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New association leader has plans for more legislative outreach

APT Companies President John Modlin has been named the 2012 San Diego County Apartment Association board president.

John Modlin, president of APT Companies, has been named the 2012 San Diego County Apartment Association board president.

Modlin’s plans for the year include a continuous effort to increase legislative outreach.

“We hope when they have an issue, we’re the person they call. And we’re getting there quickly,” Modlin said.

He hopes to build a stronger relationship by having breakfasts with the local, state and national legislators.

The apartment industry continues to be a strong market, Modlin said. He expects vacancy rates to remain about the same in 2012 and rents to increase slightly.

The biggest change at the San Diego County Apartment Association has been its increased involvement with social media. People with concerns may contact the Apartment Association through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“It’s a really, really good thing for the whole industry,” Modlin said.

Modlin has been an active member of the association for many years. APT Companies specializes in staffing, training and consulting for the property management industry.

Modlin has more than 20 years of property management experience and has conducted industry-related training seminars for more than nine years.

“I feel strongly about making the industry strong and making it easy to manage communities,” Modlin said.

The San Diego County Apartment Association's board of directors includes 17 members who oversee six committees dedicated to specific interests, including education, government affairs, membership and events.

Modlin took over for 2011 board President Karen Gross. He and the 2012 board of directors were honored at an annual installation luncheon on Jan. 12, with 125 rental property professionals in attendance.

The luncheon served as the culmination of an active two months for the apartment association.

In December, Executive Director Bob Pinnegar assumed the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer for the National Apartment Association, strengthening the San Diego County Apartment Association's relationships at the national level.

Alan Pentico was promoted from director of public affairs to executive director.

The San Diego County Apartment Association also announced last week that Molly Kirkland was hired to fill Pentico’s role as director of public affairs.

Kirkland has nearly a decade of experience in local government and real estate.

The San Diego County Apartment Association is a nonprofit organization and serves 150,000 rental housing units and 2,200 members in San Diego County.

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