Bill Wollinger To Be Inducted Into NAA Hall of Fame
William (Bill) Wollinger, SHCM, CAPS, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Boston-based WinnCompanies, will be inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame during the 2016 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. Induction into the NAA Hall of Fame represents the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an apartment professional. Wollinger is the 19th person inducted during the 77-year history of NAA.
“I am humbled to be considered among those individuals who are members of the National Apartment Association Hall of Fame,” Wollinger said. “Receiving recognition for one’s contributions and being selected by peers in an industry in which I have served for 45 years is incredibly rewarding. This is the honor of a lifetime.”
Wollinger has worked in property management since 1971, serving WinnCompanies for more than 35 of those years. Collaborating with the board of directors and senior leaders, Wollinger helps define the company’s vision; ensuring the implementation of the company’s objectives while delivering high-quality services to its clients and residents.
An active member of NAA, as well as his local associations, Wollinger’s true passion lies in education. After serving as the 2006-2007 NAAEI President, Wollinger was called upon to reprise his role in 2012 when the individual slated as the next president was unable to serve. Wollinger did so graciously, most notably championing for NAAEI to host its first Military Career Fair at the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego.
He has eagerly assisted in the implementation of Residential Property Management (RPM) programs nationwide; introduced NAAEI’s ACE Awards; initiated the development of NAAEI’s Leadership initiatives with GALLUP and Dale Carnegie; helped establish annual Apartment Careers Month; served as a key driver of the initial NAAEI Capital Campaign; and was instrumental in championing the concept of centralized national training through NAAEI.
Leading NAAEI by example, Wollinger’s company has more NAAEI-credentialed employees than any other. He has fully embraced NAAEI’s leadership initiatives, putting over 110 employees through Dale Carnegie and Gallup training.
“Bill is the consummate association volunteer leader,” says Maureen Lambe, CAE, Executive Vice President of NAAEI. “He has a contagious passion for our industry, is a champion of NAA and Education Institute products, events and services, is a strategic thinker, and—most importantly—leads by example and walks the walk. It has been an honor and pleasure working with Bill to fulfill the mission of the NAA Education Institute.”
Added NAA President & CEO, Doug Culkin, CAE, “Bill’s greatest contribution to this industry has been his work in education and membership growth, but he is a true NAA Renaissance man. He is extremely deserving of this award for all he has given to NAA.”
In addition to his work with NAAEI, Wollinger was the NAA Membership Growth Task Force Chair in 2014 and 2015—spearheading development of membership strategies that supported NAA’s growth. During that time, NAA increased its membership by over 1 million apartments. Wollinger led efforts to grow NAA in markets such as New York City, Cleveland and Minnesota, and worked tirelessly to communicate the NAA value proposition to his peers.
Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Wollinger served as an officer in the United States Army, with an extended tour of duty in Vietnam as a Medical Evacuation helicopter pilot, flying more than 2,000 combat missions. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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