River Region Apartment Association

September 2017

Thank you, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, for your generosity and support of the River Region Apartment Association. Without your sponsorship, the 2017 events and education for our membership would not be possible!

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AUGUST Newsletter Contents...

  • Letter from the President
  • Highlight Sponsor
  • New Website
  • Beautification Award Winners
  • Alabama Apartment Association Educational Conference Information
  • Maintenance Mania Registration
  • RRAA Ignite Scholarship
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2017 Board of Directors

Letter from the President, Eddie Gillenwater

Opportunity Knocks, AGAIN

Most of us are aware of an old saying that says, "Opportunity only knocks once". In theory this simply means opportunity will only come around once in our lifetime. But boy did you get lucky. In June, the NAA Educational Conference and Trade show happened less than 150 miles from Montgomery. This was an exciting time to learn, grow, and share with others in the multi-family industry. For some since the NAA conference was so close, it was the first time they were able to attend and since the next NAA Conferences will be a long way from Montgomery there are many who will not be able to attend again for many years to come, if ever. Well what does that have to do with "Opportunity Knocks, AGAIN"? On September 14th and 15th, the AAA is bringing an Educational Conference and Tradeshow right here to Montgomery, AL. That's right in 2017, you will have experienced the opportunity to attend not one but two exciting and rewarding Educational Conferences and Trade Shows and both in your back yard.

A lot of planning and preparation has gone into getting ready for this event. Guest speakers are lined up and vendors are coming from areas throughout Alabama and surrounding states. You will have the opportunity to learn how to do a more effective job of marketing on social media, how to understand and practice Fair Housing Laws, how to read and understand the P/L for your property, a ton of new and different leasing techniques plus a lot more. You will also have the opportunity to walk the Expo floor and meet vendors who represent every type of service used in our industry. But wait that's not all, this is a time to network and socialize with others in the industry and see what makes them successful and establish long term friendships and relationships.

You see "Opportunity Knocks, AGAIN" for you, but it won't knock forever.

September 14th will be here and gone before you know it. Isn't it time for you to answer the knock and attend the AAA Education Conference and Trade show? It would be a shame for this event to happen at your back door and you miss it. I am looking forward to seeing you.

*Highlight Sponsor* *Signal 88 Security*

We are a nationwide Security company, but locally owned by an Air Force Veteran, that is expanding into the Montgomery Area. We provide customizable security solutions in the form of roving vehicle patrols, dedicated officers, special event security, and surveillance just to name a few; basically any security related function or job. Check out Signal 88 Security's Facebook Page or call them at 334-322-8956 for all your security needs.

Alabama Apartment Association Educational Conference and Exposition... In Montgomery!

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We are so proud of our new website! You'll notice an all new look and feel with lots of additions, including...





Check it out!


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RRAA Ignite Scholarship

You could win a scholarship!

The RRAA is ecstatic about this new addition to our education program for 2017. The Ignite Scholarship Fund was developed to assist our members with funding for their educational dreams. We're thrilled to announce that the RRAA will award two scholarships to members wanting to complete their NALP certifications, one scholarship for a member wanting to achieve a CAM certification, and CAMT certification. For more information on scholarship applications and guidelines, please email RRAA1972@gmail.com.

Check out our Charity of the Year!

Hatching Hope of Alabama was Co-Founded by Keli Lynch-Wright and her son Ashton Wright to support Residents that have been displaced from their Apartment Homes due to fire or other disasters. We have worked hard to assist victims of disaster in the apartment industry, by spreading the word and picking up and delivering donations to those affected. So many lives have been touched by the community rallying together to make a difference to those in need. It is amazing how giving these folks one less thing to worry about, can give them hope and strength to forge on and get through this tough time! After several years of supporting disaster recovery efforts, we experienced a house fire of our own and lost everything that we had. Ashton was 5 years old at the time, such a small little soul. He had seen the devistation of loss through fire at apartment communities as I have always taken him with me and he has literally grown up in the industry. Those first few nights were rough and I would hold him and sing to him "Three Little Birds, by Bob Marley..."Don't Worry About a Thing..Cause Every Little Thing is Gonna be Alright". He is 12 now and the song brings us both happiness and hope in days that can be challenging. Most recently, an Apartment Community has massive fire causing many people to be displaced over Thanksgiving. We quickly gathered some small Christmas Trees, supplies, toiletries, baked goods, and other items that we knew would cheer those and the children involved. We went to visit everyone on Thanksgviving Day. When we arrived the clubhouse was filled with people camping out on the floor with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The staff at the property hosted a huge Thanksgiving Meal and everyone was leaning on each other for hope and courage to move on. I knew that day was going to be the last day that I let pass without getting to work on Hatching Hope and doing something about it! Although we found that we were doing great things, there was a much greater immediate need in the way of somewhere to sleep and general toiletries. Ashton and I returned home and immediately went online an purchased 56 air mattresses!
Often times displaced Residents are placed into a vacant apartment home or even in the clubhouse until a plan is devised for the next steps. Hatching Hope will be providing air mattresses, comfy bedding, and much needed supplies for that first night or two following a disaster. We will also have special focus on children by providing hand made blankets from local churches and schools and a book or coloring books to keep them focused on the good things! Each and every dollar will be used to build awesome care kits for these victims. And you can actually sponsor someone for $30! This will provide a victim with a air mattress, comfy bedding, and much needed toiletries. There is no greater feeling than that of helping others. Join us in this effort to make a difference across the state of Alabama! As always, we graciously accept your gift of time, so feel free to email Keli @ hatchinghope@gmail.com to see how you can help today! Find us on Facebook: Hatching Hope

RRAA is a corporate sponsor for Hatching Hope of Alabama!

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Employment Opportunities

Full Time Leasing Consultant/ Assistant Manager

Please contact Vickie Brannon.

Property Manager

Arbors on Taylor

(334)386-2655 (office)

(334)386-2647 (fax)


Membership Mentions

Congratulations on the Promotion!

  • Congratulations to Montressa Goggans for being promoted to Community Property Manager of The Fields One Center
  • Congratulations to Derrick Scott for being promoted to Assistant Community Manager of The Fields One Center
  • Congratulations to Rhonda Brown for being promoted to Community Property Manager of The Fields Carriage Hill
If you would like to add to our mentions section, please submit all mentions to rraa1972@gmail.com by the 25th of every month.
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Alabama Apartment Association Education Conference and Expo, September 13-15 at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Montgomery!


2018 NAA Education Conference and Exposition Exhibitor Summit

September 12-13

Omni San Diego| San Diego, CA

Fall Board of Directors Meeting

September 13-14

Omni San Diego | San Diego, CA

Maximize Conference

October 2-4

Hyatt Regency | Austin, TX


Winter Board of Directors Meeting

January 10-11

Loews New Orleans Hotel | New Orleans, LA

NAA Student Housing Conference and Exposition

February 13-14

Omni Orlando at Championsgate | Orlando, Florida

NAA Capital Conference

March 13 - 16

Grand Hyatt Washington | Washington, DC

NAA Education Conference and Exposition

June 13 - 16

San Diego Convention Center | San Diego, CA

Maintenance Mania

June 15

San Diego Convention Center | San Diego, CA

Exhibitor Summit

September 24-25

Ritz-Carlton Denver | Denver, CO

Fall Board of Directors Meeting

September 25 - 26

Ritz-Carlton Denver | Denver, CO

Maximize Conference

October 1-3

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa | Carlsbad, CA

Assembly of Delegates

November 14 - 17

Arizona Biltmore | Phoenix, AZ


NAA Student Housing Conference and Exposition

February 12 - 13

Omni Orlando at Championsgate | Orlando, FL

NAA Spring Governance Meeting and Capitol Conference

March 12 - 15

Grand Hyatt Washington | Washington, DC

NAA Education Conference and Exposition

June 26 - 29

Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO

Get Involved!

Would you like to be more involved in the industry? The River Region Apartment Association is now accepting applications for board members, volunteers, and sponsors. Contact Katie Suchocki, Association Executive, for more information!


About the River Region Apartment Association

In 1972, a group of Montgomery apartment industry professionals met and formed The Montgomery Apartment Managers’ Association. Since 1972, this association has grown and transformed into what is now known as The River Region Apartment Association and includes twenty-five counties in south-central Alabama. The River Region Apartment Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to unifying apartment industry professionals through education, legislative advocacy and member services. RRAA members are rental housing owners, property management firms, apartment communities and companies that supply products or services to rental properties.

RRAA provides educational opportunities each year such as legal seminars, leasing seminars, and annual fair housing training. Much thought and planning has been put into annual events such as the Beautification Awards, Maintenance Mania and the River Region Awards in order to recognize our industry professionals and to allow industry professionals an opportunity to network. The Association communicates to the members through a monthly newsletter, The RRAA Insider, and the RRAA website has a fresh and informative look to provide members with local, state and national apartment industry information.

As always, a membership in the River Region Apartment Association makes you a member of the Alabama Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association.

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2017 Board of Directors

Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley


Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies


Emily Wallace, Grand Reserve at Pike Road


Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset

Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies


Beau Daniel, Foshee Management

334-273-0313 ext 106

Association Executive
Katie Suchocki

Board Members

Christine Kessler, Carrington Park


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons


Anji W. Montano, Belmont Apartments


Taylor Holley, Halcyon Park


Joe Rainey, The Belmont

Kevin Kiser, HD Supply

Angela Tucker, Montgomery Apartment Guide


Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group


Cori Cupido, RentPath


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC