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Team Work. Dream Job. The Anderson Group

Team Work. Dream Job.

Employee Profile: Dave Eck, Maintenance Manager, The Anderson Group 

There isn’t much that Dave Eck, The Anderson Group’s maintenance manager, hasn’t seen. And it’s his sense of adventure—and the thrill of facing a challenge—that keeps him coming back for more.

A Slingerlands native, Dave’s long resume includes supervisory roles at restaurants, ambulance companies, and country clubs from Texas to New York. Dave also served for more than 20 years in the Slingerlands Fire Department (five of them as commissioner) and has been a member of the New York State Urban Search and Rescue team.

The Anderson Group was fortunate to land Dave in March of 2011. Dave immediately implemented a team approach in the company’s maintenance department, ensuring that his department worked seamlessly with other Anderson departments, from housekeeping to legal and administration. A self-described “working supervisor,” Dave is a hands-on manager who earned his team’s respect from the ground up—mowing, cleaning bathrooms, and responding to tenant calls right along with them.

Dave’s responsibilities span properties from Saratoga to Selkirk and everywhere in between. On Wolf Road alone, Dave coordinates maintenance activities for 10 properties. He’s also responsible for nine properties on Madison and Washington Avenue Extensions, as well as one property in Selkirk one in Saratoga Springs.

“What do I do? You name it,” Dave says with a smile. “My job as maintenance manager is customer service, and everybody is my customer—my guys, my tenants, and my bosses. Our job is to keep everybody happy.”

His “guys,” as Dave affectionately refers to them, are made up of 13 maintenance professionals, including six qualified technicians proficient in HVAC, plumbing and electric. And he’s pretty proud of them.

“Most of our tenants know my guys by name. And I make it a point to know my guys. They’re good people who work hard and know their stuff,” Dave says. “When you know your guys, you can use them to their—and your tenants’ and company’s—best advantage.”

One such advantage is The Anderson Group’s business partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In fact, The Anderson Group is the only property management company with maintenance professionals who have earned certification through NYSERDA’s Quality Maintenance (QM) Program.

Anderson’s participation in the QM Program signifies the company’s heavy investment in the two biggest utility cost drivers—HVAC systems and lighting.

With Dave at the helm, trained Anderson technicians use diagnostic tools and national quality-maintenance standards to ensure that its HVAC and lighting systems operate at peak performance and improve their (and their tenants’) bottom line. Last year, The Anderson Group’s team conducted 65 tests throughout nine Anderson-owned buildings, resulting in an estimated savings of more than 400,000 kWh. By the end of 2014, The Anderson team will have conducted more than 125 tests across all of its properties. Testing is also provided to tenants who take advantage of Anderson’s property management services.

“This maintenance program saves energy, reduces costs, and maximizes office efficiency,” Dave says. “It helps our tenants avoid costly repairs during heating season and run greener and cleaner all year long. We’re proud to be the only property management company in the state to offer this, and our team is well qualified.”

As maintenance manager, Dave is on call 24/7—ready to respond to emergencies and routine matters alike. He’s also in charge of the company’s safety plans and procedures and is constantly improving tenant and employee safety alike.

“We’re always busy,” Dave says, “but I wouldn’t trade this job for the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Albany Pine Bush Offers Tenants Far More than Office Space

For Delaware Engineering, PC, The Anderson Group’s commercial office space properties on Madison Avenue Extension offer the best of both worlds: a location with convenient access to major roads and highways that is tucked away in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, one of the nation’s most unique and endangered natural communities. (And recently designated a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior.)

From right to left: Larry Rogers, president of Delaware Engineering, Susan Olivares, Office Manager and two part time employees

From right to left: Larry Rogers, president of Delaware Engineering, Susan Olivares, Office Manager and two part time employees

 

“We never set out with the idea that we’d find a place next to the Pine Bush, but when we found this office location, the Pine Bush did factor into our decision to lease here,” says Lawrence Rogers, P.E., president of Delaware Engineering.

 

Delaware Engineering, a leading provider of water, sewer, environmental, and municipal engineering services, takes matters of environmental protection seriously—on and off the clock. So it should come as no surprise that Rogers and his colleagues take year-round advantage of their Pine Bush office location. During lunchtime, and before or after work, you’ll find Delaware Engineering employees walking, jogging, snowshoeing and cross-county skiing the Pine Bush’s nearly 18 miles of marked, multiple-use trails. Rogers says he keeps his snowshoes ready and waiting behind his office door.

 

The Delaware Engineering team also enjoys eating lunch and barbequing on their patio, which overlooks the Pine Bush Preserve. And its employees make sure to keep their bird feeders filled—a detail that doesn’t go unnoticed by many of the preserve’s more than 90 bird species. (The Albany Pine Bush is a designated New York State Bird Conservation Area.)

 

The firm’s manager of corporate operations, John Brust, even serves on the Pine Bush Commission, a public/private partnership that works with landowners and municipal, state, federal and others to protect, restore and manage the Albany Pine Bush’s natural and cultural resources.

 

But Rogers is quick to point out that his company’s Pine Bush office location suits them for more reasons than proximity to the Pine Bush alone. “There’s more to this location than just heading out and hitting the trails,” says Rogers.

 

Since moving into 28 Madison Avenue Extension in 1998, Delaware Engineering has grown from an office of 10 people to one with more than 50 professionals spread throughout their Albany, Oneonta, and Walton, New York office locations. Rogers said The Anderson Group ensured that their Albany office space was “move-in ready” so the growing firm could hit the ground running. He said The Anderson Group was also flexible and responsive to their space needs, enabling Delaware Engineering to expand its space as the company itself expanded.

 

And although some companies prefer to be located on busy, heavily trafficked corridors, Rogers said that he and his colleagues are happy to be somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle.

 

“We like that we’re not located right in the middle of downtown or on a busy road. We have lots of parking right outside our door, and we’re close enough to Western Avenue, Central Avenue, and Washington Avenue Extension that we can get where we need to go quickly and easily,” Rogers says. “We serve a lot of surrounding communities, including the Towns of Guilderland, Bethlehem, and Colonie, so our location is perfect for accessing our client base.”

 

As for the company’s long-term plans, Rogers says they have no intention of leaving their Pine Bush location anytime soon.

 

“The Anderson Group provides us with a great property, and they are very responsive to all of our needs, which is extremely important to us,” Rogers says. “They don’t mess around, and they keep this place in great shape.”

 

For more information about The Anderson Group’s Albany Pine Bush properties at Madison Avenue Extension, call 518.458.7726 or email info@tagny.com.

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The Anderson Group Corners the (Farmers) Market on Commercial Property Management Services

The Anderson Group commerical property management

The Capital District Farmers Market is in full bloom

For more than 75 years, the Capital District Cooperative (commonly known as The Capital District Farmers Market in Menands) has given upstate New York farmers and food distributors the opportunity to connect directly to retailers and consumers. But after 85 years of managing its 11 buildings and nearly 30 acres on its own, the organization turned to Albany, NY commercial property management company The Anderson Group for its commercial property management services.

Ralph Douty, president of the Capital District Cooperative, spent nine years on the organization’s board of directors before assuming the presidency. He said that by 2013, the organization was ready to hire a professional property management company that could more efficiently and effectively handle a large, multi-use property.

“We invited The Anderson Group to our office to meet the board, and every single person was impressed with their capabilities,” says Douty. “They do what they do best, which is making sure our properties run smoothly, so we can focus on what we do best, which is providing an important service to local farmers and businesses. It’s a perfect partnership.”

Douty, who was born and raised on his family farm on Wolf Road (the last of which was sold off in 1995 and now houses Red Lobster, The Olive Garden, and other Wolf Road businesses), has a long history with and is heavily invested in the Capital District Farmers Market and its success.

“I used to come down to the Farmers Market with my grandfather when I was seven years old,” reflects Douty. “This place has been part of my life since the 1950s. I want to make sure that the Farmers Market keeps growing and improving.”

 

The Farmers Market is home to The Capital District Cooperative, but it’s also home to a host of tenants, including Adventure in Food Trading, a wholesale distributor of fine culinary specialties and exotic game; D. Brickman Inc., purveyor of produce, seafood and cheese; DNT Express, a wine and spirits distributor; Audio Video Corporation, provider of broadcast and presentation systems equipment; CDL Driving School; Saginaw Lumber; and flower, fruit, and produce farmers.

Douty says that despite the property’s diverse mix of businesses and uses, his tenants have few, if any, complaints. He said The Anderson Group’s property management professionals check in with him on a daily basis and serve as a seamless extension of the Cooperative’s internal team.

The Anderson Group’s commercial property management role at the Farmers Market includes providing general facility management, negotiating leases and contracts with new tenants, performing major property repairs, and managing the organization’s billing, rent collection, and budgeting. But companies that partner with The Anderson Group’s property management professionals can benefit from additional value-added services, including housekeeping, landscaping and grounds maintenance, financial reporting, HVAC services, electrical and plumbing services, life safety, space planning, interior design, and construction management.

“This property is being managed very efficiently. The Anderson Group is responsive and easy to work with. They’re straight up and honest, and they find a way to get things done. I can’t say enough good things about them,” says Douty. “There’s no one better. The Anderson Group is the real deal.”

For information about the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands, including market hours, visit www.CapitalDistrictFarmersMarket.org or call (518) 465-1023.

 

For more information about The Anderson Group, visit www.tagny.com or call (518) 458-7726.

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Hudson Solar to Install Solar Panels at 125 Wolf Road

sunpower_25_header1Hudson Solar is a fast-growing solar design and installation firm serving clients from Rhinebeck to Queensbury and east into the Berkshires and southern Vermont. The family-owned firm, founded in Rhinebeck NY in 2002, has completed over 1000 solar installations in residences, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government facilities.

In the next few months, it will add The Anderson Group Executive Suites office building at 125 Wolf Road to that impressive list.

“We have been planning this with the management team at The Anderson Group for some time,” explained Hudson Solar partner John Wright, who heads the firms Capital Region operation. “We have all of the equipment in and will be starting the installation in the next 90 days.”

According to Wright, the installation will yield savings over 25 years totaling $190,000 for The Anderson Group.

Andy Anderson, managing partner with The Anderson Group, said that the investment is part of the firm’s multi-million dollar building upgrade program, and reflects the company’s commitment to energy efficiency. “We are determined to provide the most efficient and productive office space for our tenants,” he explained. “We’re continually improving all of our properties. ”

Scalability: Having Room to Grow

Wright knows the Wolf Road building well, because he selected it to be Hudson Solar’s Albany headquarters when he first brought the business to the region three years ago.

“I was looking for a space close to the major highways,” he explained, “with shared services such as a receptionist and conference room, and the scalability to let me easily change offices as we grew.”

The clincher, said Wright, was that he also required warehousing space, which Anderson was able to provide only one block from the office. “

Wright moved into a small, 250 square foot office in May of 2010 with five employees. Within 18 months he had doubled his staff and moved into an 800 square foot space in the same building twice that size. Today he occupies a corner office totaling 1900 square feet and employs 20 workers.

“It’s been really great to have the flexibility to be able to scale relatively inexpensively without major hassles for our group,” he explained. “The Anderson Group made it easy for us to move into this building and set up our fleet operations out of their warehouse. And as we’ve expanded, they’ve moved us each time.”

According to Wright, the firm still takes advantage of the 125 Wolf Road building’s shared services. “Even though we now have our own conference room, we still use the shared services The Anderson Group provides,” he explained. “For larger meetings, it’s great to have a large conference room with Internet, projector, and computer. And we use the shared receptionist service to help us with faxing and mailings.”

“On a day-to-day level, the team at The Anderson Group is phenomenal,” he continued. “They’ve been very, very, very flexible to work with. You can tell they run a well-oiled machine because they have good systems and controls and processes. Nothing falls through the cracks. When we need something done, they get it done immediately.”

For information on Hudson Solar, visit www.hudsonsolar.com or call (518) 520-0459.

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Executive Suites Popular in Albany – Flexibility for Business Owners, Telecommuters, Contractors

Executive Suites in Albany NYAs business owners continue their cautious expansion, demand for suburban office space in the Albany NY region is growing. In this climate, the executive suite office concept is attracting many small businesses eager to present a more professional look for their business. It is also attracting many national firms looking for productive office space for telecommuting employees or for field representatives and contractors.

The executive suite offers an affordable way to obtain scalable office space and present a highly professional business image while keeping overhead low. It also provides access to amenities not otherwise readily available – such as shared conference facilities, administrative and receptionist services, food service, and ample parking.

The result is growing popularity for executive suite office buildings, which offer shorter-term leases on ready-made offices.  Known in some areas as “business centers” or even “business incubators,” executive suite office buildings are very attractive for companies seeking the flexibility to scale up or down as their needs change. There are now approximately 4000 executive suite centers in the United States, most of them owned by smaller, independent companies that know the needs of local businesses.

First Executive Suite in the Capital Region
The Anderson Group LLC of Albany NY is one such owner. Anderson brought the first executive suite office building to the Capital Region in the early 1980s when it transformed its multi-story building at 125 Wolf Road into a mix of small and medium-sized offices. . Today, the building houses more than 80 businesses, as well as local telecommuters or visiting contractors placed in the Albany market by national or international firms.

“It’s a very flexible solution for companies that want shorter-term leasing arrangements,” explained Sue Touhey of The Anderson Group. “We can move a business in within 24 to 48 hours after signing a lease. And if they outgrow their space, they can easily add additional space or switch to a larger unit at any time during the lease.”

For Steve Surace, vice president and chief financial officer of Adjusters International, this flexibility has been very important. As a premier provider of disaster recovery and public adjusting services, Adjusters International’s business can be highly unpredictable. The firm has to respond rapidly when a disaster strikes, expediting its clients’ financial recovery from insurance claims and FEMA grants.

So basing the firm’s Capital Region operations at The Anderson Group Executive Suites building has been very beneficial. “The Anderson Group has been able to accommodate sudden and significant changes in our need for office space,” explained Surace, a long-time tenant who has recently expanded into larger space in other Anderson Group buildings. “Since we opened our original office at 125 Wolf Road we moved several times within that building. Every time our needs change, the Anderson Group works with us to find a solution. In our most recent expansion, they were able to negotiate new leases for us at 125 Wolf Road within a couple of days.”

The Anderson Group also goes out of its way to solve other problems for tenants. When John Wright wanted to expand PV installer Hudson Solar into upstate New York, The Anderson Group was able to add nearby warehouse space for the company’s service fleet and solar panel inventory. Wright leased a 250 square foot Executive Suite office at 125 Wolf Road along with nearby Anderson warehouse space in May of 2010 and moved in with five employees. Within 18 months he had doubled his staff and moved into an 800 square foot space in the same building. Today he occupies a corner office totaling 1900 square feet and employs 20 workers.

“It’s been really great to have the flexibility to be able to scale relatively inexpensively without major hassles for our group,” he explained. “The Anderson Group made it easy for us to move into this building and set up our fleet operations out of their warehouse. And as we’ve expanded, they’ve moved us each time.”

Shared Services and Amenities
The Anderson Group’s Executive Suite building at 125 Wolf Road accommodates offices as small as 100 square feet.  Tenants can hire any of the shared services, such as receptionist, secretarial, or conference room use, on a pay-as-needed basis. In addition to shared services and the modern conference room, tenants praise the convenient location, ample parking, professional image, and the networking opportunities the building provides. The Anderson Group helps them navigate the intricacies of getting their offices set up quickly and smoothly, from finding furniture suppliers to  facilitating telecommunications setup needs.

For many tenants, the move to 125 Wolf Road is a first step toward expansion after operating a home-based business. Smaller businesses often don’t want the overhead of an administrative assistant, and enjoy having access to a receptionist, along with secretarial, copying, faxing, and mailing services. They also enjoy having ready access to a modern conference room equipped with the latest high-speed internet access, telecommunications, and presentation equipment.

“Although smaller customers use these services a lot,”Touhey explained, “they’re here for everyone who is in the building. So if your copy machine breaks down or your administrative assistant is out sick, you can come downstairs and use our services. Or if you have two meetings going on at the same time – you can use our conference room in addition to your own.  We also accommodate the smaller business that doesn’t have its own administrative staff or equipment and just needs occasional use of those services. We charge a la carte so tenants only pay for what they need.”

Wright of Hudson Solar noted that these continue to be valuable despite his larger quarters and staff. “Even though we now have our own conference room, we still use the shared services The Anderson Group provides,” he explained. “For larger meetings, it’s great to have a large conference room with Internet, projector, and computer. And we use the shared receptionist service to help us with faxing and mailings.”

Paul Loucks, a financial representative with Cadaret Grant, stated “I find it convenient to have The Anderson Group process my outgoing mail. I also really appreciate the availability of a large high-tech conference room.”

Accessible Location, Professional Networking
For many tenants, the location of 125 Wolf Road is vital. Not only is it close to major commuter routes and to rich resources for dining and shopping, it is also close to the Albany International Airport and many top hotels.

This has been a boon to Robert Lynn of Lynn Associates, who has been leasing with The Anderson Group for 25 years. He currently occupies a 3-room office at 125 Wolf Road. Among its many advantages, he notes the easy access to highways and local commuter routes.

“I travel to client sites frequently,” he explains, “and it’s very convenient having major interstate access and the Albany International Airport and hotels right here. Many clients come to our building and I appreciate the professional image it conveys. It also offers plenty of parking and convenient access to Wolf Road, which is a very popular location.”

Smaller businesses also find the networking potentials of the Executive Suites invaluable. With scores of other businesses across a range of industries, many companies find new friends, colleagues, suppliers, and even customers through their daily interactions in common areas or at the deli or full-service bank located in the building.

When Bob Lynn became one of the first Executive Suites tenants in the building in the mid-1980s, Willard T. Anderson encouraged him to consider the potential for collegiality.  “He said it will be like having a big family,” Lynn recalled. “And he was right. There’s a built-in network here of professionals and business owners. I’ve made a lot of friends in this building and gained clients here too.  We’ve really grown to love it here.”

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