Leadership at Every Level

by Candy Maxey, Greystar, 2019-2020 AATC President

Most of AATCs 1,800+ members know (at least I hope you do) that your friendly neighborhood Apartment Association with offices in Richland Hills is a federation of interests representing you and your company at the local, state, and national levels. When you join AATC, you’re automatically a member of a trade association triad, including Tarrant County (AATC), the Texas Apartment Association (TAA), and the National Apartment Association (NAA). It’s a trifecta, a three for one deal paying the freight for a wide range of resources provided by each of these wonderful organizations. It’s a deal my company considers to be an essential investment. Please allow me a moment to explain.

Basically, we all do the same types of things, but with a different geographical and geopolitical focus. NAA has offices in Arlington, VA, just a quick metro ride under the Potomac River to DC. Our US affiliate provides essential services, including federal advocacy initiatives, business networking opportunities, and resources and professional education curricula for the benefit of 170 state and local affiliates with more than 75,000 members representing 10 million apartment homes.

Like us, our national affiliate is governed by a board of directors as well as a much broader group called its Assembly of Delegates. AATC annually elects 5 Delegates to represent our interests within NAA, including annual discussions held during three conferences scheduled this year in Washington DC, Boston MA, and right next door in Dallas.

AATCs 2020 Delegates include our President-elect – Jason Busboom, Busboom Group; Treasurer – Michael Payne, Allmark; Vice-president – Jackie Cagle, Rasa Floors; our Immediate Past-president – Nicolle Block; as well as the author of this article, your President. In addition, our Board of Directors has elected three Alternate-delegates to include AATCs Executive Director & CEO – John Mitchell; our Secretary – Patty Utley, BH; and our PSC Chair – Jeff Duerstock with Updater.

Of course, TAA’s focus stretches across the State of Texas – which is no small task. Our collective state-wide esprit de corps serves the interests of nearly 12,000 members divided into 24 local affiliates, including property owners, managers, and supplier-partners in all 254 Texas counties. Similar to NAA, TAA provides advocacy initiatives, business networking opportunities, and resources as well as professional education curricula for companies and individuals providing rental housing to 4.6 million Texans.

AATC is actively involved in TAA as well, annually electing ten members of TAAs Board of Directors asked to represent the best interests of our members. AATCs TAA directors have or will attend four board meetings, including last summer’s meetings in Austin; the Oct meetings here in Arlington; TAAs winter meetings scheduled Feb 19-21 in Houston; and the TAA Education Conference & Expo scheduled Apr 22-24 in Fort Worth.

AATCs current group of TAA directors include your President – Candy Maxey; President-elect – Jason Busboom; Treasurer – Michael Payne; Vice-president – Jackie Cagle; Secretary – Party Utley; Immediate Past-president – Nicolle Block; Past-president – Sherry Jordan; and directors Darcy Bixby, Westdale; and Jinger Lane, Lincoln. Also, AATCs board has elected four TAA Alternate-directors, including our PSC Chair – Jeff Duerstock, Updater; PSC Chair-elect – Becca Brown, BG Multifamily; Cayce Coon, Madera; and John Gillespie, WAK.

Let me assure you, AATC is well-represented at every level of the multi-housing industry, including our 9-county region of north-central Texas, across the state and coast to coast. Our leaders are involved in TAA and NAA committee, we provide advice and direction, and we’re highly engaged in the services and resources made available to you, our members.

For additional information regarding NAA, TAA or AATC, contact me anytime or reach out to our Executive Director & CEO John Mitchell or click on NAAs website at naahq.org or TAAs website at taa.org or check us out at aatcnet.org. There’s a lot to learn about the many ways we represent you. Without a doubt, we’re a great investment.

Candy Maxey is a Regional Property Manager for Greystar in DFW and currently serves as AATCs President, the Association’s Chief-elected Officer. For additional information regarding NAA or TAA, reach out to Candy or any member of the AATC staff at AATCnet.org. We’d be happy to help you.