PHOENIX, ARIZONA – On the 30th anniversary of the Arizona Multihousing Association and Cox Communications Tribute Awards, a record 29 winners were honored as the best and brightest of Arizona’s rental housing industry.
More than 1,600 were in attendance August 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center as the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA), the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, hosted the 30th Annual AMA/Cox Communications Tribute Awards.
This Tribute Awards were about more than one night of recognition. The state’s apartment industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. Buoyed by the strength and resilience of its members and leadership, it has bounced back.
“Look around this room. It’s great to be back in person. Tonight, on the 30th anniversary, we celebrate the biggest Tribute Award celebration ever,” said Courtney LeVinus, AMA President and CEO. “This is a great way to come back from the pandemic. It fills my heart with joy to see everyone in person. This is the night we celebrate our own – the best and brightest in the industry.”
A record 790 nominations from 33 member companies participated. Volunteers donated more than 700 hours of their time to judge all the nominees. The AMA's nomination and interview process is one of the most rigorous in the industry. Nominees complete an aptitude test and AMA judges conduct in person interviews and some have personal shops or inspection of the properties and teams.
A total of 29 awards were handed out: 20 to individuals, five to teams, and four to properties.
“I’m so proud to see our outstanding teams and individuals recognized tonight. I know it’s a special honor,” said Scott Hines, PEM Real Estate Group and the 2022 AMA Board Chair. “Our members do an impossible yet very important job each day and make it look easy. They do it to improve the quality of the industry. Tonight, it’s their chance to lift one another up and celebrate.”
Arizona’s apartment industry annually generates 131,000 jobs, $699 million in wages and an economic impact of $3.8 billion.
2022 Tribute Awards winners
Best Community Team of the Year Built Prior to 2003 Villa Toscana, MEB Management Services
Best Community Team of the Year Built 2003-2013 Desert Parks Vista, Sares Regis Management Company
Best Community Team of the Year Built 2014-2021 The Place at Sonoran Trails, MC Residential
Best Community Team of the Year Outside the Valley Casa Bella, MEB Management Services
Best Community Team of the Year Student Housing Junction at Ironhorse, Asset Living
Corporate Employee of the Year Sarah Blik, MEB Management Services
Arizona Executive of the Year Jennifer Staciokas, Western Wealth Communities
Housekeeper of the Year Brianda Martinez, Kalon Luxury Apartments, P.B. Bell
Service Technician of the Year Marcus Gabaldon, Lazo, Avenue5 Residential
Community Manager of the Year 1-199 Units Erik Husa, Arches at Oracle, Scotia Group Management, LLC
Community Manager of the Year 200-299 Units Bernadette Basso, Vela Camelback, Asset Living
Community Manager of the Year 300+ Units Louis Wonnacott, Avana Desert View, Greystar Real Estate Partners
Community Manager of the Year Outside the Valley Jamie Medina, Woodlands Village, Bella Investment Group
Property Supervisor of the Year Jonita Beisgen, MEB Management Services
Regional Service Supervisor of the Year David Rensch, Avenue5 Residential
Assistant Manager of the Year Justine Solorio, University Square, Bella Investment Group
Leasing Consultant of the Year Annette Hodges, Escape, Weidner Apartment Homes
Service Supervisor of the Year 1-199 Units Michael DaVaney, Lakeside Drive, Mark-Taylor Residential
Service Supervisor of the Year 200-299 Units Terry Gatlin, Villa Toscana, MEB Management Services
Service Supervisor of the Year 300+ Units Mike McKibben, Montreux, Asset Living
Service Supervisor of the Year Outside the Valley Bryan Sampson, Cedar Ridge, MEB Management Services
Affordable Community of the Year Steeple Chase, Avenue5 Residential
Renovated Community of the Year The Place at Canyon Ridge, MC Residential
Developers Award for Best Community Design Garden Style Senderos at South Mountain, Senderos at South Mountain, LLC
Developers Award for Best Community Design Mid/Low Rise Style Roadrunner Apartments, JLB Residential
Industry Partner of the Year Statewide Christopher Walker, Clark & Walker, P.C.
Industry Partner of the Year Tucson Blythe Edmondson, Edmondson & Landon Law
Volunteer of the Year Statewide Flor Aparicio, Chamberlin + Associates
Volunteer of the Year Tucson Lisa Rosenfeld, HSL Asset Management