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Vickie (Adams) Hildestad Leads with Enthusiasm

Her “All In” Philosophy Means No Small Plans as She Approaches BOMA Jacksonville 2020 Presidency, Baptist Health Team Goals, & Life!


Congratulations to Vickie Adams Hildestad, who is celebrating her fourth anniversary at the Baptist Health System, Inc. this October! She joined JMG Realty, Inc. about seven years ago and  started in property management 10 years ago, on the residential side.

We asked her about her plans as BOMA Jacksonville’s incoming 2020 President her Baptist Health team’s involvement with sponsoring Christmas angels for The Salvation Army:

  1. How long have you been a member of BOMA Jacksonville, and what committees have you chaired?

I have been an active member of BOMA for 4 years.  My passion is on the Membership side. We increased membership by 20% this past year and I am hoping we continue down that path.  I want us to keep increasing the size of the Jacksonville local every year.

  1. As incoming BOMA Jacksonville President, what are your main goals for 2020?

My main goal is to feel comfortable speaking in front of everyone, HAHA!  I want to increase membership and get education up and going in Jacksonville again.  I also want us to have a bigger community presence and be more active in advocacy.

  1. How has your involvement in BOMA assisted your development as a property manager?

BOMA is a great association to learn from; the education opportunities are endless.  Not to mention, I have met some of my very best friends through BOMA.

  1. Last year, a group of co-workers from your team came together to sponsor two Christmas Angels from The Salvation Army. How did that come about?

The team got super excited when they saw Keisha and I sponsoring one of the Angels and wanted to join in.  So, this year we are up to 4 angels!  We get really excited for the kids and wish we could see them open the presents. Working together on sponsoring The Salvation Angels has been a great team activity.

When Vickie isn’t busy at Baptist Health or BOMA Jacksonville, she is enjoying time with her new husband, Craig Hildestad. They recently celebrated their 1st anniversary by renting an Airbnb, enjoying some quality time together.  One year ago, they were in Italy on their honeymoon, traveling and taking cooking classes. She really wants to go back! She loves to cook ,and she and her husband enjoy glamping. She is into dogs in a big way – both pet ownership and college football! She just loves her two puppies, Buddy and Willow.  She is also a diehard Georgia Bulldog Fan.

Become a 2019 Christmas Angel Sponsor!


Join A1 Orange in Making Christmas Brighter

for Deserving Orlando & Jacksonville Children through

The Salvation Army’s Angel Christmas Tree Program!

Each Christmas season, The Salvation Army identifies deserving children, and then makes these “Angels” available for adoption through groups such as A1 Orange. This is A1 Orange’s 14th year with the Angel program, and in honor of our upcoming 95th anniversary —  we’ve committed to 95 Angels from Orlando and Jacksonville.

Many A1 Orange business partners and friends adopt one or more Angels, often gathering support from their colleagues and tenants. The Salvation Army screens families for eligibility, and a Christmas wish list is provided to sponsors, including clothing/shoe sizes and any specific items the children may want.

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Kim Hill’s Key to Success: Ask Questions & Ask More Questions

Over her tenure at Banyan Street Capital’s iconic Wells Fargo building located on the river in Jacksonville, FL, Kim Hill has worked through hurricane restoration and many large projects. A1 Orange recently partnered with Kim and her team on a large and challenging pressure cleaning of her building and garage.

We asked Kim what advice she has for working with vendors on pressure cleaning a large property such as this. She shared her expertise for managing this process successfully for all concerned – tenants, visitors, property management team, and the vendor:

  • Sit down with the vendor and team ahead of time to review expectations.
  • Make sure all of your staff knows what is going on.
  • Send tenants a written notice in advance of the project, informing them of the dates and key information.
  • Schedule work on high traffic areas after normal business hours and make sure the vendor has work areas properly blocked off.
  • Communicate with vendor weekly for status updates and pass along this information to interested parties.

We also asked Kim to tell us about how she got involved in the property management field and any advice she would have for industry newbies.

1.How did you get started in property management?

I came in through a temp agency in Denver for CBRE for someone on maternity leave.

2.How long have you been in the property management field?  12 years

3.Can you give a brief overview of your career path?

I started out as a high school business teacher and basketball coach for 8 years and then decided to do a career change. I went to work for a staffing agency, got the temp assignment at CBRE and sort of “fell into it.”  

4.What is your favorite quote?

“Control what you can control.”

5.What is your best advice to individuals new to property management – anything that might have made your job easier later?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask more questions, and ask more questions. Don’t feel like you need to know all the answers on the first day or right away. Maybe take an “Into to Psychology” class because you will be dealing with a lot of different personalities, people, and backgrounds in this field.

When Karen isn’t busy at Wells Fargo, she likes to get outdoors. Karen grew up in Nebraska and is a University of Nebraska Cornhusker. She is the oldest of 5 children with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and has 4 nieces and nephews in Florida and 6 in other states – or 10 total! She favorite sports team Denver Broncos.


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