Taft West

Director of Property Management Training

During the early 1960s Taft worked as a medic with the Armed Forces in Europe during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to civilian life, Taft worked as a histologist in a medical center teaching anatomy and physiology to student nurses.

During the early 1970s Taft worked in biochemistry departments of firms such as G.D. Searle, General Foods, Miles Laboratories and Continental Can Co. At Continental Can, Taft set up a laboratory which produced micro-slides that enabled Continental Can’s Polymer Chemistry department to introduce the first plastic soda bottles to the US market.

Taft began his real estate career in the late 1970s as an assistant manager trainee at a high-rise market-rate development with 2,009 apartments near Lake Michigan. During his 25-year real estate career, Taft worked in various management assignments including condominiums, affordable housing and public housing. Taft began taking his peers to visit schools in disadvantaged areas for “Career Days” to share with the students how life experiences led to their varied careers.

During 2001, Taft received his broker’s license and began working with CIC as a contract trainer in the Capacity Building Program, teaching maintenance systems to property management students. In 2002, Taft joined CIC as the deputy director of this program and, after a hiatus of several years during which he pursued consulting projects, was named Director of Property Management Training in 2007.

Click here to see some “greatest hits” from his “Tips from Taft” a continuing series in the CIC newsletter. Each article explores a single topic of interest to multifamily property owners and managers.