Ready for the Challenge

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By Kristi Novak, CAM, CAPS

Altman Management Company

As FAA celebrated its 50th anniversary throughout 2021, we have all seen what an incredible organization this is. I have been reminded of the great work FAA has done over the years and the outstanding leaders who served in this role before me. I am truly grateful for this opportunity.

I am also humbled, not only because of the title that I am being honored with, but more so because of the caliber of the people I represent. This organization is comprised of professionals who do important and empowering work and who are dedicated to making a difference. This is truly what makes this honor so meaningful to me.

I would like to recognize some of those people specifically, beginning with my appreciation of our immediate past president, Kim Maggard, for her hard work and the commitment she has made to our organization. The association has made great strides because of her presidency.

The executive committee and the board of directors have fearlessly led our association through an interesting year and showed true grit to make this year the best it could be.

Next, a great big thank you to the FAA staff. Their talents and dedication are truly admirable, and I am so excited to see their next achievements.

Over the last 18 years I have had the privilege to have been mentored by great talent. I would like to recognize some of the individuals who have made me strong, confident, and prepared to accept this responsibility. I am one of the few who graduated with a degree in apartment management. With that said, I began my career with a lot of book knowledge instead of on-site experience. I had no idea how much more I had to learn, until I met my very first leader, Nancy Nance. Nancy taught me how to be humble and strive for greatness. Her fierceness and dedication kept me yearning for more.

Getting involved in the local apartment association was something I learned in school that I should do, to give back to the industry that provides me with so much. That’s where I met the woman who inspired me to go beyond my limits.  Peggy Queen was always there, pushing and encouraging me.

While I continued my path in the association, I got to know Chip Tatum. I did not realize how much influence Chip would have on me until I had to run a local association without an executive. I could not have gotten through that extremely challenging time without the oh-so-often phone calls, advice, and encouragement.

My Altman Companies family has been so supportive and believed in me, and I am so grateful.

I could not do all that I do without my family, especially my partner, my best friend, my husband, Donny Novak, and his patience, support, and unconditional love.

FAA has had 50 years of excellence. I do not take the responsibility of being your president lightly, as I have the responsibility to continue the successes and help the association reach new heights.

I want to be someone who gives back, someone who inspires the members to be more involved or take on more leadership roles. For those who are already leaders, I want to encourage you to mentor those who have a passion to move forward. Local membership counts are rocketing, and now is the time to give back. 

Advocacy will remain a key role for our association. Throughout the pandemic, FAA has become a recognized voice for Florida’s multifamily industry. And one thing is for sure: Together, that voice is louder.  

Again, it is a privilege to be serving as your 2021-2022 President. I know this is not going to be an easy task, but your support, I am ready for the challenge.