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Awards Programs

NAA and NAAEI recognize the very best individuals, companies and organizations in the rental housing industry with four distinct awards.

NAA Excellence Awards

The NAA Excellence Awards honor the builders, industry professionals and affiliated apartment associations who make unique contributions to our industry. Each winner will demonstrate characteristics that benchmark success in one of seven different categories.

All winners are recognized during Apartmentalize. They are also featured in the September issue of units magazine.

View the 2019 Winners

View the 2018 Winners

View the 2017 Winners

View the 2016 winners

View the 2015 winners 

See the full list of categories, submission deadline, requirements and fill out an entry form.

Explore the Categories


20 in their Twenties

NAA’s 20 in Their Twenties celebrates the best and brightest in the rental housing industry. If you are or know someone who is 29 years old or younger and have made great professional achievements in the rental housing industry, the nomination will be available on January 20, 2020.

All recipients are recognized at Apartmentalize and all featured in units magazine. 

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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. Click here to read 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 Tuesday, October 15, 2019. For more nomination information, contact Peter Fromknecht via email or at 703-797-0618. Paid staff of the National Apartment Association and any NAA affiliated organization are not eligible.

        Download the 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


        Submit the Application

        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 Application


        Submit the Application

        For more information or questions, please contact Judy Reynolds.