Roaring Success: A Night at the LAA's 1920s-Themed Board Installation Banquet

Posted By: Jamie Hinojosa Community,

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In the heart of West Texas, the Lubbock Apartment Association (LAA) turned back the clock to the roaring 1920s for its annual Board Installation Banquet. Held at the Texas Tech McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, the evening was a dazzling affair, reminiscent of a Great Gatsby party, complete with art deco decorations, classic jazz, and a lively casino.

The night was not just about glitz and glamour; it was a celebration of community and achievement. Rick Snyder, the National Apartment Association (NAA) Chairman from San Diego, graced the event. He installed Albert Gillispie as LAA President and welcomed other board members. This moment marked a significant milestone, reinforcing Gillispie's enduring leadership.

In a special presentation, Councilman Steve Massengale honored Rick Snyder by making him an honorary Lubbock citizen, highlighting the strong community ties and respect that LAA has within the industry.

The "Go-Getter" awards were a highlight, celebrating the hard work and dedication of leasing professionals, managers, maintenance technicians, regional managers, and service providers. Six deserving individuals took home these accolades amidst applause and admiration from their peers.

The LAA also welcomed new faces and roles within its leadership. Jason Cantu stepped up as Vice President, with Wendell Burris taking on the role of Secretary-Treasurer. New board members Ashley Settle, Stacy Cain, and Ian Van Reenen were installed, bringing fresh perspectives and enthusiasm to the team. Carrie Broadus and Cody Cypert were appointed advisory board members, further strengthening the board's expertise and reach.

The banquet hall buzzed with excitement as attendees, many dressed in period-style clothing, immersed themselves in the 1920s theme. A big thank you to Eventfully Yours, as their attention to detail in the decorations, created an elegant and tasteful atmosphere, transporting everyone to a bygone era of sophistication.  

Culinary delights included beef tips with veggies, creamy mashed potatoes, warm cornbread, and a sweet finish with cake. The DJ's skillful blend of classic jazz and modern hits kept the energy high, ensuring the dance floor was never empty.

Ace in the Hole casino, with their blackjack and craps games, was a roaring hit. It wasn't just about winning; it was about engaging, laughing, and creating memories. The door prizes added an extra layer of excitement, ending the evening on a high note.

This event was more than just a celebration; it was a reinforcement of the LAA community's bond. It was a night where members not only felt appreciated but were inspired to engage more deeply with the association. The success of the evening lays a strong foundation for future events, promising even more opportunities for connection and growth within the LAA community.

As the night drew to a close, the sentiment was clear: the LAA is not just an association; it's a family. A family that celebrates together, grows together, and looks forward to a future filled with possibilities.

We want to thank everyone for attending and bringing the night to life. 

Photography by Mark Umstot.