River Region Apartment Association

October 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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Mark Hardy Courson

October 26, 1960 – October 17, 2018



Mark Hardy Courson of Montgomery, Alabama passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 58. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 1:00pm at Landmark Church of Christ with a Celebration of Life to follow at 2:00pm, officiated by Buddy Bell and Tim Lee. Mark was heavily involved in baseball throughout his life, as both a player and a coach. He was a longtime employee of Carol's Carpet and a member at Landmark Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Leland Courson. Mark is survived by his son, Tyler Courson (Chelsea Cullen Courson); daughters, Molly Courson Bower, Kara Courson Adams (Austin Adams), and Millie Grace Courson; grandchildren, Lilly Ann Bower, Ace Cutter Courson, Lane Garrett Hambrick, Sutton PriscillaAdams, and Ellison Charles Adams; brother, Lee Courson (Stephanie Courson); sister, Sandra Courson Purdue (Jim Perdue); and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Agape of Central Alabama, P.O. Box 230472, Montgomery, AL 36106 or at https://www.agapeforchildren.org/donate



Mark Courson was a dear friend and supporter of RRAA and its members. He is simply irreplaceable and will be greatly missed!

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Please welcome our newest RRAA Members!

Contact Michael Gallops today!

334-270-6824

micheal.gallops@assuredpartners.com




Assured Partners

Who We Are

The insurance industry is filled with multinational conglomerates focused solely on improving their balance sheets. But Assured Partners is not one of them. Our focus is on relationships. On forging rock solid partnerships with successful regional and local firms who are as fervent as we are about providing clients with best-in-class asset protection and unparalleled service.

That commitment has empowered us to be the fastest-growing independent insurance agency in the U.S. Founded in 2011 as a national partnership of leading independent property and casualty and employee benefits brokerage firms, we're now one of the largest brokers in the nation with offices in 30 states and two countries.

Led by a team with more than 55 years of insurance experience, we have the in-depth knowledge, strong carrier relationships and vast network of industry pros and resources to deliver innovative products and solutions that are customized to your precise needs.

Partnership. Expertise. Innovation. Passion. Doing the right thing. These aren't traits you typically find in the world's largest insurance firms. But you'll find them with us, because we're invested in your success – now and for the long run.

MUCH FUN WAS HAD AT MAINTENANCE MANIA!

Congratulations to our Winners!


1st Place Overall

Deon Williams Vaughn Lakes Apartments


2nd Place Overall

Christian Finney The District at Phoenix City


3rd Place Overall
Adrian Bland The Grove at Stone Park



Race Car

1st Place- Gary Owens Peppertree Apartments

2nd Place- Cody Willhite Trilliam Apartments

3rd Place- Ryan Fontaine The Park Apt Homes


Water Heater

1st Place-Christian Finney The District at Phoenix City

2nd Place- Ryan Fontaine The Park Apt Homes

3rd Place- Deon Williams Vaughn Lakes Apartments


A/C Repair

1st Place- Cody Willhite Trilliam Apartments

2nd Place- Christian Finney The District at Phoenix City

3rd Place- Spencer Howard Bristol Downs


Toilet

1st Place- Christian Finney The District at Phoenix City

2nd Place- Cody Willhite Trilliam Apartments

3rd Place- Deon Williams Vaughn Lakes Apartments


Icemaker

1st Place- Cody Willhite Trilliam Apartments

2nd Place- Deon Williams Vaughn Lakes Apartments

3rd Place- Adrian Bland The Grove at Stone Park


Fire-CO Safety

1st Place- Christian Finney The District at Phoenix City

2nd Place- Deon Williams Vaughn Lakes Apartments

3rd Place- Adrian Bland The Grove at Stone Park


Key Control

1st Place- Deon Williams Vaughn lakes apartments

2nd Place- Jason Weber The Park Apt Homes

3rd Place- Arthur Upshaw The Tapestry on Vaughn


Heating Element

1st Place- Deon Williams Vaughn Lakes Apartments

2nd Place- Adrian Bland The Grove at Stone Park

3rd Place- John Pine Taylor Lakes

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RRAA Ignite Scholarship- Apply NOW!!

Save the Date: River Region Awards: December 11th!!

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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

LOTS OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!





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!

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


Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies

334-262-1630


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply
334-462-8600


Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group

334-313-2261


Cori Byrd, RentPath

334-324-4013


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC

205-440-1786


Logan Hardy, Landscape Workshop

334-318-3264