spotlight / Father-Son Team
Chris [right] and
Grant Holloway [left]
are a father-son duo
management as a
FOLLOWING IS AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BETWEEN JPM® AND THE HOLLOWAYS TO SEE
HOW A FAMILY DYNAMIC FLAVORS THE JOURNEY TOWARD BECOMING AN ACCREDITED
RESIDENTIAL MANAGER (ARM) and CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER (CPM).
JPM®: Chris, how did you get started in property
Chris: Well, I was a commercial banker for 26 years and
some of my customers were partners who were involved
in property management. One of my friends, a former
banker in Bloomington, Ill., left banking and started a
property management business in Bloomington. I liked
his business model, but I wanted to use it in Springfield,
Ill. I became a partner with him and two others and
started a development, construction and property management company in Springfield.
As our company grew over time, I saw a need for additional help and was excited about the idea of working
with Grant—I owned a couple of small rental properties in Bloomington that Grant managed while he was
Grant: I actually graduated from Illinois State with a
degree in computer science and went on to work in IT.
I did some management on the side, but it wasn’t that
many units and it didn’t take up a whole lot of time. But
it was fun to do.
The computer job I had at the time was good, but after
a couple years I realized there wasn’t much opportunity
for job growth. As it turns out, my dad was looking for a
property manager to come in and take over all the day-to-day management so that he could focus on construction. I went down to Springfield from Bloomington to
work for him and that’s when I really got into it.
I had never heard of IREM, but because my dad received JPM® and some of his partners had heard of it, he
recommended that I go to Milwaukee for a weekend to
take an ARM course. I kept taking classes and eventually started taking CPM courses here and there. Living
in central Illinois, I had to go to Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis or Wichita for the classes over the next two
years—ultimately receiving my CPM designation last
year. The experience of being in a classroom with people
from all over the world and having dialogue on practical on-the-job things helped me generate new ideas. I
believe I’m the only person—even in my dad’s partners’
companies—who has earned the CPM designation. I
think that’s what sets us apart.