River Region Apartment Association

May 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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April Newsletter Contents...

  • George Tatum, Kyser Furniture Leasing
  • Maintenance Appreciation was so much FUN!
  • Fair Housing with Wesley Aleshire
  • Save the Date!
  • 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

George Tatum Retired!!!


After working for Kyser Furniture Leasing for 47 years, George Tatum retired May 1st!

George began his career with KFL in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he jumped right in with RRAA (then called The Montgomery Apartment Association). George had a reputation of going above and beyond for his customers as well as RRAA. Over the years, he served on the RRAA Board of Directors, won numerous awards and in 2008, won the prestigious Bill Johnson Award.

We'll surely miss seeing his smiling face at RRAA events, but know he's enjoying a well earned retirement. HIs recent "TO DO LIST" includes lots of fishing and spending time with his grandchildren!


We're looking forward to getting to know Kyser's new manager, Mac Crew. Mac has worked in the furniture industry for over 20 years, most recently at Kyser Fine Furniture. Mac, you've got some big shoes to fill and we're happy to have you join the RRAA Family!


For all your furniture leasing needs, contact Mac at mcrew@kyser.com or 334-288-2090.

Maintenance Appreciation at Riverwalk Stadium was a HIT!

Wesley Aleshire Rocked This Month's Fair Housing Training!

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

RRAA Beautification Awards - June 28th

Be on the look out for a brag book template in your emails to enter your community in the Beautification Awards!


RRAA Education Panel, The Five Pillars of Property Management- August


AAA Tradeshow and Expo- September 13th and 14th

RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond to the Call!

RRAA and Hatching Hope responded to 1 fire this month at Victoria Place We are so thankful that this fire had minimal injuries. The River Region Apartment Association is sending thoughts and prayers to all the families affected by this month's fire.


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

https://squareup.com/store/hatchinghope

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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 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 Fields Carriage Hill welcomes Joyce Hamm as the new Leasing Manager.
  • Attorney Jon Riley has joined The Darby Law Firm. Jon is a welcome addition to our hardworking staff. The landlord’s business is our only business!



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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2018 NAA IMPORTANT DATES!

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

2019 NAA IMPORTANT DATES!

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!

rraa1972@gmail.com

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

President
Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies

334-262-1630


President-Elect
Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset
334-356-6850


Treasurer

Angela Tucker, Montgomery Apartment Guide

334-391-3909


Secretary

Taylor Holley, Halcyon Park

334-244-1946


Past-President
Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley

334-676-1342


Parliamentarian

Beau Daniel, Foshee Management

334-273-0313 ext 106


Association Executive
Katie Suchocki
334-450-1455


Board Members

Christine Kessler, The Heights

334-261-6333


Amy Owens, The Grove at Stone Park

334-277-8770


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons

334-270-0111


Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies
334-262-1630


John Palmer, Real Floors

205-263-0451


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply
334-462-8600


Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group

334-313-2261


Cori Cupido, RentPath

334-324-4013


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC

205-440-1786


Logan Hardy, Landscape Workshop

334-318-3264