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CONTENTS August 2012


Techootions 40


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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – Meet Ken Bohan, the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


People Powered – Our top managers agree that the industry’s professionals are its greatest assets.


54 No Problem – Owner/Management Executive of the Year John Ridgway is enjoying the fruits of a long career, now as head of his own company.


56 On Site with ABODE presents the 2012 HAA Honors – This month, we feature the Cornerstone Award recipient, as well as the top redevelopment and the “green” properties recognized for environmentalism.


Features & Photos 16 30 32


54 60


Photo Album – Scenes from the June BGF luncheon. Photo Album – Scenes from the Sponsorship Auction.


Photo Album – Scenes from the 2012 Honors event recognizing excellence in the industry.


Passport to Success – Membership in HAA is your ticket to networking opportunities. See photos from the June membership finale and learn about the encore “homecoming” event in the fall.


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Photo Album – Scenes from the July law luncheon with special guests from the Harris County justice of the peace courts.


ON THE COVER Photo by MARK HIEBERT/HIEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY


2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ken Bohan, the Liberty Group, knows the importance of strong connections, civic duty, good business and a great life. Bohan is only the fourth sup- plier in HAA’s 52-year history to be given this prestigious award. Learn more about him on Page 40.


Departments 32


Columns 7


9 11 14


8 PATRON 19 EDUCATION 20 CALENDARS 60 GO-GETTERS 64 AMBASSADORS 66 WELCOME MAT 68 PROPERTY UPDATE 69 IN THE NEWS 74 ADVERTISERS INDEX 75 MARKET LINE 76 BACK PAGE


President’s Corner – The HAA Hall of Fame recognizes a supplier member who has long demonstrated his dedication to the industry.


Legislative Update – Houston considers an ordinance to deal with the lingering drought.


It’s The Law – Redevelopment efforts require careful consideration of the law as well as a strategic plan for terminating tenancy.


Resident Relations – Residents are responsible for utilities through the lease term, even if they vacate early.


26 NAA Industry Update – Seize your opportunity to tell your rep how his or her actions affect our industry. 28 Media Roundup – Don’t wait for a problem to open communication with your residents.


We welcome your comments and letters.


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