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Glick Employee Spotlight: Patti Gerde

The Gene B. Glick Company is honored to have such hard-working, dedicated employees and we are proud to recognize these individuals in a monthly employee spotlight!

Q: What is your title at the Gene B. Glick Company?

A: I’m the property manager at Northwood of Franklin in Franklin, Indiana. I’ve served the residents of Northwood for 23 years. I’m the longest-tenured property manager for this site.

Q: How long have you been with the company?
A: I have worked for Glick just over 31 years and I can tell you that it’s been challenging and gratifying all in the same breath.

Q: Have you had any other positions with the company? If so, what were they?
A: Yes. I have worked on the north, south, east and west sides of Indianapolis with Glick. I started with the company in June 1988 at Woodbridge of Castleton as an assistant property manager. I then worked at Carriage House East and the Woods of Eagle Creek. I was promoted to property manager at Cambridge Square of Beech Grove before I settled at Northwood of Franklin in February 1996. I have been with my Northwood family ever since.

Q: How did you make your way into this industry?
A: I got into this industry by chance. I lived at Woodbridge of Castleton and I stopped by the office and asked if they were hiring.

Q: What professional background did you bring with you?
A: Before Glick, I worked at Finish Line (then known as Athletic Distributors) as a warehouse manager for the production line and I dealt with discrepancies in the shipping department. I also worked for an insurance company in the accounting department.

Q: What do you do in your role?
A: Whatever is necessary. You name it, I have probably done it. Being a property manager means wearing many different hats at any given time. Being flexible and adapting to changes quickly is essential. As a one-person office, I must go with the flow. I have to be willing to get down and dirty and do whatever is necessary to assist. No two days are the same. This is probably why I enjoy my role.

Q: Why is your role/the work you do at Glick important?
A: I feel that giving individuals and families a place to call home is an essential part of everyone’s life. My role is to give of my time and efforts to make sure Northwood is a great place to call home. Like our core values at Glick, we strive to enhance the lives of our residents.

Q: What has surprised you the most about working at Glick?
A: My 31 years has taught me that change is good and it fills my heart knowing that one person/voice can make a difference.

Q: What has kept you here?
A: Knowing the lives I’ve touched and how it fills my heart with joy that we can make a difference. Northwood of Franklin has a sense of family and reminds me every day how fortunate I am. Everyone faces different challenges and if I can help in any way, just being there is my reward.

Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. I grew up on the northeast side of Indianapolis. For the past 23 years, I’ve lived in a log cabin in Hendricks County, Indiana.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I spend time with family – especially all 28 of my nieces and nephews. I enjoy being outdoors, camping and tending to our 10 acres. I enjoy painting – anything from canvas, ornaments, pallets and rocks – and transferring photos onto wood. I also like to slow down and read a good book by Sidney Sheldon or James Patterson.

Q: What might surprise Glick team members about you?
A: I have fur babies – two dogs and a cat. Although I never had any children of my own, my nieces and nephews and all 48 children at Northwood are like my very own.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
A: Australia.

Q: Do you live life by any certain motto or philosophy?
A: My mottos are: “Don’t sweat the small stuff and only half the big stuff because the rest will work itself out” and “Always remember to keep smiling!”