Next Gen | Rising Stars Series - Nicole Samson



Nicole Samson


Regional Vice President, Carter-Haston Real Estate Services, Inc.

Years in the Industry

25 years

Volunteer Positions Currently & Previously Held

NexGen Committee Co-Chair, 2022 Management Director, GNAA Board of Directors

What brought you to the apartment industry?

A summer gig to earn money and travel the world. 25 years later.... it has been a really long but great summer!

Was this career path something that was always on your radar? 

I was originally in school for interior design.

Did you have any unrelated jobs growing up that unexpectedly prepared you for the apartment industry?

Growing up we always lived in apartments, so I guess I was made for the industry.

Why is property management an attractive career path? 

It is an industry that you can start out in with no experience and with a lot of hard work you can earn your way up the ladder.

Best professional advice you’ve ever been given? 

Eat the frog one bite at a time. I think sometimes we can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of work on our plates. When you stop and handle one item at a time you'll find you will be able to accomplish the tasks at hand.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

Hang out with the family, hiking and lots of travel.

Do you have any pets?         

2 Goldendoodles!

Coolest place you’ve ever traveled?

Cinque Terre, Italy

Give us a fun fact about you!

I lived in Bruges, Belgium for 6 months in my twenty's.

What upcoming GNAA event are you excited to attend and why?

Gala Awards. I missed seeing everyone last year!

Do you have a motto you live by?   

"Go big or go home, but either way do it in a red pair of shoes" - Dolly Parton

If you could get a "do over" for something in your career, what would it be and why?

I don't really have a "do over" event. Everything opportunity I've taken or not has lead me to here and I'm loving my life!

Any advice that you could give to the rising stars of GNAA?

Decide what you want and align yourself with people that have the same mindset. Those people will continue to push you towards your goals when you are ready to give up!