Scott Safadi has notice that the Ivy League and other pricey institutions have come under increased scrutiny as a poor investment. The argument is that the more costly institutions do not increase your odds of producing more wealth over the course of ones life. Instead, graduates are simply left with a higher debt load and an education that could be impractical in the professional world, considering the liberal arts focus of most Ivy League institutions.
Scott Safadi believes that this argument misses the point. College is not all about return on your investment. It is not a means to an end. Instead, College is valuable in and of itself. The end is one of personal growth, surrounded by the best and brightest. There is much to be said about being average amongst a sea of superstars, as opposed to being the smartest kid in every classroom. It is a humbling experience and one that promotes hard work.
Scott Safadi believes that if one demands that college be a means to an end, one should consider that you will be part of a large network of highly educated peers for the rest of your life. This can prove beneficially socially and in your career. Nevertheless, Scott Safadi believes that college should be seen as a special experience and one should attend the most challenging institution that will take them.
Scott Safadi is the President of Cal Bay Property Management. He holds a CCRM (California Certified Resident Manager) designation. Involved in property management since 2005, Scott Safadi has made Silicon Valley apartment communities the primary focus of his work.
Scott Safadi received his BA degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2003. Dartmouth College was the first choice of Scott Safadi and he was thrilled when he received his acceptance letter from the prestigious college. Scott Safadi states that the resulting Dartmouth experience transformed his life.
According to Scott Safadi, Dartmouth College is a coeducational, four-year, Liberal Arts College. It was granted a charter in 1769 by King George III. The college was named for the Second Earl of Dartmouth, William Legge. Scott Safadi explains that Dartmouth is the country’s ninth oldest college and is considered one of the most innovative small liberal arts colleges in the United States. Dartmouth’s sports teams compete in NCAA Division I-AA athletics and are nicknamed the Big Green.
As the owner of Cal Bay Property Management in the Silicon Valley area, Scott Safadi is well aware of the fact that his tenants are some of the most tech-savvy people anywhere. Scott Safadi sees no reason that a landlord or property management company shouldn’t be ahead of the curve as well.
Q: So, does anyone in property management in your area still do things the old way—phone calls, letters, paper maintenance requests and such?
Scott Safadi: Of course they do. A lot of people have a hard time adapting to change.
Q: What is it that you’re doing that’s so much different?
Scott Safadi: Well, we’ve gone over to doing a lot of things through ACH, Automated Clearing House. That means a lot less paperwork and a lot less trouble and inconvenience for us and our tenants both.
As President of CPBM (Cal Bay Property Management), Scott Safadi has been in the property management business since 2005. Based in the Silicon Valley, apartment communities are CPBM’s main stock in trade; Scott Safadi has been designated a California Certified Resident Manager.
Q: What exactly is the Fair Housing Act?
Scott Safadi: The Fair Housing Act prevents discrimination based on religion, race or nationality. In addition, it protects against retaliation towards fair-housing advocates. It now includes protections against discrimination based on sex, or families with children or the disabled.
Q: What can you tell us about the basics of the fair housing laws?
Scott Safadi: What it really comes down to is that applicants and tenants receive equal, objective treatment, without bias. That sounds simple, but the legal terminology starts to get a little more complex.
Scott Safadi first played disc golf many years ago, and he remains intrigued by the unique challenge of this growing game. Disc golf is an enjoyable physical activity that can be played by individuals of all athletic levels and ages. By inviting family members, friends and colleagues to join him on the course, he continues to develop relationships while enjoying some exercise in a competitive, but fun pursuit.
The object of disc golf is to toss a disc into a metal basket that is adorned with chains. Scott Safadi explains that these chains are constructed so that the players are able to land the disc in the basket. Disc golf rewards a certain amount of creative flair. There are four major throwing styles: forehand, backhand, Tomahawk, and roller. Scott Safadi notes that some players use very creative methods of tossing the disc. The most entertaining throw might be the Tomahawk, where the player uses an overhead motion to launch the disc towards the desired target. The discs, which are smaller and lighter than most traditional models, typically fall into one of three categories: driver, putter, and mid-range.
Q: How did your journey from Syria to America start?
Scott Safadi: It started in Damascus, Syria, which is now in the midst of a civil war. At the age of 2, my family relocated to the U.S. to start a new life. One of my uncles had previously made the same move to pursue a career in engineering. Mom and Dad separated soon after the move, which was a difficult decision for both of them. A major supporter during this time was my Dad’s mother, who followed shortly after their separation in order to help around the house.
Q: What was it like to acclimate to American culture?
Scott Safadi: Our family moved around California often during these years. Since my family wasn’t fluent in English, I learned the language listening to the characters on Sesame Street. During my middle school years, Dad allowed me to change my name from the Syrian “Ghais” to “Scott,” since my given name “Ghais” was quite difficult for Americans to pronounce.