This year, Multifamily Executive received a record number of award nominations—nearly 300 in all—in 19
categories, which illustrates not only the health, but also the vision and creativity of an industry firing on all cylinders.

Yet, while we pored over a record amount of entrants, the following pages are not filled with a record number of award winners. In fact, a few categories came up completely empty, though there were plenty of very good entrants from which to choose.

Those goose eggs are a testament to the careful deliberation and discerning eyes our judges bring to this process. The entries in those categories were indeed very good, but they didn’t go above and beyond.

Many other industry programs blindly fill a quota, awarding gold medals even when nobody finishes the race. Not us. We consider our roles as judges a covenant, something of a sacred trust. We would be doing the industry a disservice to do anything less.

So, congratulations to the winners, who passed a tough test. You had a great story, and you told it well. And for those who fell short, it wasn’t by much: Some slight adjustments and we’ll see you on the website next year.


Big thanks to thought leaders in the industry who served as judges:

  • Rohit Anand, Principal, KTGY Tysons Corner
  • Jim Butz, President and CEO, Jefferson Apartment Group
  • Eileen Lee, Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy, National Multi Housing Council
  • Julie Smith, President, Bozzuto Management Co.
  • Christina Steeg, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Training, Simpson Property Group


MFE editors on the panel:

  • Jerry Ascierto, Editor-in-Chief, Multifamily Executive
  • Linsey Isaacs, Assistant Editor, Multifamily Executive


Julie Smith has been paving the way for her success since joining The Bozzuto Group in 1989. But nothing could have prepared her for the wealth the company has amassed over the years.
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Executive of the Year

Julie Smith
Julie Smith’s great foresight, coupled with her trademark warmth, has turned Bozzuto Management into one of the industry’s best firms—and made her MFE’s 2013 Executive of the Year.

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Rising Star of the Year


Billy Pettit Jr.
Pillar Properties’ Billy Pettit Jr. proves being bold can have a huge payoff, including becoming the 2013 MFE Rising Star of the Year.