No one can argue the fact that education is a major focus for Paul Mengert, AMG (Association Management Group) founder and current chef executive. Put simply AMG is all about education, from top to bottom. The firm serves a primarily educational purpose, after all. AMG is a management company, but a large portion of it functions as a shorter version of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program for those who work in homeowners’ associations around the country.
The classes in the AMG program are largely taught by Harvard Business School alumni, including Paul Mengert. AMG hires them because they happen to live in the Greensboro, North Carolina area, which is where Paul was born and raised and where he decided to set up shop when he established AMG back in 1984 as a way to educate homeowners’ association personnel. He did that because he appreciated everything his community had done for him and he has always believed in giving back to the community. In fact, he believes that is the most important thing anyone can do. It was obviously a good decision, since many AMG instructors are executives with various companies, serving as managing partners, presidents, and even CEOs. That includes companies that are among the most iconic in the nation, like Microsoft.
For Paul Mengert, AMG is a labor of love. Paul himself has become a highly regarded leader in the homeowners association management industry, primarily in the Carolinas, but also nationwide. He also gives back to the community in other ways such as the food drive he led recently, along with Greensboro Urban Ministry, to collect food to be distributed to the hungry in Greater Greensboro.
Integrity, respect, mentor, philanthropist, fundraiser. Mention these words in Greensboro and chances are the name Paul Mengert will come to mind. He is well known for all of these characteristics, not only in the business world but in his personal life also.
Paul Mengert is both the President and CEO of Association Management Group, based in Greensboro but with a solid presence in Charlotte and right across the Carolinas. He wants to be able to give back to the business community what he has learned along the way and does so willingly.
In 2014 he was a major contributor to a new business course with the Harvard Alumni, based on the Masters of Business Administration course, the new course is named the Management Development Program. It is a chance for businesses to send managers to learn the mentoring skills that create great business leaders. It also teaches the pros and cons of business actions. When the course participants return to their workplaces they are armed with the ability to lead, coach and mentor to get the best out of their teams and therefore out of the business.
In true Paul Mengert style, there is a giving back that occurs even with this course. Once all costs are covered, any balance of fees is then donated back into the community to those less fortunate. This in itself teaches that no matter how well you do in business you are never too big to give back from what you reap.
Paul Mengert knows this is the right thing to do, however it is also then something he does by choice. Again showing that integrity and a successful business can work together.
When founding Association Management Group, Paul Mengert strived to develop a team that was full of experts to work at Association Management Group. These experts make sure that a smooth transition is always part of their services. They have even designed for themselves a specialized transition team that consists of a conversion manager, accounting manager, and an efficient support staff in order to make the process as painless as possible. When it comes to making your business more efficient, Paul Mengert is an expert and his team at Association Management Group is ready to take on your association resident needs.
In January 1985, Paul Mengert dove into the realm of property management, founding Association Management Group (AMG), which serves to meet the community management needs of various properties across the Carolinas. In 31 years, the company has grown to become a leader in its service market. But Mengert’s background includes other roles both in conjunction to his AMG leadership and prior to beginning the business. Before beginning AMG, Mengert was owner of Vintage House from 1984 to 1988. During his time as AMG’s CEO and owner, he also served on the National Faculty of Community Associations Institute, beginning in 1990. Additionally, he started as Director of Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Board in 2012 and continues in that position today.
Founded in 1984 by Paul Mengert, Association Management Group (AMG) has grown to become a strong leader in homeowner and condominium association management services throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Under Mengert’s leadership -- who today serves as the company’s CEO -- AMG has thrived against competitors both regionally and nationally. By offering consistently higher HOA solutions and management to housing locations and residents, the company has achieved significant success including five independently run business under the AMG umbrella with more than 300 townhomes, condominiums and planned unit developments. Multiple offices serve the Carolinas to ensure superior customer service, human resources and additional assistance as/when needed.
Mengert has positively utilized his education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro -- graduating in 1984 -- as well as his achievements with Harvard Business School, completing the OPM, or Owner/President Management, program in 2005. He has risen to become a business leader with a brand that continues to leverage its relationships and experience in the housing management sector across two states. His skills and expertise have helped the entire team make communities happier by enhancing residential services, lowering costs and increasing property values in cities across North Carolina and South Carolina.
Mr. Paul Mengert has served in various organizations as a member of the board and also as an advisor. He has worked as the president of the Carolina's Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and as a member of the Council for Board of Directors in an educational foundation for the Givat Haviva. He also served on the national senior faculty for the Community Associations Institute. He was named as an advisor in the USAID program that aimed to bring housing reforms to both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He helped in the formation of the thousands of new homeowners associations in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
Paul Mengert was born in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina, majoring in Political Science and Communications. He is a certified Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM). In 1984, he formed a community management association in North and South Carolina and named it the Association Management Group. Before 1984, Paul worked the former Governor of North Carolina. Currently, he is the president of Association Management Group. He also offers classes for home owners association. His homeowners association classes have since been approved by numerous organizations which include South Carolina Department of Real Estate, North Carolina Board of Realtors, the California Department of Real Estate and the Nevada. Governmental departments such as Department of Real Estate, the Florida Bureau of Condominiums, and the Georgia Department of Real Estate have also approved his classes. In addition, Mr. Mengert has also recently attracted executives from more than fifty organizations with his development program for Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Charlotte.
Homeowners associations are accustomed to hosting parties and events of all kinds. One of the biggest neighborhood events of the year, though, is Halloween. This can be a tricky event to run for homeowners associations because they want to maintain their standards and regulations while also allowing the whole association to have fun with the holiday. It is, after all, a great time to see everyone getting dressed up, trick-or-treating, attending parties, and stuffing themselves with candy.
There are some challenges to running a Halloween event, though. There are many little tips and tricks an association can make known to its members in order to make sure that little ghouls and goblins have a fun, but safe, Halloween. Swords, knives, axes, or other accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. It is also best to avoid trick or treating alone. Children should either be accompanied by an adult or walking in groups. It is also important that each trick-or-treater have reflective tape fastened to their costumes and bags so that drivers can see them. After trick-or-treating is completed, all treats should be inspected and examined in order to make sure they have not been tampered with and are safe for a child of that age.
Paul Mengert has encouraged Association Management Group to help associations in throwing parties and hosting events for Halloween that are safe and fun. Whether it is running party games to encourage physical activity, providing healthy treats for those who can't consume candy, or discussing ways to make candles or jack-o-lanterns safer. Paul Mengert knows that holidays should be celebrated but it must be done in a way that is safe and which protects both members and the associations.