discovered! Life at Bridge is not all work. Each year the property management teams gather for their Leadership Conference to build leadership skills, learn about industry trends and innovations, and have a bit of fun together, including the long-standing lip sync contest. Elisa’s most memorable moment occurred when a team was performing Thriller and the performance turned into a bigger thrill than expected when the dry ice-generated fog set off the fire alarm at the venue.

Armando Moreno | Maintenance Supervisor | Chapel Hill, Lewisville, TX

Career Advice

As far as advice to others thinking about a career in real estate or property management, Elisa says not to doubt yourself. Instead, when you are uncertain, seek out the help and advice of teammates, family, and friends to get you through and get you back on track to achieve your goals. Armando advised to truly enjoy what you do, always have a learning mindset, and make a habit of sharing what you learn with others to help them grow as well. Armando and Elisa also both believe that leading a rich life outside of work is a key to their longevity in their positions with Bridge. Armando makes time for being with family, woodworking and watching sports, and Elisa stays active through working out and dancing, and believes in the importance of quality time with friends and family.