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818 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: 602-296-6200 Fax: 602-296-6178 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Amy Smith Montoya, Chair, Bella Investment Group Robert Hicks, Vice Chair, Alliance Residential Company Nicole Wray, Treasurer, Greystar Real Estate Partners Wendy Weiske, Secretary, Dunlap & Magee Property Management Chris Evans, Imm. Past Chair, HSL Asset Management Mike Rochon, AMC Exec., Distinctive Carpets, Inc.      BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jen Ambrosius, RentPath  Tyler Anderson, CBRE  Elizabeth Beaulieu, Quarterpenny Management  Krisanne Beckstead, Picerne Real Estate Group  Chapin Bell, P.B. Bell Companies  Lesley Brice, MC Residential Communities Reid Butler, Butler Housing Company  Nichole Carboun, Weidner Apartment Homes John Carlson, Mark-Taylor Residential Bry Carter, Apartments.com Powered by Costar Scott Clark, Law Offices of Scott M. Clark, P.C.  Linda Coburn, MarkTaylor Residential Scott Cook, Shelton-Cook Real Estate Services, Inc.  Kimberly Fitch, Nicolosi & Fitch, Inc.  Tim Furnas, Valley Wide Security Adam Greco, Burns Pest Elimination - AMC Chair Shelly Griggs, Baron Properties  Scott Hines, PEM Real Estate Group

Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus Interim President and CEO clevinus@azmultihousing.org Erika Kowalski Director of Operations ekowalski@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6210 Michelle Rill Director of Membership, Events & Education mrill@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6205 Lauren Romero Tucson Area Association Executive lromero@azmultihousing.org Phone: 520-323-0643 Fax: 520-447-7747 Todd Bradford Membership Benefit Services Manager tbradford@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-377-2553 Aine Fitzgerald Coleman Community Outreach Coordinator acoleman@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6204 Stephanie Hernandez Events and Education Assistant shernandez@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6202

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Denise Holliday, Hull, Holliday & Holliday, PLC Charles Huellmantel, Mesa Housing Associates  David Kotin, Kay-Kay Realty Corp.  Jeff Krohn, Alliance Residential  Lesa LaRocca, Avenue 5 Residential  Pam McCarthy, Fairfield Residential  Omar Mireles, HSL Asset Management  April Morris, Cox Communications  Melanie Morrison, MEB Management Services  Gloria Munoz, Housing Authority of Maricopa Country  Kim Pacheco, Scotia Group Management, LLC Kevin Ransil, JLB Partners  Erica Reinke, Camden Property Trust  Rich Renta, Weidner Apartment Homes German Reyes, Tiempo, Inc.  John Rials, Greystar Real Estate Partners Lisa Rosenfeld, HSL Asset Management Mark Schilling, MEB Management Services  Andrina Shields, Greystar Real Estate Partners  Christine Shipley, Dunlap & Magee Property Management  Michelle Sinclair, MC Residential  Dallin Tippetts, Rainforest Plumbing & Air  Bob Venberg, PEM Real Estate Group  Luis Verger, Shelton-Cook Real Estate Services Debbie Willis, P.B. Bell Companies 

Sharon Hosfeld Manager of Community Outreach & Smoke-Free Community Coordinator shosfeld@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6214 Deanna Jordan Manager of Membership and Business Development djordan@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6212 Amanda Perkumas Assistant to Tucson Area Association Executive aperkumas@azmultihousing.org Phone: 520-323-0643 Heather Sanabria Membership Adminstrator hsanabria@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6209 Kyle Simplot Accounting and Operations Manager kyles@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6207 Valarie Waldvogel Events and Education Coordinator vwaldvogel@azmultihousing.org Phone: 602-296-6203 Cassidy Campana Apartment News Editor & Communications Consultant cassidy@arizonastrategies.com Phone: 602-770-6014

Driving the ‘WHY’ A year ago, our Board of Directors met to map out a strategic plan for the future of the AMA. Following an important board meeting where we discussed the recruitment of our next executive leader, we met for a full halfday for one of the most engaging conversations that our board has had. This year, we focused our retreat on accountability to that plan and looked more deeply at WHY we are members of the Arizona Multihousing Association. We spent a day working through Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” process examining why our organization is valuable to our members. It’s Sinek’s belief that people don’t buy our WHAT (our products and services), they buy our WHY! Words and phrases like “Collaboration,” “Stronger Together” and “Valuable Relationships” drive our WHY. It is now our job to make sure we deliver programs, advocacy, networking and education that prove that WHY, providing ongoing value to all our association members. We evaluated the value of all our activities, events and services in light of our WHY. We identified where we are strong and where we can improve and everyone walked away re-energized about the task of following this direction. The core work of the AMA Board is to help ensure association sustainability for the long-term and build a pipeline for engaged leadership for the future. I was awed by the honest advice and insights offered by our industry leaders. We are fortunate to have a strong, engaged board dedicated to our future — I am grateful for their partnership! — Amy Smith Montoya, AMA Board Chair, Bella Investments

Exciting fall season Each summer the AMA team prepares for our busy fall season. This means that we are working on a strategy around the advocacy for the upcoming year, planning for our signature events, and filling out the training and education calendar. We are excited and ready for the fall season. I wanted to share with you a couple of highlights from our last board meeting. We had a great board retreat and received valuable feedback on what meetings, education, and events are important to our members. Thanks to Erika and her team, we recently completed our annual audit and the auditors reported to the board a clean audit with no deficiencies. Our membership team continues to work hard to meet our budget and programming goals and I’m grateful we have such a talented team working to deliver service and value to you. Following an important annual board retreat, the AMA staff is gathering feedback from the Board on how we can improve programs and events for you. Our organization must stay nimble to meet your companies’ needs and serve as the trusted voice for our industry. Multifamily housing remains one of the fastest growing real estate segments in Arizona and that means we must be at our best. If you have ideas and suggestions on how we can improve our education and events, please let us know. — By Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus, AMA Interim President/CEO

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P.B. Bell names new directors P.B. Bell has named three new directors to its corporate team based in Scottsdale. Kristina Rauscher and Charlie Koznick join P.B. Bell, respectively, as marketing director and acquisitions director. Arian Ploszaj has transitioned to a new role as director of business development. Rauscher brings more than 11 years of commercial marketing experience to P.B. Bell. She will oversee corporate marketing initiatives and communications, as well as strategic marketing Kristina Rauscher planning. Koznick comes to P.B. Bell from MC Companies, where he was director of acquisitions. In his new role, Koznick is responsible for sourcing and underwriting multifamily opportunities, in addition to facilitating market Charlie Koznick analysis and identifying new markets for expansion. “Charlie’s strong background in acquisitions and experience in the Phoenix area, and Kristina’s experience in commercial marketing and communications, Arian Ploszaj make them both especially strong assets to our team as we grow and continue to share our innovative vision for multifamily housing,” Chapin Bell, P.B. Bell chief executive officer, said. Ploszaj most recently served as marketing director at P.B. Bell before transitioning to her new role. She is responsible for acquisition of new property management contracts and developing relationships with clients.

Conyers named Alliance VP of Portfolio Services Keri Conyers was recently named vice president of Portfolio Services for Alliance Residential Company. A longtime employee with Alliance, Conyers previously served as vice president of Keri Conyers Operations for the Southwest, overseeing more than 13,000 apartment units. She has served on the Arizona Multihousing Association’s Board of Directors and has stepped down to focus on this new role. The AMA appreciates her time and expertise in service to the Board.

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Alliance earns Cigna Well-Being Award C

igna recently named Alliance Residential Company as a winner of its fourth annual Cigna Well-Being Award. The award recognizes companies demonstrating a strong commitment to the health and well-being of its employees through workplace wellness programs. “Cigna has been a leader in driving health improvement in the workplace, and we are fortunate to work alongside and recognize Alliance Residential Company and the city of Scottsdale, two employers that are passionate about investing in a culture of health,” said Ralph Holmes, Cigna market president, in a prepared statement. Alliance Residential Company developed their signature branded

“aLIVE” program to connect employees to a variety of activities and programs designed to promote holistic wellness. “Our new wellness program, aLIVE is about creating a culture that inspires the Alliance team to discover new approaches to wellbeing at work, at home and everywhere in-between,” said Sherida Colvin of Alliance Residential. “Through communication, education, activities and incentives, we are focused on improving productivity, morale, safety, community activism and healthcare-cost savings. We are happy to provide tools and resources for well -being that empower our associates to function to the best of their abilities.”

MCLife Tucson partners with RoundUp for a Cure event On Sept. 16th, the Southern AZ Office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, took a step forward in the efforts to cure cystic fibrosis and provide people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives.  “Our MC family has loved ones that are battling cystic fibrosis, and it has always been a point of pride for us

as an organization to stand together as a family. We are grateful to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in all the amazing work they do here in Arizona.” says Joshua Selph, Manager of Events and Partnerships for MC Companies. MCLife Tucson provided digital support for the event, supplying a photo kiosk for attendees to use.

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Tax reform on the agenda Apartment industry looks to preserve key tax policies BY COURTNEY LEVINUS & JAKE HINMAN

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here has been much speculation surrounding Congress’s growing appetite to enact significant tax reform. In fact, some have even suggested that given the GOP’s firm grip in Washington, this may be a “once in a generation” opportunity to pass meaningful reform.

Changes in the works

Courtney LeVinus is a principal with Capitol Consulting and Jake Hinman leads legislative affairs for the firm. They can be reached at 602-712-1121.

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The last time Congress passed tax reform was more than three decades ago. In 1986, during the Reagan administration, Congress passed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (TRA ’86), becoming the second of the two Reagan tax cuts. The reform did many things to the tax code including simplifying the code, broadening the tax base and eliminating tax shelters. While the 1986 Act is widely

viewed as a fundamentally sound tax policy, it is also a seemingly fleeting example of bipartisan workmanship at its best. Now 30 years removed from TRA ’86, lawmakers seem poised to once again make significant changes to the code. Tax reform has the potential to fundamentally reshape the apartment industry. If Congress does move forward with a tax reform package, any new tax policy should promote economic growth, create jobs, and provide an investment in the community without unfairly burdening a specific sector or taxpayer. Furthermore, if Congress moves forward with tax reform, the apartment industry urges restraint in two key areas of tax policy.

1031: Like-kind Exchange A Section 1031 Exchange, also known as a Like-Kind Exchange, refers to Section 1031 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code which allows capital gains taxes to be deferred if the proceeds are reinvested in a similar property. Largely unchanged since 1928, like-kind exchange rules encourage future investment in real estate and are a critical tool for building equity, and reducing the need for third-party financing. For the apartment industry, such transactions allow owners to continue investing in the real estate market while deferring taxes attributable to the sale of their investment. This deferment allows for future investment of capital in order to meet the surging demand for

workforce housing. Like-kind exchanges also help get properties into the hands of new owners with the time, resources, and desire to restore and improve them. Without section 1031, many of these properties would languish — underutilized and underinvested—because of the tax burden that would apply to an outright sale.

Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program While the Tax Reform Act of 1986 eliminated many sections of the tax code, it also created the most effective tool for creating affordable housing options for the working poor. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LHTC) was added to the Act to encourage investment in affordable housing, and it is responsible for financing nearly three million affordable homes since its inception. As a public-private partnership, the Housing Credit generates money from investors for the construction of affordable homes and transfers the financial risk of development from taxpayers to the private sector. In Arizona, the Housing Credit is responsible for creating nearly 50,000 affordable homes, and has had a ripple effect on the health of our state’s economy, supporting over 55,000 jobs and generating $5.28 billion in local income over the past 30 years. As demand for housing affordability far out-paces supply, it is critical to ensure that the value of the current credit is not diminished during the tax debate.

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The advantages to a resident includes the delay, the inability or difficulty of management collecting these fees and charging them back to the resident and the unpredictability of jury decisions.

Requests for jury trials

Avoiding jury trials How to handle eviction cases BY ANDREW M. HULL, ESQ.

Andy M. Hull is the principal of Hull, Holliday and Holliday, PLC. He can be reached at 602-230-0088.

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rizona law permits jury trials for certain types of court cases. Those involving landlord and residents are no exception, and these can be very time consuming and expensive. This article will examine jury trials as they apply to eviction cases and provide suggestions in handling them. While residents often demand jury trials, very few actually go to trial. However, a resident can delay his or her eviction case for up to two weeks with such a request. It may take this long for the court to set aside time to hear the case. Additionally, the cases may take one full day or more to conclude. Attorney’s fees can cost a landlord $1,000 or more per day. A resident may use this procedure as leverage to force a landlord to settle out of court.

A.R.S. § 12-1176(B) requires a resident to request a jury trial at his or her first court appearance. This is also required under Rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure for Eviction Action. He or she cannot make such a request later on. Management should be aware of this requirement and object to a jury trial if a resident does not request one at the initial court appearance. If a resident makes a timely request for a jury, management should ask the court to set an immediate date to file jury instructions and voir dire questions. Jury instructions are a written summary of the law and the issues the jury must decide on. The judge reads these to the jury at the end of the case and right before the jury leaves the courtroom to decide the case. Voir dire questions are simply questions the judge will ask the jurors at the beginning of the trial. He or she uses these questions to determine any biases or prejudices the juror may have. They also can determine if the jurors know the landlord or attorney. The downside for a resident who requests a jury trial is the loss of money. If he or she loses the case, he or she must pay the landlord’s substantially higher attorney’s fees as well as the costs of the jury. The court also would have discretion to impose monetary sanctions on the resident if the jury trial request was frivolous, not in good faith and only pursued for a delay of the trial.

Include provision There may be one way for a landlord to avoid the cost, delay and aggravation of a jury trial. He or she should consider drafting a provision and inserting it in the lease agreement. It should state that a resident may not request a jury trial if a dispute arises and results in legal action. The Arizona Constitution states in part:  ection 17: Trial juries, jury S trial — For the determination of civil causes and matters in which a jury demand has been entered, and for the trial of criminal causes, a trial jury shall be drawn and summoned from the body of the county, as provided by law. The right of jury trial as provided by this Constitution shall remain inviolate, but trial by jury may be waived by the parties in any civil cause. The following is an example of language management might want to use in its written rental agreement: The resident voluntarily waives his or her right to a jury trial should there by any litigation taken by either landlord or resident under this lease. This jury trial waiver is effective for eviction actions, collection actions or any other legal disputes that may arise between landlord and resident. If management includes the above statement in the lease agreement, it should require a resident to either initial or sign by it. This will eliminate any confusion as to whether the individual is voluntarily waiving his or her right to a trial by jury. Keep in mind that a judge ultimately will decide if this provision is enforceable or not.

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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Inspiration at the

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Unique location with integrated design BY ADAM GRECO, AMC CHAIR

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use’s concept of inspired urban living comes to life in every corner of the community. Views of the Valley’s most celebrated art destinations and an enviable amenity list combine to make Muse the home of choice downtown. The new apartments overlook the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theatre and are just a block away from the Arizona Opera on the light rail line. The cosmopolitan community reflects the unique location with integrated design elements throughout the community. AMC guests noticed the public art installation near the entry that sets the tone for the blend of arts, connection and luxury. Throughout the AMC meeting and tour, visitors had the opportunity to experience this space first-hand. Residents can enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa-styled pool highlighted by a sculptural water feature, or relax over a game of pool. The Zen courtyard includes fire elements, water feature, and soft seating with serene music playing in the background. Muse welcomes pets and even offers residents a personal dog salon.

Inspiring views The inspiring views from the rooftop deck can be enjoyed by residents and for special events; there’s a private dining area with a speakeasy vibe that residents can reserve for personal gatherings. The interior of the homes includes upgraded features throughout the home including LED-lighting, soft-closed real wood cabinetry, GE appliances stainless steel, and

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full-size appliances. The kitchens and baths offer luxury amenities that give a modern and comfortable feel. One of the best amenities featured at the Muse is the ground floor retail and dining. Within the 11,000 square feet of space, residents and visitors can enjoy local favorites like Salon D’Shayn and Community Florists. Press Coffee opened their flagship location at the Muse and offers an extended menu including with beer and wine and Forno 301 moved their popular Italian restaurant and bar to the new expanded space and added patio seating. Residents of the Muse enjoy discounts and incentives at these destinations.

Community commitment Lennar has earned a reputation in Arizona for building beautiful homes and they have now applied that knowledge, creativity and quality to build and manage multifamily communities, known as LMC (Lennar Multifamily Communities). They have a commitment to being a part of each community and establish their

name in Arizona and the local market. David Walton, general manager of the Muse, and Robert Trujillo, vice president of development for LMC, both spoke to the 85 attendees. The company also built Tempe’s Nexa Apartments (LiveNexa.com) and is currently working on another development in the Scottsdale Quarter scheduled to break ground later this year. They bring a unique understanding of the renting and buying lifecycle to the multifamily industry. “LMC on Point” helps their apartment residents save for a Lennar home in the future. This program allows residents to bank $250 per month of their rent towards a new Lennar home and caps at $10,000. LMC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lennar (NYSE: LEN), is a multifamily real estate development and operating company with a diverse portfolio of institutional quality multifamily rental communities in most major markets across the US. LMC has a 23,000-unit pipeline of communities ranging from operating to under development, and just over 1,000 of those are in operation, planned or under construction in the Phoenix area. The winner of lunch with the Lennar team was Ray King from Gryphon Roofing. Adam Greco is the director of commercial sales with Burns Pest Elimination. He can be reached at 602-971-4782 and adamg@ burnspestelimination.com.

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SHOWING HEART! Members, colleagues join AMA & AMCF to give back through Big Hearts

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hen the AMA Board of Directors started Big Hearts for Little Hands in 2005, they thought the volunteer activities and fundraising would help organizations like UMOM and Tucson’s New Beginnings for Women & Children who support families in need. AMA board members Jodi Sheahan and Melanie Morrison of MEB Management Services, Pam Shelton, a principal with Shelton-Cook Real Estate Services, and PB Bell’s Chapin Bell were active supporters of UMOM and requested that the Board of Directors start the Big Hearts for Little Hands committee to support organizations that aligned with the Association’s interest in stable housing.

Long history The early days of the Big Hearts Committee inspired board members to get personally involved, often in unique ways. Melanie Morrison, and her four-person “Nameless Band” performed for AMA friends at events in Phoenix and Tucson to raise funds for

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the new community outreach program. As the scale and fundraising grew, the Association worked to make the Committee more professional by creating a nonprofit to support their efforts. The Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation was established in 2011 and the name of the committee evolved to Big Hearts. The foundation allows the Association to continue to expand its fundraising and new recipients have been added. Tina Greco of Burns Pest Control joined the committee in 2006 and was honored as the Industry Partner of the Year in 2015. Greco described those early days, “What’s nice about Big Hearts is that naturally we have a lot of people who want to join the committee. Representatives from each management company were on the committee. It’s a great networking opportunity.” Associate and regular members collaborated to find creative ways to raise funds for Big Hearts and experienced early success. Over the years the committee has

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grown and they have created a toolkit for members to get involved in education and fundraising. “We’ve been implementing these orientations. Communities can do webinars and site visits,” explained Greco. The visits to nonprofits teach committee members about the beneficiaries, what we are asking and what they need to do. AMA Tucson Area Association Executive Lauren Romero remembers visits to New Beginnings in the early years when she worked in a community. “We had cans where we would collect change in the office. We went to New Beginnings to pick up the cans each year and attend an orientation.”

Making a difference From its launch, the committee organized and raised funds in Phoenix and in Tucson. New Beginnings for Women & Children, now Our Family Services, partnered with the AMA in the early days. Their work with southern Arizona families to address homelessness and break the cycle of poverty matches the focus of Big Hearts. The nonprofit recognized the AMA

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as a Legacy Partner celebrating 10 years of donations last year. Tucson Homeless Connect will now also receive funds from Big Hearts to support the work they do to end homelessness. “The UMOM New Day Centers offers families facing homelessness housing, and many support services so they can reach their highest potential. UMOM has helped people who are now working in our industry. They truly care and help individuals reach the greatest potential,” said Noelia Doherty, Marketing Coordinator for P.B. Bell and longtime committee member.

Impacting families Redi Carpet’s Tammy Tupper Dimmig explains the strong connection of Big Hearts to these local nonprofits, “The work that is being done in both Tucson & Phoenix, as well as other areas of the state, has directly impacted families in need. When you listen to the stories of those that have been helped, you can’t help but want to do more. We make each other a little bit better each and every time we come together for Big Hearts! The members who get involved, stay involved. It becomes part of who they are.” Florence Crittenden, a Phoenix nonprofit that supports women with housing, education and resources to find stability and employment now receives funds from AMCF. Lesley Brice of MC Companies

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The AMCF’s annual bowling event in Phoenix recently brought together more than 260 AMA members and their teams for an afternoon and the event raised nearly $25,000 for Big Hearts. This year’s Superhero theme brought added creativity and fun to this special networking event. The Big Hearts Tucson committee has created many community and AMA-member focused opportunities to raise monies for the fund. The Trade Show After Party, Closing Parties and Kick-Off Parties helped to raise additional funds for Big Heart Tucson and each year the brought her passion for supporting those committee hosts an evening at the Gaswith autism to the AMCF. Many AMA vollight Theatre to support the cause. The unteers and MC Companies employees par- committee hosts an annual Family Fun ticipate in the Autism Speaks Walk. Their Run, and makes a major push for fundraisemployees can also donate PTO (paid time ing through the El Tour de Tucson. The off) hours and raise money for the walk. committee solicits jersey sponsorships A few years ago, the AMCF board and donations for riders, all to benefit Big decided to create a scholarship Hearts. Many AMA members fund and during that year one of and employees unite as a team the board members, Julie Hurst, for this popular bike race and passed away. It was ultimately help to raise awareness. decided to name the fund after “The really cool thing is we her. The fund, administrated by have never done it alone. We the Arizona Community Foundahave had the full involvement tion, will grant higher education of the entire committee for Since 2005, the scholarship awards to employees every event. That’s the great dedicated Arizona’s Multihousing of AMA member companies and thing about Big Hearts. I am Charitable their immediate family. Scholara fiercely competitive person, Foundation Big ships will be available for classes but we all come together, Hearts members have raised nearly starting in the fall of 2018. competitors and clients, to $900,000. raise as much money as posBig Hearts Means sible because we understand Big Fun what it can mean to some“Each year Big Hearts is fortunate to one!” said Tupper Dimmig. have a vehicle donated by Kwik Tow Doherty also commends her team’s to help with the fundraising. This year efforts, “Because of all the support and it’s a Porsche Cayenne!” said P.B. Bell’s hard work of my co-workers and myself, Doherty. She brought that car to one of I am honored to say PB Bell has won 1st the company’s employee appreciation place in overall management companies gathering and encouraged colleagues to to raise the most money for Big Hearts in buy $5 raffle tickets. The Kwik Tow car has 2015 and 2016. We are already making become a highlight of the annual holiday effects to take 1st place again this year. Let party where the raffle concludes with a the fundraising begin!” winning ticket.

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More than friends

Q&A with Dallin Tippetts, MultihousingFriends.com Dallin Tippetts is a director at Rainforest Plumbing & Air as well as chief administrator at MultihousingFriends.com, a Rainforest product. He currently sits on the 2017 AMA Board of Directors and is active on a number of committees.

Q: How can companies participate on MultihousingFriends? A: MultihousingFriends was designed to appeal to the individual — to be a place for multifamily industry professionals to come together online. We encourage companies to get their people signed up and start participating in the conversation. Leasing, management, maintenance and vendors — no matter who you are, this site will cater to your needs within your own unique career path.

Q: What kind of topics do you cover in the Learning Center? A: Our Learning Center covers topics ranging from maintenance how-to’s, to advice on how to “trick out” the leasing office. Articles are often written by our own staff but we also invite others from around the industry to be guest authors and impart some of their

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wisdom to the community. We also feature news articles on what’s happening locally and around the country.

charity drive that an associate is sponsoring — we want to let people know about these things.

Q: How can AMA member companies get involved or share their news?

Q: What are some of the benefits for MultihousingFriends?

A: Both associate and regular members of the AMA can submit their news items to us via email at admin@ multihousingfriends.com. We know there are so many good things that AMA members do that don’t get talked about that often. We want to become a platform for sharing all these great efforts. Whether it’s a stellar Project SAFE event that a community hosted or a

A: When people log in to their account on MultihousingFriends, they’ll find a personalized Dashboard waiting for them. They’ll see all the latest Learning Center articles that pertain to them, as well as upcoming AMA events and trending conversations in our members-only AMA Forum. The Forums are a place for people to go and have conversations with their fellow AMA members. It’s like having an AMA networking event

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that you can go to anytime, anywhere.

Q: How can members of the site use this to build their own businesses? A: The focus of this site is helping people better themselves to become more successful in their careers. Site visitors are able to go to the Learning Center and read up on a topic, then head to the Forums to get the opinions of their colleagues. This can be incredibly valuable. Individual forum boards can be subscribed to so that you never miss out on the conversation. This is great for vendors who want to be the first to respond to questions from regular members.

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