IRVINE, CA-GlobeSt.com’s NatalieDolce recently spoke with Laura Khouri,president of Western National Property Management,about the firm’s expansion plans, including how the firm is focusedon increasing rents and renewals in our recovering market, and howit is adapting to resident trends. WNPM currently manages more than22,000 units in 150 communities located throughout Southern andNorthern California, Arizona, and Utah. Khouri is responsible forthe operations of the property management division, and providesstrategic direction to the company relative to all the multifamilyassets in the portfolio.

GlobeSt.com: What is the catalyst for your expansionand growth strategy? What is your goal for WNPM for the second halfof 2011?

Khouri: In our stabilized portfolio,we’ve concentrated our energies in 2011 and are focused onincreasing rents and renewals in our recovering market, increasingNOI for our clients all the while maintaining asset integrity.We’ve strengthened our business development team led by a vicepresident of business development, and one who possesses 25 yearsof on the front line property management experience and backing himup is an experienced team for analytics and due diligence. Newmanagement contracts are borne of experience and relationships …and we’ve got both.

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of GlobeSt.com and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses GlobeSt.com, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for GlobeSt.com. Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, FashionLedge.com, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including MSNBC.com and Museums New York magazine.