GFI Management Services, Inc., a leading manager of multifamily properties throughout the U.S., today announced that Nia Walters, its Midwest regional vice president, has been installed as a member of the 2015 Apartment Association of Kansas City (AAKC) Board of Directors.
This induction is indicative of the prestige in which GFI Management and Walters are held in the region’s apartment industry. GFI is a leading multifamily property manager with thousands of apartments across the country, including substantial holdings in the Kansas City area through its affiliates. Walters, GFI’s regional vice president, has over a decade of real estate experience, and she is expected to utilize her background in steering the AAKC in a time of growth.
“With apartment units coming to market at a record pace in Kansas City, there is a great opportunity to strengthen the AAKC,” said Walters. “This is a critical juncture for the city’s multifamily industry, and I’m excited to work with the AAKC to ensure that this growth benefits the entire region.”
With the expansion of local large businesses including Ford Motor Company and Cerner Corporation, and the resulting increase in employment opportunities, the Kansas City area is experiencing unprecedented multifamily development. In 2015, the KC metro area will see 10,000 new units coming on the market, and the AAKC is hoping to expand its membership commensurately, increasing to 75,000 member units. In addition to broadening the reach of the association, the AAKC Board is also involved in various educational, promotional and legislative activities, including meetings with local governors.
Walters will be particularly involved in the association’s education committee, which organizes seminars from relevant thought leaders on topics that relate to the apartment industry. Through its programming, the education committee is responsible for enabling its members to receive national apartment certifications.
“I’m proud to be a member of AAKC, and I’m honored to assume a position on the organization’s board,” added Walters. “As we focus on key legislative issues that affect our owners’ best interests and foster continued membership growth, it is exciting to be on the forefront of AAKC’s campaign.”
In addition to using her abilities in steering the Kansas City apartment industry, Walters also hopes to benefit the broader community by increasing her involvement in the National Apartment Association, the national umbrella organization of which AAKC is a member.
“We identified Nia as an asset to our association and were eager to have her on our Board of Directors,” said Debbie Haukenberry, association executive of AAKC. “Her knowledge and dedication to the Kansas City multifamily housing industry is unparalleled. With Nia’s leadership, we’re confident that the coming year will be one of great success.”