River Region Apartment Association

January 2020

Our Mission

To serve as the voice of the multifamily industry providing education, leadership, and protection for apartment communities, owners, and vendors. We strive to be the most valuable resource for the apartment housing industry and our members.

2020 RRAA Sponsor Members

Thank you to our 2020 Diamond and Gold Sponsors for your generosity and support of the River Region Apartment Association!

Without your sponsorship, the 2020 events and education for our membership would not be possible!


DIAMOND Members

  • Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law
  • Apartments.com
  • Chadwell Supply
  • Darby Law Firm, LLC
  • Kyser Furniture Leasing


GOLD Members

  • Carol's Carpet
  • HD Supply
  • Real Floors
  • RentPath
  • Signal 88

Congrats to our River Region Industry Award Winners!

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Beautification Awards Winners

Best Model 0-10 years - Meadows at HomePlace

Best Model 11-19 years - Barrington Place

Best Model 20+ years - The River


Best Amenities 0-10 years - Greystone at Riverchase

Best Amenities 11-19 years - Barrington Place

Best Amenities 20+ years - Peppertree


Best Entrance 0-10 years - Broadstreet at Eastchase

Best Entrance 11-19 years - Legends at Taylor Lakes

Best Entrance 20+ years - Peppertree


Best of the Best 0-10 years - Meadows at HomePlace

Best of the Best 11-19 years - Barrington Place

Best of the Best 20+ years - Peppertree


River Region Award Winners

Leasing Professional of the Year - Ashley Scanlan, Sturbridge Commons


Assistant Manager of the Year - Cassie Ortiz, Meadows at HomePlace


Community Manager of the Year - Kimbela Stinson, Legends at Taylor Lakes


Service Team of the Year - The Reserve Maintenance Team


Maintenance Supervisor of the Year - Cody Willhite, Trilliam


Regional Manager of the Year - Rich Foster, Matrix


Community of the Year - The Meadows at HomePlace


Management Company of the Year - Foshee Residential


Supplier Company of the Year - Apartments.com


Associate of the Year - Kevin Kiser, HD Supply


Bill Johnson Award - Brenda McDonald, Foshee Residential



Ignite Scholarship Award Winners

NALP- Ashley Scanlan

CAM- Sherri Young

Website Accessibility Compliance under the ADA and FHA

Dear NAA Member:

Since mid-2017, there has been an uptick in the number of lawsuits filed against companies operating consumer-facing websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alleging that the websites do not provide appropriate accommodations for those with vision or hearing disabilities.

More recently, we are seeing an increase in website accessibility lawsuits asserting claims under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), in addition to the claims asserted under the ADA. The FHA claims generally allege that the lack of accessible housing websites exists as a barrier to equal housing opportunities. While website compliance under the ADA is a growing issue for those in the apartment management industry, these lawsuits also target many other industries such as financial services, hospitality, retail, energy, fitness and healthcare, to name a few.

Please join us for an engaging and informative webinar on Jan 22, 2020, 2 P.M. ET by Anthony Mingione of Blank Rome that will provide an overview of website accessibility lawsuits, a framework to assess your company’s exposure, website accessibility compliance under the FHA and ADA and proactive steps to mitigate future risk. We look forward to your participation.


Register HERE:
https://naahq.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bA0L4-QST-eT9DtPAtPI1A



Best regards,

Scot J. Haislip, Esq
Vice President of Legal Affairs and Counsel


National Apartment Association
4300 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 800, Arlington, VA 22203
shaislip@naahq.org | www.naahq.org

UnWineD Mixer

Thursday, Jan. 30th, 5:30pm

6667 Atlanta Highway

Montgomery, AL

Kick off 2020 with RRAA!

Come UnWineD with us after work at Wishbone Cafe on January 30th. This low key social will include a free beer or glass of wine, light hors d'oeuvres, live music and great company!


Membership Drive!

We'd love for you to bring in new members!

See the list of 2019 members at the following link. https://rraaonline.org/membership


Do you have vendors who are not on the list? Invite them to our UnWineD! If you refer a new vendor and they sign up to be an RRAA member, we'll give you a $50 Visa Card!


Register your team and a prospective new member today!

The cost is FREE but you must be registered.

Register HERE!!


https://rraaonline.org/events/unwined-mixer

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Blue Skies Business Group is working with organizations to help protect and provide for the safety of Alabama’s citizens. We also work to help with business development, consequence management and disaster planning. One way we accomplish this is by connecting various individuals and companies that can provide a vast range of services, expertise’s and equipment to make your business and customers ready for the next emergency or disaster.


With over 30 years in the public safety and emergency management sectors, we are able to provide connections and opportunities to help you while the sun is shining prepare for the rainy days.


Is your company ready when disaster strikes again? We look forward to learning more about the needs of apartment complex owners and operators of the River Region.

Blue Skies Business Group, LLC started in 2017. The company’s managing partner Art Faulkner founded the company shorty after retiring from the State of Alabama as the State Emergency Management Agency.


For more information please visit www.BlueSkiesBG.com or call 334-224-6513.

Open for Suggestions...

Do you see a need for a particular educational offering?

Please send us your ideas! We're always looking for new educational classes to offer our members! Email Katie with your ideas and recommendations.

rraa1972@gmail.com

Take the Hassle Out of Leasing


NAA Click & Lease combines multiple user-friendly features to ensure a streamlined execution and maintenance of compliant leasing documents. Watch the video to learn how NAA Click & Lease helps property managers to simplify the leasing process and reduce risk.


With Click & Lease, everything you need is online and easily accessible. Speed up the preparation of legal documents, make your leasing process more efficient and streamline applications for prospective residents.

Click here for more info.

Removal of the Daily Late Fee Provision in the NAA Lease Contract

Dear Members,

NAA’s Legal Affairs team tracks litigation trends in the industry – a consistent issue has been late fees. With late fees under scrutiny and the recent increase in late fee litigation and legislation across the country, NAA has made the decision to remove the daily late fee provision from the NAA Lease Contract in states in which it currently appears. However, a field for the collection of a late fee will remain.

Going forward, if you would like to include a daily late fee provision, we encourage you to work with your local counsel to add the daily late fee language to the Special Provisions section of the lease.

We will continue to provide two (2) weeks advance notice prior to the release of these changes in affected states. We are sending this notice to provide you with as much advance notice as possible.

Please reach out to Scot Haislip or Ayiesha Beverly if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Scot Haislip
VP and Counsel of Legal Affairs
National Apartment Association

2020 Dues Have Been Sent!

Make sure you've paid your membership dues so you don't miss out on any member benefits, such as access to the NAA Blue Moon Lease as well as RRAA's FREE educational classes and events!

Contact Katie at rraa1972@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We need your help!

Apartment Association SuperStars,
Hatching Hope is working hard to get this program information out to as many people as possible! This is such a powerful way for the industry to get involved by donating property appliances and furniture. One refrigerator provides for three people displaced by disaster!

#MultifamilyStrong when disasters strike! Together we have served nearly 8,000 Residents, and Pets with Hatching Hope disaster relief kits and heartfelt humanitarian aide. Here is how YOU can HELP.

http://hatchinghopecares.org/

Hatching Hope "Into Transition"

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Leadership Lyceum Candidate


We would like to congratulate our RRAA President, Samantha Lord on her recent appointment as a 2020 NAA Leadership Lyceum candidate. She was awarded one of four Emerging Leaders fellowships by Chairman Mike Holmes. We are very proud of her prestigious accomplishment!

For those of you who may not be familiar with the NAA Leadership Lyceum program, it is an exclusive one-year leadership development program. Every year, there is a class of 30 candidates comprised of NAA members who have been appointed or selected by NAA leaders through a competitive application process to participate and further their volunteer leadership service at a national level.

This program is designed to identify, inform and empower successive waves of National Apartment Association volunteer leaders. Lyceum candidates receive extensive information about the National Apartment Association, from governance to the work of each department to programs and industry issues. They also learn the key responsibilities of association boards and board members along with the attributes of a high functioning board. Selected candidates participate in a wide range of leadership development experiences over the course of one year. They must be active NAA members and NAA volunteers with NAA Affiliates at the state, local, or national level. The program content is delivered at three sessions concurrent with the NAA's three major annual conferences.

Samantha will proudly represent the River Region Apartment Association and the Alabama Apartment Association.

GBAA Constant Contact Hacked

As many of our members and previous members know, the GBAA's Constant Contact account was compromised over the Holidays.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

However, the security team at Constant Contact caught it immediately and disabled the account. No one was "debited" any amount.

The GBAA and Constant Contact have taken additional measures to re-set all of our information.

The GBAA does not invoice through Constant Contact. Our accounting system does not save all of the information needed to debit a credit card. One of our staff would have to speak with someone to retrieve security codes, etc. in order to pay an invoice with a credit card.


Again, we would like to express our most sincere apologies.

Greater Birmingham Apartment Association

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

Member Mentions

Is your team crushing their goals? Is someone on your team getting married or having a baby? Let's shout out all of our hard working teams in the River Region Apartment Association! Email Katie at rraa1972@gmail.com to get your team members mentioned here and on our Facebook page!

2020 Diamond Sponsors

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2020 Gold Sponsors

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2020 RRAA Leadership

Association Director

Katie Suchocki

334-450-1455

Executive Officers:


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

President Elect

Angela Tucker, Sturbridge Commons
334-270-0111


Past President

Jeff Davis, Hunt Properties

334-262-1630


Secretary

Courtney Lowry, Addison Park

334-277-2601


Treasurer
Brandy Hitson, Apartments.com
334-313-2261

Parliamentarian
Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley
334-676-1342


Board Members:

Rochelle Crawford, Bristol Downs
334-277-0883

Brenda McDonald, Saddleback Ridge

334-244-6832


Lesley Traver, LMS

334-270-0111


Joe Johnson, Hunt Properties

334-262-1630


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply
334-462-8600


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC
205-440-1786


Brett Wallace, Carol's Carpet

334-721-0467


Cori Byrd, Rentpath

334-324-4013

Get involved with RRAA

The River Region Association is now accepting applications for Board Members, Volunteers, and Sponsors! Contact Katie Suchocki, our Association Executive TODAY, for more information at rraa1972@gmail.com.