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Committees and Councils

GCAA activities are frequently directed and completed by the volunteer efforts of association members. For areas that require ongoing and specific attention, committees or councils have been formed. Volunteer involvement in one or more of these groups gives members the opportunity to impact GCAA business and decision-making, as well as the chance to meet and interact with their industry colleagues. Below is a list of the GCAA’s committees and councils, their areas of concern, and the names of their respective chairpeople.

GCAA encourages its members to become involved in one or more of these groups. Feel free to visit any scheduled committee meeting to find out more about the participants and their current activities. Most committees meet monthly; regular meeting schedules are posted below, but please phone or email to verify meeting date/time/place as they sometimes change.

To participate on a committee, please complete THIS FORM online or print and return the GCAA Committee Sign-Up Sheet.The appropriate GCAA staff liaison will contact you to confirm meeting dates/times, etc. Note that there are specific requirements for serving on the Education Advisory Council.

Membership Committee: (Michelle Smith, 2018 Chair)
This committee forms the important tasks of obtaining quality new members and retaining existing members. Its members develop and execute strategies for member recruiting, orientation, and retention - including direct contact and follow-up with prospects and current members. This group organizes annual membership drives and additional networking opportunities within budget constraints. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am at the GCAA.
Programs Committee: (Gabrielle Bouknight, 2018 Chair)
This group schedules a variety of programs for the GCAA’s General Membership Meetings with the primary goal of securing informative, engaging speakers who will present subjects that appeal to a wide range of association members. The Programs Committee also provides GCAA members with timely seminars on industry-related topics that supplement the content of NAAEI Designation Courses. Topics have included legal issues, marketing, leasing, environmental issues, risk management, fair housing, and more. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am at the GCAA.
Government Affairs Committee: (Mike Rinaldo, 2018 Chair)
The government affairs committee monitors legislation and code issues affecting the multifamily housing industry at the local, state, and national levels. Its members represent the apartment industry before Charlotte City Council, the Mecklenburg County Commission, and governmental staff. This committee also works closely with the Apartment Association of North Carolina. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 8:30 at the GCAA.
Bus Tour Committee: (Holly Casper & Jonathan Cheville, 2018 Chair)
This committee's members plays key roles in planning and executing the GCAA’s annual New Construction Bus Tour, a major annual undertaking which showcases new apartment product in our market. They also assist with smaller-scale tours which have specific areas of focus, such as the Rehab Tour and the Boutique Tour. Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am at the GCAA.
Outreach Committee: (Lynn Ackerman, 2018 Chair)
This group works to strengthen the rapport between multifamily industry professionals (GCAA members, specifically) and the local public by identifying areas of need in the community and planning activities which will provide appropriate service and support. In recent years the Outreach Committee has partnered with Keep Charlotte Beautiful, the Urban Ministry Center, Moore Place, Charlotte Family Housing, and others. Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30 am at the GCAA.
Green Committee: (Rebecca Mignery, 2018 Chair)
This group’s focus is to educate GCAA‘s owner/operator members about the latest trends and opportunities in environmentally-conscious, sustainable multifamily operations. The committee organizes educational programs, has guest speakers, goes on outings, and contributes to GCAA’s publications and website. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am at the GCAA.
Young Apartment Professionals Committee: (Brian Brand, 2018 Chair)
This group’s efforts focus on increasing association involvement of members who are “young” in the industry. YAPs volunteers organize social and educational events at which GCAA members can network with industry peers, learn more abut the Association, and explore multifamily career opportunities. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am at the GCAA.
Education Advisory Council: (Sandra Fick, 2018 President)
This council oversees the NAA Education Institute Designation Programs, including NALP, CAM, CAMT, CAPS, and CAS. Council members provide guidance in the areas of policy, member and community outreach, faculty development, program evaluation, curriculum design, and student participation. Council members must be GCAA volunteer instructors. Meeting schedule varies.
Products & Services Council: (Celia Thompson, 2018 President)
The Products & Services Council is open to any/all GCAA Associate (vendor) members in good standing; its overriding goal is to enhance the valuable working relationships between GCAA-member apartment owner/operators and vendor/suppliers. PSC Subcommittees focus on specific areas/programs and include Associate Development, Trade Show, Golf, and Executive Dinner/Reverse Trade Show. Click here for details about PSC subcommittees. PSC meeting schedule and format varies - check the main calendar.