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Business Happenings - SEPTEMBER 2001

People You Can Count on: Moab Property Management & Moab Lodging

Sometimes a person just needs someone to count on…someone they can trust with their investment and walk away feeling certain that everything will be taken care of efficiently and expertly. That’s what property owners can count on when they turn the management of their homes or condominiums over to Shirley and Mike O’Kelly at Moab Property Management.

The only full time/full service property management company in Moab, Mike and Shirley have been serving the Moab area since January of 1996. Happy transplants from Park City, Shirley says they were warmly accepted by the Moab community.

“The way the town welcomed us and supported us really helped through those first two or three years when we were trying to get over the hump,” says Shirley.

By now Moab Property Management and Moab Lodging’s reputation speaks for itself. Anyone who has ever needed to find a tenant for their home, a renter looking for affordable, hard-to-find apartments and houses, or an absentee proper owner who wants to offer their condominium for nightly accommodations has walked away from Moab Property Management happy. As part of the property management services, Mike and Shirley secure tenants, handle all maintenance and yard care, and collect rent. They provide these services for both residential and commercial property owners.

The Moab Lodging arm of the business books overnight accommodations for guests visiting Moab for a night, a week, or a month. Shirley has many, many resources and works closely with local lodging facilities to help fill their rooms. Besides the great selection of motels and bed and breakfasts in Moab, Moab Lodging can book guests in wonderful little guest cottages that are sprinkled throughout Moab’s quiet, off-Main Street neighborhoods. Desert Gardens, Rose Tree Lane Accommodations, and the Nichols Lane Neighborhood Retreat are among her guests favorite accommodations. Each features one or two bedroom apartment-style living with full kitchens, patios, shade trees, barbeque grills, and other little extras that help make a stay in Moab so enjoyable. Golf course condos give visitors a great view of Moab’s gorgeous golf course along with an out-of-town retreat from busy streets. In-town condos include Cedar Breaks, a great place for families to stay who want to be within walking distance of downtown. Moab Lodging’s services often go above and beyond any you might expect. They find themselves giving advice on hiking trails, evening activities, reservations for raft trips or horseback riding, and help guests with emergencies, along with the typical check-in and check-out procedures.

“We’re pretty much a full-service lodging company. We’ll do whatever it takes to keep our guests happy,” explains Shirley. Perhaps the best part of the full-service formula is that Shirley and her staff also carry out their daunting tasks with a smile.

“I have the best staff in the city, I think,” says Shirley. “I couldn’t do it without them.”

Summer Modine and Andrea Martin are her full-time permanent staff who have been with the company since the beginning, but during seasonal peaks the staff may grow to as large as 13 people.

Shirley can also book rooms as far away from Moab as 100 miles, so if a guest is traveling on southward, for example, Moab Lodging has connections throughout other Utah counties.

Mike O’Kelly’s expertise lies in keeping the properties they manage in tip-top shape. A former condominium manager in Park City, he knows his way around a tool box and if he can’t fix it, he’ll find the person who can.

“I don’t know what I’d do without Mike, either,” laughs Shirley. “He’s on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My job is easy compared to his.”

Walking into a busy day at Moab Property Management looks anything but easy. The phones ring, staff troubleshoots for clients, or finds lodging for visitors, and Mike checks in to see what’s next. The fact is, Shirley, Mike, Summer, and Andrea do their jobs so well they make it look easy. Yep, it’s great to have someone to count on!

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