Student Leaves her Mark at The Marq
It’s not an easy task to sit behind a desk working for hours after having such a long and tiring day taking classes. Nia Taylor makes it easy by greeting and smiling to every single resident of The Marq as they go in and out of the building.
Nia Joy Taylor is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She is the leasing agent and community assistant at The Marq, the renovated housing building at West Wisconsin Avenue between 20th and 21st street. She studied politics during High School through internships, and is now majoring in political science at Marquette University. “After working as a student manager at Mashuda Hall, I got this job at 2040, now known as The Marq,” she said.
Taylor currently works two different jobs at The Marq. She is usually working as a leasing agent of the company. This means that she is involved with the paper work and the signing of contracts of current and future residents of The Marq. “Basically, I help people sign leases to live here, from one year or nine months, or however many months you feel like living in here,” she said. “We also provide tours for all visitors looking to look at our different apartment sizes.”
Taylor is also the community assistant of the building. As a community assistant, she works with the marketing of the building and puts the name out in the community. Along with her staff, she hands out promotional items, talks to people around the area and creates advertising ideas to put out there. “I also help out by organizing events for residents, and make them feel comfortable living here,” she said.
The branding of The Marq was recently modified, and Taylor was one of the few workers that made that change possible. The building, previously known simply as 2040, started out a new branding campaign in order to create higher awareness to students and professionals looking for apartments around the Milwaukee area.
“During the last 2 years, building occupancy went down to fifty percent,” Taylor said. “In order to maintain budget, we need to have at least eighty percent occupancy, and so we decided that we needed a change.”
After the new brand change, Taylor has helped The Marq exceed nighty percent occupancy and is now looking forward to great things.
“Marquette students inspire us, and they are one of the main reasons we decided to change our name to one that relates to the Marquette community,” she said. “They want to leave a legacy, and we’re helping them leave that legacy with us.”