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!

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