2018 will be one of the most pivotal elections in Arizona history. This November voters will go to the polls and make critical decisions about who will guide our state and local governments into the future. Between frantic headlines in the news and ever-changing political priorities, the apartment industry needs stable and focused leaders now more than ever.
The apartment industry provides housing for a more quarter of a million people in the state, it supports thousands of jobs, and contributes over $13 billion to the Arizona economy each year. With this type of community influence the industry also receives a lot of attention from regulators at every level of government. From taxation, to landlord- tenant law, to building codes the daily operations of apartments are constantly the subject of discussion at the state legislature, city halls, and in government agencies all across Arizona.
The Arizona Multihousing Association Political Action Committee (AMAPAC) gives the industry a strong voice while these discussions are taking place. AMAPAC supports legislators, mayors, and city council members who understand and are responsive to the needs of the apartment and rental housing community.
With over a thousand laws being considered at the state and city levels every year it is vital that elected representatives understand the issues the industry faces and are prepared to jump into action when the threat of excessive or burdensome regulation arises.
In order to find these leaders, AMAPAC evaluates candidates based on their proven track records of support for the rental housing industry and on long standing personal relationships they form with the AMA. AMAPAC supports proactive candidates who are dedicated to protecting the needs of the industry and who will be strong voices for Arizona’s future.
Please consider contributing to the Arizona Multihousing Association Political Action Committee in order to support your industry and protect our future.
To view the AMA endorsed candidates, please click HERE.
Adam greco, Associate Member council chair
Ranked as the third largest apartment developer in the country by the National Multi Housing Council, Wood Partners believes that development is the cornerstone of their success. With 12 offices and a total of 657 employees in development, construction, management and support roles, the Atlanta based company prides themselves on their development approach. Throughout the years, Wood Partners has worked to refine their approach and focuses on what they believe are the key development components. These components include site selection, entitlement, design, solid financing and value generation.
With their popular “Alta” branded communities, Wood Partners strives to improve peoples’ lives by creating better communities from coast to coast.
Alta Camelback, which opened in March 2018, is Wood Partners’ seventh community in the Metro Phoenix area. The community hosted the AMC in April, and as members entered the 237 unit midrise, they were in awe of the modern amenities and luxurious lifestyle the Alta Camelback offers.
Alta Camelback boasts a plethora of amenities, all of which are open to residents 24/7. Some of the property’s unique features include solopreneur spaces in which residents can rent out work spaces; a speak easy known as The Watering Hole – a space that is a keystone feature at all Wood Partners properties; a 13-foot TV wall with premium programs, movies and sports channels; and an expensive sky deck that overlooks Camelback Mountain.
Wood Partners prides itself on site selection. Located in the growing Uptown Phoenix area, Alta Midtown is a stone throw away from some of the newest restaurants, bars and farmers markets. Not only are there so many things to do in this location, the community is also in close proximity to the light rail. Due to this location, Alta Midtown provides its residents the opportunity to go car-free as they commute across the Metro Phoenix area. Overall, the community offers an upscale experience of desert living.
AMC attendees had the opportunity to speak with Kira Brown, Marketing Director West; Michelle Murr, Regional Manager; Clay Richardson, VP of Development; Christian Weber, Regional Sales Executive; and Anastasia Barrick, Property Director. Congratulations to Daniel Vollmer with Blue Steel for winning lunch with members of the Wood Partner Executive Team.
Ranked as the fourth largest multifamily builder and fourth largest management company in the country by the National Multi Housing Council, Alliance Residential is one of the largest private U.S. multifamily companies. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the company has 35 regional offices nationwide and puts a particular emphasis in major markets such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angles, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., New York and Phoenix. By 2020, Alliance Residential plans in grow to manage 150,000 units nationwide.
Alliance Residential recently hosted an AMC meeting in July at its Peak 16 property, located between trendy Midtown and the beautiful Biltmore area. As AMC members entered the 233-midrise community they were mesmerized by the five-star resort styled atmosphere Peak 16 presents as well as its prime location. The Peak 16 team is focused on their residents’ needs and bringing the community together through their partnerships with local businesses and vendors. Peak 16 prides itself as creating a true experience from the moment the guest tours to their move in and the living experience. The team is very focused on making a difference.
While Peak 16 boasts a variety of amenities that are available to residents, one of the most memorable amenities is their resort styled pool. While it has swimming lanes and is heated in the winter, the unique feature allows the pool to be chilled in the summer months. Another cool amenity that, according to the Peak 16 staff, is extremely popular with residents is the Cold Brew Coffee from Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2) on tap. For the health-conscious residents, Peak 16 offers Fitness on Demand. This technology allows residents to choose from a variety of work outs and complete their exercise in their own time at their own pace. Of course, at Peak 16 residents also have the option of using one of the community’s personal trainers if they would prefer.
At this meeting, the AMC announced the 2018 Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund scholarship awardees. Although the scholarship awardees were unable to attend, family and friends of the awardees, as well as friends and previous employees of Julie Hurst and Steve Peters were in attendance. AMC attendees had the opportunity speak with Alliance team members, including Tina Schreiber, Regional VP; Rachel Reid, Business Manager; Nick Orton, Regional Maintenance Supervisor; Tara Bevelacqua, Regional Manager; Jennifer Parsons, Regional Manager; Heather Knudson, Regional Manager; Natalie Fischer, District Manager; and Brandon Corn, Director of Operations. Congratulations to Bill Gemmill with Echo Magazine for winning lunch with members of Alliance Residential's Executive Team.
After the AMC meeting, Peak 16 hosted their official Grand Opening, inviting all members in attendance to sign the ribbon for the official cutting. Partnering with Elite Restaurants several local restaurants provided food and drinks and participated in the event in community. The opening was a huge success and the AMC was honored to be a part of this momentous occasion.
Associate Members went “All in with the AMA” at the 2018 Tucson Education Conference and Trade Show, presented by Koglmeier Law Group PLC. The Vegas inspired theme was a huge success with 96 exhibitor booths and 475 attendees.
The 234 full day attendees had the opportunity to hear about “Disaster Preparedness” in a Q & A panel sponsored by Wilmar. Rich Hallock of Greenspan International, Aaron Grace of Belfor and Cary Pfeffer of ClearComm Consulting, Inc. spoke on how communities can best prepare themselves now for when a disaster hits. They walked through what to expect, what to prepare for and how best to handle the aftermath of a disaster on a property.
Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Keynote Speaker Tanya Wheeless a former attorney and senior executive in the NBA. Her talk “Going for it: Creating a Life of Freedom & Joy” sponsored by Greenspan International was inspiring. She spoke on her past and how she grew unhappy and overwhelmed by her career. She shared her uplifting story of how she was able to find balance, maximize productivity and be happy in the work place as well as in her personal life.
On the Tradeshow floor, associate members were looking glamorous with their Las Vegas inspired booths and costumes. This year, ATI/Distinctive Carpets Inc./Right Away Disposal/Tucson Appliance & Furniture Company LLC won Most Interactive Booth. Valley Wide Security took home the award for Best Use of the Theme. The award for Best Costumes went to Redi Carpet and the People’s Choice Booth went to Koglmeier Law Group PLC.
The Tucson Education Conference and Trade Show Committee Chairs Missy Caruso with Distinctive Carpets and Kimberly Barrow with MEB and the entire committee did an amazing job and helped make this event a huge success.
Check out the photos from this event!
The AMA works hard to provide its members with industry specific services and benefits. As the rental housing industry continues to expand and evolve, so do our members’ needs. As a result, the AMA decided to send out a survey in August asking both regular and associate members for their feedback on the programs the AMA offers to see where and how we can best meet the needs of our members. The survey results were presented to the Board of Directors at the August Board Retreat.
The survey was a huge success. We received a lot of valuable feedback from both our regular and associate members including members’ analyses of AMA Membership, Education, Events and Committees. Upon reviewing both the regular and associate member surveys, the results showed a variety of the AMA's strengths, as well as some areas that can be improved. Based off the survey and member feedback, the AMA Board of Directors has created three main objectives to focus on for 2019: Membership engagement, Education programming and the Tribute Awards.
As we all begin to plan for 2019, the AMA wants to be transparent with our members and share some of the relevant data that led us to focusing on these three objectives.
When asked “How active of an AMA member do you consider yourself?” 15% of regular members considered themselves “Very Active,” 27% were “Active,” the majority - 40% - considered themselves “Occasionally Active,” the remaining 16% said they were “Not Active.” In comparison, 30% of associate members considered themselves “Very Active,” the majority - 40% - considered themselves to be “Active,” 23% of associate members believed they are “Occasionally Active,” and 5% considered themselves as “Not Active.”
The AMA felt it was important to ask members if they feel their AMA membership benefits them professionally. Out of all those who participate in the survey, 88% of regular members and 80% of associate members said yes, 4% of regular member and 16% of associate members elected to write in and further explain their answers.
Throughout both the regular and associate member surveys, many people stated that they are trying to figure out how to get the most out of their membership. The AMA’s Deanna Jordan who works in Membership and Business Development is a great resource. She is happy to sit down with anyone either in membership, or those looking to join the AMA to discuss how to get the most out of their AMA membership. If a member is interested in setting up a meeting with her, they can email email@example.com.
When the AMA asked our regular members what membership benefit we could provide that would better benefit them and their company, the majority - 61% - said more education. We asked these members what types of education classes the AMA should offer and asked them to rank nine options in order of importance. The top five courses in order of importance were:
#1 Leadership Training
#2 On-site Leasing Agent Training
#3 Management Training
#5 General Business
This year, the AMA has added more education classes to the calendar, primarily focusing on maintenance technicians. Our goal was to find out how important these education classes are to our regular members and in what ways can we improve. We asked our regular members if they would be willing to pay more for education programs with local and nationally recognized educators and speakers. The majority of respondents – 72% - said yes and 4% elected to write in their response. The Education Committee is currently reviewing the results and making plans for 2019. If you have ideas and suggestions, please be sure to join the education committee and be part of the planning process for 2019 and beyond.
An increase in education classes would also benefit associate members. We asked associate members to rank eight options in order of importance answering the question “Why are you a member of the AMA?” Networking was ranked number one followed by information sharing, sales, supporting the industry and professional development. If the AMA does increase its 2019 education classes, it would provide associate members additional sponsorship opportunities. Sponsoring a class allows associate members the ability to network, share their information and pitch their company.
The Tribute Awards
The Tribute Awards is one of the AMA’s signature events; it is also one of the largest apartment professional recognition events in the country.
Based on the survey results 55% of regular members and 52% of associate members attend this annual event. AMA board members as well as the Tributes committee are looking at ways to continually improve the process and event. The AMA has a great process to select and narrow down Tribute Award finalists. Our selection process currently consists of two rounds of interviews. The board and committee are considering a few enhancements to this process so come December be on the lookout for some exciting changes.
The three objectives were discussed at length at the 2018 Board of Directors Retreat that took place on August 23. The Board and AMA staff are working together to provide our members with the best service possible. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to fill out our survey; it is greatly appreciated. The results have been incredibly helpful, and we are using them to help steer us into 2019. Congratulations to our survey drawing winners Stacey Deal, Michelle Sinclair, Laura Sedivy and TC Abbott.
mark b. zinman, williams, zinman & Parham p.c.
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