Megan Bonham, District Auditor
‘It’s like a family’
USA Properties has delivered beyond Megan Bonham’s expectations.
Bonham became aware of the company – and property management – while she worked for the U.S. Postal Service during the summer. She delivered mail to an apartment community in Rocklin and wanted to learn more about the profession.
Unfortunately, Bonham joined another company. It was not-the-best experience. Then, she applied and was hired by USA Properties.
“I could just tell it was a much better company,” Bonham says of USA Properties. “USA just cares – about its employees and residents.”
She started with the company as a leasing agent for Terracina Meadows in Sacramento in 2009 and was later promoted to Assistant Community Manager at nearby Vintage Natomas Field.
In 2013, she was promoted to Compliance Auditor, a challenging and critical position that reviews files, from checking the assets and income of low-income residents to ensure that they qualify for tax credit housing to the occasional inspection of properties and the list goes on.
It can be a difficult, humbling and rewarding workday.
“It definitely makes you feel blessed,” says Bonham, who sees the financial challenges in the paperwork of many residents. “It really makes you feel grateful.”
‘Always moving forward and wants to improve’
While she enjoyed being at the apartment communities and the day-to-day interaction with residents, her current position is a better fit.
“I love being at the corporate office and my team,” says Bonham, who likes the camaraderie and the ever-changing industry. USA Properties is “always moving forward and wants to improve. They always want to hear your suggestions.”
And Bonham always wants to help the company and herself improve.
“You’re learning new things all the time” with tax credit housing, says Bonham. “I’m always open to learning new things, and I’d like to learn more and move up within the company.”
With USA Properties, career growth is important. Employees are encouraged to expand and learn new skills. The company even offers a tuition reimbursement program.
‘We work amazing as a team’
But the best benefits with the company go beyond the obvious.
Bonham says quarterly team luncheons, holiday parties, birthday celebrations and milestone anniversary celebrations are just some of the ways USA shows it cares. The company also offers eight paid hours every year to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations.
“There are just so many things through the years that make USA special,” says Bonham
Of course, a good work-life balance is also important, especially for Bonham, a busy mother of two elementary school-aged daughters.
“The company is very flexible with my schedule,” she says. “They are very open and understanding.”
The company, camaraderie with coworkers, compensation and the often-overlooked perks, add up to a rewarding and successful career for Bonham.
“If you can, get in with this company,” she says. “I never want to leave this company. It’s like a family.”
Megan, her husband and two daughters are often busy with work, school and play dates. But they always try to find the time during the year for trips to Hawaii and Vermont, where she grew up.