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May. 9, 2011

NAA Establishes Fund in Memory of Tony Pusateri

Arlington, Va.–Tony Pusateri, an apartment industry professional from Dallas and former president of the National Apartment Association, died on May 2. In memory of Pusateri, the NAA Education Institute (NAAEI) has established the Anthony V. Pusateri Apartment Career Promotion Fund to support the apartment-industry education, training and career development programs that Pusateri advocated.

The NAA Executive Committee has approved a $200,000 memorial contribution to the fund. NAA President and CEO Doug Culkin says, Pusateri “passionately advocated that NAA focus on the promotion of apartment industry careers and increase employee retention through training. Tony knew that the better educated the employees of the apartment industry are, the better perceived the industry would become and that the industry itself would become more efficient and profitable.”

The fund will be used to promote apartment leasing, maintenance and management careers to high school and college students, military veterans, military spouses and career-changers. “We encourage companies in the multifamily housing industry to make a contribution to this important endeavor,” says Jeff Lowry, CAPS, president of NAAEI and senior vice president of multifamily housing for the McDougal Companies.

Pusateri served as president of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas in 1986 and 1987 and as NAA president in 1992. He served on both the NAA and NAAEI boards and committees for many years.

Memorial contributions can be made at www.naahq.org/Pusateri.