About Us

About Us


The AAWNC (formerly Greater Asheville Area Apartment Association (GAAAA) was founded in early 1980 by a group of apartment managers and management firms to provide the apartment industry with an association that could unite them under one name, offer continuing education for their personnel, and providing related service groups the opportunity to become involved. These three factors became the foundation of the present association.

In 2010, the name was changed to the Apartment Association of Western North Carolina to further serve multi-housing professionals in our region.


The three primary objectives of the AAWNC are:

  • To promote goodwill and professionalism within the industry and the community.
  • To provide ongoing educational opportunities for all members.
  • To promote the continuing growth of our industry through legislative guidance and support.

Each of the above objectives is of vital importance to every member of the Association, especially now, as our industry prepares for a future of increased governmental regulation at all levels, increased competition, and diminishing profitability industry-wide. Our ability to adapt to the future successfully depends to a large degree upon our joint efforts in accomplishing these goals.


Our affiliation with the National Apartment Association enables us to offer educational courses and opportunities to promote professionalism. As a registered lobbyist in Washington, the NAA represents our views on industry issues.

Executive Committee

Kelly Noble
Kelly Noble
Regional Manager Southwood Realty (828)458-6805
Stacey Griffin
Stacey Griffin
10 Newbridge Parkway (828)484-7484
Vice President
Leah Parker
Hawthorne at Southside Apartments
Bethany Lykins
Kensington Place (828)687-0638

Board of Directors

Abby Polak
Abby Polak
Account Executive Real Floors (770)377-5532
Associate At Large
Jessica Kiser
Jessica Kiser
Community Manager Kensington Place (828)687-0638
Owner At Large
Michelle Willis
Audubon Place
Owner At Large