In memory of Tony Pusateri, former President (now recognized as Chairman of the Board) of the National Apartment Association (NAA), 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 passionately advocated.
The NAA Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors, today has approved a $200,000 memorial contribution to the fund.
“This is a fitting contribution in honor of Tony’s tireless work to encourage professional training and education on behalf of every employee in the multifamily housing industry,” said Doug Culkin, NAA President and CEO. “He 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 Anthony V. Pusateri Apartment Career Promotion Fund, established at the Pusateri family’s request, 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,” said Jeff Lowry, CAPS, President of the NAAEI and Senior Vice President, Multifamily Housing, The McDougal Companies. “We want to finish the work that Tony started, and your support to this fund will help achieve his mission and make our industry even stronger.”
Pusateri served as president of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas in 1986-1987 and as NAA President in 1992. He served on both the NAA and NAAEI boards and committees for many years.
While serving on NAA’s Strategic Planning Committee in 2004, Pusateri passionately advocated that NAA focus on the promotion of apartment-industry careers and increase employee retention through training. As a NAAEI Board member and chairman of the Apartment Career Committee, he helped develop an Advanced Instructor Training Program to improve NAAEI designation program instruction quality.
Pusateri not only promoted the creation of NAAEI but, thanks to his support, NAAEI received the very generous investment of $1 million from his employer at that time, Equity Residential. That investment was instrumental in NAAEI’s ability to raise an additional $4 million to fund apartment career promotion programs, update and accredit designation programs, develop online programs and utilize technology to overcome administrative issues.
Memorial contributions can be made at NAA's website or to the following address:
National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI)