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TAA recognizes new “Spotlight” recipients


The Texas Apartment Association highlighted the first seven recipients of its new “Spotlight” program during the TAA ONE Conference & Expo in Houston last month.

Key takeaways

  • The Texas Apartment Association launched a new program last fall to recognize the big and small ways our members go beyond what’s expected of them and do extraordinary things for the people and communities they care about.
  • The first seven “Spotlight” recipients in this new program were recognized April 29 at the Closing Session & Luncheon during the TAA ONE Conference & Expo in Houston.
  • Each month, TAA posts a “Spotlight” story to help counter the negative light that’s often cast on the rental housing industry and rental housing professionals.
  • Learn more about TAA’s Spotlight program and submit an entry for consideration. 

Last fall, the Texas Apartment Association Public Affairs Committee launched a new initiative to highlight the good members do in their communities and for their residents. In social media posts each month, this new “Spotlight” program shines a light on the big and small ways TAA members go beyond what’s expected of them and do extraordinary things for the people and communities they care about.

The first “Spotlight” recipient was recognized in October. Six of the seven recipients were able to attend the TAA ONE Conference & Expo Closing Session & Luncheon April 29 in Houston, where all the “Spotlighters” were recognized. Learn more about the program, and how to submit entries for consideration.

October 2021 Spotlight

Wilma Negron
Westbury Manor, Houston
Highland Commercial Properties
Wilma organized a free COVID immunization clinic for her residents, many of whom would not have had the ability to travel to get immunized somewhere else.

November 2021 Spotlight

Brian Ingram
Fort Hood Family Housing, Fort Hood
Winn Companies
Brian’s day job is distributing self-help items and equipment at the Lawn and Garden Center for residents. Because he’s so familiar with programs for veterans and the retirement process, soldiers separating from service often come to him and his department for advice or to review their paperwork before turning it in.

December 2021 Spotlight

Doug Pederson
Twin City Properties, Bryan
Doug was highlighted for his work in partnering with S.O.S Ministries to create and underwrite the Jack Threadgill Vocational Program, which teaches trades and life skills to those who may have lost their way or had a troubled past but are seeking a way forward. Doug initiated this program in memory of his late business partner, Jack Threadgill. (He was unable to attend the luncheon in Houston.)

January 2022 Spotlight

Liana Walls
Residences at Decker, Austin
The NRP Group
Liana is learning American Sign Language to help her communicate better with a deaf couple on her property. They teach her new words when they see her in the office and send her emails with examples.

February 2022 Spotlight

Joe Melton
The Morgan Group, Houston
Joe and his partner started a Pride Pantry for members of Houston’s LGBTQ+ community during the pandemic, to help them get food and other necessities. Joe coordinated donations and distribution sites throughout the community.

March 2022 Spotlight

Indus Communities, Houston
During the pandemic, Indus worked with seniors living in their 32 communities to enroll them in senior meal programs so they would not face additional hardship.

April 2022 Spotlight

Jodie Dowling
Keystone Apartments, Killeen
Jodie takes the time to assist one of her residents, Ms. Mary, who has difficulty getting around. Jodie picks up her rent check and occasionally helps her with small tasks.

Nieomi King, Jodie Dowling, Manu Gupta, Joe Melton, Liana Walls, Brian Ingram, Wilma Negron and James Burwell (l-r).

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