My name is Ashle Jones and I am the Assistant Property Manager at Calais Forest
Apartments. After spending over a decade in the education field where I have gone from
teaching and mentoring students to building a Middle School program from the ground up, I
decided to dive headfirst into this industry. I started at Chenal Pointe at the Divide in January
of 2018 as their Leasing Professional. I began networking immediately. I joined the
Apartment Association where I began attending the luncheons and professional outings that
were offered. It was at a luncheon, I was informed that Calais Forest Apartments, which was
managed by MAA at the time, was hiring for their Leasing position. When I first decided to
get into this industry, I researched different management companies. MAA was at the top of
my list because of the structure and family-oriented atmosphere I had read so much about. I
applied for the position and was hired at Calais in June as their Leasing Professional. Within
the first few months of working here, I was not only able to help the property raise the
occupancy from 93% to 98% but I won Leasing Professional of the year with 201 + units.
Last but not least, I was promoted to the Assistant Property Manager in November. This
a year has been so amazing for me professionally and just as amazing for me personally.
Since diving into this industry, I have not only grown professionally but personally. Working
with students, I always put my students first on and off the clock. I was always in
the teacher/mentor mode. This new career path has allowed me to put me first after I clock out
and concentrate on my family.