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10 Things that keep me going.

1. My family. We are not a perfect family by any means, but the love and closeness are definitely there, and without them I am nothing.

2. My apartment community. I manage a quaint, 150-unit apartment community almost in the heart of Hoover, Ala., and it's an awesome place to live, work and play. From the residents dropping in to say, "Hey," to giving treats to their pets, it's the type of community I enjoy waking up and going to every day.

3. My management company. Engel Residential is the kind of management company mat you never want to leave. They stand behind us and give us every opportunity to better ourselves.

4. My Supervisors. Jenn and Tiffany are two of the most understanding and motivational people I know. They are much more than just our supervisors. They are mentors, teachers, leaders and our rock when we need someone.

5. My wonderful life. I have the best partner anyone could ask for, a nice home, an excellent job, great family and friends, and a 10-year-old who never ceases to amaze me.

6. My "circle of friends." I live across the street from a cul-de-sac and it's like our own little town. Even though the entire circle doesn't live in the neighborhood, everyone visits and makes it home.

7. Apartment associations. I am a member of the Greater Birmingham Apartment Association and the Alabama Apartment Association. Other members call me "Noah" because no matter what our trade show theme is, they dream it and I build it.

8. Watermelon. I can't wait until they come in season each year. I have loved watermelon since I was a little boy shooting seeds across the table at my brother. A cold watermelon on a hot day with a sprinkle of salt can't be beat.

9. My baby Phoenix. Phoenix is my 4-year-old, 42-pound reverse brindle boxer. Ever since we got her as a puppy, she's always met me at the door in the afternoons, sleeps in the bed, and lies next to me on the couch watching TV. Did I mention she's spoiled?

10. Pandora Radio. When I get to work, I click over to Pandora Radio in my office and I start my day. Thank you, Pandora, for my dose of Journey each day.


Name: Matt Smith

Title: Community Manager

The Place at the Galleria

Company: Engel Residential, Hoover, Ala.

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