CAA Celebrates Industry Excellence at Annual Diamond Awards

In The News,

March 26, 2024

Katie Chapman, 843-722-7585


Charleston Apartment Association Celebrates Industry Excellence at

Annual Diamond Awards


The Charleston Apartment Association hosted its yearly celebration recognizing excellence in the industry on Friday, March 22nd at the Gaillard Center.  Rob Fowler Chief Meteorologist at WCBD News 2 was the emcee for the event.  The Diamond Awards are based on the four C’s of Commitment to Service, Community Quality, Champion Team Effort and Creative Application of Knowledge and Skills.  With the four C’s in mind, members were given the opportunity to nominate industry professionals who excelled in these areas in 2023. 


“The Diamond Awards are an annual celebration recognizing excellence in the local multifamily industry.  The awards recognize members, both individuals and member properties, who were active in the CAA throughout 2023 and exemplify the best that the Charleston area multifamily industry has to offer our community.  We take pride and give thanks to the entirety of our robust membership, and again wish to congratulate all off this year’s Diamond Award winners who were recognized for their individual and group efforts reflecting their willingness to succeed by going above and beyond!” said Susan Burke, President, Charleston Apartment Association. 


2023 CAA Diamond Award Winners:

  • Leasing Professional of the Year, Kimberly Gibbs, Atlantic at Grand Oaks
  • Maintenance Technician of the Year, Aaronne White-Gates, The Harrison
  • Assistant Manager of the Year, Caroline McCully, The Guild
  • Maintenance Supervisor of the Year, Paul Burton, Thickett Apartments
  • Stabilized Manager of the Year, Chelsea Black, The Haven at Indigo Square
  • Supplier of the Year, Kellie Smith, BG Multifamily
  • Corporate Professional of the Year, Mary Thodosoff, Darby Development
  • Regional Manager of the Year, Anne Machowski, RangeWater Real Estate
  • Lease-Up Manager of the Year, Ashley Barber, The Retreat at Carlile Townes
  • Community of the Year (0-2 years old), Madison Harper Place
  • Community of the Year (3-10 years old), The Wilder
  • Community of the Year (16-25 years old), The Reserve at Wescott
  • Community of the Year (26+ years old), Parish Place
  • Board of Directors Member of the Year, Michael Bell, Loebsack and Brownlee
  • Board of Directors Direct Member of the Year, Sedra Charap, JDC Management
  • Board of Directors Supplier Member of the Year, Jennifer DiCenzo, A&I Fire and Water Restoration

 2023 L.E.A.D. (Leadership Experience through Active Development) Participants:

  • Abby Merritt, Loebsack & Brownlee
  • Ashley Van Diemen, Proximity Residences
  • Carly Haslett, Rent.
  • Michael Harrington, Loebsack & Brownlee
  • Taylor Marion, FCA Management


2023 Board of Directors:

  • Susan Burke, President, Continental Realty
  • Michelle Lorick, Vice President, Founders Yard
  • Sedra Charap, Treasurer, JDC Management
  • Joey Ingham, Secretary,
  • Donna Bolewitz, Immediate Past President, Grayco Properties
  • Michael Bell, Loebsack & Brownlee
  • Christina Crosby, GCI Residential
  • Ruthann Klaiber, Madison Communities
  • Christy Dukes, Rent.
  • Sarah Fitzgerald, Greystar
  • Michelle Gordon, Pegasus Residential
  • Kathryn Gorman, BG Multifamily
  • Thomas Howard, Brownlee, Whitlow and Praet
  • Anne Machowski, Rangewater
  • Kathlina Sampson, Greystar



The Charleston Apartment Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals

that support, serve, advocate and educate the multifamily industry. As leaders, we are dedicated to our industry’s growth and its evolution.