Tribute Awards Recognizes Winners & Finalists As Event Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

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AMA’s Tribute Awards recognize best of the state’s apartment industry as event celebrates its 30th anniversary

by Peter Madrid

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (August 17, 2022) – 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.

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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

About Arizona Multihousing Association:

The Arizona Multihousing Association is the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, representing more than 2,300 members in legislative, legal and regulatory matters. The mission of the Arizona Multihousing Association is to unite multifamily housing leaders in one trusted voice for Arizona's rental community. For more information, visit azmultihousing.org.