River Region Apartment Association

August 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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Vendor Spotlight - Southeastern Laundry

Southeastern Laundry Equipment, Marietta, GA was founded in 1976 by Trebor Brown and has been a Unimac Distributor from its beginning. As such, we have grown over the years to a current level of 50 employees covering most of Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Southern Tennessee.

Being named the #1 Unimac Distributor in the United States for 19 of the last 20 years, we are proud of the reputation we have worked hard to attain as a leader in all areas of commercial laundry equipment - including On Premise Laundries, Coin Laundries, Dry Cleaners, and Industrial Laundries. Over the years, we have taken on other leading manufacturers such as G A Braun, Dexter, Arcti Clean and others. We feel our strength is grounded in our relationships. This goes for relationships with the manufacturers we represent and the customers we serve. Our hard working staff is dedicated to making your experience with Southeastern a pleasant one.

Contact Mitch at mitch@selaundry.com

August Newsletter Contents...

  • Beautification Awards
  • 2018 Alabama Apartment Association Educational Conference and Expo
  • RRAA Ignite Scholarship
  • AAA Education Conference and Expo Winners
  • The 5 Key Aspects of Property Management
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2018 Board of Directors

Congratulations to our 2018 Beautification Awards Winners!

0-10 Year Category

Best Model- The Heights

Best Pool- Meadows at HomePlace

Best Clubhouse- Magnolia Preserve

Best Entrance- Grove at Stone Park

Best Amenities- The Heights

11-19 Year Category

Best Model- The Reserve

Best Pool- Legends at Taylor Lakes

Best Clubhouse- Barrington Place

Best Entrance- Barrington Place

Best Amenities- Legends at Taylor Lakes

20+ Year Category

Best Model- Sturbridge Commons

Best Pool- 5050 Bell

Best Clubhouse- Sturbridge Commons

Best Entrance- Peppertree

Best Amenities- Sturbridge Commons

Best of the Best-

Sturbridge Commons

Check out all of the Photos from this awesome night!

Have You Registered Yet for the 2018 Educational Conference and Expo? YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!!

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Calling Local Suppliers - NOW is the time to sign up for your Supplier Booth and Sponsorship for the 2018 AAA Education Conference and Expo!

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.
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AAA Education Conference and Expo Winners

Congrats to Jerry Burgin of Sturbridge Commons and Tiffany Posey of Crossings at Carmichael!

They each won a full registration ticket to the greatest education conference in the state, hotel accommodations and a $50 gas card!

Thank you Donna Rock and AAA for donating the event tickets!

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The 5 Key Aspects of Property Management

We had an excellent panel discussion last week.

Thank you to our fantastic expert panel!

  1. Donna Rock- Leasing
  2. Cori Cupido- Marketing
  3. Randall Martin- Maintenance
  4. Brandy Hitson- Strategic Planning
  5. Angie Ingram- Legal
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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


  • The Grove at Stone Park is looking for a full time Marketing Representative. If you're interested, please email your resume to cdgrove@matrixresidential.com
  • The Tapestry on Vaughn is looking for a full time Community Director. If you're interested, please email your resume to lbaker@matrixresidential.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.

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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


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


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons


Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies

John Palmer, Real Floors


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply

Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group


Cori Cupido, RentPath


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC


Logan Hardy, Landscape Workshop