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July 23, 2010
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Area’s Multifamily Housing Industry honors the best of the best at awards banquet
Lifetime Achievement Award
John Taylor, Lawson Realty Corp., was honored with the 2010 Multifamily Lifetime Achievement Award on July 22 at the  Associates’ Showcase, Awards Banquet and RAM Graduation, which is hosted by Tidewater Builders Association’s Multifamily Housing Council. With Taylor are TMHC Chairman Mike Devine and TBA President William Halprin.

South Hampton Roads’ multifamily housing communities and professionals know “there’s no place like home,” the theme of their industry’s prestigious Associates’ Showcase, Awards Banquet and RAM Graduation held July 22 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. More than 600 members and guests of Tidewater Builders Association’s Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council gathered to celebrate those who went above and beyond to make their residents feel at home at the event, now in its 26th year. Merit Awards were presented to individuals for outstanding performance, and additional awards were presented to outstanding properties in South Hampton Roads, competing in categories based on when they were completed.

MERIT AWARDS
Seven individuals also were awarded at the banquet for their efforts in the multifamily housing industry this past year. They include:
John Taylor, Lawson Realty Corp., was honored with the 2010 Multifamily Lifetime Achievement Award. Taylor has been active in the multifamily industry for more than 30 years. He began his career with the Lawson Cos. in property management and later in the apartment-lending subsidiary. He then parlayed his experience into a distinguished career at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, before rising to Director of the Asset Management Division for Virginia’s Multifamily Housing. After retiring from HUD in 2004, Taylor rejoined the Lawson Cos. to help pursue apartment financing and development opportunities.

Dana Geisinger, of First Atlantic Restoration, was named the 2010 Associate of the Year Award for her work supporting the Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council over the years.
Mike Devine also was awarded the Chairman’s Plaque for his efforts in leading the TMHC Council for 2010.

  • Gordon A. Poole Regional Property Manager of the Year Award
    Toni Baker, of Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Peggy B. Cowan Property Manager of the Year Award
    Tina Johnson, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • The Apartment Book’s Leasing Consultant of the Year
    Stephanie Thomas, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Merit Award for 2010 Maintenance Supervisor of the Year
    Horace Ensley, Kotarides Builders
  • Rebecca Hughes/Sam Shetsul Maintenance Employee of the Year Award
    LaRoi Sloan, Kotarides Builders

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
In addition to Merit Awards, the winners of the 2010 Awards of Excellence were also announced. With 101 communities vying for recognition, the 2010 Awards of Excellence winners, presented by TMHC Chairman Mike Devine, were announced. They are:

  • Adult and Senior Housing completed before 1995
    Haygood Hall, Drucker & Falk
  • Adult and Senior Housing completed 1995 and after
    Wesleyan Place, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc.
  • Renaissance Award for communities completed 1960 & before
    Bondale Apartments, Drucker & Falk LLC
  • Communities completed between 1961 and 1965
    Park Towne, S. L. Nusbaum Realty Corp.
  • Communities completed between 1966 and 1970
    Birdneck Village, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Corp.
  • Communities completed between 1971 and 1975
    Harper’s Square, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Subsidized communities
    Hunter’s Pointe, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Communities completed in 1976-80
    Green Lakes, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Communities completed between 1981-85
    Ghent Village, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Communities completed between 1986-1990
    Mission College, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Communities completed between 1991-95
    Woodbridge, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Communities completed between 1996-2000
    Tallwood, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc.
  • Communities completed between 2001-05
    The Crossings at Red Mill, Drucker & Falk LLC
  • Communities completed between 2006 and after
    River House, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

The banquet also honored the 42 graduates of TMHC’s Registered Apartment Managers, RAM, program. The graduates completed a 40-hour basic RAM training program in on-site management, the first step to acquiring the RAM designation, a Department of Housing and Urban Development approved certification program administered through the National Association of Home Builders.

The graduates include:

    • The Lawson Cos.: Rapunzel C. Abanathy; Dana M. Allen; Laura L. Ayers; Colette Cando; Jessica Champlin; Lisa R. Elliot; Anthony P. Julian; Theresa Land; James R. Moore III; Shawanda C. Phillips; Brandi L. Pulley and Cherelle M. Watson
    • S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.: D. Glynn Abeshaheen, III; Tierra M. Alvin; Emily Anderson; Felicia K. Blackwell; Kelly Bright; Charlotte Nicole Brown; Susan Dannals; Felicia R. Dunbar; Stephan A. Franco; Raymond L. Goodwin; Virginia L. Lessard; Sharon Mason; Frank Nebrotskie; Carol Person
    • Kotarides LLC: Alexandra J. Christopher; Miranda Dial; Horace O. Ensley; Vernida G. Hinton; Jacqueline R. Sanchez and Brittnay Nicole Strickland
    • Ripley-Heatwole: Melissa J. Bergman and Kayla King
    • Clark Whitehill Enterprises: Rachel M. Burr
    • The Breeden Co.: Brett Kussmaul and Betty Runyon
    • Drucker & Faulk: Megan K. McClain
    • Meredith Management: Kristina B. Miklos and Tracy L. Thompson
    • United Property Associates: Charmaine Ross and Mona M. Watkins
    • BMR Investments: Adam M. Saich
    • Antoinette Rhodes



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