Rocky Mountain Memories

Let’s all do a slow clap just for getting up this morning. We know long conference days plus some evening shenanigans—I see nothing, I say nothing—can make for a challenging Saturday, but today’s events are not to be missed.

But first, a few notes about yesterday:

1. We have the first female President of the United States! NAA members chose Hillary Clinton over runner-up Jeb Bush for U.S. President in the NAA Government Affairs' straw poll. We assure you no Florida funny business went down.

2. Thought Leader Susan Packard is “leaning in” so much, she may need a back brace. Seriously, the woman has got it going on. As Co-founder and former COO of HGTV, Packard shared her leadership lessons from businesses she has helped to build and discussed the importance of helping women, in particular, balance their careers and related life choices.

Thank you, Susan, for making me feel even better about binge-watching “House Hunters.” I’m just supporting her business.

3. I still have a job at NAA, which is to say that I kept things professional with Bill Rancic. 

4. I still have zero maintenance skills to speak of (cooking, either, while we’re discussing my faults), but the Maintenance Mania National Championship proved that we have some crazy talented professionals in this industry. Congrats, hometown favorite Lannon Quintana! I’ve got some home improvement projects I’d like to speak to you about…

Now back in the DeLorean and on to today’s line-up. It’s hard to believe the conference is nearly over, but not before our NAA Awards Celebration Breakfast with Alex Sheen. The young entrepreneur is the founder of ‘because I said I would,’ an organization that focuses on the importance of a promise. As such, I feel nervous promising you will love his presentation, but I’m just gonna risk it.

Last, but not least, NAA will award this year’s PARAGON winners, including the big reveal: 2014 PARAGON Community of the Year. I don’t want to say this is like the Oscars of the apartment industry but…it is. Now whether Ellen DeGeneres will bring out breakfast pizza is yet to be seen. 

And that’s it for me! I’ve had a fantastic time in Denver and can’t wait for the 2015 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas. Or, perhaps more accurately, the 2015 Trip Where I Gamble Away My Hyundai Elantra.

Lauren Boston is NAA’s Staff Writer and Manager of Public Relations. Unsurprisingly, she writes a lot—most often for units Magazine and as a weekly blogger for APTly Spoken. She enjoys making people laugh, sharing embarrassing childhood stories and being the (self-proclaimed) Voice of the Apartment Industry. She welcomes feedback, unless it’s negative (in which case, please keep it to yourself).