Nathan Leible, vice president of residential property management for the Onni Group, took the helm two years ago with a primary focus; to take on the multifamily residential portfolio and to launch the Los Angeles market. When Onni Group, a Vancouver-based commercial and residential developer with more than a 50-year history of building communities in Canada, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, and Seattle, set its sights on LA, Nathan was the obvious choice to lead the way. Having called the city home for over 15 years and overseeing LA residential leasing, development, and management projects for the entire duration of time, he not only knows the neighborhoods, he is also an expert on the LA real estate market.
In just two years, under Nathan’s direction, the LA residential core market, soon to be Onni Group’s largest, has grown at a parabolic pace. “When I joined the company, we had no residential presence in LA; we had three employees in the department. Now, with the new developments in our pipeline, we have over 40 employees, and by year’s end, we will have doubled that. Onni is transforming neighborhoods here and I am thrilled to be helping them continue to grow. At the same time, I am assisting the successful owner-operator with building a portfolio of properties. I have the luxury of recruiting talent and building their careers on a daily basis and this is just the beginning.”
Nathan’s success as VP is in great part attributed to the broad insight and skills gained on his unique career path. From an entry-level leasing consultant while in college, through multiple corporate roles in property management, ancillary services, new development, and operations, Nathan has crafted a stellar, 20-year career.
From launching the LA market to now managing the lightening-fast growth of development, one of Nathan’s primary responsibilities is recruiting employees and building careers. “I have pretty much held every role in this business and one of the most important things I have learned is this; we are people first, employees and colleagues second. Knowing your people is key. Without the right people, success and growth are limited. Understanding what they want from their careers, along with what their strengths and weakness are, is crucial to recruiting employees for positions that they can thrive in, personally and professionally.”
This is especially important considering Onni Group’s unique collaborative approach to its business. The construction, development, and operational teams are all made up of Onni employees. Input from all departments ensures that homes are constructed that consider the resident’s experiences and day-to-day lifestyles. Design is a critical element; from floorplans to amenities, to the design of the communities. Onni’s employees work together, side-by-side, project over project, with each department chiming in at each step, from project inception to completion, from what they are developing and how it should be developed, to amenities and operational flow.
As the face of Onni’s residential division, Nathan directs his group of management, maintenance, concierge, resident services, leasing teams, and all departments needed to run each community. On his career, Nathan explains, “It is rare that a career allows both personal and professional satisfaction. I am very fortunate that I get to see the communities and residents flourish. I experience a professional sense of pride and accomplishment for contributing to Onni’s growth and for helping my employees thrive. I really enjoy hiring smart people who bring ideas to the table. We want to lead the industry in every way.”
Onni Group continues to attract top tier talent to the residential property management team as the company is known for growth and opportunity. With the robust pipeline and positive leadership reputation, Nathan is very confident about the brand and the ability to continue to find the right people who will enhance the portfolio offerings. “Our goal is to be the top preferred brand in multifamily, known for thoughtful design, a property management team that is warm and inviting, and ensuring that your home comfortable. We will continue to hang our hat on providing great service and employing people who have a passion for what we do. We do not hire associates who want a job; we want talent who want careers.”
Vice President of Residential Property Management
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Los Angeles, CA 90015