Looking to the Future

Summers in most of Arizona used to be a time of catching up in the slower season. Not this year!

I’m sure you have seen the exciting news that Tom Simplot, our President and CEO for the past nine years, was recruited to Washington, D.C. for an executive position with a federal agency. Under Tom’s tenure, the AMA has become stronger than ever. Our membership has grown, we are financially stable, and our industry’s impact on the community through supporting programs such as Raising a Reader, Our Family Services, Tucson Homeless Connect and UMOM has become something we never dreamed we could do.

Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus, our longtime partner and leader of our advocacy team, has stepped in as interim President and CEO as the board charts a course for the future. Courtney’s worked with our members for nearly two decades and we couldn’t ask for a more capable interim leader. She knows our work, and has worked with Tom to ensure a smooth transition.

Last August, we set a goal to grow to 2,000 members statewide and to more than 250,000 units by 2019 and thanks to your efforts, we are on track to achieve this. Our board will gather in August for our annual retreat and we are looking forward to a robust discussion about how we will continue to serve our members and keep our industry healthy for the long-term future. Thanks for all you are doing in membership!


This article was originally published in the August/September 2017 issue of Apartment News, the official print publication of the Arizona Multihousing Association. To order copies of this magazine, contact the AMA.


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Amy Smith-Montoya
Amy is managing partner at Flagstaff-based property management firm Bella Investment Group and board chair for the Arizona Multihousing Association.