River Region Apartment Association

August 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

Strategic Planning


Last year the Board of Directors went through a process of strategic planning for the River Region Apartment Association. This was a very worthwhile project for our association. We now keep it on our agenda for every BOD meeting. We have volunteers who serve on the various strategic planning committees and meet a minimum of 6 times per year to keep it moving forward. In September the Alabama Apartment Association Board of Directors will do the same thing for the state. Strategic planning is the process of defining our strategy or direction and making decisions on allocating our resources to pursue this strategy. It involves envisioning a desired future and translating this vision into defined goals.



I have personally found that strategic planning is not only important for organizations

but it is very important for me personally and it is for you too. At the first of the year I talked to you about setting goals for the year. That is normally something done annually at or about January 1st. The sad thing is for many that is a once a year task that is put aside within the first month. Strategic planning however is more than a New Year’s resolution. It is a plan for a life time. It involves developing a strategy or direction for your life. With that goes the requirement of allocating resources to pursue that strategy. If you envision certain things in your life and are willing to complete and follow a strategic plan you are more likely to see the vision become reality.



Have you ever set down and seriously completed a strategic plan for your life? Many people just live life one day at a time and hope for the best. With a strategic plan you don’t have to just hope for the best you can plan and accomplish the best.


Your strategic plan can be the best thing that ever happened for you in your personal life as well as your business life. Why wait? Why not get started today on your strategic plan? The rewards are just around the corner.

*Highlight Sponsor* *Landscape Workshop*

Landscape Workshop is a full-service grounds management company that has been providing professional service and expert maintenance for outdoor commercial spaces for over 30 years. Our team of over 500 knowledgeable professionals is dedicated to providing quality, proactive management, and our primary focus is to exceed our customers’ expectations at all times.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE!!

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

UP-TO-DATE MEMBER ROSTER

BLOG WITH MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, ARTICLES AND INFO

ONLINE EVENT REGISTRATION

MOBILE AND TABLET COMPATIBLE


Check it out!

https://rraaonline.org/

RRAA Beautification Awards

We would like to thank all of our Sponsors and volunteers for the Beautification Awards, especially, Kim Mulkey for being our emcee for the night, Rent Path for being our entertainment sponsor, and Landscape Workshop for being our Food Sponsor. You can check out pictures from the event here: https://torilassiterphotography.pixieset.com/rraabeautificationawardsjuly2017/

Thank you Tori Lassiter for the beautiful photos!

The Award goes to...

0-10 Years Age Category- BEST MODEL

  • Arium HomePlace- FIRST PLACE
  • The Heights Montgomery- SECOND PLACE


0-10 Years Age Category- BEST AMENITIES

  • The Heights Montgomery- FIRST PLACE
  • Arium HomePlace- SECOND PLACE


0-10 Years Age Category- BEST ENTRANCE

  • Arium HomePlace- FIRST PLACE
  • The Legends at Taylor Lakes- SECOND PLACE


11-20 Years Age Category- BEST MODEL

  • Barrington Place- FIRST PLACE
  • The Reserve at Billingsly Place- SECOND PLACE


11-20 Years Age Category- BEST AMENITIES

  • Verandas at Mitylene- FIRST PLACE
  • The Reserve at Billingsly Place- SECOND PLACE


11-20 Years Age Category- BEST ENTRANCE

  • Barrington Place- FIRST PLACE
  • Chapel Lakes Apartments- SECOND PLACE


20+ Years Age Category- BEST MODEL

  • Sturbridge Commons- FIRST PLACE
  • Peppertree Apartments- SECOND PLACE


20+ Years Age Category- BEST MODEL

  • Sturbridge Commons- FIRST PLACE
  • Addison Park Apartments- SECOND PLACE


20+ Years Age Category- BEST MODEL

  • Sturbridge Commons- FIRST PLACE
  • Peppertree Apartments- SECOND PLACE

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

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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

Maintenance Technician!

Providence Management Company is seeking a hands-on HVAC Maintenance Technician to join our team at The Belmont Apartments in Montgomery, AL. This is a fast-paced environment and a great opportunity for a team player to make a difference!

Providence Management Company offers a competitive salary and benefits program, as well as paid time off, 401(k) company match with immediate 100% vesting, wellness program and much more!

As a Maintenance Technician you will have the responsibility of:

· Assisting the Maintenance Supervisor to ensure that the physical aspects of the community exceed the expectations for safety, appearance and operation within the budgeted financial goals

· Managing the inventory of "ready" apartments to support the community's marketing and leasing efforts

· Scheduling contractors and assisting in completing the turn process

· Monitoring and completing work orders on a priority basis

· Inspecting ready apartments for move-in quality

· Maintaining and operating all mechanical equipment including heating and air conditioning, plumbing, carpentry and electrical

· Maintaining an ongoing preventative maintenance program

· Providing emergency on-call services on a rotating basis with other service staff

· Exceeding the expectations of our residents

Full Time Leasing Consultant/ Assistant Manager

Please contact Vickie Brannon.

Property Manager

Arbors on Taylor

(334)386-2655 (office)

(334)386-2647 (fax)

vbrannon@bandm.org

Membership Mentions

Montgomery Advertiser's Reader's Choice Awards 2017

Congratulations to the team at Barrington Place Apartments for winning "Best Apartment Community in Montgomery" for the 4th year in a row!

Welcome and Congratulations on the promotion!

The Park Apartment Homes wants to welcome Savanna Brown as our new Leasing Consultant and want to congratulate Jade post on her promotion to Asst. Manager.
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!

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!

rraa1972@gmail.com

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

President
Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley

334-396-9811


President-Elect
Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies

334-262-1630


Treasurer
Emily Wallace, Grand Reserve at Pike Road

334-833-1322


Secretary
Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset
334-356-6850


Past-President
Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies
334-262-1630


Parliamentarian

Beau Daniel, Foshee Management

334-273-0313 ext 106


Association Executive
Katie Suchocki
334-450-1455


Board Members

Angela Tucker, Montgomery Apartment Guide

334-391-3909


Christine Kessler, Carrington Park

334-387-7275


Cori Cupido, RentPath

334-324-4013


Joe Rainey, The Belmont
334-288-0022


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply
334-462-8600


Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group

334-313-2261

Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC

205-440-1786