River Region Apartment Association

April 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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April Newsletter Contents...

  • Capital Conference Washington, D.C.
  • Fair Housing Seminar Recap
  • CPO Class
  • RRAA Ignite Scholarship
  • NAA Education Conference and Expo Raffle Winner
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Mark your Calendars- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2017 Board of Directors

We Went 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, attended the NAA Capitol Conference last month. The met with local representatives and discussed the issues facing our industry! Thank you for lobbying for our membership!

2017 Education Events

RRAA Fair Housing Event

We would like to thank Wesley Aleshire for teaching our fair housing class. We had an amazing attendance! We would also like to thank our Education Sponsor Angie Ingram Law Firm. Without your support our education seminars would not be possible!

CPO Class

Tuesday, May 2nd, 9am to Wednesday, May 3rd, 5pm

6000 Atlanta Highway

Montgomery, AL


RRAA and HD Supply will host a

CPO Certification Course

in Montgomery!!

NSPF® CPO® Certification Class -

2 Days Tuesday and Wednesday,

May 2nd and 3rd, 2017 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Frazer UMC – Montgomery Room 3103

6000 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, Alabama 36117

CPO is a 2 day class at a rate of $240 dollars per person, plus the cost of booklet which is purchased separately via the HD catalog. English book cost is $59.95 (Part # 109177), Spanish book is $69.95 (Part # 109178). Booklets should be ordered at least three weeks prior to the class, to give the student a chance to become familiar with the information it contains. Class Instruction and all Handouts are in English. Test Books are available in either English or Spanish. Must attend both days.

Check or Money Orders are accepted at the time of class. If you want to bill this class to your HD Supply account please provide student name and account number prior to this class.

It is recommended that the student bring the following materials with them to the class:

* A calculator

* Paper and pencil or pen

* The Certified Pool - Spa Operator handbook

* Photo ID (required for the test)

* Highlighter (optional)

*Please see the attached flyer for registration info and/or register via the link below.


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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Congrats to Katie Lasner from Carrington Park Apartments! You are officially the first RRAA Ignite Education Scholarship winner. We are excited to hear about your trip to Atlanta in June!!
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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

Housekeeper Needed!

Apartment turn housekeeper needed for Barrington Place Apartments. Must be licensed and bonded.

Please apply at:

Barrington Place Apartments

280 New Haven Blvd


Assistant Community Director Position Available!

Assistant Community Director position for Zelda Pointe.

Pay is $14-$14.50 an hour plus bonus and commission

Must work Saturdays from 10-4 except for 1st Saturday

Must be good with computers.

Please email a resume to zpaman@lyndworld.com or fax it to 334-277-4523. Also, please go to the online app at www.lyndliving.com and apply today!

Membership Mentions


I just want to share with everyone how My amazing staff at The Montgomery Connection has gone over and beyond the normal call of duty! I am blessed to have such a great Team! They have improved the overall appearance of the property. They have been working late into the night, both the office staff and maintenance staff without complaining to help increase occupancy and decrease delinquency! Working 7 days a week!!!! In Oct/Nov the delinquency at one of our assets was hovering at a whooping 70% delinquent at the highest and 45% at the lowest and occupancy was bottoming out at a low 84%, and in a few short months with tenacity, determination, hard work, and battle, they've turned things around and is rocking it out at an occupancy of 94% and trending upwards of 97% and has slayed delinquency down to ONLY 2.23%. What a turn around!

I just want to say Thank you to the hardest working property management Team in the Land!!!!!!


NiKole Pearson
Property Manager
The Montgomery Collection
Birchwood Apts◇The Mark Apts◇Turtle Place Apts
Montgomery, Alabama
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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

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APARTMENT PEOPLE- Celebrate National Apartment Association's Apartment Housing Day April 6th by becoming a Virtual Volunteer for our multifamily charity Hatching Hope from literally anywhere in the country!! We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief supplies for Residents displaced from Apartment Homes by fire or other disaster. We worked in the apartment industry for several decades and we believe that it is our duty to serve the Resident when they need us the most! This is your time to rise UP an make a BIG difference! Join TODAY! #aptday #hatchinghope#bemultifamilystrong #naa #13afterllc
Do you have a community event going on for National Apartment Housing Day? We'd love to hear about it! Please send information and/or pictures to RRAA1972@gmail.com

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