What Have We Done for You Lately?

Below is the text of the 2016 version of the “year in review” letter sent annually by Executive Director Jon Lowder to PTAA’s members. You can also get a PDF copy here.

Dear PTAA members,

PTAA had a busy year working on your behalf. Here’s a partial list of our activities this year:

Government Affairs

  • Actively participated with AANC in successfully lobbying for passage of a law that prevents invasive and overreaching (and potentially expensive) inspection and registration schemes by cities/counties. This was the culmination of a five year effort to get this law passed on behalf of the industry.
  • Supported AANC’s filing of a “Friend of the Court” brief to the NC Supreme Court which contributed to the successful appeal of a ruling which would have required landlords to prove evictions were not unconscionable. The court affirmed that NC law only requires a landlord to show that the lease was breached and that the lease allows the landlord to re-take possession of the premises as a result.
  • PTAA’s representatives raised money on behalf of the AANC and NAA PACs and earmarked contributions for NC and US Representatives and Senators.
  • Participated in TREBIC’s two days of interviews with Guilford County commissioner candidates before November’s election.
  • Hosted a “Coffee with the candidates” event for all candidates running in local elections in Forsyth County, NC.
  • Was an active member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee and had the prevention of inclusionary zoning added to its legislative agenda for 2017.
  • Participated in NAA’s Capitol Conference in Washington, DC in March. Met with all members of Congress from the Piedmont Triad to advocate for the apartment industry.
  • Participated in AANC’s Legislative Days in Raleigh in May. Met with all state representatives and senators from the Piedmont Triad to advocate for the apartment industry.
  • Organized a seminar to help our members better understand how to respond to the proposed new overtime rules.

Education

  • Had 6 students enrolled in the CAPS designation course, 13 students in the CAMT designation course, 17 students in the CAM designation course, and 15 students enrolled in the NALP designation course.
  • Provided Certified Pool Operator training, HVAC Best Practices and CFC training courses on multiple occasions.
  • Teamed with the local IREM chapter to put on Fair Housing and Beyond courses throughout the year.
  • Sold out our annual Legal Seminar.
  • Other classes included HVAC Best Practices, OSHA Compliance, Maintenance for Managers & Leasing Professionals, Emotional Support Animals and Reasonable Accommodation Requests, Industry Forecast Breakfast, Leasing Bootcamp, Life Lessons from Unstoppable Women, AANC Lease Updates, Show Me the Money: Financials
  • We worked with Goodwill Industries of NWNC and Forsyth Tech to incorporate the CAMT curriculum into their facilities maintenance program and to host job fairs for our members to meet graduates of the program.

Community Service

  • PTAA’s annual food drive raised over 125,000 meals (or cash equivalent) for Second Harvest Food Bank and featured participation from more member communities than ever before.
  • In July we partnered with the Winston-Salem Dash and the Greensboro Grasshoppers to host an event at one game with each team to help raise food for Second Harvest Food Bank and to provide our members with an opportunity to enjoy the ballgames as a group.
  • We continued working with Partners Ending Homelessness to help eliminate homelessness in Guilford County.
  • Echo Committee volunteered time for Second Harvest Food Bank; the committee also raised and donated $800 to YWCA in their efforts to help those in need.

Networking

  • Diamond Awards –500 people attended PTAA’s annual awards gala..
  • Golf Tournament – Over 100 golfers participated in the 2016 tournament and the players and sponsors all enjoyed some great weather at the Bryan Park course.
  • Trade Show –We had tremendous growth for the tradeshow this year with over 90 exhibit booths and our largest number of attendees ever.
  • We continued hosting casual networking events in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point to give our members more opportunities to get together in their own neighborhoods.
  • In August, 2016 we held our Buzzworthy Bus Tour: Adaptive Reuse Communities. We visited properties from Mebane to Winston-Salem that were all adaptive reuses of historic buildings.
  • In November the ECHO Committee hosted PTAA’s first kickball tournament.
  • PTAA worked with the National Apartment Association to purchase bulk registration’s to NAA’s Education Conference in June and then pass the savings along to members. As a result PTAA members sent a record number of attendees to the conference while saving hundreds of dollars per registration.

We look forward to serving you in 2016-17, and we’d love to help you in any way we can. If you would like more information on PTAA’s programs please give us a call at 336- 294-4428 or visit our website at www.piedmonttaa.org.

Sincerely,

Jon Lowder
Executive Director
Piedmont Triad Apartment Association