River Region Apartment Association

October 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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October Newsletter Contents...

  • Letter from the President
  • Highlight Sponsor
  • Alabama Apartment Association Educational Conference was a HIT!
  • Maintenance Mania was a BLAST!
  • New Website
  • RRAA Ignite Scholarship
  • 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

Making A Difference

As everyone is aware, we are going through some very difficult times in our country. From hurricanes, floods, mass shootings, etc. we have seen great needs arise. During those times a very large group of people have reached out to those in need and provided assistance and are making a difference in the lives of others. That is really who we are as a country.

In this short article, I want to give you a challenge. This challenge is not to jus make a difference in times of great need but to make a difference everyday wherever you are. Yes it is extremely important that we come together and make a difference in times of great need however what do you do the rest of the time is vitally important.

After I had already decided what I would write today I received an e-mail from a client/friend. The e-mail was a "Thank You" and contained words of appreciation. It was a great day to start my day. It made me smile. It will also make me more productive.

When is the last time you reached out to someone and just said, "Thanks" or "I appreciate you"? When is the last time you sent someone a card or baked someone a cake just because you were thinking of them? Can you remember the last time you saw someone outside working on a hot summer day and you took them a bottle of water? The point is everything we can do for someone is not extremely costly. As each of you are aware we live in a pressure cooking world. We are always challenged to get the most done in the shortest time and make the most of money. With that pressure comes frustration. Wouldn't it be great to have someone show you appreciation in at least some small way? The Bible says, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I won't go into all the theology of that verse, but I will say it has simple meaning also. Make difference in someone's life and then watch as others make a difference in your life. You make a difference first.

Today you already know someone who needs to be encouraged, loved, or appreciated. Go make a difference in their life. Do something for someone before the sun sets.

*Highlight Sponsor* *HD Supply*

HD Supply is one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. The company provides a broad range of products and value-add services to approximately 500,000 customers with leadership positions in maintenance, repair and operations and residential and non-residential construction sectors. Our leading businesses include HD Supply Facilities Maintenance and HD Supply Construction & Industrial - White Cap.

HD Supply has an expansive product offering of approximately 800,000 SKUs of quality, name-brand and proprietary products at competitive prices. With approximately 260 locations across 36 states and six Canadian provinces, our 11,000 associates provide localized, customer-driven services including jobsite delivery, will call or direct-ship options, diversified logistics and innovative solutions that contribute to our customers' success.

Alabama Apartment Association Educational Conference and Exposition was so much FUN!

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor

Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law

Gold Sponsors

HD Supply

Real Floors

Montgomery Apartment Guide

Preferred Cleaning


Event Sponsors

Suchocki's Painting Service

Pet and Playground

Wells Printing

Darby Law Firm



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!


RRAA Ignite Scholarship

You could win a scholarship - Deadline is October 31st!

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 CAMT certification. For more information on scholarship applications and guidelines, please email RRAA1972@gmail.com.

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 devistation 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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Employment Opportunities

Stonemark Management is Hiring!

Stonemark is hiring for assistant managers, leasing, service manager, and service tech in Montgomery. Please submit resumes to rwilliams@stmkmgmt.com

Now Hiring Maintenance Technician!

We are a fast-paced and rapidly growing property management company with an immediate opening for an experienced Maintenance Technician for our community in Montgomery, AL. This is a full time position.

Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years of apartment maintenance experience and be able to perform apartment turnovers and routine maintenance requests with little or no supervision. HVAC certification is required.

Daily responsibilities include maintenance of grounds, painting, managing, and completing maintenance requests in a timely manner, organizing and executing turnover maintenance within acceptable timelines and keeping the on-site managers informed of all activities occurring at the property. Responding to emergency maintenance calls on an "on-call" basis and keeping all necessary personnel updated with pertinent information when emergencies arise is key.


- Must have a driver's license and good driving record

- Must pass a criminal background check/drug test

- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

- Ability to interact with residents in a professional manner

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary: $14.00 to $17.00 / hour depending on experience

Email resumes to: manager@sturbridgecommons.com

Membership Mentions

Congratulations on the Promotion!

  • Congratulations to Patrice Colbert for being promoted to Assistant Property Manager for The Fields Carriage Hill
  • Congratulations to Desire Mack for being promoted to Leasing Manager for The Fields Carriage Hill
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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November Education Event!

We so excited to have a FREE education event for all of our members! It will be a legal round table. Be sure to follow us on social media as more details come available about this event!

Save the Date!

2017 12TH ANNUAL RRAA AWARDS GALA Moonlight Masquerade

December 12th. More info to come!


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, Carrington Park


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons


Anji W. Montano, Belmont Apartments


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