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We’ve been part of the community since the beginning…

by Suzanne Licata

Relationships, commitment to professionalism and a heart for service could speak to why Curry has been a staple of this region.

Privately owned, family held, Curry can take the long view. The company can sacrifice the near-term dollar for the long-term gain not only of business but the deep satisfaction of doing things right, doing them very well and for the best of reasons – because that is what the customer, the employee and the community needs.

Curry has been around a long time and will continue to be long into the future. Its people and properties are spread so thoroughly throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area – they are literally your neighbors and it’s very satisfying to be a good one. Relationships over generations have long memories. Curry works to have those be good ones, too.

The company strives to be among the very best in its profession. Curry is one of the few Midwest real estate management companies to achieve Accredited Management Organization (AMO) status by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) – a standard for excellence in the real estate industry.

In addition, Curry invests in its team’s professional development to advance their skill levels as well as their involvement with an expectation that they will contribute to if not lead its professional associations. Seven members of the staff have served as president of IREM’s national or Kansas City chapter, starting with Charles F. Curry and ending, most recently with Matt Pepper whose term completed in 2022.

Curry staff overflow with professional designations, certifications and licenses though absent a heart for service rooted in core values, they would mean little. Curry’s core values – commitment to its employees, customers and communities, to creating value and maintaining the highest standards, to sustainability, quality of life and the future – are the underpinning of the company culture and the basis for all policies, actions and business practices.

In running the business, wide berth is given to service, the initiative to take care of something or someone, to do what it takes and take care in the doing. These stories of service initiative are heard in passing. It’s not part of the business plan included in the quarterly updates. The story fragment is heard, someone telling another, “I thought I could help, so I did.”

Curry thinks it can help, so it does. Turns out that is a valuable contribution to any business plan.

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