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Welcome to the 2016 Concept Community, the Next-Gen Apartment. This year, Multifamily Executive will take a deep-dive into the technology wants and needs of the youngest generation of renters, Gen Y, and the next generation, Gen Z with our industry partners Waterton, Humphreys & Partners and J Turner Research.

New Apps to 'Virtualize' Apartments of the Future
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New Apps to 'Virtualize' Apartments of the Future

The technology of the next-generation apartment will span space and time. Read more

Stat of the Week: Premium Unconventional Amenities
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Stat of the Week: Premium Unconventional Amenities

Millennials are most likely to pay extra for three such offerings in particular. Read more

Get “Smart” in Your Apartment Home Technology          
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Get “Smart” in Your Apartment Home Technology          

Helpful tips on how to implement smart-home tech in your properties. Read more

Stat of the Week: Closets for Cash
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Stat of the Week: Closets for Cash

Renters across all demographics are willing to pay a good bit for extra closet space. Read more

Catering to the Renters of Tomorrow
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Catering to the Renters of Tomorrow

How will the next generation of apartments define luxury? Read more

Shigeru Ban Unveils Tallest Hybrid Timber Structure in the World
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Shigeru Ban Unveils Tallest Hybrid Timber Structure in the World

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has designed a residential building for Vancouver... Read more

Developers Focus on ‘Thoughtful’ High-End Amenities
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Developers Focus on ‘Thoughtful’ High-End Amenities

Knock-your-socks-off amenities packages have become as important — and common — as... Read more

3 Ways Waterton Is Innovating Its Operations
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3 Ways Waterton Is Innovating Its Operations

The firm is using tech to encourage employees, residents, to optimize efficiency. Read more

6 Easy Ways to Keep Outdoor Spaces Looking Fresh
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6 Easy Ways to Keep Outdoor Spaces Looking Fresh

Apartment managers must keep outside areas appealing to attract—and retain—residents. Read more

Bike Storage and Sharing Grow More Popular
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Bike Storage and Sharing Grow More Popular

Bike storage space, and bike-sharing amenities, are gaining traction with renters.... Read more

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Meet the Players

  • Joseph Batdorf
    Joseph Batdorf
    Joseph Batdorf co-founded J Turner Research, one of the nation's leading providers of market research specific to the multifamily industry, in 2003. He currently serves as the company's president. Prior to launching J Turner Research, Batdorf was founder and president of AmRent, where he pioneered innovations in the resident screening business, including sophisticated data-gathering techniques and an automated system to instantly score a prospect. Batdorf currently serves on the National Multifamily Housing Council Advisory Committee.
  • Doug Pearce
    Doug Pearce
    Doug Pearce serves as senior vice president of technology at Waterton, where he’s responsible for all technology used at the corporate offices, as well as all multifamily and hospitality communities. Pearce is charged with implementing strategic solutions, improving technology platforms, realigning the IT department, among other responsibilities. A lifelong “techie”, Pearce brought over 28 years of information technology and leadership experience to Waterton in 2013. Prior to that, he was the head of IT at Henderson Global Investors.
  • Maxwell Peek
    Maxwell Peek
    Maxwell Peek serves as an executive vice president of investments and new business initiatives with Waterton. Peek—responsible for the acquisition and disposition of over $2.5 billion in multifamily properties during his tenure—currently oversees the Eastern U.S. investment team, and focuses on new business development for Waterton. He also serves on Waterton’s Product Development Committee, and is a founding member of the company’s Innovation Committee. Notably, Peek sits on the Board of Directors for Elmspring, a real estate technology accelerator that Waterton has partnered with to promote disruptive technologies in the real estate industry.
  • Mark Humphreys
    Mark Humphreys
    Mark Humphreys is co-founder and CEO of Humphreys & Partners Architects, now celebrating its 25th year. The company’s forward-thinking designs and top talent has positioned it as one of the nation’s premier multifamily architectural firms. With a portfolio spanning 49 states, Humphreys & Partners Architects has built more than 350,000 units of multifamily housing. Additionally, the company never really closes with six international offices working while the U.S. sleeps. His firm has developed "The Big House"®, e-Urban® and the ground-breaking e-Max® for apartments, and the Home-Rise® for high-rise residential. Humphreys is a member of NAHB's Multifamily Leadership Board and Multi-Housing Council, Urban Land Institute, DCFR (Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations), and the American Institute of Architects.
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