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New Year, New NAA

The New Year provides the opportunity for new beginnings, and as we resolve to better ourselves and kick off 2017 with a fresh start, so too has the National Apartment Association.

As a matter of fact, 2017 brings an all new NAA.

To begin, you’ll see a couple of familiar faces in new leadership positions at NAA. Cindy Clare, President of Kettler Management, takes over as 2017 NAA Chairman of the Board, and like every new chair, brings new ideas and goals for NAA, one of which is letting everyone know just how much the apartment housing industry gives back. You’ll hear about this in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for a survey with some simple questions to help us begin aggregating the generosity and philanthropic efforts that the NAA Network provides to charitable causes.

Bob Pinnegar steps into the role of President & CEO after spending the previous five years as NAA’s COO. He is tasked with continuing the success that NAA enjoyed under the recently retired Doug Culkin. Pinnegar will work with the NAA Board of Directors and staff, as well as new COO and CFO Kevin Madden, to outline the vision of NAA and develop a strategic plan for the organization, which we will share with members as the plan is finalized.

Some of the most visible aspects of NAA have also undergone a makeover and are new for 2017. Our website has a fresh look and feel with more user-friendly navigation and a responsive design for an improved experience on tablets and mobile devices, making an invaluable resource for our members. Our magazine, units, has an updated look that is cleaner and more attractive. We’ll be tweaking the design throughout the year, so please feel free to send your feedback to [email protected].

NAA’s Business Development staff has been busy creating a new sponsorship program that offers our suppliers the freedom to create a customized program that aligns with their business goals. The new program features 300 options and creates a powerful connection between the NAA brand and its service partners.

Externally, NAA will be working with a new administration as it advocates on behalf of the industry. For the first time in quite a while, the United States has one-party rule. Our Government Affairs team will work with our members and the Members of Congress to protect the industry’s best interests.

Because of this, NAA has made it easier to get involved in industry advocacy so you can make your voice heard on the Federal and state levels. Take a short advocacy interview to see if you have what it takes to be a key contact. You need to download NAA’s Advocacy365 app—available in the iTunes Store or Google Play—so you’re up-to-date on the industry’s latest efforts. And don’t forget to register for Capitol Conference and Lobby Day, March 7-8 in Washington, D.C., so you will know what the new NAA legislative agenda is before meeting with your state’s Congressional delegation.

So please, have a look around and let us know how we can continue to improve NAA. We wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.