AANC E-Notes: 2023 4th Quarter Issue

AANC News,




Despite the hurdles, we've achieved significant milestones together. Each volunteer's time, talent, and wisdom have been instrumental in steering us through the year. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the AANC volunteers for their invaluable contributions. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and have made a profound impact on our community.

Looking ahead, we stand at the threshold of a new chapter—one that presents us with opportunities for growth and innovation. The board conducted a strategic planning session last month, which provides a roadmap that aligns with our shared vision. Our goals for the coming year are ambitious yet achievable, thanks to the dedication and expertise of our committee members.

Our focus remains on enhancing our services, fostering stronger connections within our industry partners, and adapting to the evolving landscape. With a renewed strategic approach and a healthy PAC, we aim to elevate our association's impact and relevance.

I encourage each of you to actively participate and contribute your time, ideas and perspectives. Together, we can shape a future that not only addresses challenges but also paves the way for greater success and inclusivity.

Once again, I extend my deepest appreciation to our volunteers for their outstanding support this year and look for the 2023 AANC Annual Report to be delivered to all members this month. Let's embark on this new journey with enthusiasm and unity to lead us to a brighter, more resilient future for our association.

Registration for the 2024 LEAP Conference (April 29-May 1 in Raleigh) is NOW open and our targeted goal is to have 750 attendees so mark your calendars and budget appropriately!


Lisa Taylor l Greystar
AANC President


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The National Apartment Association (NAA) announced Josie Eatmon, Executive Director of the Triangle Apartment Association (TAA), as the recipient of the 2023 NAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Josie was recognized with this award at NAA’s annual Assembly of Delegates, held in San Diego, CA last month.

The NAA Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize recipients for their long-term history of exemplary national service and accomplishments to NAA and the apartment housing industry. 

Congrats from all of us at AANC, Josie! Beyond well deserved! 


2024 Educational Webinars

Social Media Persona: Like it, Love it, Share it! (Feb 14)
Preparing for Property Level Crisis Situations (Jun 5)
Looks Risky! Now What? Site Assessments & Risk Mitigation (Sep 18)
Finding Your Sustainable Self: Prioritizing Mental Wellness (Nov 13) 


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The 2024 AANC Hall of Fame Award!

The AANC Hall of Fame award recognizes individuals in North Carolina for their substantial contributions, accomplishments, and service to the multifamily housing industry. Should a nominee be chosen, the recipient will be presented with their award during the 2024 AANC Education & Legislative Conference Recognition Lunch on April 30 in Raleigh, NC.


Anyone can nominate for the AANC Hall of Fame! It can be an individual currently in the industry, as part of an affiliate member, but may also include a family member and or someone no longer in the industry seeking to nominate a person for inclusion.
Current AANC Hall of Fame Inductees


Nominee must have made substantial contributions, accomplishments, and service to the multifamily housing industry in North Carolina.


If you would like to nominate an individual who qualifies for this prestigious award, please complete the nomination form and provide a summary outlining the contributions this member has made to the industry and to AANC that would warrant his/her consideration by the Hall of Fame Reviewer Committee.

NOMINATION WINDOW: October 15, 2023 to January 15, 2024


Apply Today!

Get up to $1,000 off an NAA designation (NALP, CAM, CAPS, CAMT, CAS)! Named after long-time NC apartment leader Larry Cranford, the mission of the scholarship is to foster the professional apartment industry education and career development potential of selected up-and-coming multi-family rental housing industry leaders in NC. Larry was loved by many for his folksy ways, his absolute commitment to industry education, and his people skills. Larry taught apartment management and maintenance courses throughout NC for some 25 years. Larry was the AANC President from 1996-1998.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, 1/31/24. 


AANC is proud to announce Kim Graham, Executive Director for the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, was installed as the 2024 Secretary of the NAA Associations Executive Council (AEC) last month at the NAA Assembly of Delegates in San Diego. Congrats and well deserved, Kim!

The AEC was formed in 1969 to advance the general welfare of NAA affiliated state and/or local association executive officers and their staffs, as well as voluntary leaders assuming or assigned to such responsibility throughout the nation. Members of the Council include Executive Directors of affiliated associations.


The Leadership Lyceum program is a prestigious education series aimed at identifying, training, and empowering emerging leaders within AANC. The Class of 2024 will meet 3 times with a focus on varying aspects of Association Management, Leadership and Legislative Advocacy. They will also be recognized at the AANC 2024 Education & Legislative Conference. Thank you to the 7 AANC Affiliates, the State Suppliers Council, the AANC President, and the NextGen Committee for your time and effort to assemble the Class of 2024!

Pictured Below (L-R): Shanae Auguste (Loebsack & Brownlee), Lisa Dudzinski (Carlisle Residential Properties), Tara Gerberich (BGSF), Misty Haskins (RKW Residential), Denise McGee (Impact Property Solutions), Alexis O'Buckley (Ansley at Roberts Lake), Ashley O'Connor (KPI Residential), Haley Philip (Bell Partners Inc.), Camille Queen (Pegasus Residential), Renata Rushing (Greystar), Jeremy Seeland (W.S. Wellons Realty), Derek Tarrant (Greystar), Kimberly Wooten (Blue Ridge Companies) 


Get in front of AANC's leadership, emerging leaders, and all members through the various opportunities still available below.



Are you looking for different ways to get involved at the state level? AANC offers members multiple opportunities through our diverse group of committees. 

Learn more here!


Katy Boone
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of ARIUM Living, a Carroll company

In the intricate world of multifamily housing, where the delicate balance between community dynamics and operational excellence is paramount, Katy Boone, NAAEI, CAM, CAPS, is a seasoned property manager, overseeing the daily operations for a 380-unit multifamily community in the Triangle market.

With over 15 years of experience, Katy’s venture into the multifamily housing industry began in 2008, amidst the challenges of the housing recession. "Like many others, property management chose me," she reflects. Starting as a leasing professional, her trajectory was swift, and within two-and-a-half years, she found herself at the helm as a Property Manager. Continue reading...

STATE SUPPLIERS: A Message from the SSC Chair

Hello Suppliers!
Since this is my last message as your State Suppliers Council Chair for 2023, I wanted to personally thank you for another wonderful year around the sun! Each and every one of you plays such an important role in our industry and brings so much value to AANC and your local affiliates. I could not be more proud to be a part of this group and an industry that helps so many people each year.

For the upcoming year, I am excited to announce that you will have a new Chair, Elizabeth Riley with The Liberty Group!!! Her Vice-chair will be Liz Newkirk with Loebsack & Brownlee. Both of these women are strong leaders in the multifamily industry and I am confident that they will bring a ton of value and support to our supplier members with their experience.

Although we still have the upcoming holiday season upon us, we are full speed ahead planning for 2024! If you have not heard, this year the AANC Education Conference theme is GO FOR THE GOLD (think Olympics)!!! We are so excited to see how creative everyone gets and look forward to an awesome event.

Right now we already have our 2024 Conference and Non-Conference Sponsorships open and on the website. You can view opportunities here. An exciting new conference sponsorship to note is the Hotel Swag Bag Sponsor. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company with your promo items and goodies sent directly to hotel rooms booked through the room block! On a non-conference note, did you know that you can also upgrade your annual sponsorship to become a Peak Partner? This gives you extra exposure on the AANC website all year long, puts you in the supplier directory quarterly, and promotes your company on social media. There are only 2 spots left since they sell so fast!
As we end this year and prepare for 2024, I’d like to challenge each of you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new in the industry. Whether that is joining a new committee, showing up to a new event, or just picking up the phone and calling a new customer instead of sending an email. Better yet, we would love to have you join the State Suppliers Council if you need some ideas on how to get involved! Please feel free to reach out to Kristin Goins if you are interested.

Warmest Regards,


Leah Vinansky 
Chair, State Suppliers Council (2023)


AANC 2024 Education & Legislative Conference
April 29 - May 1, 2024 l Raleigh, NC


The AANC Education Committee has planned another  'Don't Miss' conference for you! Register today for forward thinking educational sessions, in person networking with industry peers, the "The Social Network" Trade Show, and the opportunity to advocate for important industry issues at the North Carolina State Legislature. 




Apply Today! (Aplica Hoy)
Application Deadline: December 29, 2023

The AANC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship was established by the AANC DE&I Committee as an opportunity for multifamily housing industry professionals from historically underrepresented demographics to participate in education and networking opportunities at Education & Legislative Conference.

Scholarship recipients receive paid entry to the 2024 Conference in Raleigh (April 29 - May 1), lodging and a $100 stipend.

CRITERIA: 1) Applicant must be an AANC member through one of the seven local affiliates, 2) Applicant must identify as a member of a historically underrepresented group, including, but not limited to: racial and/or ethnic minority groups, women, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, or (5) disadvantaged socio-economic background, 3) Applicant must be willing to fully participate in the conference and grant all permissions to use their image for promotional purposes.

The 20 in their Twenties scholarship is for 20 people who are 29 years or younger to attend the 2024 AANC Education & Legislative Conference for only $20.

Nominate a rising star today!!!


  • Must be a member of at least 1 NC Affiliate 
  • Must be 29 years or younger on April 29, 2024
  • Employed full time in the rental housing industry
  • Demonstration of leadership


EMERGING LEADERS: A Message from the NextGen Committee

The NextGen “ShanAsh” Show with Shane Raby & Ashley Vetter
Season 3, Episode 4

Check out the video below!

2023 Year-in-Review & 2024 Preview
By: Chris Loebsack, Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC

Go Here to get the latest on the following.

  • CARES Act Legal Issues
  • NC HB 551 (and 2024 Legislative Session)
  • FTC Rulemaking - Junk Fees
  • HUD Criminal Screening Rules/Guidance Upcoming
  • NC Tenant Appeals and e-Filing Roll-Out Issues

This is not legal advice and should not be relied on as such. You should contact your legal counsel with your specific facts if you seek legal advice.


The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned the 2023 long session on October 25 to reconvene monthly until the short session starts on April 24, 2024.Monthly sessions between now and April are anticipated to be largely non-voting, administrative sessions. However, the adjournment resolution states that the monthly sessions may be utilized for taking up veto overrides, adoption of conference reports, and technical corrections to bills already passed, in addition to a handful of other issues specified in the resolution.

Before wrapping up the long session last month, due to court orders, legislators were required to redraw North Carolina’s congressional and state House and Senate district maps. The new congressional district maps could give Republicans 10 or 11 out of the 14 total congressional seats, likely unseating Democratic incumbents Congressman Jeff Jackson (NC-14), Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06), and Congressman Wiley Nickel (NC-13). Congressman Jackson has already announced that he would instead run for North Carolina Attorney General.

As for the state legislature, Republicans expect to maintain strong majorities in both chambers, though it may be too soon to predict whether Republicans will be able to retain their current super majorities. The new House district map includes notable shifts in Democratic strongholds such as Wake, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe counties. Similarly, the new Senate district map aims to maintain a Republican majority in the chamber, with notable changes in both Wake and New Hanover counties.

Candidate filing for all 2024 election contests begins on Monday, December 4, and runs through Friday, December 15. North Carolina will hold its primary election on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.


The AANC PAC is just under $1,500 from reaching the halfway mark of its $75,000 2023-2024 biennial goal! Be part of this record-breaking year for the AANC PAC by giving today! Text “AANCPAC” to 50155 or click here.

If you would like to support the AANC PAC by displaying the QR code at your next affiliate event, contact Sarah DuBose at GAD@aanconline.org.

Thank you to our 2023 AANC PAC supporters!

Multifamily Housing Coalition of North Carolina PAC

The Multifamily Housing Coalition of North Carolina (MHCNC), the independent expenditure political committee designed to support AANC’s advocacy efforts, is ramping up activity ahead of the 2024 primary election season. The MHCNC is an essential component of AANC’s political advocacy and engagement efforts by enabling the industry to have a more direct impact on policy discussions and elections through digital or advertising campaigns either in support or in opposition to a candidate or policy issue.

The MHCNC is different in that it can take corporate contributions, in addition to individual contributions. If your company is interested in serving on the Board of Trustees or investing in the Coalition, please contact Sarah DuBose at GAD@aanconline.org.

Last NAA Update from Susan Passmore
NAA Region 4 Vice President (2018-2023)

The National Apartment Association recently held its largest annual business meeting, the Assembly of Delegates, in San Diego. During the meetings, the Board of Directors approved the 2024 budget, which includes healthy funding for our education and advocacy efforts, and the Assembly of Delegates approved the 2024 Slate of Officers. The incoming slate includes two of Region 4’s very own advancing in their Officer service; Alan King as President Elect and Chris Burns as Vice Chair. Brian Chase, with Landmark Property Services, was elected Secretary.

Cultivate was held in Tucson, Arizona, in September. This was an inaugural NAA conference to bring peers together to advance their leadership skills and explore issues pertinent to the industry. Next year’s Cultivate will be held in Austin. Start planning now to attend and take collaborative deep dives.

Registration is now open for Advocate, March 12-13, in Washington, DC. Advocate – NAA’s annual advocacy conference – is the prime opportunity to meet with your Congressional representatives.

Registration for Apartmentalize 2024 is also now open. For the first time, Apartmentalize will be held in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. Education session and event details will be released in early December.

NAA’s Monthly Advocacy & Legal Updates is an NAA member and affiliate exclusive web series for partners yearning to uncover industry legal news and policy changes, sometimes straight from DC. The call is the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30PM. If you'd like to register, please reach out to Nicole Upano at NAA.

I’d like to personally thank everyone who has donated to the NAA PAC this year. NAA had an aggressive PAC goal of $1.2M this year and I believe we are going to make it. The following North Carolina affiliates reached their Fund Our Future fair share goals in 2023: Piedmont Triad Apartment Association and Triangle Apartment Association. Greater Fayetteville Apartment Association and Apartment Association of Western North Carolina have also done exceedingly well this year and are almost to their annual goal.

And, with that, I bid you adieu. It has been a pleasure serving Region 4, and specifically North Carolina, for the last six years as your Region 4 RVP. I can’t express how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve, learn, and continue to build friendships in our wonderful industry. Your incoming RVP for 2024 is the amazing Lisa Taylor! 

If I can ever be of assistance to you or your association, feel free to reach out.


Susan Passmore Blue Ridge Companies
NAA Region IV Vice President


March 12-13
Washington, DC

June 19-21
Philadelphia, PA


Apartment Association of Western North Carolina (AAWNC)

AAWNC hosted their annual meeting with more than 45 attendees on Tuesday, November 14 at First Restoration Services. Members were able to attend for free, and the event included the annual board of directors election. Officers for the new year are then elected at the first board meeting. 
Bethany Lykins and Kimberly Medearis were reelected to the board, along with Kendra Bee who has also served previously on the board. Toni Goby and Brian McCarthy were elected as first time board members. They will be joining current board members Alyssa Clair, Eliza King, Michelle Kingson and Rachael Modlin.
On Dec 13 AAWNC will be hosting a Suppliers Showcase to coincide with the annual Holiday Party.  

Greater Fayetteville Apartment Association (GFAA)

The GFAA welcomed National Speaker, Toni Bake, as the keynote speaker for the annual meeting. She spoke on “Building a MacGyver Culture” and shared her 10 Characteristics of Resourceful People. Toni brought her high energy personality to the meeting and the audience enjoyed the presentation and content. Toni followed the meeting up by a Kindness Challenge zoom event with GFAA President, Heather Gonzalez.

Triangle Apartment Association (TAA)

As we approach the final days of a bustling yet fulfilling year at TAA, the staff and members united for a final push, collaborating on year-end events and projects while strategically planning for the upcoming year. Committee leadership roles were renewed, and ambitious growth goals were set.

The XCEL committee hosted their "Back to Basics" webinar, drawing an exciting turnout of 84 attendees representing 60 companies. Panelists delved into discussions on the industry's purpose, fostering professional relationships, and the impact of technology on daily business operations. Simultaneously, the DEI committee orchestrated their fall seminar, titled "Unconscious Bias: Myth Busters Edition," featuring facilitator Johann Yo Sobha, a DEI Practitioner and Consultant. Sobha skillfully explored the intricacies of how our brains process information, shedding light on its influence on perspectives, interactions, and human connections. And our Education Department hosted over 13 educational courses at the TAA office, covering a range of classes such as CAM, Property Financials Seminar for Managers, Legal Issues, Lease-up Reality, Microsoft Excel: Pt.2, and CAMT.

The Special Events committee held their annual Golf Tournament. It was a great reunion as 128 players and over 60 company representatives returned to the pristine greens of The Neuse Country Club in Clayton. And to close out the year, the committee organized Casino Night with an “Old Hollywood” theme. With over 300 members on the invite list, this exciting event featured delicious food stations, dancing, casino games, a 360 photo booth, a live Jazz Band, and an abundance of camaraderie and fun.

On another note, following the successful merger of A New Lease On Life and Education Foundation, Copper Circle remains committed to advancing the missions of both programs. They’ve facilitated the transition of families emerging from homelessness into affordable rental units and granted six full scholarships for CAPS, CAM, and CAMT this year. Looking ahead to 2024, they plan to broaden these initiatives, aiding more households in transitioning from homelessness to stable housing. Additionally, they’ll increase scholarship opportunities beyond credentialed programs.

Amidst many reasons for celebration, one stands out prominently. Our esteemed Executive Director, Josie Eatmon, received a national award nomination from TAA and the NAA Nominating Committee. The NAA Lifetime Achievement award was presented at the Assembly of Delegates conference in San Diego, CA, adding a crowning achievement to an already remarkable year.

As we conclude a dynamic year at TAA, marked by collaborative successes and individual achievements, we eagerly anticipate the opportunities awaiting us in 2024. The dedication of our staff and members, showcased through impactful events and educational initiatives, sets the stage for continued growth.

AANC AFFILIATES: What's Happening Around the State?

Visit your local Apartment Association website to see what education is being offered and to register for upcoming events.

GCAA | Greater Charlotte Apartment Association
GFAA | Greater Fayetteville Apartment Association
GAPMA | Greenville Area Property Managers Association
PTAA | Piedmont Triad Apartment Association
TAA | Triangle Apartment Association
AAWNC | Apartment Association of Western North Carolina
WAA | Wilmington Apartment Association 

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