In the summer of 1975 the film, Jaws, debuted. A quick synopsis reveals the story…a giant man-eating shark attacking beach goers at a summer resort town, prompting the local officials and experts to warn the people and hunt it down. All the while, the townspeople call them paranoid and laugh at the idea that a giant man-eating shark prowls the waters.
At a recent local NARPM board meeting I was part of a discussion about the fact that our chapter has 130 members on its roster but only 20-30 actively attend meetings. Meanwhile, there is an unknown number of property managers in our area who aren’t even members. When I heard those statistics I couldn’t help but make a connection between Jaws and the current state of our chapter and property management industry. The unsuspecting beach goers enjoying play time in the water are like those property managers who enjoy the good living that property management provides, but have no idea what they have gotten themselves into. How can they know the related risks unless they regularly attend NARPM chapter meetings where seasoned professionals constantly bring awareness to the most critical issues effect our industry?