11.24.08: USDA Honors PPM Manager

Doug Wilson, the Illinois Director for USDA Rural Development, presented the Agency's 2008 Site Manager of the Year Award to Karen Larke of Professional Property Management, LLC (PPM) in Byron, IL. Larke manages the Village Green apartment complex in Byron. Each year Rural Development honors an outstanding site manager serving senior citizens living in apartment complexes financed by the Agency.

"Rural Development is in the business of improving the quality of people's lives in small communities," Wilson said. "Karen Larke is helping us do that. She takes great personla pride in providing a quality place for her tenants to live. Not only does she create a family environment for her tenants, she maintains a facility that is an asset to the community."

Rural Development selcts a manager nominated for the award who offers superior service to tenants living in one of the 650 affordable housing complexes financed by the federal agency in Illinois. Nominations are evaluated on tenant satisfaction, appearance of the facility, compliance with Agency requirements, and what the manager does above and beyond what is expected.

Larke is the second PPM manager to receive such a state-wide award this year. In June, Donna Tatum and PPM received an Award of Excellance from the Rural Development State Director for Wisconsin for her management of Monroe Village Apartments in Monroe, WI

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