At the end of 2015 Ken Szymanski will step back from his role as Executive Director of the Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC), after serving as the chief executive of both the AANC and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association (GCAA) concurrently for the last 28 years. He will continue as the Executive Director of GCAA after 2015, but AANC needed to find a new chief executive as of January 1, 2016.
So it was with great excitement last night at the PTAA trade show that Jody Longwill, President of the AANC, announced that Will Brownlee – who is familiar to so many apartment professionals in North Carolina through his legal work on behalf of the industry – will be the organization’s Executive Director starting January 1.
Here’s a video of the announcement last night. Unfortunately due to my fat thumbs I missed the early part of the announcement during which Jody lauded Ken’s incredible work on behalf of AANC for the last 28 years, but please take my word that it was a worthy tribute for a great guy. Here’s the announcement.
Here’s a press release from AANC:
For Immediate Release October 28, 2015
Apartment Association of N.C. names new Executive Director
The Apartment Association of North Carolina (“AANC”) is a trade association of multi-family rental housing developers, owners, managers, and suppliers. It is affiliated with both the National Apartment Association and seven (7) local Apartment Associations throughout North Carolina. AANC is pleased to announce its selection of Will Brownlee as its new Executive Director and General Counsel effective January 1, 2016. “We are extremely pleased that Will will become AANC’s executive leader”, said its Board President Jody Longwill, of Greensboro-based Burkely Communities. “The Board, in making this selection, has expanded the Association’s commitment to its work, as the Executive Director position becomes full-time. For the past 29 years, Ken Szymanski has served the AANC with distinction as its part-time Executive Director. Ken will continue to serve in his role as Executive Director of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association”.
“Will brings a wealth of experience, energy, and commitment to the AANC’s work. We look forward to Will’s joining and working with AANC and its associates to advocate for legislation that encourages affordable housing, quality construction and professional management.”
Will Brownlee is an attorney licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina and is the founder of Brownlee Law Firm, PLLC and co-founder of Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC. He has served the apartment industry for the last 18 years, including serving on the AANC Board of Directors and as author of the AANC Lease and Legal Handbook. He holds degrees from The Citadel and the N.C. Central University School of Law.
“AANC and its affiliate members have a rich and accomplished history of advocacy for the N.C. apartment industry, particularly through the tireless efforts of its Board of Directors, its volunteer members, and the consistent leadership of Ken Szymanski over the past 30 years,” said Mr. Brownlee. “I am proud to be part of such an organization and look forward to the opportunity to work with the AANC Board of Directors and the diverse affiliate and volunteer members of AANC in continuing their advocacy for the apartment industry and finding new ways to serve the AANC membership.”
For further information: Ken Szymanski, (704) 334-9511 x- 108