River Region Apartment Association

January 2019

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Thank you, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, for your generosity and support of the River Region Apartment Association. Without your sponsorship, the 2019 events and education for our membership would not be possible!

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Thank you, Apartments.com, for your generosity and support of the River Region Apartment Association. Without your sponsorship, the 2019 events and education for our membership would not be possible! Be sure to reach out to our local Co-Star Rep, Brandy Hitson, for all of your advertising needs

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Here we grow again!

Welcome to our newest members!

Hilltop Pines Apartments, Auburn Alabama

360 Management, Auburn, Alabama

January Legal Review - Featuring Angie Ingram and Larry Darby

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 12-2pm

5345 Atlanta Highway

Montgomery, AL

Come join us for an informative legal review with some of our favorite attorneys in the multifamily industry!

Larry Darby and Angie Ingram will be discussing the NAA's Blue Moon Lease and some recent changes.

If you're using a Non-Blue Moon lease, you're welcome to bring it and compare the differences and potential issues.

Come prepared with your own questions to ask the experts.

We'll be in Room 109 in the Harris Building at Faulkner University.

The cost is $15 and we'll provide a boxed sandwich lunch.

Register at the link below.


Deadline to register is Thursday, Jan 24th.

No cancellations after deadline.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

River Region Awards Survey

If you attended the River Regions Awards in December,
please help us out by filling out the survey below!


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Your 2019 Membership dues have been sent via e-mail.
Please pay them promptly to avoid interruption to your Blue Moon Lease as well as continue your participation with RRAA!

Emotional Support Animals

Are You Going?

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2019 RRAA Events Calendar (Dates Subject to Change)

January 31st - Legal Update Luncheon

February 13th - Open Committee Meeting

February - Fair Housing Seminar

March - Golf Tournament

April 10th - Committee Meeting

April 25th - Maintenance Appreciation

April - HVAC Class and Leasing/Marketing Class

May - CPO Course

June 12th Committee Meeting

June 13th - Unwind Mixer

July - Mold Remediation and Bedbug Education Breakfast

August 22nd - Legal Review/Legislative Update

September 11th - Committee Meetings

September - Cornhole Tournament

October 17th or 22nd - Maintenance Mania/Karaoke Night

November 13 - Committee Meeting

November 14th - Safety Breakfast with MFD and MPD

December 12 - RRAA Awards

2019 RRAA Events - Stay Tuned

We are SO excited for our up coming events! Be on the look out for more information regarding our Charity Golf Tournament in March, Maintenance Appreciation in April, and our CPO and EPA Education classes in May!

Want to get involved with these events? Contact Katie and jump on board!

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Did you know that every other month the RRAA holds open committee meetings? This means you don't have to be a board member to attend. As you can see from the calendar list above, we have a ton of events coming in 2019 that we need your help with! If you have an interest in Membership, Events, Education, or Public Relations/Marketing then we would love to have you join us! All of the committee meeting dates have been listed in the above projected calendar. Reach out to any of the board of directors below if you would like to join a committee!

Letter from the President: Hello 2019!

I’m so excited that 2019 has finally arrived and that I get to enjoy it with the most amazing people in this industry... that's you! Each new year brings at least 365 new, unique opportunities and I challenge you to take full advantage of each one. We had an amazing 2018 and I know 2019 will be every bit of that and more. As I stated in my speech at the River Region Awards in December, my goal for 2019 is to continuing fueling your passion for our industry. We just need your input on how you want us to help you get there. Whether it is education and training, philanthropy, different industry events, advocacy, or networking and sponsorship opportunities; we want to hear from you. Following each “event” this year you will be emailed a survey, an opportunity for your voice to be heard. Please know that we value your opinions and feedback. Without you, none of this would be possible. We have some amazing things planned for 2019 and I cannot wait for you to be a part of it all. I invite you all to get involved this year and remind yourself what makes you passionate about the apartment industry!

Here is to making 2019, THE BEST YEAR YET!!


Samantha Lord, President- River Region Apartment Association

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The River Region Apartment Association is proud to be a corporate sponsor for Hatching Hope of Alabama!

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 devastation 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!

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  • LMS is seeking a Full Time Assistant Manager, Leasing Consultant, and Maintenance Technician. Please contact Lesley at ltraver@lms-realestate.com.

  • Arden Pointe is looking for a full time leasing consultant. Must have a minimum of 2 years experience. Qualified individual must be organized, detail oriented, friendly, self motivated, and eager to face challenges. Must be willing to work some weekends and do some outside marketing. Email resumes to rochell@arbourvalley.com.

  • Prattville at Highland Lakes is looking for an experienced leasing consultant. Please email Susan at speroni@bmresidential.com

**If you would like to add to our mentions section, please submit all mentions to rraa1972@gmail.com by the 25th of every month.**


NAA Student Housing Conference and Exposition

February 12 - 13

Omni Orlando at Championsgate | Orlando, FL

NAA Spring Governance Meeting and Capitol Conference

March 5 - 6

Grand Hyatt Washington | Washington, DC

NAA Education Conference and Exposition

June 26 - 29

Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO

NAA - 20s In Their Twenties Scholarship

New to Apartmentalize is NAA's "20 in Their Twenties" scholarship.

Deadline to Apply: February 6th, 2019

We're looking to recognize the 20 best and brightest property management professionals in the rental housing industry. Winners of this scholarship will receive complimentary airfare, lodging and full conference registration.

This first annual scholarship will be awarded to those who are 29 years or younger (on June 25, 2019), who are full-time employees and have demonstrated three of the following:

  • Shown leadership in organizations
  • Challenged the status quo
  • Exhibited creative thinking and problem solving
  • Lead a team or project to achieve a common goal
  • Elevated an industry network into business relationships
  • Demonstrated effective communication
  • Served as a positive role-model

If you think this describes you, we encourage you to apply! Applications are being accepted through February 6, 2019.

Scholarship Details:


Scholarship Application:


Get Involved with RRAA!

The River Region Association is now accepting applications for Board Members, Volunteers, and Sponsors! Contact Katie Suchocki, our Association Executive TODAY, for more information at 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.

2019 RRAA Leadership

Association Director
Katie Suchocki


Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset


Taylor Holley, Halcyon Park



Angela Tucker, Sturbridge Commons



Ashley Stoddart, Inland Residential


Past President
Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies



Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley


Board Members:

Christine Kessler, The Heights


Amy Owens, The Grove at Stone Park


Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies


Rochelle Crawford, Arden Pointe


Mary Alison McGuire, Grandview Pointe


Kalyn Guthrie, The Heights


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply


Brandy Hitson, Apartments.com


Cori Byrd, RentPath


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC


Logan Hardy, Landscape Workshop


Brett Wallace, Carol's Carpet