Jennefier Dallas-Dudley grew up in the Clovis and Portales area but attended junior high and high school in Wichita Falls, Texas. She has also lived in Canyon, Texas. Dallas-Dudley has worked in property management off and on for 18 years. Two years ago she returned to Clovis after living in the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex for about three years. She worked as a supervisor at a mortgage company from 2007 to 2010 in Keller, Texas.
What inspired you to get into property management?
My parents started buying little houses here and there roughly 20 to 25 years ago. When my son Kevin was born in 1993 they bought a big group (of houses) in Clovis. I went to school and managed the properties when my son was six months old. I've been doing it off and on for 18 years. My son is now 18.
How would you compare your career in property management to your career as a mortgage broker?
I'm good at property management and I believe I'm a good landlord. The environment is more relaxed than my job in Fort Worth. I loved my job in Fort Worth. It was very challenging and I work well under stress but I worked all the time. My old job was so extreme, push push push. I supervised eight employees in the states and 15 in India. I wrote all the training, policies and procedures. There's no extreme with this job. My position in property management is not deadline-based. I really like it.
What is the highlight of your career in property management?
The highlight is dealing with people on a day-to-day basis. People come into the office and I'm able to get out in the community and show them properties.
Do you have any personal heroes?
I was raised to be so headstrong, to do everything on my own so that's a very hard question for me. I just make my own direction and I try to give my best at everything I do. If I had to look up to somebody it would be my parents because they've been successful in all these rentals for 20 to 25 years. I hope I would be able to set the same example of hard work and success for my children.
What do you do to stay in shape and stay active?
I'm very much into sports. I love to play. During volleyball season I coach and play on my own volleyball team, Spiked Punch. During softball season I play for the team Funsized and I coach Dugout Dolls. I also play on the co-ed team Team Hope on Monday nights. This is a church league.
What do you enjoy about coaching the most?
I press softball like crazy. In the summer there's not a lot of stuff for the kids to do. If we can push the softball, get more and more teams every season, kids can have something positive to do. It's good for kids to get out there and want to do sports. They're not just sitting around the house. They're exercising and they're learning. I have several players who are brand new to softball and I'm helping them with fundamentals. I'm helping them develop a love for the sport and develop the skills to move on to better teams. I want everybody to get better and have fun.
Tell me about your experience of being a mother of three children in 2012.
I promote family values. I think it's very important for families to spend time together. Yeah you're tired from working all day but you're responsible for your children's future. You need to help them with their homework, know where your children are and make sure they're not getting into trouble. I believe my children are a reflection of me just like I'm a reflection of my parents. They worked hard to raise me strong and I'm trying to work hard to raise my kids strong.
— Compiled by CMI staff writer Benna Sayyed.