River Region Apartment Association

February and March 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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Letter from RRAA President, Eddie Gillenwater


Your Most Successful Year

As I starting writing this article I thought, the New Year is moving quickly. We have just ended the second month of 2017, 17% of the year is already gone. A lot of people made New Year’s resolution during December and hopefully got started on January 1st. I read somewhere that only 10% of the people who make New Year’s resolutions are still keeping them by the 2nd week of the year. If that is true then I have to ask you if you are one of the 10%. Many times our resolutions have to do with being more successful this year in life and in business than we were the last year. As you know success doesn’t always come easy. It takes planning, work, investment of time and energy and many times increasing our knowledge in areas we wish to be successful in. That brings me to the River Region Apartment Association. The RRAA will be provide numerous educational opportunities throughout the year. To make this “Your Most Successful Year” it will be up to you to take advantage of these educational opportunities so you can grow and remain on the cutting edge of the multi-family management business. As you know this business is always changing even though the fundamentals stay the same.

As I said at the January meeting we want to provide the education opportunities you need most. In order to do that we need to hear from you. If there is training in a certain area you need then let us know. We will do our best to provide what you need most. After all the success of the RRAA is based on you being successful. The challenge this year for all of us is to make this the most successful year ever. To do that will take work on your part and on ours. We are prepared and standing by to help you. Join us for the next education seminar.

March Newsletter Contents...

  • 2016 River Region Awards Recap
  • Annual Home Builders Association of Alabama’s Legislative Meetings/Reception
  • We're Heading to Washington, D.C.
  • 2017 Education Events
  • RRAA Ignite Scholarship
  • NAA Education Conference and Expo
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Mark your Calendars- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2017 Board of Directors

2016 River Region Apartment Association Awards Night

A huge "THANK YOU" to our sponsors!

Bar Sponsors-

Preferred Cleaning

Angie H. Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC

Landscape Workshop

Entertainment Sponsor-

The Darby Law Firm

Table Sponsors-

Kyser Furniture Leasing

Colony Furniture Leasing

Diamond Sponsors-

Residential Waste


Gold Sponsors-

Real Floors

Montgomery Apt Guide

HD Supply

Thank you Tori Lassiter Photography for capturing our awards night beautifully!
Thank you Keli Lynch and Matt Smith for being great emcees!

And The Award Goes To...

Congratulations to all of our 2016 RRAA Awards Finalists!

Owner/Executive of the Year

Jake Flournoy – Flournoy Partners

Donna Chumley – Foshee Management Company

Dave Tieri – StoneRiver Property Management

Leslie Yielding – Ebsco Properties

Tameka Woods – Elevation Property Management

Beau Daniel – Foshee Management Company

Bonnie Flores – Flournoy Properties

Property Manager of the Year

Christine Kessler – The Paddock Club

Cliff Youngblood – The Crossings at Carmichael

Brenda McDonald – Saddleback Ridge

Kendra Sheffield – The Morgan at Eastchase

Lesley Traver – Sturbridge Commons

Vickie Brannon – The Arbors on Taylor

Stacy Gibby – Verandas at Mitylene

Assistant Manager of the Year

Jasmine Tippins – Broadstreet at Eastchase

Samantha Lord – Barrington Place

Emily Baker – Arium Homeplace

Kayla Davis – The Reserves

Kalyn Guthrie – The Paddock Club

Katie Lasner – Carrington Park

Mallory Mashburn – Foshee Downtown Lofts

Leasing Professional of the Year

Tinita Teal – Addison Park

Dustin Chavis – Barrington Place

Ava Wilson – The Heights

Sonya Taylor – The Morgan at Eastchase

Karey Wilkinson – Verandas at Mitylene

Ashley Hales – Legends at Taylor Lakes

Kenya Crumble – The Crossings at Carmichael

Maintenance Personnel/Team of the Year

Cody Willhite – Trilliam

Preston Collins – Addison Park

Saddleback Ridge Maint Team

Barrington Place Maint Team

Wade Garnett – Berry Hill Place

Verandas at Taylor Maint Team

The Crossings at Carmichael Maint Team

Management Company of the Year

JMG Realty

Flournoy Partners

Foshee Management Co.

StoneRiver Property Management

Evans Realty

Kyser Properties

Arlington Properties

Community of the Year

The Crossings at Carmichael

Saddleback Ridge

Barrington Place

The Morgan at Eastchase

The Paddock Club

Verandas at Taylor Oaks

Carrington Park

Vendor of the Year

Angie H. Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC


Colony Furniture Leasing

Costar Group

Darby Law Firm

HD Supply

Kyser Furniture Leasing

Montgomery Apartment Guide



Residential Waste Service

Suchocki's Painting Service

Wells Printing

Associate of the Year

Angela Tucker (Montgomery Apartment Guide)

Angie H. Ingram (Angie H. Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC)

Brandy Hitson (Costar Group)

Cori Cupido (RentPath)

George Tatum (Kyser Furniture Leasing)

John Palmer (RealFloors)

Kathy Turner (Colony Furniture)

Kevin Bell (Wells Printing)

Kevin Kiser (HD Supply)

Larry Darby (Darby Law Firm)

Pat Cook (Residential Waste Service)

Roy Ponder (Biosweep)

Scott Suchocki (Suchocki's Painting Services

The Annual Home Builders Association of Alabama’s Legislative Meetings/Reception

The HBAA hosted their Annual Winter Meeting on February 21 and February 22 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Montgomery. The Winter Meeting featured a variety of council and committee meetings as well as their Board of Directors meeting. We had three members of the Alabama Apartment Association present at the event. They were able to meet with local and state legislative members to discuss the issues facing our apartment industry on the local, state, and national level.

We're Heading to Washington, D.C.

NAA Capitol Conference and Lobby Day, March 7 – 8, 2017

Your RRAA President, Eddie Gillenwater, and RRAA President-elect, Jeff Davis, are heading to Washington, D.C. They will be attending the NAA Capitol Conference and lobbying on your behalf. We hope that they will be able to reach all 535 members of congress!

2017 Education Events

Fair Housing Seminar- Register Today!

Wednesday, March 15th, 9am-4pm

50 Ocala Drive

Montgomery, AL


Registration is now open!

Fair Housing Seminar

Facilitated by Wesley Aleshire

Location: Arrowhead Country Club

Wednesday, March 15th 9:00 -12:00

Lunch 12:00 - 1:00

Wednesday, March 15th 1:00 - 4:00

Enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch for $15 (optional) provided by Arrowhead CC.

The Fair Housing Course offered in the morning and afternoon is the same course. We know you can’t close your office…send half your staff in the morning and the other half in the afternoon!

Classes are FREE to RRAA Members!

Seating is limited…Register Today!

**2017 Membership Dues must be paid in order to attend**

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RRAA Ignite 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 two scholarships for members to attend the Alabama Apartment Association Education Expo. For more information on scholarship applications and guidelines, please email RRAA1972@gmail.com. Winners of the scholarships will be announced at the RRAA Beautification Awards ceremony in July.
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NAA Education Conference and Expo

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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!

Employment Opportunities

Maintenance Assistant

Maintenance Assistant for Broadstreet at EastChase Apartments, a Foshee Community

Join a company which offers a great work environment and excellent benefits.

Apply at:

Broadstreet at EastChase

8462 EastChase Parkway

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Coffee and Connections

When: March 2017 (Exact date TBD)

Where: The Paddock Club

More Information: Enjoy a cup of coffee and conversations with the industry's best!

Maintenance Appreciation Night- Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Game

Friday, April 28th, 6:30pm

200 Coosa Street

Montgomery, AL

More details to follow! We look forward to another amazing appreciation night for our maintenance teams!

2017 National Apartment Housing Day is Thursday, April 6

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, Carrington Park


Pat Cook, Residential Waste Service

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

Angela Tucker, Montgomery Apartment Guide


Christine Kessler, The Paddock Club


Cori Cupido, RentPath


Joe Rainey, The Belmont

Kevin Kiser, HD Supply

Audra Froom, Hunt Companies


Emily Wallace, Peppertree Apartments


Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC