River Region Apartment Association

February 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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February Newsletter Contents...

  • Letter from the President
  • Highlight Sponsor
  • February Education Breakout
  • Executive Brunch Recap
  • Check out our Website
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2018 Board of Directors

Letter from the President, Jeff Davis

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

Why does education matter? Education plays a key role with the success in all of us. We all have a starting point in which we learn in order to grow our career, future and our lives. The beauty in learning is you can take one sentence or one statement and we’ll have a different perspective on how we perceive it. That perspective then leads us each down different paths in life and sets us on a direction in which we choose.

Education is powerful, builds confidence, fosters decision making skills and critical thinking, contributes to the development of interpersonal skills, develops professional skills, builds character just to name a few. In this industry, there are opportunities daily to educate you. We meet new people and have conversations that teach us a vast array of material as long as you listen and allow yourself to be open to new things.

What is your next goal in life? Do you seek a promotion to Assistant Manager, Manager, Regional Manager, and Asset Manager? We all must seek more knowledge to advance to levels in our lives in which we seek. Set your professional goals and look for the educational opportunities that it will take for you to get there. There are many educational opportunities within the River Region Apartment Association. NOW is the time to sign up and get involved to grow your professional career to the next level. Let us help YOU!

*Highlight Sponsor* *Chadwell Supply *

Chadwell Supply started with just three brothers and a dream called "Chad Supply" they had together. The brothers successfully owned and operated Chad Supply until 1998, when they sold the company to Hughes Supply (which, was eventually purchased by HD Supply - a group including Home Depot and other investors). After selling Chad Supply, the brothers raised their families and explored other interests. However, they never completely removed themselves from the industry or the community. They continued close relationships with their customers, who had become good friends throughout the years. In 2007, their sons (who had learned about the industry and worked with their fathers in manufacturing for several years) expressed an interest in starting the family business again. The newly named "Chadwell Supply" would operate under the same customer-centric principles as Chad Supply, and utilize modern-day technology that had only been available within the past decade.

Reach out to Ken Jones at 770-280-5527 for all of your supply needs.

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RRAA Executive Brunch - January 24, 2018

We had an absolute blast as this past month's Exectutive Brunch. We would like to personally thank Julie Elkins and Nicole York for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak with us about the Alabama Apartment Association and recent legislative/governmental affairs. Be sure to like the Alabama Apartment Association and the NAA website for more information.

RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond to the Call!

RRAA and Hatching Hope responded to the fire that occurred at Woodley Terrace Apartments. There were 20 units affected by the blaze. We are continuing to work with the community and any needs that their residents may have. A huge thank you to Katie Suchocki and Angela Tucker for getting in touch with the community and delivering relief kits to the residents!

If you are interested in donating to our disaster relief fund for Hatching Hope, please click the link below, so that we are able to continue to help those in need.


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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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Part- Time Leasing Professional

Are you looking to get started into the world of Property Management? Join our fabulous team as a part-time leasing professional. You do not have to have experience in Leasing. Email resumes to cdhalcyon@matrixresidential.com

Property Manager

We are looking for a community director that manages and coordinates the team members, daily activities, and resources of the property to achieve established budgeted financial and operational goals, and ensures that the operation of the property complies with Company policies and procedures, Fair Housing, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other laws and regulations governing multi-family housing operations.

* At least 2 years experience as a property manager is required *

Email resumes to lbaker@matrixresidential.com

Membership Mentions

Welcome to the Team!

Virginia Downs Apartments would like to welcome Erica Davis as the new Property 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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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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2018 Board of Directors

Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies


Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset

Emily Dunn, Grove at Stone Park



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


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons


Joe Rainey, Providence

Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies

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