For Kari Lenz ’12, Lycoming College was integral in
setting her on her career path. The corporate communication
major and business administration minor works as a leasing
consultant for Paradigm Companies in Ballston, Va.
Paradigm is a real estate development
company that consists of three branches:
construction, development and management.
They have been providing high-quality
housing and real estate options in the Mid-
Atlantic region for more than 20 years, with
a focus on creating family-sized, residential
properties in and around Washington, D.C.
Internships with the company have been
recurring experiences for many Lycoming
business students. The company’s CEO,
Stan Sloter ’80, is a member of the College’s
board of trustees. Lenz interned with
Paradigm in D.C. during summer 2011, and
was offered a full-time position before she graduated.
During her internship, Lenz showed clients the benefits
of the Paradigm community, executed resident events
and learned general business skills. “It was such a great
experience; it made me feel more prepared for the real world,”
Now, Lenz helps prospective clients find homes in
Paradigm’s communities. Much like during her internship,
she gives tours, interacts and builds relations with residents,
helps plan events and assists with financial reports and online
“I have very good people skills, and this profession allows
me to interact with many different types of people,” she said.
“I love the people I work with, and I really enjoy going to
work each day.” Her enthusiasm shows, as the young employee
recently received the company-wide monthly leasing award.
Lenz credits the College for preparing her for her
profession. “Being at Lycoming definitely fed my interest
in working for Paradigm. I was very involved on campus,
which allowed me to interact with many individuals and
strengthened the people skills I now use so often.”
By Savannah Hanford ’15
Stan Sloter ’80