River Region Apartment Association

November 2018

Thank you, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, for your generosity and support of the River Region Apartment Association. Without your sponsorship, the 2018 events and education for our membership would not be possible!

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Diamond Sponsor - Apartments.com

Thank you, Apartments.com, for your generosity and support of the River Region Apartment Association. Without your sponsorship, the 2018 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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Diamond Gems

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Carol's Carpet

Mark Hardy Courson was born and raised in Montgomery. Baseball was a huge part of his life through high school and college. He continued his association with baseball a few years later by starting the first travel baseball team in Montgomery known as the Montgomery Thunder. Most don’t know that Mark paid for those kids who couldn’t afford the travel cost out of his own pocket. Through all the baseball years Mark was also very successful in the business world as well. After a successful run at Freightliner Trucking, he came to Carol’s Carpet to work alongside his brother Lee. Mark headed up the commercial and multifamily division at Carol’s and developed and grew that segment from the ground up. Through his persistent efforts, he established Carol’s Carpet as a leader in the multifamily flooring world. Mark felt that every customer was equally important regardless of their size. He not only built strong business relationships, but he developed personal relationships as well. He tried to get every second out of every day. He often jokingly said “you’re going to miss me when I’m gone” and we certainly do.

Mark instilled his vision into Brett Wallace to continue the legacy he created. Brett grew up in the Montgomery area. He has been in the flooring industry for going on six years. Brett has been married for five years and has a beautiful baby boy about ten months old. He went through firefighter school and received his certification firefighter certification. A few months ago, Brett received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado Technical University in Business Administration. Three and half years ago, Brett severely injured his back that almost paralyzed him. His dedication and determination allowed him to overcome his injury. The injury gave him a different insight on life that you cannot take anything for granted. Mark Courson instilled in him that you make every second count of every day, and do not let anyone hold you back from being successful.

Carol’s Carpet Management Team

There will never be a another Mark Courson, but we are looking forward to a new friendship with Brett Wallace.

Welcome to the RRAA family!

Brett Wallace

(VP of Commercial Sales)

Carol's Carpet Flooring America


Phone: (Office) 334-272-5400 (Cell) 334-590-1418

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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! Find us on Facebook: Hatching Hope

RRAA is a corporate sponsor for Hatching Hope of Alabama!

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Membership Mentions


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

2019 Board of Directors

RRAA Members,

For your approval, please see the prposed Board of Directors for 2019.

PRESIDENT- Samantha Lord

SECRETARY- Ashley Stoddart
TREASURER- Angela Tucker
PARLIAMENTARIAN- Eddie Gillenwater


Amy Owens
Christine Kessler
Joe Johnson
Mary Alison McGuire
Kalyn Guthrie
Rochelle Crawford


Cori Byrd
Logan Hardy
Kevin Kiser
Angie Ingram

Brandy Hitson

Please contact Katie Suchocki with any issues you may see with this proposed slate.

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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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2018 Board of Directors

Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies


Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset


Angela Tucker, Montgomery Apartment Guide



Taylor Holley, Halcyon Park


Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley



Beau Daniel, Foshee Management

334-273-0313 ext 106

Association Executive
Katie Suchocki

Board Members

Christine Kessler, The Heights


Amy Owens, The Grove at Stone Park


Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply

Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group


Cori Byrd, RentPath


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC


Logan Hardy, Landscape Workshop