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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE My Open-Door Policy Published for Florida Apartment Association 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 125 Maitland, FL 32751 Tel: 407-960-2910 Fax: 407-960-2911 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Ron Wenzel Greystar Multi-Family Services Vice President Glenn Evers MAA Treasurer Shawn Wingate Pinnacle Realty Services Secretary Lori Trainer Southern Affordable Services Inc. Associates' Vice President Brenda Sweeting Absolutely Amazing Refinishing AE Council Chairman Chip Tatum AAGO Past Presidents Stacey Stuart The Bainbridge Companies Linda Paolo WRH Realty Services Inc. Susan Truesdale Winthrop Management FAA STAFF Executive Vice President Josh Gold, CAE, CMP Government Affairs Director Courtney Barnard Director of Meetings Ralph Robinson, CMP Bookkeeper & Affiliate Relations Rona Long Lease Program Administrator Kevin Ramnath Editorial Consultant Laureen Crowley Published by 5950 NW 1st Place, Gainesville, FL 32607 Tel: 352-332-1252 Fax: 352-331-3525 Publisher: Dave Evans Naylor Editor: Robin Lamerson Project Manager: Robert Kramer Marketing & Research Associate: Nancy Taylor Book Leader: Adam Severance Account Representatives: Adam Firestone, Anthony Edwards, Cherie Dubay, Chris Chiccarello, Chris Zabel, David Freeman, Eric Singer, Janet Frank, Jason Hughes, Jessica Semonin, Scott Pauquette, Stephen Cofino, Steven Faulkner Layout & Design: BK Publication Design ©2015 NAyLoR, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher. The Florida Apartment Association, hereinafter "FAA," does not endorse the products or services of any advertiser in Multifamily Florida. Reference to any product, service, hypertext link to a third party or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier or otherwise in Multifamily Florida or any publication, print or electronic, by FAA does not constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by FAA. Views, opinions and conclusions expressed by any authors of articles contained herein are not necessarily those of FAA, its members, board, employees or management. PUBLISHED MARCH 2015 / FAP-Q0115 / 5485 BY RON WENzEL, GREYsTAR MULTI-FAMILY sERvICEs A s I wrote in the president's message in the last issue, my vision for my term as FAA president is to make our statewide organization more relevant. And, one of my ways I plan to fulfill that vision is to spend time at each of our 11 local affiliates, working with their leadership to help those affiliates become more relevant, too. In the first month of 2015, I attended officer installation ceremonies at two locals, and I've made arrangements to attend special events at several more. I'm really looking forward to filling my calendar with travel plans. As I was preparing for our annual Legislative Days event in Tallahassee a few weeks ago, I was thinking about why visiting the locals is such a priority for me. Specifically, I was thinking how worthwhile it is when constituents - whether from FAA or other organizations - take the opportunity to speak with legislators in person. Candidates do plenty of traveling while they are campaigning to win votes. Then after they are elected, they settle into their new jobs and get down to the business at hand. Often, they become somewhat removed from the very voters who supported them. I don't believe it's intentional, but it's the reality as they focus on the job they were elected to do. That's why these Legislative Days and the Capitol Conference hosted by the National Apartment Association (NAA) in Washington, D.C., are crucial. Meeting with our elected officials provides an opportunity to explain why certain issues are important to us, our industry, and ultimately the state's economic well-being. By taking the time, we make issues personal. Similarly, I know there are issues that are significant to you as a multifamily housing professional. The officers from the local affiliates do an outstanding job of representing your interests at our quarterly board meetings, committee meetings, and other events throughout the year. But I want to make it personal. I want to know what matters to you, and what motivates you. What challenges in your job could become more manageable with some fresh ideas? Is your local affiliate giving you 6 l MultifaMilyflORiDa l the kind of support you need and want? Is there something the FAA could do to help your affiliate? Would it be helpful if larger affiliates share success stories with smaller affiliates that may be struggling a bit more? Keep in mind, communication is a two-way street, and I'm asking you to do your part, too. As with anything else, the more you put into this organization, the more you are likely to get out of it. * olunteer to serve on a local committee that V is aligned with your interests and abilities. * ave you attended a meeting of the board H of directors? Remember, board meetings are open to all members. Ask your local officers for more information. * id you attend the Legislative Days event in D Tallahassee in February? That's a wonderful opportunity to have a direct impact on matters of importance to the multifamily industry. It's also a great way to get to know your fellow multifamily professionals. (View event photos and read about Legislative Days beginning on Page 17.) I know that our members are committed to their jobs and to our industry. I support that commitment and I encourage you to demonstrate it through your involvement in your local and state association. Let me, another FAA officer, or your local leaders know how we can help you do that. ▲ MaRK yOuR CalENDaRS * April 22: Leadership Lyceum Governance Module, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale * April 23: FAA Board of Directors Meeting, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale * June 25-27: NAA Education Conference & Exposition, Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Spring 2015

President’s Message: My Open-Door Policy by Ron Wenzel, Greystar Multi-Family Services
FAA Update: The Power of Association by Josh Gold, CAE, CMP, FAA Executive Vice President
An Ounce of Prevention: An Organized System for Maintenance Saves Time, Trouble, and Money by Laureen M. Crowley
Rental Payment History 101 by Emily Christiansen
Legislative Days Wrap-Up by Laureen M. Crowley
Building Community: Working Together to Make a Difference by Trish Harris
Community Spotlight: West Park Village by Mary Lou Jay
Apartments by the Numbers
Index to Advertisers/

Multifamily Florida - Spring 2015