River Region Apartment Association

April 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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April Newsletter Contents...

  • Highlight Sponsor
  • First Annual NAAPAC Golf Tournament was a HUGE Success!
  • Maintenance Appreciation This Week!
  • Fair Housing with Wesley Aleshire
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond
  • Hatching Hope of Alabama
  • Legislative Corner
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership Mentions
  • Dates to Remember- Upcoming Events
  • Get Involved
  • 2018 Board of Directors

*Highlight Sponsor* *Landscape Workshop*

Landscape Workshop is a full-service grounds management company that has been providing professional service and expert maintenance for outdoor commercial spaces for more than 30 years. Landscape Workshop’s goal is to help its’ customers achieve business goals, maintain property value, and attract customers and tenants. Landscape Workshop has the ability to serve properties throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee, as well as parts of Georgia, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle.


Reach out to Logan Hardy, Business Development Manager, for all your landscape needs at lhardy@landscapeworkshop.com.

Don't Forget about Maintenance Appreciation this THURSDAY, April 19th at the Biscuits Game!

Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Dinner is served between 6pm and 7:30 pm

Game starts at 6:35 pm

Fair Housing with Wesley Aleshire on May 10th! More Details coming Soon!

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS!

We are so grateful for all of those that participated in our first annual NAAPAC Golf Tournament! We had 11 teams play and we are so excited to watch that number grow in the coming years!

A special thanks to our event sponsors!

Landscape Workshop

Rent Path

Carol's Carpet

Arbour Valley Management,

Supreme Green

Skipper Pools

Ground Effects

Barrington Place at Somerset,

Copeland Security Group

Bama Budweiser Montgomery.

RRAA and Hatching Hope Respond to the Call!

RRAA and Hatching Hope responded to 1 fire this month at Amesbury Apartments. We are so thankful that this fire had minimal injuries. The River Region Apartment Association is sending thoughts and prayers to all the families affected by this month's fires.


If you'd like to donate to Hatching Hope, then please click on the link below.

https://squareup.com/store/hatchinghope

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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!

Legislative Corner

RRAA Board Members Samantha Lord and Jeff Davis Take on NAA ADVOCATE!

Here's a brief letter from Samantha Lord about her experience...


The National Apartment Association Advocate Conference was an incredible experience made possible by my involvement with the River Region Apartment Association. I would like to thank the RRAA for giving me this opportunity, truly an experience of a lifetime. I would also like to thank my management company, Pegasus Residential, and my community manager, Melissa, for allowing me the opportunity to go and be involved. This was my first time seeing our association’s involvement at a national level, and I’m forever grateful for those who took the time to help prepare and mentor me for my first trip to Capitol Hill. It was incredibly inspiring to see over 600 of our industry’s leaders, from across the United States, come together to represent the apartment industry that we love.

From the moment that we arrived in Washington DC, we hit the ground running for a week full of meetings and events. This year we were briefed on key issues, such as ADA drive-by lawsuits, flood insurance, cybersecurity, and infrastructure facing the apartment industry. Our group that represented the state of Alabama set up meetings with all of our legislative offices. The group that I was involved with visited House Representative Martha Roby’s office (District 2), House Representative Mike Rogers’s office (District 3), and House Representative Terri Sewell’s office (District 7). Advocating the passion for our industry’s future to our Representatives, gave a new meaning to what I consider my “forever" career. Being able to see just a glimpse of the intricate workings behind the curtain, shed a new light and renewed passion for my career. Being a part of this industry for almost 10 years, I had no idea to what magnitude I could be involved and make a difference, not only on a local and state level but on a national level as well. To know that there’s someone out there lobbying on your behalf, to protect your assets as well as the people involved, is comforting. To say that you are a part of it means so much more. Throughout the week I developed new friendships, gained more knowledge about the industry, and renewed confidence in myself as a leader. Knowing that I, an assistant community manager, helped plant a seed for some solutions to the leading issues, along with the positive feedback from our representative offices, helped restore my hope in the apartment industry's future.

I encourage you to take the time to visit the national apartment association website to review the information on these key issues. Just remember that you as an individual can make a difference and our association is always looking for volunteers. Soon it could be you sharing in the experiences that I had this past month with the National Apartment Association Advocate Conference.

Samantha Lord, RRAA President-Elect

Barrington Place Apartments

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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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2018 NAA IMPORTANT DATES!

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

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


Lesley Traver, Sturbridge Commons

334-270-0111


Joe Johnson, Hunt Companies
334-262-1630


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply
334-462-8600


Brandy Hitson, The Co-Star Group

334-313-2261


Cori Cupido, RentPath

334-324-4013


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC

205-440-1786


Logan Hardy, Landscape Workshop

334-318-3264