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Apartment Council of Western New York announces Leadership Team. (NAA Today).

The Apartment Council of Western New York (ACWNY)), celebrated its one-year anniversary of being recognized as an affiliate of the National Apartment Association (NAA) on April 18, 2002.

At the event, NAA's Manager of Affiliate Relations, Valerie Hairston introduced ACWNY's Leadership 2002-2003 Team:

* Mary Jane Zak, Executive Director and President

* Michael Cureton, Vice President

* Linda Orlowski, Secretary

* Grace Luterek, Program Coordinator

* Suzanne Taylor, Esq., Legislative Issues

* William K. Duffy, Membership Owners/Management Staff

* David Lawson, Jr. Membership Service Providers "Purchase Power Program"

* Lois Mackiewicz, Communications

* Steve Opara, Webmaster Technical Development and Design

Numerous enthusiastic proclamations, citations and recognitions were given by supporting local, state and national representatives, who shared their encouragement for the role ACWNY will have legislatively in regard to future bills in New York State and U.S. Congress.

Zak founded the Council in March 2001 at the request of property managers in Western New York. ACWNY affiliated with NAA in June 2001. The goals and objectives of the ACWNY include commitment to economic stability for property owners, professional development of their management staff, partnering with professionals as they provide property owners with "purchase power program", legislative awareness that affects the multifamily housing industry and taking a dedicated position within the western New York community.

ACWNY is open to all persons interested in the continued success of the multifamily housing industry. ACWNY stresses the benefits of an urgency to educate at all levels of property management. In September 2002, ACWNY, under the direction of Zak, will offer NAA's nationally recognized designation programs.

PMAMM Names Welch Its AE

The Property Management Association of Mid-Michigan (PMAMM) is pleased to announce that Mary Welch has accepted a new role with the association as Association Executive.

Formerly a property manager for Summit Property Management in East Lansing, Mich., Welch also served as PMAMM secretary for one year before holding the title of president for a year and a half. Welch said she is happy to have the flexibility to devote more time and enthusiasm to the association.

Prior to her new position, Welch volunteered her time to the association in addition to working full-time. She said she is very excited about her new challenge because it will provide more time and energy to focus on member needs. She said she looks forward to growing the PMAMM membership, as well as increasing its member unit count.

PMAMM recently held a general membership meeting where it highlighted the benefits and services that NAA provides its affiliates, including legislative advocacy, education and the NAA PAC.

In the coming months, PMAMM plans to offer more NAA educational programs, as well as elicit prospective membership--in the Lansing area--to membership meetings, trade shows, seminars, etc.

"Strength is in numbers and when members see value in an organization they will join, and that will make my job a lot easier," said Welch.

Planning has begun for PMAMM's annual trade show, which is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2002. This spectacular event will follow the association's Real Estate Continuing Education program. This continuing education is required for those who hold real estate licenses in Michigan. This unique program has been specially designed by property management professionals for property management professionals. It has been approved by the State of Michigan. More than 100 participants are expected to attend the class this year. The trade show also will feature a "State of The Industry Address", which will be given at the special Owners and Executives Forum. Each year, the trade show committee works very hard to make this important event one that will provide its members with ample opportunity to learn, network and advertise their businesses. Without exception, it has grown and improved every year.

Another goal of PMAMM is to get maintenance professionals more involved in the association. "Maintenance is one of the most important aspects of the multifamily industry. PMAMM is planning to offer the NAA Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) course in order to provide more education for maintenance professionals," said Welch.

PMAMM Board member Christopher Dye currently writes a monthly feature article for the PMAMM newsletter "The Maintenance Corner" and has added a "Maintenance Tip" to each newsletter. Dye is working diligently to rouse interest in the CAMT course among those in the Lansing area.

PMAMM also is revamping its Web site www.PMAMM.com. Currently, members can obtain general membership information about the association, but plans are in place to offer members access to the latest information and resources in the multifamily industry.

NWAAA Holds Quarterly Seminar about Mold

The NorthWest Arkansas Apartment Association (NWAA) recently held a training and education seminar in Fayetteville, Ark., about mold.

The NAA Mold and Operations Training Video played a major part in the seminar, providing members with information and helpful suggestions to help with the prevention and remediation of mold in multifamily rental housing.

According to board member Yvonne Cochran, Arbors Apartment Community, several apartment homes in the Fayetteville area recently were condemned and boarded up because of mold infestation and hazardous living conditions.

"This seminar was very helpful to our members as well as the guests that attended," said Cochran.

"The meeting was well attended. We had 50 confirmed RSVPs and were pleasantly surprised by the crowd of 74 people who attended," said NWAA President Mark "Doc" Lindsay.

The seminar was a hot topic for our members and guests and we were able to recruit new members as well as provide copies of the NAA Mold, and Operations Training Video, CD, and other informational resources to our members.

Thanks to the great resources from NAA, NWAA was able to put on a high-quality seminar that was very well received. With the insight and information provided by NAA, NWAA will be able to provide topnotch programs and services to its members as well as the residents in northwest Arkansas.

NWAA covers the northwest 1-540 corridor areas and is expecting to bring in the surrounding areas of Eureka Springs, Siloam Springs, Fort Smith and Harrison. NWAA plans to unveil the NAA Rental Owners Course (ROC) this fall, as well as other professional designation courses.

One goal of the NWAA board of directors is to recruit more volunteers to serve on committees and get involved with association activities.

According to Lindsay, NWAA has just gotten started. "Even though we've only been in existence for a little more than eight months, our membership growth initiative has enabled us to reach out to the independent owners in our area with information resources, networking opportunities, and fellowship, as well as being involved in local, county, state and federal government issues that impact our industry every day."

Northwest Arkansas is the sixth-fastest growing region in the United States. It is vitally important to be working with our entire congressional delegation on the issues of growth so our industry will be well positioned. It also is as important for all those who are affiliated with our industry to have a united voice in their future.

AMA Presents Tributes Awards

The Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA) presented 17 Tributes Awards to properties and individuals who "achieved a standard of unqualified excellence" in their respective categories at a meeting in June. Following is a list of some of the top winners.

Named the best property built between 1997 and 2000 was High Desert Village at DC Ranch, a 129-unit community in Scottsdale. Managing the property is P.B. Bell Asset Management. Rated the best property built between 1990 and 1996 was The Legend at Kierland, a 360-unit community in Scottsdale. Mark-Taylor Residential is the manager. Selected as the best property built prior to 1990 was Tierra Catalina, a 120-unit property in Tucson. ConAm Management manages the community.

Awarded the apartment community with the best on-site staff for a community with less than 200 units was Fountain Creek, a 186-unit development in Phoenix. Equity Residential Properties Trust manages the property. Named the apartment community with the best on-site staff for a community with more than 200 units was San Palmas, a 240-unit property in Chandler. Mark-Taylor Residential manages the site.

Carol Runyon of Greystar Management Services in Phoenix was selected as property supervisor of the year. Recognized as apartment manager of the year for a property with more than 200 units was Michelle Sinclair of San Palmilla in Tempe, a Mark-Taylor Residential community

Named apartment manager of the year for a property with less than 200 units was Bethany Kroeger of Dobson Bay Club in Mesa. Her management company is Bernard/Allison Management Services.

Eskwitt Named Executive VP of NJAA

The New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA), a statewide organization of apartment owners, managers, builders and those involved in allied industries has named Scott A. Eskwitt, Executive Vice President. NJAA, headquartered in East Brunswick, represents the interests of the state's multi-family housing industry.

"I am dedicated to NJAA's mission of maintaining and improving existing properties and promoting and producing new and affordable apartments throughout New Jersey," said Eskwitt.

A resident of Colts Neck, Eskwitt received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo School of Law. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1988. He previously managed the Bargaining Forum, Inc. and the Council on Labor Law Equality, Inc., Eskwitt has been in private practice the past 11 years specializing in residential property matters, labor and exempt-organizations law. He has served as a member of the Colts Neck Township Board of Adjustment, the Colts Neck Education Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County and the Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Department.

AACP Gives Awards

The Apartment Association of Central Pennsylvania (AACP) presented its first Best of Living Awards to its members and properties in June.

In Category One (125 apartments and less), the Overall Community Excellence went to LaCollina, Harrisburg; Top Curb Appeal went to Locust Village, Maryville; Top Leasing and Marketing went to Willow Woods, Lancaster; Top Maintenance went to Spring Valley, Harrisburg.

In Category Two (126-250 apartments), the Overall Community Excellence went to Roxbury Ridge, Shippensburg; Top Curb Appeal went to Roxbury Ridge, Shippensburg; Top Leasing and Marketing went to Village of Rivermore, Marietta; Top Maintenance was shared by Cool Creek Manor, Wrightsville, and Treeview Apartments, Harrisburg.

In Category Three (250-400 apartments), the Overall Community Excellence went to Georgetown Crossing, Mechanicsburg; Top Curb Appeal went to Greenfield Estates, Lancaster; Top Leasing and Marketing went to Pennsylvania Place, Harrisburg; Top Maintenance was shared by Greenfield Estates, Lancaster, and Terraces of Springfield, Harrisburg.

In Category Four (401 or more), the Overall Community Excellence was shared by Bentley Ridge, Lancaster, and Springford, Harrisburg; Top Curb Appeal went to Bentley Ridge, Lancaster; Top Leasing and Marketing went to Bentley Ridge, Lancaster; Top Maintenance went to Springford, Harrisburg.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
NATIONAL APARTMENT ASSOCIATION UPCOMING MEETINGS

2002
Assembly of Delegates
November 14-16 Phoenix, AZ Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2003
Education Conference
and Exposition
June 19-21, 2003 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Hilton & CC

2004
Education Conference
and Exposition
June 24-26, 2004 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Hilton
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