What Happened?

Like many organizations, we here at PTAA do a “year in review” kind of thing in December. Much of that information makes it into a letter we send to our members each year, and we thought we’d share some of it here. You’ll see that it’s broken down into our major service areas:

Education

  • Had 12 students enrolled in the CAPS designation course, 6 students in the CAMT designation course, 12 students in the CAM designation course, and 12 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 Legal Seminar class, and two Evictions & Collection Law
  • Other classes included Notary, Excel (Beyond the Basics), Life Lessons from Industry Leaders, Leasing Boot Camp, Mindy McCorkle’s “The Change Game” in Winston-Salem, Resolving Conflict led by Brandon Mathis, A Guide to Working with Millennials
  • We worked with Goodwill Industries of NWNC and Forsyth Tech to incorporate the CAMT curriculum into their facilities maintenance program.

Community Service

  • PTAA’s annual food drive raised over 200,000 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 “Fill the Stands with Cans,” 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 delivered 50+ boxes to apartment communities as part of PTAA’s Food Drive; made a $300 donation to the food drive; served breakfast to the residents of SECU House in Winston-Salem.
  • Our Programs Committee hosted a winter coat collection event for Backpack Beginnings.
  • Ambassadors Committee made 50 lunches for the homeless in downtown Greensboro.

Networking

  • Diamond Awards –530 people attended PTAA’s annual awards gala at the Empire Room.
  • Golf Tournament – Over 100 golfers participated in the 2017 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 also raised over $500 for the relief fund for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
  • We held our Breakfast Business Exchange (Reverse Trade Show), with 20 vendor suppliers and 15 management companies participating.
  • 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.
  • The ECHO Committee hosted PTAA’s first trivia tournament.
  • Other events in 2017 included a Lip Sync Battle, Maintenance Appreciation Night, Leasing Appreciation Dinner.

Government Affairs

  • Represented the apartment industry to advocate for adding multifamily development to areas zoned Highway Business (HB) and General Office (GO) in Winston-Salem.
  • Participated in TREBIC’s two days of interviews with Greensboro and High Point city council candidates before November’s election.
  • Hosted a “Coffee with the candidates” event for all candidates running in Greensboro and High Point elections.
  • Served on Greensboro’s “Housing Our Community” initiative developing comprehensive funding and policy/ordinance/code solutions to emerging crisis in Affordable and Workforce Housing. Look for release of report in 1Q18.
  • Was an active member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee and had the issue of addressing housing affordability 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.

Yep, 2017 was a heckuva year!