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2024 (2023) Platinum Awards

2024 (2023) Platinum Awards

Friday, March 8, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EST)

* Registration open until 3/1/24 at 12:00 AM (EST)

Event Details

AAWNC Platinum Awards is a great way to recognize and reward association members for their hard work and success in our local industry. We welcome all nominations, including self-nominations. All nominations are confidential and only nominations meeting the criteria will be considered.

Congratulations Nominees

Leasing Consultant of the Year

  • Abby Carlson, Hawthorne at Southside
  • Amy Blanton, Ansley at Roberts Lake
  • Anna Clary, Weirbridge Village and Forest at Biltmore Park
  • Ashley Davis, Forest at Biltmore Park
  • Collin Hipps, Hawthorne at Mills Gap
  • Hannah Ollila, Kensington Place Apartments
  • Madison Ponder, Reserve at Biltmore Park
  • Penny Bontugan, Highline North Apartments

Assistant Manager of the Year

  • Alexis O'Buckley, Ansley At Roberts Lake
  • Beth Messer, The Northside at Merrimon
  • Chelyn Mullet, Hawthorne at Bear Creek
  • Kara Baker, Hawthorne at Southside
  • Kimee Clevenger, The Artisan 
  • Lindsey Storer, Weirbridge Village
  • Sally Pate Retreat at Hunt Hill
  • Sarah Ragon, Hawthorne at mills gap 
  • Shawn Jones, Highline North Apartments
  • Taylor Roten, Asheville Exchange Apartments
  • Zach Lemon, Kensington Place Apartments

Community Manager of the Year

  • Bethany Lykins, Hawthorne at Mills Gap
  • Eliza King, The District 
  • Jacob King, Burton Hills and The Harrison
  • Kaitlin Lange, Asheville Exchange
  • Kimberly Medearis, Ansley at Roberts Lake
  • Leah Parker, The Retreat at Weaverville
  • Michelle Kingson, Audubon Place
  • Nicole Lugo, Highline North Apartments
  • Rachael Modlin, The Northside At Merrimon
  • Ryan Herrmann, Reserve at Biltmore Park
  • Susie McMurray-Ryan, Kensington Place Apartments

Maintenance Technician of the Year

  • Adam Weeks, Hawthorne at Mills Gap
  • Gary Cross, Ansley at Roberts Lake
  • Josh Gardner, The District 
  • Scott Histed, Hawthorne at Mills Gap
  • Shady Canary, Weirbridge Village
  • Trebor Ponder, Audubon Place
  • Zachary Nicastro, Hawthorne at Haywood

Maintenance Supervisor of the Year

  • Blake Buchanan, Weirbridge Village, Audubon Place, & Forest at Biltmore Park
  • Daniel Melvin, Asheville Exchange
  • Erik Larssen, Hawthorne at Bear Creek
  • Hector Hernandez, The Northside at Merrimon
  • Jamie Smith, Ansley at Roberts Lake
  • Joel Caldwell, The District 
  • John Dowd, Hawthorne at Mills Gap
  • Nathan Carver, Kensington Place Apartments
  • Zachary Allison, Hawthorne at Weaverville

Regional/Corporate Manager of the Year

  • Katrina Mitchell, Carlisle Residential Properties
  • Kendra Bee, Hawthorne Residential Partners
  • Emily Kirchmeyer, Pegasus Residential

Supplier of the Year (individual)

  • Alyssa Clair, Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC
  • Brian McCarthy, Affinity Waste Solutions
  • Shane Robinson, High Quality Pressure Washing 
  • Taylor Holly, Professionals Painting 
  • Tina Gorby, Apartments.com

Community of the Year

  • Ansley at Roberts Lake
  • Audubon Place
  • Burton Hills
  • Hawthorne at Mills Gap
  • Highline North Apartments
  • Kensington Place Apartments
  • The Northside At Merrimon
  • Weirbridge Village

Team of the Year (can be a community, supplier, or management company)

  • Ansley at Roberts Lake Team
  • Pegasus Residential Team
  • The Northside at Merrimon Team
  • The Villas at Avery Creek Team
Event Details

Theme: Spring Gala, in pastels! 

  • Attendees are encouraged to dress up for this event!


Angela Bailey
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Angela Bailey Owner / Office Manager Inspection Ready Cleaning LLC
Stacey Bailey
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Stacey Bailey Owner / Operator Inspection Ready Cleaning LLC
Kara Baker
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Kara Baker Assistant Community Manager Hawthorne at Southside
Kendra Bee
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Kendra Bee Regional Manager Hawthorne
Penny Bontugan
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Penny Bontugan Leasing Specialist Highline North Apartments
Abigail Carlson
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Abigail Carlson Hawthorne at Southside Apartments
Alyssa Clair
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Alyssa Clair Strategic Partnerships Manager Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC
Pat Finn
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Pat Finn Brownlee Whitlow & Praet
Ashley Harakas
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Ashley Harakas Valet Living
Christy Hargett
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Christy Hargett SERVPRO of Asheville
Taylor Holley
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Taylor Holley Professionals Painting
Hannah Lyon
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Hannah Lyon Community Director Aventine Asheville
Brian McCarthy
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Brian McCarthy Regional Account Executive Affinity Waste Solutions
Beth Messer
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Beth Messer Assistant Manager Northside Merrimon A
Rachael Modlin
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Rachael Modlin Community Manager Northside Merrimon A
Kelly Noble
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Kelly Noble Co-Owner Noble Pest Solutions
Alexis O'Buckley
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Alexis O'Buckley Assistant Manager Ansley at Roberts Lake
Sofia Ocampo
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Sofia Ocampo HD Supply
Abby Polak
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Abby Polak Account Executive Real Floors
Juan Rodriguez
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Juan Rodriguez Professionals Painting & Carpet Cleaning LLC.
Jade Shelton-Polizzi
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Jade Shelton-Polizzi Leasing Director Aventine Asheville
65 Other Registered Attendees
Registration is Open!

Reserve a Table with Champagne: $600

Early Bird 2023 Rate: $70
(Valid: 11/6/23-1/7/24)

Early Bird Rate: $75
(Valid: 1/8/24-2/4/24)

Regular Rate: $80
(Valid: 2/5/24-3/1/24)

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Thank You Sponsors!


Event Emcee

AAWNC is pleased to welcome AANC Executive Director Jon Lowder as this year's event emcee.

Jon came to AANC after serving as the President of the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (TREBIC) and prior to that as Executive Director for the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) from 2009-2021. Those experiences enabled Jon to learn about the variety of issues faced by the multifamily housing industry, including regulatory, legal, and operational factors that challenge our members on a daily basis, and how AANC, in partnership with its affiliated associations, can help address those challenges with their regulatory and legislative affairs efforts in Raleigh and city hall's across the state.

Originally from Winston-Salem, and with deep roots in that region, Jon grew up in the Northern Virginia area after his family moved there when he was six. He and his wife Celeste, both proud graduates of George Mason University, moved with their three children to Winston-Salem in 2004. When not working or spending time with his family, Jon is an enthusiastically mediocre tennis player, enjoys reading, and loves traveling to interesting places.