River Region Apartment Association

November 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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November Newsletter Contents...

  • Letter from the President
  • Highlight Sponsor
  • Mr. Billy Johnson
  • Welcome to the RRAA
  • Check out our Website
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • November Legal Seminar
  • 12th Annual River Region Awards
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2017 Board of Directors

Letter from the President, Eddie Gillenwater


Leadership is critical to every industry or organization. One definition of leadership is, “motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal.” In the multi-family business we are always looking for strong leaders to motivate others to ensure the business plan for each property is successful. That is our common goal. In this article I would like to identify some major characteristics of leadership and challenge each of you to be the best leader possible. The length of the article will not allow me to go into great detail so I will list those characteristics and you can add your own thoughts.

A person who demonstrates strong leadership is characterized by:





Goal setting







Inspiration/motivation of others

These are just a few of the characteristics of leadership. I’m sure you can add to this list.

One article I read said, “Leaders better their environment.” Leaders know their team and themselves and maintain a positive attitude in spite of turbulent times. They continually display the desire to achieve the common goal and they use their specific style of leadership

to motivate others for that purpose. The multi-family industry is made up of strong leaders who demonstrate strong leadership. Are you one of those strong leaders? Why not purpose going forward to be the best leader possible wherever you work within the industry. Start today. Have a fantastic month.

*Highlight Sponsor* *REAL FLOORS*

30 years of excellence

In 1987, Peter Brookner founded the company in Atlanta. His goal: become the best flooring provider in the Southeast for multifamily residences.

Brookner’s dedication to service turned his original vision into today’s reality. From 11 locations in six states, Real Floors now has almost 450 people serving property managers throughout the Southeast.

Building long-term relationships with our customers remains our top priority. Remember, when it comes to flooring, there’s no ceiling on what we’ll do for you.

Mr. Billy Johnson

Dear RRAA Members,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Mr. Billy Johnson.

Mr. Bill, as we called him was a founding member of the River Region Apartment Association in 1972. He remained an active and profound voice in The Association for many years, even serving as Parliamentarian up until 5 years ago.

To give you an idea of what he means to RRAA, our most reverent award given out each year is the "Bill Johnson Award".

We will surely miss Mr. Bill, but he has left a lasting legacy through RRAA and its amazing members.

You can view the obituary and sign the guest book below.

Welcome to The River Region Apartment Association!

We are so thrilled to welcome...

  • Tiger Lodge Apartments of Auburn, AL
  • Fieldcrest Apartments of Dothan, AL
  • H & H Carpets


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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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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RRAA Dates

November 17th - Legal Seminar

December 12th - River Region Awards


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