Presidents Message 2018-2019
Welcome to the new Board! I would like to thank the members of our Association for the trust they have placed in me to serve as President. It is a great honor and I look forward to working together to meet our goals. The installation of Officers and Directors took place at Top Golf in west El Paso last month and I would like to thank Texas Apartment Association Vice President of Government Affairs David Mintz, CAE who traveled to El Paso and performed the installation. Our Programs Committee Chairs Cathy Alonzo, CAM, CAMT, CPO and Silvia Gonzalez did an amazing job organizing the Installation event at this beautiful and exciting facility. Thank You!
Our primary goals for the next two years will be one which can be described as “Getting Back to the Basics.” We will begin focusing on the purposes for which associations are formed: Education and Legislation. In recognizing our limited Association resources including finances, personnel and time, your Executive Committee has been working to simplify the structure and activities of our association. These changes will allow us to concentrate on our core functions that support our purposes and attains our goals. We believe this will ultimately provide greater value to our members.
The Education Committee is working to continue bringing member’s quality educational classes designed to develop individuals into true industry professionals. The Committee will also be collaborating with TAA & NAA to provide Veterans and their spouse’s employment opportunities within the apartment industry. The Government & Legislative Committee has been concentrating its efforts on making the El Paso Apartment Association known at city and state levels. We will continue to build upon this success and with the Association reorganization, we hope to dedicate much more time and energy into these efforts. Keep an eye on your email for Education and Government affairs updates which will inform members of any upcoming education opportunities or legislative issues that affect our industry. We will also be looking to hold periodic membership meetings that will give members a forum to bring ideas and concerns to your leadership.
Thanks to Immediate Past President Demetrio Jimenez for his service as our 2016-2018 President. The long term goals set under his leadership have set the course for this Associations growth and transformation. I would also like to recognize all of our Past Presidents who have given much and built this great Association to what it is today!
Congratulations goes out to those who made El Paso proud at the Texas Apartment Association Education Conference in April. Demetrio Jimenez was installed on Texas Apartment Associations Executive Committee as Vice President at Large and Erika Martinez, CAM, CPO, NALP, won the TAA Anita Marcino Leasing Professional of the Year Award. Great job representing El Paso!
Be sure to show your support of EPAA Cares! which manages Under One Roof charity and the Gerald Carlson Education Scholarship Fund. The organizations main source of income comes from the annual golf tournament which will be held July 13th at the Horizon Golf Course. Buy your team, tee box sign or sponsor a hole. There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Special thanks to EPAA Cares! President Angelica Zuniga, CAM, CAPS, CAMT, CPO and her board for representing the El Paso Apartment Associations community service efforts.
Mark your calendars for upcoming events:
El Paso Apartment Association Education Conference & Trade Expo
September 13th, 2018
Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel
EPAA Western Party & Awards Dinner
October 20th, 2018
Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch
El Paso Apartment Association Open House & Reverse Trade Show
Lastly, I would like to encourage member participation. It is only with the participation of industry professionals like yourselves that we continue to succeed. Check out the EPAA website, epaa.org, to find out more information about our committees.
Marcia L Heller