GBAA Committees

Committees are a great way to get involved in GBAA.

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GBAA Committee

Member participation is vital to the growth of our industry. GBAA committees are the perfect venue to meet with your colleagues and help lead the organization. You can help contribute to our association's objectives as well add to your professional experience by volunteering to serve on a committee.

To apply for a committee volunteer role,
please complete the Committee Sign-up form.

Committee members are the foundation of GBAA. Committee members must pledge their time and effort to ensuring goals are achieved. As a GBAA Committee Member we ask the following:

  • Actively participate in ensuring that the goals for the committee are achieved.
  • That you work with the Committee Chair and other committee members to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined and defined.  
  • That you attend committee meetings, and communicate when you cannot (two absences with no call/email/general communication can result in being removed from the committee).
  • Include Association Executive or GBAA staff liaison in all committee communications.
  • Encourage other members to participate in GBAA social events, education classes, dinners, mixers and special legislative events.

Awards Committee

This dedicated group of volunteers is responsible for helping to plan our Beautification and Magic City Awards.
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith
CAS, NALP, CAM Renovation Sales Coordinator HD Supply (205)577-3198
Chair
Bethany Bell
Community Manager The Outlook at Greystone (205)981-6776
Vice Chair

Education Committee

Education for apartment industry professionals is one of the primary initiatives of the GBAA. This committee is responsible for planning and promoting educational seminars and workshops that are instrumental in the success of industry professionals throughout Birmingham. It is this group’s responsibility to determine all in-person education classes for the year, as well as research speakers for the annual Education Conference. The committee maintains the progress of the year's class schedule, as well as work on education initiatives from the strategic plan.
Kayla Luker
Kayla Luker
Sealy Realty (205)991-3719
Chair
Michelle Childers
Michelle Childers
Chadwell Supply (205)913-2728
Vice Chair

Golf Classic Committee

The Golf Classic Committee is responsible for organizing the Association's annual golf tournament, which is our largest GBAA fundraiser.
Brandy Gwinn
Paycor
Vice Chair
Dane Reece
Dane Reece
Sales Fitness Zone (205)967-3373
Chair
Mary Ford
Mary Ford
Inverness Cliffs (205)991-0631
Board Liaison

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee monitors legislative activity locally, and evaluates GBAA's position on state legislative initiatives. The Legislative Committee helps to promote the association’s legislative/government matters events. They work with association staff to raise awareness of the state and national Political Action Campaigns (PAC), and determine effective fundraising opportunities. The Legislative Committee is encouraged to work with staff on any initiatives as defined in the strategic plan.
Julie Elkins
Julie Elkins
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Liberty Rent (251)597-0101
Chair
Leslie Yeilding
Leslie Yeilding
EBSCO Income Properties (205)781-5356
Vice Chair

Maintenance Mania Committee

The Maintenance Mania Committee is in charge of the maintenance mania competition that takes place annually. They sign up contestants, solicit sponsorships and coordinate the set up and break down of the event.
Allison Wilson
Allison Wilson
Area Manager Arlington Properties (334)652-9565
Chair
Michael Schwartz
Professional Building Services
Chair
Jennifer Slay
Jennifer Slay
NALP, CAM, CAPS Community Manager Avia (205)823-6444
Chair

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee, with support from GBAA staff, focuses on membership recruitment and retention strategies. This group evaluates internal and external marketing materials, reviews membership benefits, and leads any membership drives/campaigns. The Business Partner Networking Group works together to build relationships and generate leads and referrals. Both groups are ambassador advocates and work together on initiatives as outlined in the strategic plan.
Haley Sirmon
Haley Sirmon
4700 Colonnade (205)987-0737
Chair
Frederick McCray
Frederick McCray
Leasing Manager Trinity Property Consultants (205)332-5502
Vice Chair

Networking & Social Events Committee

The Networking/Social Committee leads the way in GBAA networking events. This group is responsible for planning and evaluating events throughout the year, including Coffee & Connections and Wine/Wind Down Wednesday. The Networking/Social group works with the NextGen Committee to schedule Success Profiles.
Koty Ray
Arlington Properties (205)470-8788
Chair

NextGen Committee

The NextGen Committee engages future leaders of the apartment industry through peer networking, education, and association involvement. Open to all GBAA members working within the rental housing industry and are 40 years of age or younger.
Shelby Waddell
Shelby Waddell
Account Executive Real Floors (205)263-0451
Chair
Taylor Wurm
Taylor Wurm
Maintenance Supply Headquarters (205)546-0963
Vice Chair

Philanthropy & Volunteer Committee

This committee assists with the GBAA philanthropic efforts, which include but are not limited to:
- GBAA Gives Back Volunteer Days with local charities
- And events with community partner organizations

The Philanthropy Committee focuses on fundraising in order to help the GBAA's Charity Partners reach more people in need. It also provides hands-on experiences through volunteering time and giving assistance to those in the local community with a goal of bettering their lives. If you want a great experience networking with those in the industry who have a shared passion for helping others, then this is the committee for you!
Kerri Kaune
Valora @ Homewood
Vice Chair
Laura Snyder
Leasing Manager Valora @ Homewood
Vice Chair

Reverse Trade Show Committee

Our Reverse Trade Show is an annual networking event with a twist. The GBAA turns the tables and gives the Service Suppliers the opportunity to market their services and products directly to the management company decision makers! The Reverse Trade Show Committee is responsible for planning the entire event, recruiting management companies to participate and signing up suppliers to attend.
David Douglass
David Douglass
Owner Mead Bulk and Junk Removal
Vice Chair
Ben Forsyth
Forsyth Consulting, Inc. (205)207-8374
Vice Chair

AAA Trade Show Committee

The GBAA Trade Show Committee is unique, as Birmingham is the location of the Alabama Apartment Association Education Conference and Expo. They will work hand in hand with other affiliates to ensure it is the most successful event not only for GBAA, but for AAA. Committee members advise and recommend improvements to the annual Education Conference and Expo held annually in September. They also aid in selecting a theme for the show, marketing to attendees, assist in booth sales, and find the best Speakers and Teachers.
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith
CAS, NALP, CAM Renovation Sales Coordinator HD Supply (205)577-3198
Chair
Julie Elkins
Julie Elkins
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Liberty Rent (251)597-0101
Vice Chair
Michelle Childers
Michelle Childers
Chadwell Supply (205)913-2728
Vice Chair

Website, Graphic Design & Social Media Committee

The purpose of the of the Website/Graphic Design/Social Media Committee is to enhance the web presence of our association through interactive and dynamic social networking media with a goal of informing members of upcoming events, engaging members in topics of interest relative to the multifamily industry, and promoting and encouraging involvement within our community through constant up to date communication. The Committee shall also assist the Executive Director with the maintenance of the GBAA’s website.
Ashley Rowland
Ashley Rowland
RentPath / ApartmentGuide / Rent.com (205)706-8152
PR Chair