2018 Professional of the Year Award Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the prestigious 2018 Austin Apartment Association Professional of the Year awards. Winners were announced at the Holiday Gala, December 13 at the Hyatt Regency Austin on Lady Bird Lake.
Supervisor of the Year
With 20 years of industry experience, Gus has always provided hands on support and supervision to all of his management teams while promoting personal and professional growth. In addition to being a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Gus has served as President of the Austin Apartment Association and remains an active member on AAA's Board of Directors, having chaired several committees, most recently as co-chair of the PAC Ambassadors. He also serves on the Texas Apartment Association's Board of Directors as well as serving as an Alternate Delegate for Region VI of the National Apartment Association.
Manager of the Year
Kelsea Vernon, CAM - Brezza, Greystar
Kelsea has been a property manager for the last eleven years, the last five with Greystar. She has obtained her CAM certification, completed the AAA Leadership Lyceum, and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University. She completed the Greystar Rising Star program in 2018 and is a Peer Coach. Currently she is a tri-chair of the AAA NextGen committee, as well as a member of the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive committee.
Assistant Manager of the Year
Katie Hearne, NALP - The Preserve at Travis Creek, Greystar
Katie has an extensive background in Real Estate and has completed annual continuing education allowing her to impart knowledge pertaining to Lease Agreements and Addenda to team members, landlords and tenants. She is a highly-motivated and goal-oriented individual when it comes to assisting residents, team members and vendors. With the utmost professionalism and attention to detail exhibited every day, she exceeds budget and property goals, grows rents and raises retention ratios while maintaining accurate lease, renewal and move out files. Her mission is to ensure new and existing team members are fully supported in their daily duties in order to grow with Greystar and build lasting relationships to enrich their career. Katie is an advocate for giving back to the community and participates in Ronald McDonald House charity events, Austin Apartment Association fundraisers and is an active member of Band Boosters with Sycamore Springs Middle School.
Maintenance Professional of the Year
Lazaro Salinas, CAMT - Hudson Miramont, Oden Hughes
Lazaro Salinas is the current Maintenance Supervisor for Hudson Miramont, managed by Oden Hughes Management. Lazaro prides himself on his drive to succeed in all areas of maintenance and customer service. Lazaro has a servant’s heart with his residents and co-workers always going above and beyond in his daily work practices as well as ensuring the clients asset is maintained in the best quality at all times.
Leasing Professional of the Year
Victoria Curiel - Groves South Lamar, Greystar
Victoria Curiel has worked for Greystar for four years. She is currently the keystone member of Groves South Lamar's leasing team, taking the building from 0 to 92% occupied in just over one year. Victoria is known not only at Groves but in Greystar's Austin-area for bringing innovative marketing ideas to the table. She carefully crafts highly-attended resident events which help to build a close sense of community and camaraderie for her residents. Victoria is known for greeting each day, team member and residents with her characteristic giggle. She is welcoming to everyone she meets and sets a new standard in professionalism and compassion for Austin's apartment industry.
Doc Young Supplier of the Year
Lindsay Doud, CAS - Century A/C Supply
Lindsay Doud serves the HVAC needs of multi-family communities from San Marcos to downtown Austin. With over 10 years of experience at Century A/C Supply, she consults, educates, and provides air-conditioning equipment, parts, and installation service to a portfolio of properties. She’s a proud Certified Apartment Supplier of the Austin Apartment Association and every day, she works to keep your residents cool!