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July 25, 2008
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Awards Recognize Excellence in Multifamily Housing

2008 Tidewater Builder Association President Edward R. Sadler (right) presents William Halprin, senior vice president of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. with a Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2008 TMHC Awards of Excellence.

Area multifamily housing communities and professionals were recognized at the industry’s prestigious Associates' Showcase, Awards Banquet and Registered in Apartment Management Graduation July 24 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The annual Awards of Excellence, sponsored by the Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council of Tidewater Builders Association, are presented to outstanding properties in South Hampton Roads based on criteria including the year of the property’s completion, signage, maintenance and landscaping. The Merit Awards are presented to individuals for outstanding performance.

The local industry’s top individual award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to William Halprin, senior vice president of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Norfolk. The award is presented to a multifamily housing executive who has made a recognizable and identifiable difference in multiple facets of the multifamily housing industry.

Halprin has over 29 years of experience in multifamily management and is currently responsible for over 17,000 units throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. As senior vice president he oversees all professions in management from vice president to compliance director. He is currently serving as treasurer of TBA and has served as chairman of the TMHC Committee and the TMHC Scholarship Committee.

TMHC’s 2008 Executive of the Year honor went to Christopher J. Dembitz, Director of Property Management of Clark Whitehill Enterprises, Inc., Virginia Beach. The award honors the multifamily executive who has excelled in multifamily management, and has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to his/her company, the multifamily industry profession and TMHC. 

Dembitz began his career with Clark Whitehill Enterprises almost eight years ago. He started as the assistant director of property management and now serves as the director of property management for his company. Dembitz is seen as an outstanding young leader through his work as past chairman of TMHC’s Executive Committee. 

He also supports its educational programs including the TMHC Scholarship Apartment Program, the 3 M’s Committee and RAM School. 

The 24th annual TMHC event, which drew more than 500 members and guests, also honored 58 graduates of TMHC’s Registered in Apartment Management program. These apartment professionals took their first step towards earning their RAM designations by successfully completing TMHC's 40-hour RAM School.

The 2008 Awards of Excellence winners, presented by TMHC Chair Debbie Gordon are:

  • Communities completed as of 2001 and after
    The Crossings at Red Mill, Drucker & Falk, Virginia Beach 
  • Communities completed between 1996 and 2000
    Tallwood Apartments, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc., Virginia Beach
  • Communities completed between 1991 and 1995
    Dominion Pines, S. L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Chesapeake
  • Communities completed between 1986 and 1990
    Westwinds Apartments, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc., Portsmouth
  • Communities completed between 1981 and 1985
    Holly Point Apartments, Drucker & Falk L.L.C., Chesapeake
  • Communities completed between 1976 and 1980
    Greenbrier Woods Apartments, Clark-Whitehill Enterprises Inc., Virginia Beach
  • Subsidized Property Award
    Park Terrace, S. L. Nusbaum Realty Corp., Norfolk
  • Seniors housing communities completed as of 1995 and after
    Orchards at Belleville Harbour, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Suffolk
  • Seniors housing communities completed before 1995
    Old Donation, Ducker & Falk L.L.C., Virginia Beach
  • Renaissance Award communities completed between 1971 and 1975
    Harpers Square, Lawson Realty, Virginia Beach
  • Renaissance Award communities completed between 1966 and 1970
    Thalia Gardens, S. L. Nusbaum Realty Corp., Virginia Beach
  • Renaissance Award communities completed between 1961 and 1965
    Colonial Arms Apartments, S. L. Nusbaum Realty Corp., Virginia Beach
  • Renaissance Award communities completed before 1960
    Bondale Apartments, Drucker & Falk L.L.C., Norfolk
The 2008 Merit Awards winners are:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    William Halprin, S. L. Nusbaum Realty Company, Norfolk
  • Multifamily Executive of the Year
    Christopher Dembitz, Clark Whitehill Enterprises, Virginia Beach 
  • Associate Member of the Year
    John Casone, HD Supply, Virginia Beach
  • Gordon A. Poole Regional Manager of the Year
    Vivian Bryant, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc., Virginia Beach
  • Peggy B. Cowan Property Manager of the Year with more than 300 units
    Kelly Roper, Lawson Realty, Virginia Beach
  • Peggy B. Cowan Property Manager of the Year with less than 300 units
  • Sara Ogle, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Norfolk
  • The Apartment Book Leasing Consultant of the Year
    Cindy Fugere, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Virginia Beach
  • Maintenance Supervisor of the Year
    Dean Brinson, Drucker & Falk L.L.C., Virginia Beach

A new award was created this year to honor the lives of two S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. professionals who lost their lives at Thalia Gardens. The award, named The Rebecca Hughes/Sam Shetsul Maintenance Employee of the Year, went to Aubrey Perry of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. He was given the task of stepping in when his supervisor became wounded, showing leadership and devotion to his customers and staff.

The 2008 RAM School graduates, by company, are:

Apartment Gallery: Lauren Sanders
Bonaventure Property Management: Mike Dore

Drucker & Falk: Lauren Turner

Frye Properties: Tammi Melvin, Alamond Stith

Harbor Group Management Corporation: Laura Gonder, Linda Semaria

KPM L.L.C.: Karen Allen, Sindi Bastidas, Jennifer Brundage, Malissa Harris, Nikki Johnson, Felicia Lee, Randi McIntosh, Cristina Salgado, Tiffany Sisamouth
Lawson Realty: Alexis Benjamin, Sheri Beverly, Franchesca Bland, Pamela Brice, Crystal Browne, Steve Chase, Danyelle Evans, Kim Lee, Shannon Lee, Derrick Lewis, Tamaira Long,  Alesha Mitchell, Teala Rufener, Kandi Sykes, Douglas Taylor Jr., Jenna Wright
Norfolk Redevelopment: Anita Roberts Ripley-Heatwole Co. Inc.: Nicole Myles, Lance Sanderlin S.L. Nusbaum: Kimberly Barnes, LaTonya Bentancourt, Cindy Fugere, Ashlee Hill, Sarah Larsen, Edna Luckens, Devan MacConnell, Patricia Mason, Holly Moye, Angela Nesbitt, Sheryl Pastrana, Jocelyn Sidwell
W.H.H. Trice Company: Cesar Acosta, Kelvin Bethea, Robert Flanagais, Walter Hill, Seth Keel, Keith Miller, Bruce Sheene Also: Laura Altizer, Tiffany Dennis, Cheri Meyers, Angela Parker

Associates Showcase Exhibit Awards
Best use of theme (Rock the Vote): American Furniture Rentals
Best costume: Verizon Fios 
Best product display: HD Supply

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