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The official publication of the Arizona Multihousing Association

NEWS NEWS & HAPPENINGS Greystar Real Estate Partners acquires Riverstone Residential LIFE HAPPENS! AMA members can help residents through new Blue Cross Blue Shield program LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Court upholds property rights in medical marijuana case

Record pace Multihousing construction is on the rise bringing new jobs, lifestyle opportunities

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014


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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Denver and Phoenix —

A preview of what’s coming

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he National Apartment Association’s annual Education Conference and Exposition in Denver was a huge success. The walkable neighborhoods of Denver, where families have moved in to adaptive reuse buildings and businesses inhabit unique buildings, give us a glimpse of what is coming to Phoenix with good planning and a strong economy. Multi-family communities are being developed at a record pace in our suburban cities like Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert to meet the growing demand of the market. People want to live in a dynamic area where services, business, and recreation all come together. Many of our AMAmember communities currently in the construction pipeline will reshape those communities for generations to come. In central Phoenix, we are seeing many years of planning bear fruit with the addition of apartments, student housing and more bringing thousands of residents into the downtown. The effect is significant. New businesses, large and small, have located in downtown Phoenix (as has the AMA!). Crime has decreased in part due to the strong presence of students and active policing. More special events are held downtown keeping the weekends activated as well. Our industry has been a major contributor to these positive changes.

In the know on the Arizona Market – Perspectives and Projections The multi-family industry in Arizona continues to be one of the strongest performers of the real estate market in the West. A large pipeline of development indicates strong confidence in this market’s ability to continue to grow, while our members report some of the lowest vacancy rates in recent history. In September, the AMA will host the popular Perspectives and Projections Economic Forecast Conference where market experts will share their views on the direction and opportunities in the Arizona market. Our expert panelists will share important insights about how this market is performing, how the planned developments will impact current communities and more. Every year, investors, developers, and management company executives prioritize this event because it’s the only economic forecast update focused on our industry.

Life Happens – Get on board By now, you’ve been hearing a lot about our unique partnership with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona. This not-for-profit leading healthcare provider worked with the AMA for months to build a program for apartment residents that would make complying with the Federal healthcare laws easy and affordable. Many of our members signed up early to offer this benefit to their residents and I know this is a program that will continue to grow over time. This groundbreaking partnership helps your residents and your company. Read more about it in this issue or check it out on our website, and contact me directly with any questions.

— Tom Simplot, President and CEO, Arizona Multihousing Association

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

AMA brings value to members through new partnership with BCBSAZ

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y now you’ve heard about new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to bring your residents health care coverage. We hope you will find this program to be another key benefit of your AMA membership. These kinds of negotiated partnerships save you money and give residents an important benefit. Our board continues to look for opportunities like this to add value for our members. And it’s the responsible thing to do. Giving your residents easy access to healthcare coverage through this program helps them meet the federal requirements and keeps them safe. “Life Happens” and we want our key customers, residents, to be ready for it. Take more time to learn about this program and how you can get involved.

Tucson’s dynamic team delivers a hot summer of events

$1000 raised. The upcoming Chuy’s Grill dinner brings together member for a relaxing evening out that benefits the foundation. Additionally, a private show at the Gaslight Theater later this summer will also benefit AMCF. In June we had an impressive turnout for the Bowl-A-Thon, one of the most popular events of the year, in Tucson. You’ll see more photos from the event in this issue too. Thanks to all of our committed members who make this organization strong. Earlier this month, the Apartment Industry’s Government Roundtable was held in Phoenix. We are fortunate to have the dynamic and effective team of Capitol Consulting representing our members at the State, county and city levels. This meeting annually brings together associations and lobbyists from around the nation to look ahead at issues that are affecting the multifamily industry at the national level and to see how we can share best practices in managing regulation and in our communities. Advocacy and government affairs represent a key pillar of our association’s work on your behalf and I’m eager to learn where we can be doing more. We will have more news coming for you from this meeting, and I know we will be discussing the music licensing issue that affects so many of our members. Stay tuned for next steps on how to address this issue in your communities.

Tucson’s AMA members have been enjoying a busy summer with our team. I want to personally applaud and recognize the efforts of our AMA team and our incredible members in southern Arizona. The Big Hearts campaign kicked off their canless drive and will be working in the upcoming months to bring in contributions to support our community efforts. The Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation (AMCF) has gotten creative in their fundraising efforts and the results are in! Their Mr. HotShine Car Wash pass sales resulted in more than 200 than card sales and more than — Kimberly K. Fitch, AMA Board Chair, Nicolosi & Fitch

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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News & Happenings 8 Legislative Update 10 Legal Q&A 18 On the Scene 20 Events & Education 23 Thank you Patron members ON THE COVER: Photo by John Harris.

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AMA NEWS & HAPPENINGS

Greystar Acquired Riverstone Residential Increasing Western US Operations Greystar Real Estate Partners recently acquired Riverstone Residential Group from London-based CAS Capital Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Regis Group PLC. Following this acquisition, Greystar’s portfolio includes more than 385,000 apartment units in the US and abroad.   “Riverstone is one of the nation’s most highly respected multifamily firms and we are proud to have them join our Greystar family,” said Bob Faith, Greystar’s Chairman and CEO. “Combining forces makes us even stronger, especially in local markets where we are bringing together some of the most talented and experienced multifamily professionals in the industry.” Greystar and Riverstone have been among the largest managers of apartments in the United States for a number of years. They report that this strategic acquisition will enhance Greystar’s local presence in major markets throughout the country, particularly in the Western U.S. With a combined force of over 10,000 team members, the company manages apartment communities for many of the premiere ownership groups and institutions in the multifamily industry. Lesa LaRocca, a past board chair of the AMA, serves as Riverstone’s Senior Vice President overseeing assets in Arizona, Southern Nevada, New Mexico and Western Texas. John Rials, a past board chair of the AMA, serves as Greystar’s Managing Director of Real Estate overseeing assets in Arizona, Nevada and Western Texas. Mike Clow, a past board chair of the AMA, serves as Greystar’s Senior Managing Director of Real Estate overseeing assets in the Southwest, West and Pacific Northwest. www.azama.org

The Hub on Campus

AZRE Recognizes Best of Multifamily AZRE, one of Arizona leading real estate publications, hosted their 9th Annual RED Awards recognizing the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. This year, they recognized two multifamily developments.

RED AWARDS 2014: BEST MULTI-FAMILY GREATER THAN 250KSF The Hub on Campus, Tempe, Ariz. Developer: Core Campus Contractor: Beal Derkenne Construction Architect: HPA Architecture

RED AWARDS 2014: BEST MULTI-FAMILY LESS THAN 250KSF Encore on First, Mesa, Ariz. Developer: Urban Development Partners & PacifiCap Development Contractor: Okland Construction Architect: SERA Architects

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Court upholds property owner rights in Medical Marijuana Case BY KEVIN HOLLIDAY, HULL, HOLLIDAY & HOLLIDAY, PLC Kevin Holliday is a principal of Hull, Holliday and Holliday, PLC. He can be reached at 602-230-0088.

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n June 10, 2013, an eviction action was filed in the McDowell Mountain Justice Court against two tenants in a Scottsdale Apartment Complex. The complaint alleged the defendants committed a material and irreparable breach of the lease agreement by possessing and using marijuana in the apartment. A bench trial was held on June 20, 2013, before a Justice of the Peace Pro Tem in the McDowell Mountain Justice Court. At trial, the defendants admitted there was marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the unit, and that the defendants used marijuana in the unit. However, the defendants claimed that because they had been issued a Medical Marijuana Card, they were protected under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), and could not be evicted. There was no dispute that the lease agreement prohibited “manufacturing, delivering, possessing

with intent to deliver, or otherwise possessing controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.” Both residents signed the lease agreeing to those terms. The plaintiff argued (1) a medical marijuana card did not give defendants the right to use marijuana on the property; (2) marijuana is a controlled substance under federal law; and (3) the Arizona Attorney General issued an opinion that a landlord cannot be required to allow marijuana use on the property. Plaintiff also argued that federal law prohibited the use of marijuana, to which the trial court responded: “Federal law? Federal law doesn’t control the State of Arizona.” The trial court also asked plaintiff’s counsel if he wanted the trial court to ignore a law passed by the voters of the state of Arizona, to which plaintiff responded by arguing that the trial court cannot force a landlord to violate federal law. Additionally, plaintiff argued

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE the property rights of the property owner must prevail and, if the property owner did not want to have marijuana used on his property, he had that right. The trial court ruled in favor of the defendants and dismissed the case. The plaintiff appealed the trial court’s ruling. There were two main questions on appeal: (1) Did the Trial Court abuse its discretion in finding the tenant had a right to possess marijuana in the apartment? and (2) Did the trial court abuse its discretion in finding a tenant had a right to possess marijuana despite a Crime Free Provision in the Lease? On April 28, 2014, Judge Myra Harris, with the Superior Court Appellate Division, issued its ruling on the appeal, finding that the Trial Court abused its discretion on all of the appellate issues, and reversed the judgment of the

McDowell Mountain Justice Court. The 25-page, well-reasoned opinion stated that case law indicates federal authorities have the ability to prosecute for violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) even where state law allows the use of medical marijuana and that the CSA takes precedence over the AMMA. The decision further stated that the CSA preempts the field of marijuana regulation under the Supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution. Thus, there still remains the potential for federal prosecution of the medical marijuana user and, because marijuana falls within the category of a controlled substance, a property owner has the right to distance himself from any possible allegation of federal criminal misconduct and avoid any possible seizure of his real property. The Appellate Court concluded that

“[b]ecause (1) federal law preempts this field and allows for the potential for prosecution; and (2) the lease agreement included a provision precluding controlled substances at the premises; the trial court erred in dismissing Plaintiff’s case based on the trial court’s belief that (1) there was protection from federal prosecution by virtue of the [Arizona Medical Marijuana Act]; and (2) the [Americans with Disabilities Act] supported Defendants’ position.� With this ruling, landlords and tenants now have some guidance on the effects, and the reach, of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. 1 The Justice of the Peace of the McDowell Mountain Justice Court, the Honorable Michael Reagan, did not hear this case. The case was decided by a Pro Tem Judge. 2 There were also two ancillary questions raised on appeal regarding (1) the Trial Court’s conduct during the trial and (2) the award of attorney fees

The views expressed here are generalized advice or information. Fact-specific questions should always be referred to legal counsel. Statements and opinions expressed in these legal columns are solely those of the author or authors. This advice does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Arizona Multihousing Association.

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LEGAL Q&A

YOU ASK, WE ANSWER Abandonment BY BRIAN SICHKO, KOGLMEIER LAW GROUP, PLC

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: A tenant has moved out, and is refusing to return my calls to discuss their negative account balance and multiple breaches of their lease. Can I use abandonment to retake the dwelling unit?

A Brian Sichko is an attorney with Koglmeier Law Group, PLC. They can be reached at 480-962-5353.

: That depends. Under ARS §33-1370 abandonment is defined one of only two ways: #1 Tenant has been absent for 7 days, rent is 10 days past due and there is no evidence tenant is occupying the residence save that his / her personal property is still there. #2 Tenant has been absent for 5 days, the rent is 5 days past due, and the dwelling unit is devoid of Tenant’s property.

The status of the property inside the dwelling unit in question can be established by utilizing a 48-hour Notice of Entry for inspection. This letter will likely have to be sent certified mail. If either of situations #1 or #2 are present, then you may use abandonment to retake the dwelling unit. Please consult §33-1370 for the specific process, which dictates the manner, which notice is given, the security deposit is handled, and the tenant’s remaining property (if any) is disposed of. As with most cases, the landlord must attempt to mitigate damages. Of course, depending on the facts of each case, at times it will likely be easier to institute a Forcible Detainer proceeding for non-payment of rent or other relevant issue.

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: My question deals with monthto-month tenancy and notice to vacation the premises. My original lease expired May 2013 and the landlord had written in the original lease that he must be given a 60 day notice to vacate the premises. Currently I’m renting on a month-tomonth basis but I plan on moving in the fall. Am I still obligated to give 60 days notice? According to ARS 33-1375 the notice to vacate on a month-to-month is 30 days. I want to be in compliance with the law, but my landlord has brought this up on several occasions and not in a nice way. What are my legal rights?

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The views expressed here are generalized advice or information. Fact-specific questions should always be referred to legal counsel. Statements and opinions expressed in these legal columns are solely those of the author or authors. This advice does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Arizona Multihousing Association.

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RISING MULTIFAMILY INDUSTRY –

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON NEW DEVELOPMENTS, COMMUNITIES CREATING LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES, JOBS

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t’s not just Phoenix’s skyline that’s changing today. Lifestyle opportunities, job creation and expansion and more connected transportation corridors are attracting renters into more urban environments, even in the suburbs where downtowns are thriving. More recently, a steadily growing economy and increased demand for more centrally located housing near these nodes has continued to fuel Phoenix’s multifamily real estate market. Metro Phoenix has always benefited from unique development nodes where retail, recreation and jobs have grown creating a variety of lifestyle choices for residents of all ages and economic means. More suburban communities like Chandler, north and downtown Scottsdale and Gilbert have experienced a spike in development and plans for additional multifamily units to meet the growing interest in a lifestyle that accessible, active and near employment.

Job expansion affects the multifamily market Arizona economic development leaders have been aggressively pursuing companies to bring operations and employment to Arizona from California. When you compare

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“AFFORDABILITY IS A KEY DRIVER IN OUR MARKET, AND THE AFFORDABLE RENTAL MARKET IS SEVERELY UNDERSERVED” — PETE TEKAMPE, VICE PRESIDENT INVESTMENTS AT MARCUS & MILLICHAP

Phoenix to southern California, the affordability of Phoenix always makes it more attractive, and makes it more attractive for investors too. The cost per unit is substantially less [in Phoenix] than in southern or northern California,” said CBRE’s Vice Chairman Managing Director Tyler Anderson. Rents for residents are more affordable in this market as well. Anderson points to the job expansion occurring in areas like Chandler’s Price Road corridor and Tempe as factors helping to drive the demand for multifamily. He sees this trend reaching to areas of Scottsdale too including the Scottsdale Airpark and south along the 101 highway.

destination for knowledge workers who are choosing a more urban lifestyle. Some areas of Phoenix that had traditionally been out of price range for Investments pay off multifamily opened up during the downturn Aging properties sold to investors over explained Anderson. The Camelback the past few years have reopened with corridor is just one example. “There strong results in this market. “The hasn’t been a new apartment building on majority of investors are looking for Camelback – from 16th to 68th streets opportunities to go in and make value BY THE NUMBERS in years. [This was] an opportunity for add plays.” According to Anderson, Vacancy as of second residential to be added to the Cadillac areas that upgraded kitchens, fixtures, and flooring quarter 2014: were priced out.” These additions have helped can make a major difference to renters. to spur growth in the retail and dining sectors as Many investors are also redeveloping the those areas. New restaurants, local and national, community amenities to attract new renters. have opened along the corridor and aging retail “They have executed their value add strategy (8.4 percent in second centers like the Colonnade and Town and Country with success.” quarter 2013) are seeing a new life with operators like Trader As an example, Anderson points to the Joes, Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack and more Symphony in Chandler is an excellent example of New construction as of opening. a property where Alliance Residential upgraded second quarter 2014: “There’s a real desire for infill. If a developer the amenities and interiors and as a result the can find a sizeable infill piece, there’s a lot of community was able to achieve a rental premium interest today.” said Anderson. in a growing area. units built; One thing that TeKampe calls out is that the In addition to redeveloped properties planned multifamily construction is focused on commanding higher rents, approximately 4,500 and according to Pete TeKampe, Vice President units under construction Class A apartment units. Not all residents can afford the rent these communities command Investments at Marcus & Millichap, there were and it’s important to be looking at the needs of 30 projects comprising 7,872 units scheduled for Rent as of a diverse market. “Affordability is a key driver in and or under construction in the Phoenix metro second quarter 2014: our market, and the affordable rental market is area as of second quarter 2014, most of which severely underserved” TeKampe said. He adds, being higher-end Class ‘A’ apartment buildings. ($760 in second quarter 2013) “while asking rents may be high, effective rents in certain areas will incur modest losses this year.” Commutes and connections matter Source: RealData, Inc./Phoenix He sees a reduction in effective rental income Highly desirable locations like downtown Phoenix in the near term in select submarkets in the Phoenix metro and the 24th Street financial district have contributed to the area. Location within proximity of transportation also success of new developments. Downtown Scottsdale’s dining matters to the bottom line. “If you have an apartment and entertainment district attracts visitors and residents alike. building along light rail, you have virtually no concessions,” Older retail and commercial centers are being redeveloped and explained TeKampe. companies like Yelp, ASU and Stirling Energy have created a

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It’s about the neighborhood Early in his career, TeKampe worked for Landiscor building housing market reports and interpreting them for clients. He learned the value of understanding the surrounding neighborhood in assessing assets. “Nothing has a greater effect on a property’s value than what goes on immediately beyond the boundary lines of that property. It is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the surrounding neighborhood. The competition in many submarkets now is with single family homes that are rentals,” said TeKampe. “If there’s an upward trend of pricing of single family homes … [it’s] more likely the owner can command higher rents.”

The pipeline ahead During the downturn, many of the planned multifamily developments were shelved and few new units came on to the market. In 2014, Phoenix’s market will see more than 4,500 new apartment units delivered to the market. The development pipeline for next year appears to be even stronger, yet more steady.

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So far the outlook on these new developments seems to be bright with many of the newly opened communities in Phoenix reporting early leasing and rents above original expectations. Interpreting the metrics that his team monitors, TeKampe believes that there could be a systemic slowdown or leveling out of the rate of effective rent growth in the Phoenix market in the near term. “This of course does not apply to every asset or submarket in the metro area but there are certain submarkets which have risk exposure,” he added. The national Axiometrics Inc., a real estate market data company, recently reported on the Phoenix market. Their report summarized, “Developers might see justification in building more in Phoenix, especially as both effective rent and occupancy continue growing. The current annual effective rent growth of 4.4% outpaced that reported in April 2013 (3.2%) and is well above the national average of 3.4%. Occupancy did take a slight dip from March 2014, which is to be expected with more supply being delivered.”

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ummer is an especially busy time in our business, and also a time of change for a lot of our residents. That change can signal an opportunity for them in many ways, yet for most people who walk through our leasing office doors, there is one more opportunity that may come as a complete surprise.

LIFE HAPPENS!

AMA members can help their residents when it does BY AMA STAFF

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Open Enrollment for Federal Affordable Care Act health insurance ended months ago, but our apartment residents may actually enjoy a unique window of opportunity. Anyone going through what is called a “qualifying life event:” i.e., marriage; divorce; moving to a new state; the birth of a child; loss of coverage through an employer; changing jobs or leaving a parent’s healthcare coverage can open that window of eligibility for the Affordable Care Act.

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The apartment industry is uniquely positioned to connect with this group of people experiencing life changes, so the AMA has created the “Life Happens” campaign. Participating AMA properties throughout Arizona (representing 100,000 units and growing), have signs posted about the program, and site staff are wearing “Life Happens – Ask Me How!” badges. By having residents ask, “What is ‘Life Happens’?” a dialogue begins designed to open that window of opportunity. The beauty of it all is that neither you nor your resident needs to know anything about health insurance specifically. You simply need to direct them to the AMA website, and tell them to click on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield logo at the top of the page. Residents (and anyone else) can be directed to the AMA web site for further information. The link will even help them determine if they qualify for a government subsidy for their health insurance or will

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website where they can get a quote and apply. Should they qualify for a subsidy, or if they have any questions, they can call Todd Bradford, AMA’s internal consultant and insurance broker, for more information or assistance in enrolling. The website even has Todd’s contact information on it. Anyone

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(not just residents!), can obtain insurance through this unique program. Just visit the AMA website at www.azama.org and with one click on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield logo you can begin the road to a better understanding of healthcare options.

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Reaching the right people

“Life Happens” reaches people who often are overlooked in the dialogue about health insurance – and they are often the people who need this information most. An insured resident is more financially stable in the event of a major health issue, and is more likely to remain a paying resident than an uninsured resident who is caught without health insurance. And Federal Tax reporting next year will require proof of insurance, or there are penalties. There are benefits to the property as well, both direct and indirect. The AMA is offering marketing fees to all participating properties in return for marketing assistance. This is another great way to offset the cost of AMA membership. If your property or management company is not participating at this time, all you have to do is call the AMA and ask how to participate. Apartment News > August/September 2014

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ON THE SCENE RECENT AMA EVENTS

TUCSON IS MAKING BIG IMPACT WITH BIG HEARTS By Cathy A. Wagner, AMA

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he Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation, Tucson’s Big Hearts committee, chaired by Lisa Rosenfeld, HSL Properties, and Sue Campbell, Redi Carpet-Tucson, have been busy this summer! Thanks to Mister CarWash’s fundraising campaign for AMCF. Our members’ purchases helped to raise more than $1,000!          The grand finale summer fund raiser is scheduled for August 19th at the Gaslight Theatre in Tucson which will be showing GHOSTBLASTERS!  Tickets are on sale now through the AMA Tucson office.  This is the major fund raiser of the year for the committee and is anticipated to provide a net of several thousand dollars. Plan to attend and purchase your tickets right away!   AMCF Tucson is kicking off the management company and property level fund raising campaign with a goal of raising $35,000!  The goal of AMCF is to broaden its support to additional local programs and charities.  Since 2006, more than $185,000 has been contributed to Our Family-New Beginnings program thanks to all Tucson committee members.

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HOT NIGHTS AND HOT DOGS WITH AMC By Adam Greco, Associate Member Chair, Director of Commercial Sales, Burns Pest Elimination

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athered in the clubhouse of MEB Management Services’ Arcadia Cove, the Associate Member Council guests were treated to an unforgettable evening. The MEB hosts included their senior leadership team including Jodi Sheahan, Mark Schilling, Gaylan Hanson, Charlene Wooters, Susan Kauffman, Dalia Bureker and Arcadia’s property manager Pam Stulkin. MEB took over the management of this 18 year old property just a year ago and started a major transformation of the community. Throughout the renovations, the community has maintained an impressive 95% occupancy. The evening began with the presentation of the flags by a color guard and Cub Scouts troop #263 adding a personal touch to the event. Short Leash Hot Dogs, one of

Phoenix’s most popular food trucks, created an incredible array of fun food for the guests. Community investment stands at the core of MEB’s team. In support of the 100 Club, MEB is selling tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks game to support of the families of police officers. For every ticket sold, MEB will donate $4 to the 100 Club. Mark Schilling spoke to the AMC group about MEB’s vision and core values. Their commitment to enriching the lives of their clients, residents and team members by creating value was evidenced in their hospitality. The winner of the AMC lunch raffle with MEB’s Mark Schilling and Gaylan Hanson was Dustin Kerby of Smart Pest Solutions. All five of the golf holes that were in the AMA lottery were secured by AMC members and the golf tournament hole sponsorships are sold out. About MEB – Founded by three women in 1998, Jodi Sheahan, Libby Ekre, Melanie Morrison have built the management company into one of Arizona’s leading companies. Today, the company oversees the operations of more than 21,700 units in three states.

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2nd Place - Mission Rock Residential

1st place - MEB Management Services

Show of patriotism

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ourth of July may have come and gone, but in Tucson at the 2014 AMA Reverse Trade Show the Stars and Stripes were out in full force!! This unique format gathering brings together management companies and associate members to learn more about each other and build relationships to enhance the businesses of all. More than 110 Associate Members participated in the annual show at the Hilton East Hotel in Tucson. This successful event was the direct result of

the efforts of the 12 property managers, owners and management companies who volunteered their time. Co-Chair John Palermo of Ferguson and Lauren Reece of Nicolosi and Fitch did a fabulous job on this event. The Committee was able to get four new Property Management Companies to participate in this year’s Trade Show. Teams this year we above and beyond decorating their booths! Special thanks to the Platinum Sponsor, American Technologies, Inc., (ATI) and all other levels of sponsors, Ferguson, Law Offices of Scott M. Clark P.C., Valley Protective Services,

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3rd place – Prime Residential

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- Tucson Education & Events Classes held at the Tucson AMA Office, 660 S. Country Club Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

TUCSON EDUCATION CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW Sept. 19; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tucson Convention Center See AMA website for cost and more details. CHANGE YOUR GAME with the AMA. More than one-half of the booths have already been sold. Associate members, secure your booth today! Sponsorships also available: Contact the AMA Tucson for current availability. Regular members, register online at www.azama.org.

TUCSON NETWORKING-FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL & CHILI COOK-OFF Oct. 16; 5 - 7 p.m., RediCarpet, 6000 S. Country Club Road AMA Associate members are hosting this family-friendly event. Enter in one of four categories: Chili Cook Off; Sweet Treats; Family Activity; or Beverages. Property Management and ALL Property staff are the judges. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 Chili Entries, Best Apron Contest, Best Costume Contest and Best Use of Theme. Enjoy music, food and fun for the whole family! Watch for details coming soon.

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