Carol J. Galante, president and CEO of BRIDGE Housing Corp., was named Executive of the Year at the 2008 MFE and Developer Awards gala this week in Las Vegas. Galante, the first woman to be named Executive of the Year by MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE, was recognized for her outstanding leadership at the San Francisco-based affordable housing development firm and her long-time commitment to sustainable building practices. Galante's win was among the more than 30 awards presented at the event to recognize exceptional projects and programs across 17 categories.

The presentation also featured a brand-new category?Developer magazine's first Sustainable Community of the Year award for a commercial or residential site that demonstrates the use of sustainable principles in terms of land use, zoning, and planning, as well as in the use of materials and the development process. The grand award went to Kalakaua Community in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, submitted by Army Hawaii Family Housing. A merit award went to Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes in Fort Drum, N.Y.

Another highlight of the event: The second-annual Editors' Choice Award. Introduced by the magazine's editors in 2007, the Editors' Choice Award recognizes a project that is "best in show." That honor went to Symphony House, a high-rise project in downtown Philadelphia developed by Dranoff Properties. The $125 million Art Deco high-rise has transformed Philadelphia's South Broad Street, proving that it is possible to reinvigorate a city and completely alter a skyline, even after two decades of inactivity.

For more information on Executive of the Year Carol Galante, check out the article in the October 2008 issue of MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE. All other winners can be seen in the upcoming November 2008 issue of MFE and the November/December issue of Developer.

To download a press release on the awards ceremony, including a complete list of all winners, click here.