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NAA PAC State Ambassador profile: Bonnie Felts, ARM, President, Alabama Apt. Assn.

NAA launched the NAA PAC State Ambassadors Program last year in an effort to expand NAA's influence and to continue the commitment of developing a first-rate PAC. Serving as an NAA PAC State Ambassador gives NAA members the opportunity to educate fellow members about the benefits of supporting the NAA PAC.

An Ambassador helps increase the number of members who are authorized to be solicited in their state and helps ensure that their state meets or exceeds its fair share goal. In addition, Ambassadors develop long-term relationships with members of Congress and multifamily housing industry leaders.

Bonnie Felts, ARM, Property Manager for Mark Apartments, Huntsville, Ala., has served as PAC Ambassador since January. She is one of 58 Ambassadors serving the NAA PAC.

For information on becoming a PAC Ambassador, contact Bradley Hix, NAA's Manager of NAA PAC and Grassroots, at Bradley@naahq.org or call 703/518-6141.

Why did you volunteer to be a PAC Ambassador?

I have always been involved at the local level, state and national level. I wanted to become more involved with the legislative issues and be a representative for my state. NAA holds a strong presence for our industry within the legislative arena. Being a NAA PAC Ambassador allows me to represent my state.

What have you found to be your biggest challenge as a NAA PAC Ambassador?

There have not been any challenges for our state so far. When we became a chartered member in 2000 as a state organization, it was expected that our members would participate in all NAA programs. Our members welcome the challenge of being involved. We have added five new ambassadors.

What is most rewarding about being a NAA PAC Ambassador?

It has been very rewarding to see the great team of NAA PAC Ambassadors we have in Alabama. I think the most thrilling thing that can happen is for a member to call and say they want to become a NAA PAC Ambassador. I would like to welcome and thank my new Ambassadors for their hard work, commitment and involvement in meeting their NAA PAC Fair Share for the year 2003. They are Jim Vaughn, Huntsville, Ala.; Michelle Childers, Birmingham, Ala.; Less Williams, Mobile, Ala.; and Joe Rainey, Montgomery, Ala.

What goals have you set for yourself?

I would like to see our state form more local associations that become affiliated with NAA. My goal is to make NAA PAC become one of the most influential PACs on Capitol Hill.

What advice would you offer someone considering becoming an Ambassador?

When deciding to become a PAC Ambassador, members must understand the commitment and time involved. Interested persons should read a packet of legislative information and spend time with each other discussing it over lunch, sharing the goals and benefits of being involved, or speaking to each other over the phone. Those considering becoming a NAA PAC Ambassador should ask a current Ambassador may questions about the commitment. Always follow-up with a member who shows interest in the PAC program.

Getting members involved in NAA PAC will increase their interest in the Capitol Conference in Washington, D.C., and speaking face-to-face with Congressmen.
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