Pillow Talk – Priorities

by Perry Pillow, AATC's Director of Government Affairs

After a grueling loss, my high school football coach admonished (his voice reaching rock concert levels) our team to “get our *#@& __ing priorities straight. Faith, family, and football. And not necessarily in that order!” As an 18-year old, 210-pound, outside linebacker, that resonated with me. As you probably guessed, I never made it to the NFL. Perhaps, I had my priorities in the right order?

One of the most significant aspects of AATC’s advocacy efforts is the passion and dedication of our members.  AATC members are 110% committed to ensuring that the multifamily industry thrives in DFW, throughout Texas, and across the country. Our members are passionate about the government NOT meddling in your business.

This devotion is evident in AATC’s litigation against Bedford, attendance at Business Exchange, and meetings with elected officials. Don’t mess with AATC.

With so many legislative and regulatory issues and challenges facing our industry, prioritization matters.

When it comes to government policies (ordinances, laws, regulations, rules, etc.), AATC’s, TAA’s, and NAA’s primary focus is to ensure that bad things don’t happen. Preventing adverse government action is our top priority – which means I get to play political defense (must be the linebacker in me talking). If time and resources allow, AATC will proactively seek to enact affirmative laws and regulations that benefit our members.

AATC’s advocacy efforts center on our industry and business-oriented issues. AATC does not get involved with social issues: abortion, gun rights, immigration, race relations, prayer in school, etc. AATC does not favor one political party or faction within a party over another—just call us Switzerland!

AATC also prioritizes our political efforts. AATC PAC contributions go to help our friends first, then to those with whom we might want to establish a relationship. Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright once told me that he never kept a list of his political enemies, but he did keep a list of his friends!

AATC’s advocacy priorities are clear. These principles guide our lobbying and political efforts.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE REGISTRATION:  Registration is open until August 16th for the 2019 Business Exchange presented by Maintenance Supply HQ. To register, go to https://www.aatcnet.org/business-exchange.html. This year’s event is Wednesday, August 21st from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center (500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039).  Lunch will be from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. with one-on-one meetings occurring between 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Per usual, supplier partners must be members of both AATC and AAGD to attend. It is $430 per supplier attendee; limit four attendees per supplier company. Payment is only by personal credit card—no corporate/company credit cards allowed. There will be no admittance without prior payment; no refunds for no shows; and no walk-ins. Cancellations must be made by August 16th. No refunds after the cancellation date.

As of August 1st, more than 320 executives from 55 DFW multifamily owner/management companies have committed to attend.  Owner/management registration is ongoing. This event is free to Owner/Management company attendees. To register, go to https://www.aatcnet.org/business-exchange.html. For owner/management attendees, you can add attendees at any time; however, your registration includes a commitment to replace attendees if needed. If you have attendee changes or event questions, please email to ppillow@aatcnet.org or call Perry Pillow at (817) 616-0354.

WATER SAFETY: The Tarrant County YMCA will be offering water safety classes this summer at apartment communities. To learn more about this program, contact Lindsi Smith with the YMCA at (817) 335-9622 or by email at LSmith@ymcafw.org.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: AATC is partnering with Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) to identify available units for housing voucher-holders. If your property is willing to consider residents with a housing voucher, please go the following link and complete this form. (https://aatcnet.wufoo.com/forms/z1di364h16dq13s/) Landlords are asked to thoughtfully consider the unique situation of each voucher-holder to accommodate any extenuating circumstance. AATC also encourages our members to consider various affordable housing programs when they have vacant units. Whether it is housing choice vouchers, homeless veterans, or other housing assistance, providing housing for all income levels is critically important. In addition to FWHS, AATC is working with Arlington Housing Authority, Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office, and the Tarrant County Continuum of Care to provide housing for all Tarrant County residents.

Perry Pillow is AATC’s Director of Government Affairs. For more information, contact Perry at ppillow@aatcnet.org or call 817-616-0354.