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IN THENews MILESTONES PEOPLE Long-time apartment industry speaker Russ Sandlin of Prosperity, SC, died on October 13 at the age of 61. Russ had gone boating and had been missing for four days before being found dead in his boat. He died of blunt force trauma to the head, apparently in a fall, and it was ruled accidental. Deputies say his dog never left his side. The Prosperity Rescue Squad found Russ, an avid bass fisherman, near his boat, which had run aground near a place called Spring Creek. He had been last seen the previous Sunday afternoon by his neighbors getting into his boat on Lake Murray with his Weimaraner, Sadie. Wildlife officials said Sandlin’s boat ran aground with enough force to throw him partially out of the boat into some branches. Newberry County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Robert Dennis said when rescue crews arrived, they saw Sadie inside the boat still trying to remove branches from Sandlin’s body and licking him. She withstood wind, rain, and four days without food. The dog’s efforts to save her master’s life, however, went unrewarded because Sandlin was already dead. “You can see by her looking around for him, it’s very stressful on her,” said Warren Dallman of Newberry County Animal Control. “Nobody will ever be the owner that she had, and she really misses him.” “It would have been real easy to jump out of the boat and go into the woods, but [the dog] stayed right there until somebody found them,” said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. Russ was born in Florence, AL on May 5, 1950. He began his career in the housing industry in 1975 with R&B Management as a Maintenance Supervisor and advanced through the ranks to become Vice President and Director of Training. In 1983 Russ formed his own consulting firm, The Russ Sandlin Group, wherein he developed a 18 l MultifamilyFLORIDA l WINTER 2012 reputation as an authority in high-level strategies and training for the multi-family housing sector. In 2002 Russ took a position with MRI/ Intuit to guide the development of their web based property management solution and worked closely with industry giants like Equity Residential, ArchstonSmith, ConAm, The Dolben Company, Village Green, Mid-America Communities, Post Properties Julian LeCraw, Hope Properties, and others. Russ helped to define the change management process that guided organizations large and small into the new realm of Internet connectivity. Russ left MRI/Intuit in 2007 and returned to consulting, focusing his 33 years of training experience on creating spectacular success in companies across the country. Russ had most recently expanded his training efforts to work with the US military on several contracts involving training for military housing as well. Over his illustrious career in the Multifamily Industry Russ was a member of the following Organizations: NAA Board of Directors, NAAEI Faculty Member and NSC Chairman; he also received the following Awards: NSC Member of the Year and Recipient NMSA - “Russ Sandlin Award.” D. Chew as its new District Manager for the Florida Region. Mr. Chew began his career in the property management industry in 1986, and has over 25 years experience managing conventional, tax credit, new construction, and all classifications of commercial properties in the Florida market. As District Manager, Jeffrey assumes responsibility of a multi-faceted portfolio, which continues to grow as Capstone increases its presence within the Florida market. Jeffrey is a member of the Southeast Florida Apartment Association. Austin, TX-based Capstone Real Estate Services, Inc. has hired Jeffrey Finlay Management has appointed Janice Bryant as a regional manager. “We are very pleased that Janice has joined the Finlay Management team. Her addition underscores our commitment to our clients and residents to work with some of the most experienced and talented professionals in the industry,” said Chris Finlay, president of the Jacksonville-based firm. Bryant brings 30 years of multiamily management experience, most recently with Michaelson Group, to the position that will concentrate on working with on-site managers and staff at the Finlay Management properties in North Florida.  Those communities include Collins Place, Laurel Pointe, and Collins Cove. Additional properties are in Florida, Texas, and New Hampshire.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Winter 2012

President’s Message
Legislative Update
Association News
FAA Conference Inspires and Educates
Spotlight on Altruism
In the News
Product/Service Council Directory
Index to Advertisers/

Multifamily Florida - Winter 2012