River Region Apartment Association

January 2018

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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January Newsletter Contents...

  • Letter from the President
  • Highlight Sponsor
  • Annual Sponsorships are now Open!
  • Be on the look out for Yearly Dues
  • Check out our Website
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • 12th Annual River Region Awards
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2018 Board of Directors

Letter from the 2017 President, Eddie Gillenwater

It's Thanksgiving and Celebration Time

We recently celebrated Thanksgiving. I found again this year I have much to be thankful for.

I want to take time in my final article as President of the RRAA to list all the things. I do want

to say how thankful I am for all those who worked as volunteers and team members to make the RRAA a success. Without the countless volunteers we would not be able to have the Education Conferences, the Maintenance Appreciation events, the Beautification Awards, the RRAA Annual Awards, the many opportunities to network and get to know each other better and the list goes on and on. I’m sure you have things provided by the RRAA that touched your life and impacted your career this year. Be thankful for the RRAA.

As we enter the Christmas season we continue a time of celebration. This is a time primarily

to recognize the birth of Jesus. It is also a time to celebrate life with family, friends, co-workers and others. I’m sure everything has not gone exactly the way you planned at the

beginning of the year but look around and find things that you can celebrate. Most people

can find a lot to be thankful for and celebrate if they just take the time to do it.

*Highlight Sponsor* *Kyser Furniture Leasing and Sales*

Kyser furniture leasing and sales offers customized corporate and military apartment and home furniture leasing. They were also our Vendor of the Year for 2017!

Call George Tatum at 334.288.2090 for all of your furniture leasing needs!

2018 Annual Sponsorships are OPEN!

It's that time of year again for our AMAZING vendors to sign up to be one of the River Region's annual sponsors.

Choosing an annual sponsorship helps get you the best exposure for your business as a vendor. It is way easier than having to deal with the stress of invoices or check requests several times throughout the year.

Please email Katie at rraa1972@gmail.com once you've decided which sponsorship works best for you!

* Diamond and Gold sponsorships can be split up in 3 payments if need be *

Diamond Sponsor - $2500

As a Diamond Sponsor, you will receive the following benefits...

  • Opening Meeting Host at the January Manager's Meeting
  • Highlight Sponsor at all Events
  • Featured in our newsletter and website all year
  • All RRAA communications will offer link to your website
  • Host up to 2 Special Membership events (You will have time to stand and talk at mixers about what services you provide)

Gold Sponsor - $1000

As a Gold Sponsor, you will receive the following benefits...

  • Featured on our Newsletter and Website all year long
  • Second Tier Sponsor at our 4 Major Events ( Beautification Awards, River Region Awards, Maintenance Mania, and Maintenance Appreciation)
  • You will be able to host 1 Special Membership Event

Bronze Maintenance Sponsor - $600

As a Bronze Maintenance Sponsor, you will receive the following benefits....

  • Featured on our newsletter and website during the month's that Maintenance Mania and Maintenance Appreciation occur
  • Featured as a 3rd tier Sponsor at Maintenance Appreciation
  • Featured as a 3rd tier sponsor at Maintenance Mania

Bronze Awards Sponsor - $600

As a Bronze Awards Sponsor, you will be receive the following benefits...

  • Featured in our newsletter and website during the months that the Beautification and River Region Awards occur
  • Featured as a 3rd tier sponsor at the River Region Awards
  • Featured as a 3rd tier sponsor at the Beautification Awards

Be on the Lookout!

The 2018 River Region Apartment Association dues have been emailed out by Katie.

Please notify Katie of staff, contact info changes, add/remove email addresses, etc.

You can email her at rraa1972@gmail.com with any changes.


We are so proud of our new website! You'll notice an all new look and feel with lots of additions, including...





Check it out!


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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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Full Time Leasing Position

ARIUM HomePlace is seeking a full time leasing professional.

You can contact Emily Baker for more details.



Membership Mentions

Huge Thanks to Larry Darby of Darby Law Firm

Shannon Sutton, Community Manager of Bristol Downs, was recently arrested for a MDA fundraiser. Darby Law Firm came through to help Shannon out with a generous donation. It's so amazing to see our fellow River Region Members helping each other.
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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Winter Board of Directors Meeting

January 10-11

Loews New Orleans Hotel | New Orleans, LA

NAA Student Housing Conference and Exposition

February 13-14

Omni Orlando at Championsgate | Orlando, Florida

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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2017 Board of Directors

Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley


Jeff Davis, Hunt Companies


Emily Wallace, Grand Reserve at Pike Road


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

Christine Kessler, The Heights


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons


Taylor Holley, Halcyon Park


Joe Rainey, The Belmont

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