PTAA Announces 2011 Diamond Award Winners

On March 20, 2012 over 300 industry professionals attended PTAA’s 2011 Diamond Awards banquet held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Greensboro.  PTAA President Mindy McCorkle presided over a wonderful evening event dedicated to recognizing the best that the apartment industry has to offer in the Piedmont Triad.

Contrary to what many might think these awards are not a popularity contest.  Individual award nominees were required to:

  • Submit paperwork with details about their job or community. Including things like closing ratios for leasing professionals; community turnover ratio for service professionals; professional designations they hold and continuing education courses they’ve taken throughout the year; and just about any information relevant to how they do their jobs.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from their immediate supervisor.
  • Leasing professionals were shopped by a 3rd party company that specializes in evaluating leasing operations.
  • All other professional category nominees were interviewed by a panel of judges made up of professionals who were not working at properties in the running for the category
  • Each step of the process was scored and based on those scores the finalists were selected.

Nominees in the “Community” categories had to:

  • Submit paperwork with details like the size of their community, number of employees, total traffic, total gross and net lease sales, turnover ratio, etc.
  • Each community was also inspected by a judging panel made up of vendor partner members and owner/manager members who did not have a property nominated for the award in the category.
  • Each step of the process was scored and based on those scores the finalists were selected.

Nominees for the Vendor Partner awards were all nominated and voted on by members from the management community. Finalists were the top vote getters in their respective categories, and the winner is the top vote-getter in each category.

As you can see all of the nominees were subjected to rigorous judging and as a result each category was highly competitive, with some winners being separated from the other finalists by a mere point or two.  All of the finalists should take great pride in their accomplishments for 2011!

Without further ado, here are the finalists and winners of PTAA’s 2o11 Diamond Awards (a link to our Diamond Awards photo album follows the list of award winners):

Leasing Professional of the Year
Winner: Dena Bostic, Westborough Apartments
Finalists:
Randy Alexander, Highbrook Apartments
Vanida Chithtamath, Cedar Trace Group
Dainese Keever, Wallburg Landing

Service Tech of the Year
Winner: Antonio Rivas, Legacy at Twin Oaks
Finalists:
Jose Aguilar, Abernathy Park
Steve Clement, Highbrook Apartments

Assistant Manager of the Year
Winner: Michelle Chesson, Westborough Apartments
Finalists:
Virginia Cummings, Cedar Trace Group
Caroline Powell, Beechwood Apartments
Connie Vinson, Legacy at Friendly Manor

Service Supervisor of the Year
Winner: Dale Turner, Legacy at Friendly Manor
Finalists:
Sheldon de Silva, Hawthorne Residential
Mike Nazzal, CityView at South Side
Goran Petric, Enclave at Deep River Plantation

Manager of the Year
Winner: Meredith Stanley, Bell Brassfield
Finalists:
Kristi Kennedy, Highbrook Apartments
Carrie Langley, Westborough Apartments
Emily Robbins, Abbotts Creek Apartments

Regional Manager of the Year
Winner: Lisa Bisher, Signature Property Group
Finalists:
Emily Goodman, CORE Realty Holdings Management
Tammy Oglesby, Blue Ridge Companies

Community of the Year 1-5
Winner: Legacy at Twin Oaks, Blue Ridge Companies
Finalists:
Gardens at Anthony House, Signature Property Group
Plantation at Horse Pen Creek, Hawthorne Residential

Community of the Year 6-16
Winner: Westborough Apartments, Burkely Communities
Finalists:
Highbrook Apartments, Daymark Realty Advisors
Enclave at Deep River Plantation, Daymark Realty Advisors
Legacy at Friendly Manor, Blue Ridge Companies

Turnaround
Winner: LeDeara Crest Estates, Winn Residential
Finalists:
Colonial, Phillips Management
The Enclave at Deep River Plantation, Daymark Realty Advisors
Legacy at Friendly Manor, Blue Ridge Companies

President’s Choice
PTAA’s Own Ambassadors Committee

Owner Member Volunteer (designated by 2011 PTAA President)
Cooper Brantley

Vendor Partner Volunteer (designated by 2011 PTAA President)
Angie Crenshaw

Advertising & Promo
Winner: Apartment Finder
Finalists:
Apartment Guide
FastSigns – High Point
For Rent Media Solutions

Exterior Contractor
Winner: CRC the Disaster Response Experts
Finalists:
Cox Landscape Management
SERVPRO Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration
Turner Asphalt

Interior Contractor
Winner: Hernandez Carpet Cleaning
Finalists:
McNeely Pest Control
Sherwin Williams/Duron/MAB Paints

Professional Services
Winner: Brownlee Law Firm
Finalists:
Duke Energy
Law Offices of James Surane
Pinnacle Corporate Services

Suppliers
Winner: HD Supply
Finalists:
Appliance Warehouse
Murray Supply Company
Primo Water 

Click here to check out PTAA’s album of pictures from Diamond Awards.