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Awards Programs

The National Apartment Association (NAA) offers award programs that recognize the very best individuals, companies, and organizations. It is our honor to recognize those who have excelled in the rental housing industry. Some of our programs have already started accepting applications for 2021, so review them below, mark your calendars for future open dates and pass along to colleagues or peers who might be interested. 

NAA Best Places to Work

This awards program identifies member organizations that encourage employee engagement and performance and foster collaborative and innovative work environments. It pays tribute to the employees and their hard work, which directly contributes to the success of suppliers, management companies and the entire rental housing industry. The application period for the 2021 NAA's Best Places to Work is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the next application period opens, please email [email protected]

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NAA Excellence Awards

Each year, NAA's Excellence Awards, or Excels, recognize excellence and leadership in the rental housing industry. Excels celebrate communities, industry professionals, and affiliated apartment associations who make unique contributions to the industry. For the winners, receiving an Excels award represents milestones and outstanding achievement. Individuals and companies can enter from six award categories to be selected for an NAA Excellence Award. Winners will be recognized during a virtual ceremony on June 16, 2021 and featured in units magazine. The application period for the 2021 Excellence Awards is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the next application period opens, please email [email protected].

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20 in their Twenties

NAA’s 20 in Their Twenties celebrates the best and brightest in the rental housing industry. They are individuals who are 29 years or younger that have made great professional achievements in their careers and have the potential to go far.

All recipients are recognized at Apartmentalize and featured in units magazine. The application period for the Class of 2021 is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the next application period opens, please email skeene@naahq.org.

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NAA Government Affairs' Advocacy365 Advocate of the Year Award

“If you don't get involved in issues that affect you, then you have no right to complain." — Malcolm Bennett, 2014 Advocate of the Year.

NAA Government Affairs will recognize the U.S. rental housing industry’s top advocate this fall.  All those that are actively affiliated with NAA and the rental housing industry are eligible to win this major award which honors one individual's outstanding contributions to industry advocacy at the local, state and national levels.

Whether by meeting with your elected officials, sending a letter or making a phone call to your members of Congress, grassroots advocacy is vital to NAA’s political efforts.

The Advocacy365 Advocate of the Year will be announced at the Assembly of Delegates meeting in November and the winner featured in a subsequent issue of units Magazine. Read more about the 2017 Advocacy365 Advocate of the Year Award recipient, Alice Ehn.

Minimum Criteria - Federal
  • Attend the NAA Capitol Conference
  • Participate in Lobby Day
  • Attend two of the following: town hall meeting, tele-town hall meeting, meet with your members of Congress during a constituent work week or the August congressional recess, or conduct a property tour with your members of Congress
  • Take action on a legislative action alert by conducting a business call, or sending an email, letter or fax to your representative or senator
    Minimum Criteria - State/Local
    • Attend two of the following: a city council, county board of supervisors or state legislature committee meeting
    • Participate in a State Legislative Day event; take action on a local or state issue by calling or sending an email, letter or fax to your city or county councilman or state legislator
      Above and Beyond Criteria
      • Recruit two industry members to Lobby Day meetings or during a constituent work week or August congressional recess
      • Author a published op-ed or letter to the editor on a local, state or federal industry issue
      • Speak on behalf of the industry at a town hall meeting or local meeting.


        Nominate yourself or someone you know by Friday, October 9, 2020. For more nomination information, contact Jim Wilson via email or at 703-797-0633. Paid staff of the National Apartment Association and any NAA affiliated organization are not eligible.

        Download Nomination Application Form

        Lifetime Achievement Award

        The NAA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contributions of our Supplier Partners and our Association Executives for their "long-term history of exemplary national service and accomplishments to the National Apartment Association and the rental housing industry. The criteria for nominations are exemplary service to NAA and the rental housing industry overall, above and beyond that of the normal member volunteer: length of time in the industry is not a determining factor but is a consideration. 

        Download Lifetime Achievement Award Application

        Contact Judy Reynolds for more information.

        NAA Hall of Fame

        The NAA Hall of Fame recognizes owner/managers from the rental housing industry for their long-term history of exemplary national service and accomplishments to the National Apartment Association and the rental housing industry. 

        If you know of an owner/manager who qualifies for this prestigious award, the Hall of Fame Committee is currently calling for nominations. Should a nominee be chosen, the recipient will be presented with his/her award in June during Apartmentalize.

        Download Hall of Fame Nomination Application Form

        For more information or questions, please contact Judy Reynolds.