40 Under 40: Elaine Warga-Murray
What is your greatest professional accomplishment? I’m most proud of assisting and mentoring 30 women to achieve professional designations and careers in Property management. When I started I was the first woman in NJ to achieve CAI’s PCAM (Professional Community Association Manager) and there were no women in NJ who owner management firms.
Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position and why you choose the field/profession you are in today? I started out working for a developer – and I ran a cable TV studio. Part of my job was producing training videos of all aspects of property maintenance, My direct supervisor was in charge of the Association Management division and because I was training everyone, he sent me for my designation.. Then when the cable company was sold, I was transferred to staff serving a new large adult community. As the community and staff grew, so did my position- eventually I was responsible for 45 people ( from irrigation to garage maintenance.) I learned the business and developed new procedures and protocol and then started my own firm in 1986. SO although film and TV was my educational background ( plus NJ certification in Education) I could teach and lead, so starting my own firm that gave women more opportunities was my goal.