Staff Development

Strategic Leadership Promotion Sets The Tone For COCM’s 20th Year In Business

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., – COCM is excited to announce the promotion of Jeremy Biddy to Executive Vice President for Operations. Jeremy has been with COCM since 2008 and has consistently demonstrated an outstanding work ethic, dedication, and leadership. Over the course of 15 years, Jeremy worked under COCM veteran Sandy Hill until her December 2022 retirement. During his career with COCM, he has…

Introducing COCM’s New EVP of Operations – with Jeremy Biddy

“It’s been an interesting, interesting time since early spring of 2020. And I think what we have learned are some lessons about how we can better provide service for both our students and our employees… Those folks on the front line really are the key to our success. We know that, and we’re going to…

Dynamic Women in Leadership – with Erica Steele

Women and other minorities often struggle to make their voices heard, especially in the tech industry. Listen in as Erica Steele describes the challenges she faces as a Black woman in the C-suite of a proptech startup and offers her take on the next big disruption in the way we market student housing.

Stepping into Counseling

COCM encourages use of the employee assistance program provided by Behavioral Health Services. Many people have never been to counseling for a variety of factors – access, cost, culture, fear, and lack of information. I am going to use an analogy to help you get in step with the benefits and some tips to counseling.…

COCM’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings

Every year, the employees of COCM come together in January and February to connect, share best practices, and learn about the latest trends in student housing. It is a time of joy for us because our staff is spread out across the nation throughout the rest of the year – from Boston to California! This…

Getting Connected on a New Campus – with Amy Lorenz

Student affairs professionals are sometimes hesitant to pursue a role with COCM, thinking that the transition back to a university setting will be challenging. Today, Amy Lorenz joins guest host Tara Wilkinson to share her successful move from facilities and operations at Capstone to UNF, explaining how to make connections on a new campus!

Reflections on Working in Student Housing – with Brian Collins

After working with COCM for over 10 years, IT Coordinator, Brian Collins, made the decision to move to a new company in a new professional field. Brian explains why he needed this shift and encourages others at COCM that the need for growth doesn’t necessarily mean leaving the company to find ways to stretch yourself – he suggests to engage in opportunities outside of your defined roles, and see what you learn.