First Female CEO Appointed by 60-Year-Old Houston Apartment Association

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – The Houston Apartment Association has named Casey Watts Morgan as chief executive officer, the first female CEO appointed  to lead the association in its 60-year history.

Morgan fills the slot vacated by recently-retired Jeff Hall, who led the association for 17 of his 36 years with the organization.

As the largest local apartment association in the nation, the Houston Apartment Association, is a trade association that serves individuals and businesses involved in the ownership, construction, management, maintenance and operation of multifamily properties.

Prior to joining HAA, Morgan served as the Executive Vice President & CEO of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), the fourth-largest home builders’ organization in the country, where she led the organization through its largest membership growth, exceeding 1,800 member companies in 2018, and through the challenging aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She also spearheaded local, state and federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the homebuilding industry.

“As we began our search to fill the CEO position, Casey immediately stood out,” said Clay Hicks, HAA 2020 President. “Within minutes of meeting her, you know that she is going to do whatever it takes to succeed. Her professional background, paired with her passion and drive to succeed, make her the right leader for our association.”

Morgan assumes the leadership of the association at a time when the multifamily market has experienced softness due the coronavirus pandemic.

A native Texan, Morgan started her career in Washington DC as a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and political appointee and executive assistant in The White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs for President George W. Bush. She later worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Governmental Affairs as the associate director of governmental affairs where she was the department’s liaison to 10 southeastern states, including Texas, and as the Policy Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Morgan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University. She is a board member of HomeAid Houston, a charitable organization that is responsible for building homeless shelters in the greater Houston region and a proud supporter of Operation Finally Home, another charity that builds homes for local veterans.


Photo credit: Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography


Dec. 15, 2020 Realty News Report Copyright 2020


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