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Our energetic staff is devoted to providing extraordinary service to our members. Our goal is to make your membership in UAA as beneficial as possible. We want to hear from you. Please contact us.

Paul Smith, CAE
Executive Director

Mr. Smith started with the association in 2002. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Utah Valley University and is a Certified Association Executive, accredited by the American Society of Association Executives. In 2010 Mr. Smith received the Paragon Award from the National Apartment Association and is a current member and past president of the Utah Society of Association Executives. Mr. Smith is currently licensed by the Utah Division of Real Estate as a Sales Agent and Continuing Education Instructor and a current landlord himself here in Utah.  His first exposure to the apartment industry was in 1996 as a leasing agent in the Salt Lake Valley. Mr. Smith enjoys the Utah outdoors skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
Michelle Wood-Peck Michelle Wood-Peck
Office Manager
Mrs. Wood-Peck started with the association in 2015. She has extensive experience in office management, bookkeeping, and government organizations. Over the years she and her family have had considerable experience in the rental housing industry.  Mrs. Wood-Peck enjoys gardening and raising her chickens.
  Taylor Smith
Education Coordinator
Mr. Smith started with the association in 2013. Though often compared to the charming looks of Paul Smith, Taylor is not related. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from BYU-Idaho and has done graduate work in Ancient History at the University of Utah. He is an active member of educational and historical organizations and has participated in several academic conferences. His first exposure to the industry was helping family members do maintenance on rental units. Mr. Smith enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and knitting.

Gavin Gilbert
Association Relations & Outreach
Mr. Gilbert started with the association in 2014 after finishing a legislative Internship with lobbyist Chris Kyler and Mike Ostermiller. His young career has been focused on political science, customer relations, and general management. His first experience with association management was in 2012 and has continued that role with the UAA. Mr. Gilbert is currently working toward a degree in Political Science and Law. Gavin's passions include his Wife, Son, family, Church, Basketball, and Golf. 
Rebecca 'Becca' Fisher
Events Coordinator

 Miss Fisher started with the association in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from BYU-Idaho and has worked in the event industry since graduating in 2013. After working in catering for two years in California, Rebecca moved to Utah to build her career in corporate events. Rebecca's passions include music, cooking, and being an Aunt.