River Region Apartment Association

March 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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March Newsletter Contents...

  • Letter from the President
  • Highlight Sponsor
  • RRAA 1st Annual Golf Tournament
  • CPO Class Coming Up
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Education Breakout was a Blast!
  • RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Legislative Corner
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2018 Board of Directors

Letter from the President, Jeff Davis

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It seems like 2018 just began and here we are with spring vastly approaching. Just like daylight savings time may have caught some of you off guard, changed your morning schedules, and now you’ve lost an hour of sleep. I know it’s a challenge, but how can we use this to our advantage so our communities are not affected?

Broadly, there are two categories to prepare for when you’re presented with an obstacle. The first question you should ask yourself is, what are some obvious obstacles you may experience this Spring? Secondly, are you ready (be honest to yourself) for the unexpected obstacles you may experience this Spring? Relatively speaking, we should always plan for a positive outcome but we need to be prepared for the worst. At times during this season of the year if you are not prepared, you could be caught behind the 8 ball and your competitors will leave you in the dust while you’re scrambling to figure out how to retain your wonderful residents while adding new residents to your beautiful communities. Most properties are gearing up for spring time and preparing for the busy season. It’s important for each of us to be ready and focused on how to be ahead of the curve and excited for the upcoming busy season.

What are some different ways each of you are getting prepared? Focus on renewals, offer tax incentives, promote more resident activities, clean up your web presence, take advantage of the great weather, go against pricing trends, have a fun contest are just a few ideas. Get with your staff and come up with good ideas that fit your community and how you can have a strong 2018!

*Highlight Sponsor* *Signal 88 Security *

The vision of Signal 88 Security, since its founding in 2003, is to provide a full suite of world-class and industry-leading security services for residential, commercial, retail and institutional customers because, quite simply, safety is a basic human right and need.

We believe that we solve the increasing complexity of security needs today through the simplicity, professionalism, value and quality of what we promise, deliver and measure every day. At Signal 88 Security, our tagline “We’re Here” speaks to the consciousness we have around the trust, responsibility and accountability placed in us by our clients. We know that our reputation is built and measured not on what we say about ourselves but by the peace of mind we bring to our clients.

Huge thanks to Signal 88 Security for becoming a Gold Sponsor of the River Region Apartment Association.

REGISTER NOW for the 1st Annual RRAA Golf Tournament!

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The Montgomery County Health Department has updated their swimming pool rules.

As of February 15, 2018, they will require

ALL commercial swimming pool owners to employ a CPO to maintain their swimming pools!

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Education Breakout was a BLAST!

HUGE thank you to everyone that came to our Education Breakout last month. Thank you to our awesome speakers Michelle Childers, Randall Martin, and Donna Rock for taking time out of their busy schedules to educate all of us.

RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond to the Call!

RRAA and Hatching Hope responded to 2 fires this month at local apartment communities. The first one was Stonebridge Apartment Homes. The second one happened in the middle of the night at McGhee Park Apartments. We are so thankful that both fires had minimal injuries at both fires. The River Region Apartment Association is sending thoughts and prayers to all the families affected by this month's fires.

If you'd like to donate to Hatching Hope, then please click on the link below.


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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!

Legislative Corner

We had the opportunity to attend the Legislative Reception this past month. We were able to talk to local legislators about House Bill 198 that would require proper doctor's documentation for those with emotional support animals. If they provide false documents about the animal then it could be considered a misdemeanor under the new house bill. The bill in question was passed and we are waiting for the governor to sign it. This is obviously a huge win for us the multifamily industry.
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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

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 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