Member Testimonies

GCAA has been a constant and consistent part of my life. I have been fortunate to be a part of this association where the people that I have met have become extended family. A magical place where competitors become friends and friends become family. We have an amazing director that knows every member by name. GCAA brings people from communities and businesses from all over the area to unite and work as a team. The association has brought me and many others out of their comfort zone to meet new people and form connections. As a member of GCAA we have the wealth of knowledge that we can tap into from each member’s experience and education. We are offered easy access to education that helps us grow in our careers and countless opportunities to network with others within our area. When I have needed help, no matter work or personal, there was always a GCAA family that has been there to support me in any way that they can. When I had any successes, GCAA was there to celebrate with me. I truly feel blessed to be a part of The Greater Columbus Apartment Association!

Amy Gunter, ARM | Community Manager

Steeple Crest Apartments

The Greater Columbus Apartment Association is an association like no other. Our Executive Director, Denise McClary, has gone above and beyond to demonstrate the fundamentals of the industry with professionalism and fun. I have had the pleasure working directly on the board, from being a Property Management Director all the way to serving as President. The association events, volunteers, board members have made our industry stronger every year. I love seeing all the properties and companies come together to support one another.  I am so grateful to be a part of this association! 

I have been in the industry for over 20 years now and have always been an active member of CAA and now GCAA. The association has provided me education and has helped me grow in my career. GCAA is always thinking outside the box and making sure that we stayed informed with what’s new in the industry. From hosting social events, virtual events, education along with bringing in top of the line speakers, GCAA is always moving in the right direction.  We are kind of like a family, making sure to help each other find vendors and resources when needed. We all know how crazy this industry can be!

I am a GCAA member because this organization has and continues to help me connect with a wide range of communities, vendors, education and a tremendous amount of resources. Whether it be in-person meetings, virtual, education or volunteering GCAA always presents the chance and encourages their members to get involved and experience the unlimited amount of benefits they have to offer! I have reconnected with old friends, made a ton of new ones and enjoy meeting new acquaintances who share great ideas that I can put into practice. Every year, GCAA’s resources provide new and handy solutions for all my property management challenges. I love every aspect of GCAA!

Emily Finley Lowe, ARM

Community Manager

The Crossings of Opelika

Our GCAA is amazing. From our Director, Denise to the entire Board and Committees. I love being able to come together and collaborate on ideas for the Association. I love getting to know other Managers, Leasing Agents and Maintenance Techs from the local Management Companies, some I never knew existed. We are able to come together with vendors, owners, and managers to celebrate each other, acknowledge other organizations and spread great things to each other about each other.

Nichole Martin, Portfolio Manager

I love our local, state, and national apartment associations because it allows me to share with others my passion for this wonderful organization to hopefully motivate others to get involved. I hope that by being a volunteer leader I can motivate and prepare the next group for leadership. 

I love this industry. I have essentially grown up in the apartment industry and have a strong passion for it. I enjoy working together to make our associations stronger. Whether it be through education, advocacy, or community service. 

We are all like one big FAMILY here at GCAA…so come and join us and get involved by being a member and be part of the family.

Anje Litle

Director of Operators

I've been a member of the GCAA for 7 years now and I can honestly say that it's been a huge learning experience for me! Getting to network with these companies/vendors and getting to see and know their products is always so interesting to me. Also, getting to meet new leasing consultants, community managers and maintenance supervisors/techs from different properties is so helpful in the property management industry. All our gatherings through-out the years have been so fun, and I have memories to last a lifetime. I'm always so excited to see what the next event will be!

Audrey Ragland │ Assistant Manager