Young Professionals Jessica Jones, leasing manager for the Fleming Building.

Jessica Jones, leasing manager for the Fleming Building.

Get to Know: Jessica Jones, 27

Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Sarah Day Owen

Title: Leasing manager, Knapp Properties

What I do: I’m in charge of leasing at the Fleming Building; this is a newly renovated historical building that just opened its doors June 1. I am also responsible for the daily operations in the leasing office and am the primary contact for residents at the building. This has been such a exciting project to be a part of. It has also been really neat to see the building forming its own great community through all of the awesome residents we have here.

Background: I have accumulated extensive experience in the areas of property management during the last five years. I have been a part of lease ups, property take overs and managing multiple properties and agents.

Notable achievements: Citizens award, CAM (certified apartment manager) designation, honors program at DMACC.

Why I do what I do: I honestly feel like I have the best job in the world. … I enjoy helping people find their new home and being able to take care of their needs/issues to ensure that they have an enjoyable and happy experience at the property. If I can make your living experience the best it can be I feel like I have made a difference.

To get away from work, I like to: Participate in yoga, cook and spend time with my favorite teddy bear pup, Sophie.

The skill I’ve developed most while on the job: Multitasking spiced with time management mixed with a lot of conflict resolution skills. A lot of conflict resolution skills! You never know what each day will bring and what will happen on your property.

How I give back to the community: A certain portion of my paycheck goes to United Way; I’ve participated in Habitat for Humanity and volunteered to sell ducks for the YESS Duck Derby.

One thing I would change about the Des Moines area: The attitude that “there is nothing to do here” or that “Des Moines is boring.” There is so much to do here, especially downtown, with music venues, restaurants, festivals, farmers markets, etc.

To attract and retain young professionals, Iowa should: Market what a fantastic downtown area we have.

The best event for young professionals I’ve been to: I really enjoyed the Welcome Back to Walnut Street events.

Contact Jones: 515-321-1968

About the Author

Sarah is Editor of Juice Magazine. E-mail her at or follow her updates on Twitter @SarahDayOwen.

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