Home | Events | Calendar | News | Contact | Links  
Tidewater Builders Association
 Building Trades Academy  
July 27, 2009
Contact: Mary Prier APR,
Sara Steil
(757) 305-9064
Awards Recognize Excellence in Multifamily Housing
Heritage Woodworks
The TMHC Associates Showcase and Awards Banquet got a little whimsical in 2009 as associates celebrated an evening under the big top. To help kick off the festivities were, from left to right, Jenna Boseman, Anne Harvard Smith, Gordon Harrison, Jake Bradshaw and Erika Bradshaw of Heritage Woodworks.

Area multifamily housing communities and professionals were recognized at the industry’s prestigious Associates’ Showcase, Awards Banquet and RAM Graduation on July 23 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Hosted by Tidewater Builders Association and its Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council, the annual event is now in its 25th year. Merit Awards were presented to individuals for outstanding performance, while additional awards were presented to outstanding properties in South Hampton Roads based on when they were completed.


Seven individuals also were awarded at the banquet for their efforts in the multifamily housing industry this past year. They include:

Caroline Forehand, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.’s multifamily marketing director, was named 2009 Multifamily Executive of the Year. Forehand began her career in the multifamily industry as a lifeguard and has since worked her way from property management to marketing. She “maintains a high standard of excellence for the company and maintains the company’s excellent reputation,” said William Halprin, senior vice president of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. “She works tirelessly to maintain an efficient and effective team and helps to support and assist all of the communities.”

Jocelyn Fetzer, publisher of Hampton Roads Apartment Book, was honored as the 2009 Associate of the Year for her work supporting the Tidewater Multifamily Housing Council over the years.

“We can always count on Jocelyn to volunteer her time and talent in our many activities,” said Sharon Hamilton-Taylor of Lawson Realty Corp. “In addition, her work with the 3M Committee has helped to make it a success each year.”

Debbie Gordon also was awarded the Chairwoman’s Plaque for her efforts in leading the TMHC Council for 2008 and 2009.

Additional 2009 Merit Awards winners include:

  • Gordon A. Poole Regional Property Manager of the Year Award,  John Davis, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Peggy B. Cowan Property Manager of the Year Award,  Amy Thompson, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • The Apartment Book’s Leasing Consultant of the Year, Jamie Fisher, Ripley Heatwole Co.
  • 2009 Maintenance Supervisor of the Year Rick Zimmer, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Rebecca Hughes/Sam Shetsul Maintenance Employee of the Year Award, Trent Church, Lawson Realty Corp.

In addition to Merit Awards, the winners of the 2009 Awards of Excellence were also announced. With 94 communities vying for recognition, the 2009 Awards of Excellence winners, presented by TMHC Chairwoman Debbie Gordon, were announced. They are:

  • Communities completed as of 2001 and after
    Belmont at Greenbrier, Kotarides Property Management
  • Communities completed between 1996 and 2000
    Mill Creek Apartments, Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc.
  • Communities completed between 1991 and 1995
    Taylor Pointe Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Communities completed between 1986 and 1990
    Mission College Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Communities completed between 1981 and 1985
    Holly Point Apartments, Drucker & Falk LLC
  • Communities completed between 1976 and 1980
    Kingsbridge Apartments, Lawson Realty Corp.
  • Subsidized communities
    Park Terrace Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Renaissance Awards for communities completed in 1971-75
    Wellington at Western Branch, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Renaissance award for communities completed in 1966-70.
    Colonial Arms Apartments, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Renaissance Award for communities completed in 1961-65
    Colony Point, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Renaissance Award for communities completed in 1960 and before
    Archer’s Green Apartments, Signature Management
  • Adults/Senior Housing
    The Orchards at Belleville Harbour, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
  • Adults/Senior Housing completed before 1995
    Old Donation Apartments, Ducker & Falk LLC

The banquet, which also drew about 600 members and guests, 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:

  • Realty Group LLC: Steve Meilleur and Yvonne M. Walters
  • Frye Properties: Kelly Y. Brunson and Sandra A. Matthews
  • Clark Whitehill Enterprises Inc.: Russell A. Bryson and Phillip S. Lewis
  • Great Atlantic real Estate/Property Management: Christa Gilbert and Jeff Pillow
  • Kotarides Property Management: Jeffrey G. Garlock; Rebekah Kantowski; Michael A. Kniskern; Chantal Reed; Cortney Schulte and Angela Underwood
  • The Lawson Cos.: Shira Ali; Kimberly Petrice Boone, Chantel Brace; Jamie Brown; Janice Butler-Harris; Cecilia Luz Collins; Emma Rosemary Cruz; Kimberly P. Dickerson; Thomas Formisano; Hope Hallaman; Rosvellann Diones Jackson; Aisha Miller and Christina Speight Montgomery.        
  • Meredith Construction Co.: Page G. Lea Jr.
  • Norfolk Development & Housing: Aline E. Rogers
  • Ripley Heatwole Co. Inc.: Salesha Lankford; Brittany Murray and Rebecca Walker
  • S.L. Nusbaum Realty Corp: Tonya Renee Dudley; Thomas Goodwin; Taylor Hughes; Yashana Purvis; Myra L. Silvera; Melisa Skinner and Jessica Studeny
  • W.H.H. Trice and Co.: Colleen Garland and Dawne Langston
  • Dessirrae Johnson

© Copyright , Tidewater Builders Association. All rights reserved.