Category Archives: People of Pillar Properties

Get to Know Property Manager Sarah

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Sandifer to the team as the Property Manager of our newest property, The Meyden. Sarah joins the team with over thirteen years of property management experience.

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Sarah said she is especially excited to work for Pillar Properties. “Working at The Medyen is icing on the cake,” Sarah said. “It’s a brand new building, the best of the best.”


While Sarah raved about the incredible amenity spaces in The Meyden, she is also pretty excited about the location.  The Meyden sits right on the corner of Bellevue Way and Main Street which is almost home for Sarah.  Not only did she pursue her career on the Eastside she was born and raised here as well…she said this is the place to be, right in the heart of a growing community!


Bellevue has limitless options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Sarah mentioned multiple restaurants and cafes she frequents in Bellevue including Trophy Cupcakes in the Bravern, Purple Wine Bar, and the Japanese restaurant, Ginza. We learned that Sarah is quite adventurous as she told us this is where she tried beef tongue for the first time…and loved it! She said, “Go to Ginza and sit in the booths in the floor, it’s a fun experience!”

Bellevue Square has just about everything to suit your shopping needs. Sarah said there are also great shops and boutiques in the surrounding areas. She mentioned other options for entertainment and recreation in Bellevue, particularly the beautiful Bellevue Park. When it comes to Bellevue, Sarah has the inside scoop!

Bellevue park

Sarah lit up when she talked about her family, especially when she talked about her 7-month old son, Marshall. Sarah’s an animal lover and loves her 10-year-old Pekingese “puppy” Roxy. Sarah is a huge football fan, and of course roots for the Seattle Seahawks but said she enjoys watching any football.

Marshall 2      Roxy 2

Interesting fact about Sarah, she is passionate about cars! Her previous car even won a prize in the KUBE 93.3 car show!

Sarah's Car 1 Sarah's Car 2

A recent accomplishment Sarah is particularly proud of is completing a half marathon. She said, “I am a very goal-oriented person, once I set my mind to something I do everything in my capability to achieve that goal.”

We love that go-getting attitude! Welcome to the team Sarah!

People of Pillar Properties: Paul Hanson and Jon Lora

Our team members are the face of Pillar Properties and they come to work every day with the goal of making sure our properties are meeting the needs of everyone who lives there.  It’s not an easy job but we love how they keep smiling and do all they can to make living at our properties quietly awesome.

Even though you may see them on the job, we thought you might like to get a chance to know them better and find out what makes them tick. This month, we’d like to introduce to you two of the superstars from our maintenance team at The Lyric who share an interesting history.

Paul Hanson  Paul 2

Paul joined Pillar Properties six months ago with extensive construction and maintenance experience. He learned about Pillar Properties from his longtime friend and our Senior Maintenance Supervisor, Bill Holbrook. They’ve been friends for over 35 years, and when Bill was looking for someone to take the Maintenance Supervisor position at The Lyric, he didn’t have to look any further. Paul has been enjoying the challenges this new job presents and has brought a lot of experience to The Lyric. His favorite thing is being part of a team, and according to his team “he’s like a dad,” who keeps them going and is there when they need him.

Jon Lora

Jon joined us this past January with an amazing customer service background and an eagerness Jon 3to learn. Jon actually owes his opportunity at The Lyric to a chance meeting with Paul.  Jon was working at a hardware store where Paul bought supplies and he was impressed with Jon’s welcoming smile and willingness to help. When a position at The Lyric opened up, it dawned on Paul that the guy at the hardware store with great customer service skills could be the right person for the job. On the next visit instead of asking for help at the store, Paul asked Jon if he would be interested in working for Pillar Properties.  The rest is history and Jon says he’s grateful that Paul thought of him for his job at The Lyric.  Jon says he has learned a lot since he started five months ago and he is glad a chance meeting with Paul led to his new role.  He says he loves doing hands-on work and being part of The Lyric team.

To get to know Jon and Paul better, we came up with some silly questions for them to ponder:

What was your favorite TV show growing up?

Paul absolutely loved to watch Happy Days while growing up and Jon loved watching Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  We guess The Fonz and Will Smith are pretty cool role models when you’re growing up.

If you could be any cartoon character which one would you be and why?

Paul didn’t have to think about it twice, he would love to be Bugs Bunny because nobody ever messes with him and he can get away with a lot of things.  Jon said he grew up with comic books and would love to be Superman because he can fly. He also said he would like to be Batman because of his intelligence.

If you could be a mariners player, which position would you play and why?

While Paul didn’t have a favorite player, he said he liked the shortstop position because there is lots of action and you always have to think fast—he liked the challenge of thinking on your feet.

Photo credit: Mariners' Facebook.

Photo credit: Mariners’ Facebook.

Jon said he’d want to be Robison Canó. You may not know this about Jon but he is from the Dominican Republic and he identifies with Canó because he is too.

What’re your favorite pizza toppings?

Both Paul and Jon got very excited about this question because they love pizza, and even joked

Photo credit: Del Monte Europe

Photo credit: Del Monte Europe

about how they might need to order one immediately. Paul likes the classics and said he loves Hawaiian pizza, so his favorite toppings are pineapple and Canadian bacon.

Jon said he absolutely LOVES pizza and would eat it all the time if he could, especially stuffed crust pizza. He isn’t too picky about his toppings, but he normally goes for pepperoni and green peppers. He did clarify he hates mushrooms on his pizza, and doesn’t like to have too many toppings on, only one or two for moderation.

What do you think? Do you agree with them? Would you like to know more? Share your questions for our team members on the comments, and we’ll be sure to ask!

People of Pillar Properties series: Tyler Patton and Markus Lytle

What are we most proud of at Pillar Properties?  Without question the answer to that is always our team members.  They are the heart and soul of our properties and they bring our commitment to being Quietly Awesome to life.  We think our team members are so cool that it’s not fair to keep them to ourselves.

Welcome to our People of Pillar Properties series, where you’ll get a chance each month to get up close and personal with our team.  Today we meet two of the people that make Stadium Place rock.

Stadium Place; The Nolo and The Wave.

Stadium Place; The Nolo and The Wave.

Tyler Patton, Maintenance Supervisor joined us in 2012 from our sister company, Merrill Gardens, and he has an incredible passion for solving problems with efficient and clever solutions.  Tyler thrives on working with residents and he gets lots of positive feedback for his work.

Tyler Patton, Maintenance Supervisor at Stadium Place.

Tyler Patton, Maintenance Supervisor at Stadium Place.

Markus Lytle, Maintenance Technician, joined us recently and has already set himself up for success with his excellent skills and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

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Markus Lytle, Maintenance Technitian at Stadium Place.

And since we already know that Tyler and Markus are great at what they do, we thought it would be fun to do a little detective work and find out what really makes them tick.  So we asked them some weird questions:

  1. Random fact:

It took a bit of convincing, but they finally told us! Growing up, Markus was in a bowling league for eight years! Scoring 250 points or more every time he played.

Tyler was an avid backpacker, he traveled through the Grand Canyon with friends, first in seventh grade, then again a few times in high school. He shared that his survival truly depended on his preparedness—and he’s always prepared now.



  1. If you could be any animal…

While Tyler is an outgoing and lively person, he confided that he would love to be a Sloth so he could sleep all day.
On the other hand, Markus wanted to be more adventurous and would like to be a Siberian Tiger so he could have dangerous claws and teeth to defend himself.

Siberian Tiger. Source:

Siberian Tiger. Source:

  1. Favorite Lunchbox as a kid:

He didn’t want to admit it, but Tyler’s favorite lunchbox was the Weezer, while Markus proudly shared he was the cool kid who brought his Batman lunchbox every day.

Weezer Lunch Box

One of many designs of the Weezer Lunchbox Tyler loved.

4.  If you could be a tree, which one would you be and where?

Markus assured us that ever since he was little he’d always wanted to be the Tree of Life from The Lion King, so he could be in the safari and hang out with the wild animals.

The Tree of Life from The Lion King. Source: The Lion King Wikia

The Tree of Life from The Lion King. Source: The Lion King Wikia

Tyler decided he would like to be an Evergreen Tree, so he could have foliage year round and live a happy, long and prosperous life.

At Pillar Properties, we like to celebrate our team members and all their unique qualities.  But we are still pretty surprised to learn that Tyler carried the Weezer lunch box.