NATIONAL MULTI HOUSING COUNCIL
Based in Washington, DC and headed by president Doug Bibby, the National Multi Housing Council represents the interests of
the US apartment firms. It does this by advocating on federal legislative and regulatory issues and conducting apartment-related
research. It is noted, for example, for its annual NMHC 50 rankings of leading apartment firms and the biannual NMHC/
Kingsley Associates Renter Preferences Report, which is the industry’s largest survey with more than 272,000 respondents.
Then there are its softer but still very influential activities. For example, its Annual Meeting is a leading industry event, bringing together equity and debt providers from around the world with industry development and acquisition/disposition specialists.
It also works very hard to educate stakeholders on such issues as supply shortages and rising regulatory costs. To that end, NMHC
has developed award-winning public relations campaigns that combine industry data with digital marketing to influence policy.
In addition, NMHC is leading efforts to provide alternative solutions to expanding rent control policies. In fact, together with the
National Apartment Association, NMHC will soon release a major report on affordable housing solutions.
None of this, of course, gets done in a vacuum. Leading NMHC’s
efforts in a variety of areas is a team of SVPs focusing on specific components of the industry: Cindy Chetti, Legislative Affairs; Kim Duty, Public
Affairs and Industry Initiatives; chief economist Mark Obrinsky,
Research; and Kenny Emson, Finance and Administration.
Perhaps the most important work NMCH does is lobbying governments for favorable policies for the industry. Here, NMHC can point to
several victories. For example, when the debate over tax reform began,
NMHC laid out a number of key principles aimed at preserving and
promoting the multifamily business model. When the final package
emerged from Capitol Hill, many of NMHC’s principals had been left
intact, such as the tax reductions for pass-through entities and REIT
dividends and the retention of the business interest deduction.
NMHC has also been pushing hard to
accelerate the use of technology in the
industry. It launched its annual OPTECH
Conference and Expo 20 years ago. Since
then, it has provided research and guidance
on key tech issues such as short-term rental
services and the Internet of Things. To continue to develop initiatives in this space,
NMHC recently formed an Innovation
Committee; the committee’s first project has
been the launch of the NMHC Innovation
Challenge, a partnership with innovation
accelerating software provider Ezassi.
Doug Bibby Cindy Vosper Chetti
Paul Harris Sean Henry Jeff Williams Randal Howard
Kenny Emson Mark Obrinsky
To run these offices Moran and King turned to regional partners from investment banking firms, mortgage
lenders, developers and pension fund advisors who could effectively relate with their clients and could add more
value to the sales process than the broker who traditionally handled sales to individual investors. Among the key
managing partners overseeing the boutique multifamily services firm’s regions are Peter Evans, Midwest; Paul
Harris, Southwest; Sean Henry, Southeast; Randal Howard, Mid-Atlantic; and Jeff Williams, Pacific Northwest.
Indeed, among the secrets to its success, no factor has been of greater importance than the culture of partnership Moran and King cultivated over the years—efforts that paid off handsomely as the firm continues its growth.