Mission and History

AAMD Celebrated 50 Years in 2018!

History of AAMD

In 1968 the Colorado Apartment Association Denver Chapter was formed by a small group of local apartment owners who felt it necessary to protect their interests as small business operators. 

On March 18, 1968, approximately 75 apartment owners met at the Heart of Denver Motel to discuss organizing an apartment owners association.  At the March 25th meeting, Robert Whittlesey was unanimously elected President, Paul Jones as Vice President, A.A. Keith Second Vice President and Neil Richardson as Secretary-Treasurer.

The budget was discussed, and it was determined they would need approximately $6,000 per year for operating expenses!  The membership dues were a whopping $25 per year (which included NAA Dues) and dinner meetings were held at various restaurants at $4 per person!

AAMD officially became chartered with the National Apartment Association on December 7, 1968, and a few years later, renamed itself as the Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD), and established itself as a 501 c 6 trade association. 

Focusing on the principles of free enterprise and providing quality housing for those that choose to rent, the association has through the years held off many legislative issues that would have had negative impacts to our industry. Over the decades the association has continued to develop and enhance the level of professionalism of operating rental housing. Beyond the fundamental role of apartment living advocacy, the association has evolved into a powerful training entity through incredible volunteerism from industry experts. Long time members have continued to brand the organization as AAMD.  

It didn't take long for the Association to expand its membership to supplier companies. Through enormous opportunities and functions, supplier members have gained access and promotional platforms through AAMD. Providing great financial and volunteer support, the AAMD supplier members have evolved into a great asset of the organization. 

Mission Statement

The mission of AAMD is to enhance member and association profitability, prosperity and professional growth through legislative representation, educational advancement, information, and networking opportunities.

"The purpose or purposes for which this corporation is formed shall be to promote the multi-family rental housing industry in the Denver metropolitan area, to seek improvements in the techniques of ownership and management, to establish and maintain high professional standards and sound business practices, and to work and cooperate with other organizations and individuals for the improvements and advancement of the multi-family housing industry. The corporation is dedicated to equal opportunity housing and is committed to non-discrimination of housing based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, familial status, handicap, or national origin." - (AAMD Bylaws)


  • Maintain a strong association which is responsive to the member's needs
  • Provide instant apartment industry information through appropriate delivery methods
  • Provide professional networking opportunities among many types of AAMD members.
  • Develop a positive relationship with communities and government and protect association members from intrusive legislation.
  • Provide for public understanding and support of our industry.

Past Presidents

1968-1970: Robert A. Whittlesey 

1970-1971: Irwin Horwitz 

1971-1972: Larry A. Mizel 

1972-1973: John M. Fahrenkrog

1973-1974: R.J. Fulscher

1974-1976: H.C. Van Schaack III

1976-1977: William J. Ash II

1977-1978: Paul S. Miller

1978-1980: Harry B Mossgrove

1980-1981: Ray Baker

1981-1982: Douglas R. Allen

1982-1984: Steven D. Ira

1984-1986: Tom Karaffa

1986-1987: Dennis Malone

1987-1988: David Phifer

1988-1989: Dale McCombs

1989-1990: Peter Kudla

1990-1991: Bruce East

1991: Jim Cauley

1991-1993: James Ross Murphy

1993-1994: N. Earl Warren

1994-1995: Sandy Drago

1995-1996: Mark Snyder

1996-1997: Barbara Mitchell

1997-1998: Mary Wessler

1998-1999: Tom Smith

1999-2000: Rhonda Hansch

2000-2001: Lauren Brockman

2001-2002: Rhonda Hansch

2002-2003: Melanie Murphy

2003-2004: Don Werner

2004-2005: Mike Fiorillo

2005-2006: Mark Windhager

2006-2007: Drake Powell

2007-2008: Sharon Ingram

2008-2009: Rex Gambrell

2009-2010: Jennifer Nessett

2010-2011: Cherie Shaw

2011-2012: Meredith Wright

2012-2013: Rocky Sundling

2013-2014: Don Werner

2014-2015: Mary Wessler

2015-2016: DJ Longo

2016-2017: Derek Avery

2017-2018: Brandon Rich

2018-2019: Mike Holt

2019-2020: Scott Kirkwood

2020-2021: Janelle French