2021 NAA Excellence Awards Winners Announced

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ARLINGTON, VA | June 17, 2021 – The National Apartment Association (NAA) formally recognized the winners of the 2021 NAA Excellence Awards at a virtual ceremony sponsored by Belfor Property Restoration on June 16. The ceremony took place during Apartmentalize+, a pre-event celebration in anticipation of NAA’s annual trade show to be held in Chicago this summer, Apartmentalize.

The annual awards program recognizes excellence and leadership in the rental housing industry, celebrating communities, industry professionals and affiliated apartment associations that make unique and lasting contributions to the industry.

“NAA is proud of this group of dynamic and innovative industry leaders that are recipients of this year’s NAA Excellence Awards,” said Bob Pinnegar, NAA President and CEO. Despite the challenges of the past year, these award winners went above and beyond to make impressive and tangible contributions to the rental housing industry.”

Listed below is a full list of the 2021 NAA Excellence Awards winners.

Marlynn Orlando | Pennsylvania Apartment Association
Chris Christenson Association Executive of the Year

Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
Affiliate of the Year

Highland Glen | Beacon Communities
Affordable Community of the Year

Mirabella Apartments | Verve Assets, LLC
Community Crisis Response of the Year

Fort Hood Family Housing | WinnMilitary
Military Community of the Year

Madison Landing at Research Park and the Cottages | Freeman Webb Company
Major Rehab Community of the Year

Main Street | Hercules Living
New Construction Community of the Year

Union Chapel Hill | Greystar
Student Community of the Year

Berkshire Chapel Hill | Berkshire Residential
Large (more than 150 units) Community of the Year

Spring Haven Apartments | Lombardo Property Management
Small (up to 150 units) Community of the Year

Essex Property Trust
Diversity & Inclusion

Dawn Ford | Smart Moves Residential
Independent Rental Owner of the Year

Khara House | Bella Investment Group
Emerging Leader of the Year

Justin Frost | Affinity Waste Solutions
Supplier Sales Professional of the Year

Betsy Kirkpatrick | BG Multifamily
National Supplier Council Achievement

Essex Property Trust - Steps to Success | Essex Property
Anthony V. Pusateri Apartment Career Promotion Award - Comprehensive Program

Christie Upp | AMP Residential
Apartment Career & Education (ACE) Industry Educator of the Year

Pamela Lovell | AMP Residential
Apartment Career & Education (ACE) Industry Practitioner of the Year

Amanda Allison | Brookfield Properties Multifamily
Certified Apartment Leasing Professional (CALP) of the Year

Taryn Merrill | Greystar Real Estate Partners
Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) of the Year

Courtland Audain | Berkshire Residential
Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) of the Year

Amy Wilson | Sundance Property Management, LLC
Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) of the Year


About NAA
The National Apartment Association (NAA) serves as the leading voice and preeminent resource through advocacy, education, and collaboration on behalf of the rental housing industry. As a federation of 149 state and local affiliates, NAA encompasses over 93,000 members representing more than 10.5 million apartment homes globally. NAA believes that rental housing is a valuable partner in every community that emphasizes integrity, accountability, collaboration, community responsibility, inclusivity and innovation. To learn more, visit www.naahq.org. NAA thanks its strategic partners Lowe’s Pro Supply and Yardi.