Multifamily Florida - Summer 2011 - (Page 5)

PRESIDENT’SMessage As we find ourselves six months into our 2011 Climb, your Florida Apartment Association leadership have certainly found themselves relating to the words of Nelson Mandela. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Looking back, I can confirm that the sheer whirlwind of your FAA accomplishments that were realized throughout the first quarter acted as a training ground for the abundance of activities in the second quarter. Kicking off the spring season, we welcomed 22 new candidates into the 2011 FAA Leadership Lyceum class. The event was held the last Thursday of April at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. Local association executives and board members were asked to nominate current local Board of Directors and/ or local members that possess a strong commitment to the multifamily housing industry and an interest in future participation and leadership at the State level. In an effort to infuse diverse talent into the FAA structure, the Leadership Lyceum program provides a curriculum that increases the understanding of how the industry and the associations operate, further enhances leadership management skills, and cultivates camaradeie among committed volunteers. Following the program, the candidates were invited to attend a networking event with previous Lyceum graduates and FAA Leadership. The evening was graciously sponsored by the First Coast Apartment Association. We look forward to the recognizing the candidates of our 3rd Graduation Class in October at the Education Conference and Trade Show.   The April Board of Directors meeting was also held at the beautiful World Golf Village. The meeting date was perfectly timed with the launch of FAA’s new website, In fact, with so many of our members utilizing iPads, laptops, and smart phones in lieu of the more traditional notebook/ printed documents, I was thankful that our volunteer members are typically very experienced multitaskers! The website is becoming more comprehensive each day, and many of the ideas and initiatives formulated at the February planning event will be available in the coming months. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out the new site, give it a whirl the next time your Facebook page is loading. I am thrilled to announce that the Revenue Benefit and Distribution plan was evaluated and approved by the BOD during the April meeting as well. Countless hours were spent by the Task Force, Budget and Finance Committee, and Executive Committee to structure a revenue plan that would balance FAA’s commitment to the local associations and fund FAA’s short and long term initiatives. The approval of the plan allowed for the distribution of over $22,000 to leadership representatives to take back to their local Boards of Directors. Although celebrations were in order, many of our members raced back to their local associations to finalize team rosters, identify team leaders and begin practices to prepare for the 2011 Charity Challenge. In addition to the FAA team, many of FAA’s management members and vendor partners from all over Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville traveled to the Citrus Bowl prepared to leave with bragging rights in volleyball, tug-o-war, basketball, and more. Our friends at Capture the Market were able to “capture” some of the cheers and giggles for those of you who may have missed out on the fun. Be sure to click on the Charity challenge video link to get a glimpse of FAA giving back. Many of us have just recently returned to the fabulous state of Florida after traveling to Las Vegas to attend the NAA Education Conference and Exposition. This year’s event broke all previous attendance records, and certainly proved to be the largest show in the multifamily Industry. Highlights of the conference included Keynote Speaker Condoleezza Rice sharing her thoughts on how the United States can re-emerge as a world superpower, the NSC Sponsored Opening Party on Mandalay Beach, and a tremendous Florida presence both in competitors and spirit at the Maintenance Mania National Championship. The electricity and creative energy displayed in Las Vegas will surely be duplicated at our Education Conference and Trade Show at the Hilton Orlando in October. Be on the lookout for schedule and registration information… we don’t want you to miss it! 2011 has already proven to be a milestone year and many of the products of your fellow mountain climbers collaborative efforts have yet to be unveiled. I would certainly be remiss if I concluded my message without thanking all of our volunteer members. As stated by Vince Lombardi, “Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Your individual commitment to the achievements of FAA and our ever adventurous climb to greater peaks will certainly be inspiring to the emerging leaders that will lead us in the future. MultifamilyFLORIDA l SUMMER 2011 l 5 by Kellie Jackson, CPM, Milestone Management

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Summer 2011

President Message
Legislative Update
Market Report
In the News
HUD’s Office of Healthcare Programs Making Progress in Delivering Senior Housing and Healthcare Loans More Efficiently
Is It Just Me, Or Does Everyone Seem Angry These Days?
Smart Marketing by Partnering With Corporate Housing Companies
Injuries on Your Property
Product/Service Council Directory

Multifamily Florida - Summer 2011