The CAA Celebrates Industry Excellence

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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, July 16 at the Gaillard Center.  Rob Fowler of WCBD News 2 spent the evening as emcee for the event.  The Diamond Awards are based on 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 property management professionals who excelled in these areas in 2020. 

“The Diamond Awards are an annual celebration recognizing excellence in the local multifamily industry and after not meeting last year it was a pleasure recognizing industry professionals in-person.  Congratulations to all who were nominated!” said Donna Bolewitz, President, Charleston Apartment Association. 

2020 CAA Diamond Award Winners:

  • Leasing Professional of the Year, Alexandra Kakazioti, Overture Daniel Island
  • Maintenance Technician of the Year, Ethan Nailing, Cooper River Farms
  • Assistant Manager of the Year, Kayla Rendall, Alta Shores
  • Maintenance Supervisor of the Year, Chris Spell, Channel Family of Apartments
  • Manager of the Year, Michelle Lorick, The Avenues of West Ashley
  • Supplier of the Year, Michael Bell, Loebsack and Brownlee
  • Marketing Professional of the Year, Elizabeth Coble, Lincoln Property Company
  • Regional Manager of the Year, Tami Allen, Pegasus Residential
  • Groundskeeper of the Year, Terrance Brown, The Haven at Indigo Square
  • Community of the Year (0-2 years old), The Channel at Pierhouse
  • Community of the Year (3-10 years old), Simmons Park
  • Community of the Year (11-20 years old), Atlantic Palms
  • Community of the Year (31+ years old), The Avenues of West Ashley
  • Board of Directors Member of the Year, Thomas Howard, Brownlee, Whitlow and Praet
  • Board of Directors Associate Member of the Year, Christy Dukes, RentPath
  • Board of Directors Direct Member of the Year, Susan Burke, Middleburg Management

2020-2022 L.E.A.D. (Leadership Experience through Active Development) Participants:

  • Anne Machowski, The Factory at Garco
  • Crystal Capone – Heartline Fitness
  • Kristoffer Saunders – The Hudson
  • Laura Cannon – Accent Overlook
  • Melanie Whitlock - Newbrook Point Hope
  • Michelle Cousar – Bridgeside at Patriots Point
  • Sarah Fitzgerald - Greystar

2020 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, American Landmark
  • Ashley Venable – Overture Daniel Island
  • Joey Ingham – Apartments.com
  • Krissy Starkey – Azure Carnes Crossroads
  • Lindsey Miller – Simmons Park
  • Mandy Mays-Polin – RentPath
  • Michelle Gordon – Dwell at Greenridge
  • 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.