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2006 NAA Paragon Award winners.

Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician of the Year

David Moreno David Moreno Estívariz (born January 24, 1991 in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid Juvenil B (one of Real Madrid's youth teams). Moreno has represented the Spanish U-16 national team in -- matches, scoring -- goals. , CAMT CAMT Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician
CAMT Canadian Association for Music Therapy
CAMT Colorado Association for Music Therapy
CAMT Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy
CAMT Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching
, The Preserve at Travis Creek, Greystar Management--Austin, TX

As a lead maintenance technician, David Moreno, CAMT, is qualified to teach many maintenance seminars for membership, to serve on the faculty at Austin Apartment Association (AAA AAA: see American Automobile Association.

(Triple A) A common single-cell battery used in a myriad of electronic devices of all variety. Like its double A (AA) cousin, it provides 1.5 volts of DC power. When used in series, the voltage is multiplied.
) for CAMT and CAMT II and to instruct maintenance modules of the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) program.

He has served seven years on AAA's Education Committee and serves on the annual Doc and Gayle Young Gayle Young (born 1950) is a Canadian composer and author.

Young is an adherent of microtonality who has invented a number of musical instruments and notational systems. She began writing for Musicworks magazine in 1978, becoming its managing editor in 1987.
 Thanksgiving Food Drive.

He is an effective teacher and was designated as a mentor for Greystar in 2004. He helped The Preserve to become a finalist for AAA's Property of the Year.

The Preserve's Community Manager, Sunshine Polanco, said of Moreno, "[His] ability to diffuse potentially difficult situations and to calm angry residents rivals even the best of managers. He is the first to volunteer when help is needed and is the most requested person in the company to lead due diligence Research; analysis; your homework. This term has caught on in all industries, because it sounds so "wired." Who would want to do analysis or research when they can do due diligence. See wired.  teams.

"He truly epitomizes the phrase 'above and beyond,'" Polanco said.

National Apartment Leasing Professional of the Year

Dana Oliver, NALP NALP National Association for Law Placement (Washington, DC)
NALP National Apartment Leasing Professional
NALP National Action Learning Programme (Ireland) 
, The Preserve at Travis Creek, Greystar Management--Austin, TX

Dana Oliver, NALP, is a key contributor to the success of The Preserve at Travis Creek apartment community through her genuine attentiveness, concern and respect for all residents and fellow associates. She received a record-high score for a blind shop at her community.

With 20 years in the industry, she is an experienced problem solver and listener, which sets the stage for incredible customer service. She sets an example as a teacher in her position as Senior Leasing Professional, in which she mentors many colleagues.

She serves on three Austin Apartment Association committees: Community Service, Go-Getters and Ambassadors. She has contributed time and effort toward community service events, such as the Safe Place Walk and the local Annual Doc and Gayle Young food drive, which helped to raise money to feed 1,000 families in Austin.

She also was the 2006 Texas Apartment Association's Leasing Professional of the Year.

Certified Apartment Manager of the Year

Melissa Breland, CAM, Southgate Towers, R.W. Day--Baton Rouge, LA

Melissa Breland, CAM, joined R.W. Day three years ago as Community Manager for a student community. She is now Regional Manager for one of R.W. Day's newest communities--Southgate Towers, a six-building development that also includes condominiums and retail.

The community has seen an increase in income and occupancy and a decrease in expenses, employee turnover and maintenance response times under her leadership. She has developed her own team to assist with marketing and training efforts for other R.W. Day communities.

In the spirit of internal marketing, she has created the "It's Cheaper to Keep Her" campaign, which strives to retain residents through strong customer service by the entire staff. She also instituted a "Food for Finals" program to help feed student residents healthy meals on tight budgets during exam week.

She is able to motivate and manage multiple teams, using different approaches that work best with the specific group.

Chris Christenson Association Executive of the Year

Terry Feinberg, President, Arizona Multihousing Association--Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA (Automatic Message Accounting) The recording and reporting of telephone calls within a telephone system. It includes the calling and called parties and start and stop times of the call. ) events and activities are flourishing under Terry Feinberg's leadership. Though it's a good problem to have, AMA now struggles to find enough meaningful opportunities for all the members who want to volunteer and to become an active part of the organization. Feinberg has positioned AMA to respond to any challenge or opportunity.

AMA's financial standing is impressive; it has generated a net profit the past two years. AMA is at the forefront of legislative discussions, community service, Web site and electronic communications effectiveness, membership development and professional education.

Perhaps the greatest achievement since Feinberg arrived at AMA in May 2002 is the "buzz" that now surrounds AMA.

From city halls to the broader association community, from local communities to the boardrooms of its members, AMA has become a highly regarded and well-respected organization.

Professional Designate of the Year

Mindy McCorkle, CAM, CAPS, Crosland Inc.--Charlotte, NC

Mindy McCorkle, CAM, CAPS, serves as President of the Charlotte Apartment Association (CAA Caa

See CCC.
) and is on the board of directors of the North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
 Apartment Association. She was CAA Instructor of the Year in 2005 and serves on its Government Affairs Committee.

Crosland Inc., where McCorkle works, develops and manages sophisticated and highly visible mixed-income and mixed-use communities, and McCorkle has a deep understanding of complex and sensitive urban community issues and knows the value of affordable housing and its importance to a municipality MUNICIPALITY. The body of officers, taken collectively, belonging to a city, who are appointed to manage its affairs and defend its interests. . She serves a unique and critical dual role as Operations Manager See datacenter manager.  for the entire portfolio (5,000 units), as well as Regional Manager with multi-site responsibility. As a measure of her effectiveness, Crosland's voluntary turnover rate is nearly half the national average of 35 percent.

In 2005, McCorkle helped Crosland's portfolio's same-store NOI NOI Net Operating Income
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NOI Notice of Inquiry
NOI Neuro Orthopaedic Institute
NOI New Organizing Institute
NOI Notice of Interest
NOI No Offense Intended
NOI National Olympiad in Informatics
 to grow by 8 percent compared to 2004. She helped its management fee income to grow by 9 percent.

National Supplier's Council Achievement Award

Mitchell Blatt, President and COO, Coinmach Corporation--Plainview, NY

Mitchell Blatt is President and Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president.
 for Coinmach Corporation, a national laundry service company for multifamily housing communities. During his 25-year career in the apartment industry, Blatt has been involved with local affiliates and NAA NAA

Nomina Anatomica Avium.
. His company has a long-standing record of support and sponsorship for many NAA events and programs, including annually providing Platinum-level support for the NAA Education Conference & Exposition.

Blatt was a charter member of the NAA Education Foundation Founders Circle and served on its Board since its inception. He sits on the Board of the NAA Education Institute, the National Supplier's Council (NSC NSC
National Security Council

Noun 1. NSC - a committee in the executive branch of government that advises the president on foreign and military and national security; supervises the Central Intelligence Agency
), the 2006 Conference Committee and the Strategic Growth Committee.

"Mitchell Blatt is among the most highly regarded members of the National Supplier's Council," said Mike Hendel, 2006 NSC Chair. "He has devoted time, energy and money to all NAA endeavors. He has given the NSC a greater voice in all things related to NAA, its members and the scope of its overall membership growth."

Independent Rental Owner of the Year, 100 Units or Under

Jack Terrillion, NALP, Terrillion Investments--Dallas, TX

Twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
 ago, Jack Terrillion, NALP, decided to enter the real estate market on a part-time basis. He initially devoted himself to maximizing profits, but over time, he realized the critical role he plays in his residents' lives.

His strategies were to gain a 15 percent ROI (Return On Investment) The monetary benefits derived from having spent money on developing or revising a system. In the IT world, there are more ways to compute ROI than Carter has liver pills (and for those of you who never heard of that expression, it means a lot).  on units rented for $450 to $700, buy in solid and up-and-coming markets and at below-market prices, and purchase foreclosed communities, for example, and then rent them quickly.

Traditionally, Terrillion buys rental properties overlooking water (a creek, lake or pool) and near primary transportation.

He understands the value of the benefits offered by NAA and the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas.

A former NAA Independent Rental Owners Committee Chair, Terrillion also served on legislative, education and communications committees and has shared his business ideas to improve others' bottom lines.

Independent Rental Owner of the Year, 101-500 Units

Don Werner, Performance Real Estate Management--Denver, CO

Don Werner entered the real estate market in 1995 with the purchase of a six-unit building. After making some subtle improvements, he sold it two years later and purchased a 24-unit building, which he improved and sold in 1998. He continued this pattern of buying properties that were 30 to 50 years old with 24 to 50 units. Today he owns and manages three communities totaling 112 units.

Werner, a former NAA Independent Rental Owners Committee Chair, seeks communities that are performing below market because of deferred maintenance and poor management practices. Among his improvements are new tile and kitchen countertops--which he installs personally--and two-tone paint and improved lighting. He ensures safety by installing ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) where necessary. He uses natural resident turnover to accomplish those improvements and to increase NOI at a community. With turnover at 50 percent in his market, it takes 12 to 18 months to significantly improve a community. Werner performs most of the maintenance work himself.

Host Committee Award

Apartment Association of Metro Denver

The Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD AAMD Association of Art Museum Directors
AAMD American Association on Mental Deficiency
AAMD American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
AAMD Apartment Association of Metro Denver (Denver, CO)
AAMD American Academy of Medical Directors
) served as host in the city of Denver
For the city, see Denver, Colorado.
" logos such as this adorned the ends of the observation cars on the City of Denver.]] The City of Denver
 for the 2006 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. With the help of AAMD's dedicated members and volunteers, NAA was able to offer topnotch education, a successful trade show and valuable networking opportunities.

AAMD consists of more than 800 apartment owners, management firms and suppliers who represent and service more than 130,000 apartment homes valued at $10 billion. It is the largest apartment association in the Rocky Mountain Region The Rocky Mountain Region is a floristic region within the Holarctic Kingdom in western North America (Canada and the United States) delineated by Armen Takhtajan and Robert F. Thorne. . Together with the Colorado Apartment Association (CAA) and NAA, AAMD offers a strong network of information, education and representation.

AAMD sponsors a chili (language) CHILI - D.L. Abt. A language for systems programming, based on ALGOL 60 with extensions for structures and type declarations.

["CHILI, An Algorithmic Language for Systems Programming", CHI-1014, Chi Corp, Sep 1975]
 cook-off, golf fund raisers, ski trips and an annual trade show.

Garden/Townhouse, Pre 1979, 150 Units or Under

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Linden, city (1990 pop. 36,701), Union co., NE N.J., in the New York metropolitan area; inc. 1925. During the first half of the 20th cent.
 Square Townhomes Wellesley, MA Boston Residential Group

Linden Square Townhomes offers residents the opportunity to live in one of the most desirable communities in Massachusetts at an affordable price. The community is located one-tenth of a mile from the town center in the heart of Wellesley.

The 64 townhome-style units, originally constructed in 1967, are situated in a campus setting that recently has been renovated. The exterior remodeling remodeling /re·mod·el·ing/ (re-mod´el-ing) reorganization or renovation of an old structure.

bone remodeling
 in 2004 included roofs, siding, windows, paving, lighting and other improvements. The community layout promotes a neighborhood feel, with courtyards and benches, winding walkways, decorative trellis 1. Trellis - An object-oriented language from the University of Karlsruhe(?) with static type-checking and encapsulation.
2. Trellis - An object-oriented application development system from DEC, based on the Trellis language. (Formerly named Owl).
 work and all the beauty one expects in Wellesley.

Linden Square provides an ideal living environment with a 1,268-square-foot, two-level floor plan designed to maximize living and storage spaces. Every townhome features two bedrooms, one and one-half baths, fireplaces and a private, fenced-in backyard area. Each apartment includes new kitchens, appliances, baths, refinished hardwood floors and elegant crown moulding.

Garden/Townhouse, Pre 1979, Over 150 Units

Windsor Ridge at Westborough Westborough, MA Windsor Property Management

Windsor Ridge, a quaint, colonial-style townhome community, is part of a well-planned neighborhood where residents feel free to walk around and interact with others. Many of the programs that it offers residents have a long-standing tradition. Windsor Ridge hosts a Halloween party, pool barbeque, babysitters' club, movie nights, wine tasting Noun 1. wine tasting - a gathering of people to taste and compare different wines
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place

wine tasting ndegustación f de vinos 
 events and cooking classes with a local chef.

Windsor Ridge has not only survived in this market, it has excelled. In the face of much new construction and renovation of apartment communities in the area, Windsor Ridge has maintained occupancy between 95 percent and 98 percent each quarter since March 2005.

Recent renovation was based on responses from resident focus groups--one more way Windsor Ridge meets residents' needs. Among the upgrades were new windows and interior doors on closets and rooms, two-tone paint, vertical blinds on patio doors and more cabinets and counter space in the kitchen.

Garden/Townhouse, 1980-1999, 150 Units or Under

Stone Run East Weymouth, MA Corcoran Management Co.

Stone Run East consists of a small grouping of distinctive garden-style apartment homes on 17 acres of natural woodlands. Stone Run is accessible to major highways, beaches, public transportation and shopping.

The thoughtfully planned apartments have been designed for a wide range of lifestyles and offer a look that is both fashionable and comfortable. The community offers complimentary coffee and newspapers in its clubhouse. Stone Run East's rental office provides free faxing and photocopying photocopying, process whereby written or printed matter is directly copied by photographic techniques. Generally, photocopying is practical when just a few copies of an original are needed. When many copies are required, printing processes are more economical.  services for residents, and its garden area is tilled in the spring so residents can plant flowers and vegetables. The community's brick buildings are accessed through security doors monitored by closed-circuit cameras. Each building has its own laundry room A laundry room (also called a utility room) is a room where clothes are washed. In a modern home, a laundry room would be equipped with an automatic washing machine and clothes dryer,and often a large basin, called a laundry tub, for hand-washing delicate articles of clothing such .

Its occupancy rate Noun 1. occupancy rate - the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) are occupied or rented at a given time
pct, per centum, percent, percentage - a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
 has increased regularly since August 2004. As of July 2005, Stone Run East's occupancy was at 98.54 percent, while competitors in the area were at the low- to mid-90s.

Garden/Townhouse, 1980-1999, Over 150 Units

AMLI AMLI Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists  at St. Charles St. Charles, IL AMLI Residential

AMLI at St. Charles is a 400-unit luxury community set on 26.5 acres. Five generous floor plans offer custom home details, majestic lake views and resort-style living near historic downtown St. Charles.

Its management team has produced outstanding performance since the community opened in 1999 and has made the community an asset of which AMLI, its residents and the city of St. Charles are proud. Many team members have been with the community since it opened and have contributed to winning seven prestigious awards over the past few years. A high level of service at this community is evidenced by its No. 1 ranking in AMLI's customer satisfaction survey for two consecutive years.

The AMLI at St. Charles team has more than 25 years of industry experience and takes pride in being active in the community and setting high standards. The community's occupancy in 2005 was approximately 95 percent.

Garden/Townhouse, Post 2000, 150 Units or Under

Cordis Mills Millbury, MA The Dolben Company

A restoration project unlike most, Cordis Mills is ideally situated in the heart of historic Blackstone Valley. Access to all major New England highways
See also: New England Interstate Highways, a system of numbered highways in New England, USA, from 1922 to 1927.
The New England Highway is a highway in Australia.
, transit hubs and centers of culture and commerce is quick and easy.

From the foundation of the original 1870s mill, three stories of luxury apartments have been carefully designed and constructed to afford every amenity while respecting each historic detail. Common areas displaying antique mill equipment pay homage to the valley's glory days of textile, while the new swimming pool and fitness center reflect the pace of modern lifestyles. The community room is constructed almost entirely of brick with high ceilings and sunny mill windows. Thanks to the preservation of original architectural charms, Cordis Mills' 112 units, which opened January 2004, are available in 11 distinct models, each featuring one-of-a kind characteristics.

The community has been 97 percent occupied since June 2005 and topped 99 percent occupancy in August 2005.

Mid/High Rise, Pre 1979, 150 Units or Under

Nissen Building Apartments Winston-Salem, NC HRI HRI Horse Racing Ireland
HRI High Resolution Instrument
HRI Human-Robot Interaction
HRI Hellenic Resources Institute (Greece)
HRI Human Rights Internet (Ottawa, Canada) 

Nissen provides luxurious downtown living in a historic, 18-floor high-rise building high-rise building

Multistory building taller than the maximum height people are willing to walk up, thus requiring vertical mechanical transportation. The introduction of safe passenger elevators made practical the erection of buildings more than four or five stories tall.
 and is one of a few Winston-Salem, N.C., addresses that boast both city and mountain views. It is one of the crown jewels crown jewels

Ornaments used at the coronation of a monarch and the formal ensigns of monarchy worn or carried on state occasions, as well as collections of personal jewelry consolidated by European sovereigns as valuable assets of their royal houses and the offices they
 of the city skyline and is a listed structure on the National Register of Historic Places This article is about the U.S. Register. For the National Register of Historic Places in Canada see Canadian Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places

While maintaining its classic, art deco architecture This is a list of buildings that are examples of Art Deco. North America
  • 20 Exchange Place, New York, New York, Cross & Cross, 1931
  • 40 Wall Street, New York, NY (1930)
  • 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931
 on the exterior, The Nissen exudes contemporary elegance and luxury on the interior. Each apartment home is tastefully taste·ful  
1. Having, showing, or being in keeping with good taste.

2. Pleasing in flavor; tasty.

 designed with gourmet kitchens that are equipped with granite countertops, hardwood cabinetry cab·i·net·ry  
Cabinetwork: finely detailed cabinetry.

Noun 1. cabinetry - the craft of making furniture (especially furniture of high quality)
 and tile floors. Additionally, expansive windows, designer lighting, ceramic tiled baths and all-new appliances, including washers, dryers and microwaves, are standard amenities. Residents have controlled card access to a state-of-the-art fitness center and heated roof-top pool and cabana area where they can take in magnificent views of the entire city. The Nissen opened one year ago to residents following a $30 million redevelopment.

Mid/High Rise, Pre 1979, Over 150 Units

Chestnut Park Springfield, MA The Dolben Company

Chestnut Park Apartments consists of four high- and mid-rise buildings on two continuous downtown blocks. In late 1996, the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MHFA MHFA Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
MHFA Mental Health First Aid
) took control of Chestnut Park and assigned the community's management contract to The Dolben Company with the request that it improve Chestnut's overall conditions.

Using a $5 million tax credit loan, Dolben began a physical rehabilitation physical rehabilitation See Physical therapy.  and assigned a new management team to the community. Dolben offered classes at the community that helped residents to write their resumes and fill out job applications. It provided affordable day care. It acquired grants that were used to create youth activities, such as after-school homework centers, where basic school supplies were available. Students who excelled in those programs were given movie passes or tickets to sporting events. Dolben formed youth sports teams for residents, and today, more than 100 children are participating. As a result, vacancy is now less than 1.5 percent and the community's social problems have disappeared.

Mid/High Rise, Post 2000, 150 Units or Under

Kensington at Chelmsford Chelmsford, MA The Dolben Company

Kensington at Chelmsford is a luxury community with a perfect blend of small-town charm and easy accessibility with a location just minutes from major highways and shopping centers.

Its one- and two-bedroom apartment homes are fully furnished with appliances, including full-size washers and dryers, white-on-white GE appliances and climate-controlled garages with elevator access. Its beautifully decorated community center offers residents a place to sit and read a book, workout in the fitness center or just relax by the pool.

Residents have described living at the Kensington at Chelmsford as being a part of a neighborhood community where the staff makes a point to get to know them personally and where they feel their needs are valued and met. Its occupancy on average for the past year is 95 percent.

Communications Award

Lubbock Apartment Association

The Lubbock Apartment Association (LAA LAA Los Angeles Angels (baseball team)
LAA Local Area Agreements (UK)
LAA Latin American Association
LAA Lifetime Achievement Award
LAA Locally Administered Address
LAA Library Association of Alberta
) produces and manages the Lubbock magazine and Web site--both of which provide cost-effective, targeted advertising to communicate with prospective residents. Lubbock magazine has more than 320 distribution locations that include apartment communities, colleges, hospitals and restaurants.

Advertising rates start at $62.50 per quarter, or less than 1 cent per exposure. Lubbock's online complement costs as little as $60 per quarter. Both media are directed by an advisory committee of members chosen by LAA who regularly meet to evaluate costs and to facilitate strategic planning Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people.  for the future.

The Lubbock Web site receives an average of 3.3 million hits a month from prospective residents seeking housing in the Lubbock Metro area This article is about the music production team. For the article about population centers, see metropolitan area.

Metro Area are a Brooklyn-based dance music production team composed of Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani.
. McDougal Companies, representing 15 large apartment communities in the Lubbock area, reported that Lubbock magazine and Web site generated 516 leases for its communities last year.

Community Service Award

Houston Apartment Association

Hurricane Katrina Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism.  devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 the Gulf Coast last year and is estimated to have caused 1,600 deaths and $75 billion in damages. As a result, more than 230,000 people evacuated e·vac·u·ate  
v. e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing, e·vac·u·ates
a. To empty or remove the contents of.

b. To create a vacuum in.

 to Houston.

The Houston Apartment Association's (HAA HAA Harvard Alumni Association
HAA Houston Apartment Association
HAA High Altitude Airship
HAA Haloacetic Acid
HAA HIV/AIDS Administration (District of Columbia)
HAA Heavy Anti-Aircraft
HAA Height Above Airport
) hurricane housing program quickly and efficiently provided affordable housing to more than 150,000 people of 34,000 families who evacuated to the Houston area from Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. HAA spearheaded the outreach effort and ensured that evacuees' housing needs were met quickly, efficiently and respectfully.

It coordinated closely with government agencies, even as their roles and responsibilities were constantly changing. It communicated quickly, accurately and often to HAA members, apartment owners, evacuees Resident or transient persons who have been ordered or authorized to move by competent authorities, and whose movement and accommodation are planned, organized and controlled by such authorities.  and the general public as events and developments changed the dynamics on a daily, or even hourly, basis for months. It protected the interests of apartment owners, whose generosity placed them at tremendous financial risk.

Education Award

Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association

Maintenance Madness was planned and coordinated by the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association (GCNKAA GCNKAA Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association (Covington, KY) ) in conjunction with its Education Committee and Programs Committee to satisfy, the association's growing desire to involve maintenance personnel in GCNKAA activities and to broaden the scope of their technical education.

Maintenance Madness took the place of the monthly September general membership meeting. It was structured as a mini-trade show, but instead of service partners displaying their products or services, exhibitors demonstrated how their products or services are used. Each selected a maintenance topic, such as filling a hole in a wall or the correct way to paint, and demonstrated the proper technique at the booth.

This event was not to be viewed as a sales opportunity, but instead as a chance to educate the industry. Maintenance Madness was originally budgeted to break even, but because of its popularity, sponsorship and effective management, it netted $2,200.

Government Affairs Award

Apartment Association of Greater Dallas

Tired of battling City of Dallas code inspectors, police, council members and other city staff, the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (AAGD AAGD Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (Dallas, TX) ) motivated its members to become informed and involved in local elections; raised the awareness in the community regarding the voting potential of the 60 percent of the population that lives in rental housing; and selected, supported and influenced the outcome of the four City Council seats up for election in May 2005.

AAGD formed a Voter Mobilization Task Force of apartment personnel and residents and enlisted the commitment of owner members to promote voter registration Voter registration is the requirement in some democracies for citizens to check in with some central registry before being allowed to vote in elections. An effort to get people to register is known as a voter registration drive. Centralized/compulsory vs.  activities. It hired a public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most  professional to ensure positive press coverage. The candidates that AAGD endorsed in all four districts won their elections. The new council members are well acquainted with AAGD's members and issues. These new council members are now seen as "go-to" people and have helped with many issues.

Membership Development Award

Arizona Multihousing Association

The AMAzing a·maze  
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.

2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.

 Race Membership Drive by the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA) was designed to grow the membership base, to increase revenues and to meet member needs.

Previously, AMA's membership committee simply assisted with retention calls. Membership had declined slightly for five consecutive years, and the recent wave of condo conversions hurt the total.

For the drive, AMA actively recruit all of its members to participate in bringing in new members through their individual circles of contacts. That way, members were making warm-calls instead of cold-calling prospects. For the six-week program, the recruiting member who brought in a new recruit earned a "lap."

AMA's goal was to have 10 teams generate a total of 11,000 laps. In the end, the 16 "racing" teams had totaled 12,565 laps and AMA had increased membership by 3,106 or 1.1 percent, and dues revenue by $84,419 or 9.97 percent.
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