Apartment Industry’s Best and Brightest Celebrated at PTAA’s Diamond Awards

Over 500 members and guests of The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) gathered to celebrate individuals, communities, and supplier partners from their membership who were nominated and won recognition for achievements in the multifamily apartment industry in 2018.

Individual professionals and apartment community on-site teams were nominated by peers and supervisors, then submitted applications which were evaluated by multiple judges in the apartment industry in areas outside of North Carolina. Finalists were chosen using a scoring matrix comprised of financial performance, community composite, personal performance, professional development and recommendation letters. Leasing Professional and Community finalists were subject to additional evaluation in the form of a secret or scheduled shop.

Supplier Partners were voted on by PTAA members who are apartment owner/operators. The companies receiving the highest number of votes in each category submitted applications and recommendation letters for review by impartial judges spanning multiple operational roles in the multifamily industry. The number of votes and a quantitative score from the applications were weighted equally to determine the winner. The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association has been recognizing member organizations with the annual Diamond Awards ceremony for more than 20 years.

The following awards were presented for this year:

Individual and Supplier Partner of the Year 2018 Awards

Rookie Supplier Partner of the Year: Emergency Restoration Xperts

Rookie Maintenance Technician: Chad Arndt | Addison Point

Rookie Leasing Professional: Megan Sizemore | The Village Lofts

Advertising & Promotions Supplier: Fast Signs High Point

Landscaping Supplier Partner: Cox Landscape Management

Leasing Professional: Dion Harris | Sebastian Village

Maintenance Technician: Ramon Nieves | Plantation at Pleasant Ridge

Professional Services Supplier Partner: Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC

Product Supplier Partner: ProSource Fitness Equipment

Assistant Manager: Beth Gavin | Collegiate Commons

Bobby Proctor Maintenance Supervisor of the Year: Brett Barney |

Blue Ridge Companies

Cynthia Apple Manager of the Year: Kimberly Noel | Brookberry Park

Regional Manager: Jennifer Hewitt | Blue Ridge Companies

Corporate Professional – Tie: Michelle Chesson | Burkely Communities; Elizabeth Anne Richardson | Phillips Management Group

Interior Contractor Supplier Partner: Got You Floored

Exterior Supplier Partner: BluSky Restoration

Volunteer of the Year Awards:

Supplier Partner: Joshua Owen, ProSource Fitness Equipment

Owner/Operator: Kimberly Noel, Brookberry Park

President’s Choice: Jody Longwill, Burkely Communities

Community Awards:

Turnaround Community: The Gardens at Country Club |

Blue Ridge Companies

Dynamic Team: Briarleigh Park | Blue Ridge Companies

Student Community: Campus Crossing | Signature Property Group

Conventional Community: The Village Lofts |

Hawthorne Residential Partners

Additionally, PTAA also announced at the ceremony that their membership raised a record number of 419,057 meals in their 2018 summer food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Each year, PTAA members collect canned food and financial donations in a friendly competition between apartment communities. This year Phillips Management Group and their communities collectively raised more than 78,000 meals. They were awarded the Clyde Fitzgerald Owners Cup, named for the late former CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, for 2018.

PTAA Members to Celebrate National Apartment Housing Day at Diamond Awards

On April 5, 2016 the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) will hold its annual Diamond Awards banquet to celebrate and acknowledge the “best of the best” in the Triad’s multi-family housing industry. These awards acknowledge the exemplary contributions in 2015 of companies and individuals who work in an industry that serves over a third of the people who live in the Piedmont Triad.

The date for this year’s Diamond Awards coincides with National Apartment Housing Day – #aptday – a program organized by the National Apartment Association to recognize the vital role the apartment industry plays in supplying quality housing throughout the country and the tremendous impact the industry has on the economy.

“With one-third of Americans now renting their homes, there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the apartment housing industry,” said Doug Culkin, CAE, President & CEO of the National Apartment Association. “It’s time to celebrate the new American Dream.”

With an expected attendance of 475 people, PTAA’s Diamond Awards is the largest event of the year for the local apartment industry.

Industry Facts

The American Dream is changing; more than one-third of Americans rent their homes. Of them, 42 percent—or 37 million people—lease apartments.

Members of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association own/manage over 58,000 housing units throughout the region.

Apartments and their residents contribute $1.3 trillion to the national economy each year. That’s 12.3 million jobs in construction, operations, leasing, management and skilled trades along with all the local businesses supported by apartments and their residents.


Congratulations to PTAA’s Diamond Award Winners!

We had a great Diamond Awards ceremony on March 31, 2015 and we’d like to congratulate all of the winners:

Congratulations to the 2014 Diamond Award Winners!

Individual Performance Winners

Rookie of the Year, Leasing
Tyler Anderson
Amesbury on West Market

Rookie of the Year, Maintenance
Andre Stewart
Stonesthrow Apartments

Leasing Professional of the Year
Kelly Willis
Palladium Park Apartments

Maintenance Technician of the Year
Robert Trent
Lincoln Green

Assistant Manager of the Year
Ariel Gordon
Alexandria Park

Maintenance Supervisor of the Year
Brian Williams
Burkely Communities

Managers of the Year
Kelsey Pawsat- Signature Property Group
Rebecca Kirkman- Hawthorne Residential Partners

Regional Manager of the Year
Stephanie Atkinson
Hawthorne Residential Partners

Corporate Professional of the Year
Gina Carter
Blue Ridge Companies

Communities of the Year

Best Use of Social Media
Blue Ridge Companies

Student Community of the Year
Campus Crossing
Signature Property Group

Turnaround Community of the Year
The Park
Burkely Communities

Community of the Year Under 200 Units
Nissen Building Apartments
HRI Properties

Community of the Year Over 200 Units
Hawthorne at Main
Hawthorne Residential

Vendor Partners of the Year 

Advertising & Promotions

Interior Contractor
Got You Floored

Exterior Contractor
Disaster One

Cox Landscape Management

Professional Services, Administrative
Full House Marketing

Professional Services, Operational
Carolina Poo Prints

Maintenance Supply HQ

President’s Awards

Owner Member Volunteer
Mary Gwyn
Apartment Dynamics

Vendor Partner Volunteer
Matt Ketterman
Got You Floored

President’s Choice
Stephanie Loyd
Blue Ridge Companies

Congrats to PTAA’s 2012 Diamond Award Winners

On April 25, 2013 PTAA held its annual Diamond Awards event at the Greensboro/High Point Airport Marriott. Below are all of the 2012 Diamond Award winners. Congratulations to them all!


President’s Choice
Angela Crenshaw
Shana Golladay
Emily Sundseth

Owner Member Volunteer
Maria Barker

Vendor Partner Volunteer
Kim Yedlosky


Rookie of the Year
Casey Mason, Cottonwood Residential

Leasing Professional of the Year
Chelene Dimatteo, Abbington Place Apartments (100 shop score!)

Assistant Manager of the Year
Vanida Chithtamath, Addison Point

Manager of the Year
Virginia Cummings, Cedar Trace Group

Service Tech of the Year
Garret Beisner, Campus Crossing

Service Supervisor of the Year
Bobby Pegram, Campus Crossing
Regional Manager of the Year
Emily Goodman, CORE

Corporate Professional of the Year
Katrina Redmon, HAWS (Kelly Church pictured accepting on behalf of Katrina)

Lodge at Lakeshore, Signature Property Group

Community of the Year Under 300 Units
Bell Bridford, Bell Partners, Inc

Community of the Year Over 300 Units
The Amesbury, Signature Property Group

Advertising & Promo

Interior Contractor
Got You Floored

Exterior Contractor
Disaster One

Long Brothers Landscaping

Administrative Professional Services
Stir Creative Group

Operational Professional Services
Waste Industries


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
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
Jose Aguilar, Abernathy Park
Steve Clement, Highbrook Apartments

Assistant Manager of the Year
Winner: Michelle Chesson, Westborough Apartments
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
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
Kristi Kennedy, Highbrook Apartments
Carrie Langley, Westborough Apartments
Emily Robbins, Abbotts Creek Apartments

Regional Manager of the Year
Winner: Lisa Bisher, Signature Property Group
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
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
Highbrook Apartments, Daymark Realty Advisors
Enclave at Deep River Plantation, Daymark Realty Advisors
Legacy at Friendly Manor, Blue Ridge Companies

Winner: LeDeara Crest Estates, Winn Residential
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
Apartment Guide
FastSigns – High Point
For Rent Media Solutions

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

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

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

Winner: HD Supply
Appliance Warehouse
Murray Supply Company
Primo Water 

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