Charleston Apartment Association Celebrated Industry Excellence at the Diamond Awards on March 25

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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 25 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 2021. 

“The Diamond Awards are an annual celebration recognizing excellence in the local multifamily industry.  In addition to recognizing nominees and winners, the Charleston Apartment Association (CAA) announced its 2022-2023 charity focus which is Shelters to Shutters (S2S).  S2S is a national 501(c)3 organization that transitions individuals and families out of homelessness to economic self-sufficiency by educating and engaging the real estate industry to provide employment and housing opportunities.  Chris Finlay, Chairman and Founder of Shelters to Shutters, was in attendance to announce their partnership with the CAA.  During his remarks he unveiled their plans to open an office in the Charleston area.  In opening this office S2S is making a significant commitment of staffing and financial resources which will result in a training program that will provide jobs in the Charleston area for years to come.” said Susan Burke, President, Charleston Apartment Association. 

2021 CAA Diamond Award Winners:

  • Leasing Professional of the Year, Asia Jones, Riverland Woods
  • Maintenance Technician of the Year, Ryan McGaffic, Riverland Woods
  • Assistant Manager of the Year, Kayla Brown, Daniel Island Village
  • Maintenance Supervisor of the Year, Michael Lopez, Haven at Indigo Square
  • Manager of the Year, Krystle Stephens, Haven at Indigo Square
  • Supplier of the Year, Christian Ensminger, Vandelay Waste Valet
  • Marketing Professional of the Year, Drew Jankiewicz, Pegasus Residential
  • Regional Manager of the Year, Jeremy Williams, Cushman and Wakefield
  • Groundskeeper of the Year, Kimberly Smalls, Foundry Point
  • Community of the Year (0-2 years old), The Monty
  • Community of the Year (3-10 years old), The Factory at Garco
  • Community of the Year (11-20 years old), Seven Farms
  • Community of the Year (21-30 years old), Sweetgrass Landing
  • Community of the Year (31+ years old), The Avenues of West Ashley
  • Board of Directors Member of the Year, Ruthann Klaiber, Harper Place
  • Board of Directors Direct Member of the Year, Lindsey Miller, VTT Management
  • Board of Directors Associate Member of the Year, Eric Goshorn, ServPro – South & West Charleston

2021 L.E.A.D. (Leadership Experience through Active Development) Participants:

  • Anne Machowski – RangeWater Real Estate
  • Crystal Capone – Heartline Fitness
  • Melanie Whitlock – Lincoln Property Company
  • Michelle Cousar – Bridgeside at Patriots Point
  • Sarah Fitzgerald - Greystar

2021 Board of Directors:

  • Donna Bolewitz, President, Grayco Properties
  • Susan Burke, Vice President, Middleburg Management
  • Michelle Lorick, Treasurer, The Avenues of West Ashley
  • Christy Dukes, Secretary, RentPath
  • Tammy Carvajal, Immediate Past President, AdaLease Property Management
  • Ashley Venable – Greystar
  • Joey Ingham – Apartments.com
  • Krissy Starkey – Summer Wind
  • Lindsey Miller – VTT Management
  • Mandy Mays-Polin – RentPath
  • Michelle Gordon – Pegasus Residential
  • Patty Aitken – Valet Living
  • Ruthann Klaiber – Harper Place
  • Suzy Spell – North Bluff
  • Thomas Howard – Brownlee, Whitlow and Praet

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.