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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 eight award categories to be selected for a 2020 NAA Excellence Award.

New this year, winners of local NAA affiliate association awards programs, that were presented from January-December 2019, are automatically considered for an NAA Excellence Award. The individual being recognized must have won the equivalent award from your association’s most recent awards program. NAA will be accepting applications beginning December 2, 2019.

The winners will be formally recognized at the 2020 Apartmentalize Excellence Awards Reception on June 18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

2020 Excellence Awards Details

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Applications Open: December 2, 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2020*
  • Application Review: February 10-28, 2020
  • Notification: March 9, 2020
  • Awards Ceremony: June 18, 2020 at Apartmentalize in Boston

*Best Places to Work application deadline is February 28, 2020.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted electronically within NAA's Excellence Awards Submission Site following the steps below:
*It is recommended to use Google Chrome to ensure program compatibility.

  • Click here to view the Application Portal.
  • Then click “Login” using your NAA credentials.
  • Hover over the “Award Information” tab to view all the award offerings available.
  • Select the award you would like to apply for by clicking the “Submit Your Application” button located at the bottom of each award details page. Note: For applications that require a fee, you will be required to pay online at the end of the submission process, and by credit card only.

Important note: Only NAA members are eligible to enter. The application fee is non-refundable. Be sure to review the application criteria and eligibility prior to entering your submission.

Volunteer Judges

The Excellence Awards rely on the generosity of NAA member volunteers who share their time and knowledge to help identify the best of the best.

Want to help? 
Apply today and help us decide who is the best of the best in the rental housing industry. Selected judges will be required to review proposals from February 10-28, 2020. Tell us a bit about yourself and your interests.

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Excellence Awards Reception Registration

Registration for the Excellence Awards reception is open to members and non-members and can be added to your existing Apartmentalize registration or you may purchase separately without registering for Apartmentalize. This event includes a reception and awards ceremony. Celebrate with the best and brightest. Register today!

Registration Fees

  • Member: $100
  • Non-Member: $100
  • Group Registration: Option for Purchasing Multiple Tickets Available
  • Finalists: Complimentary Pass (Contact Sara Keene to claim)

Apartmentalize Registration

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 NAA Excellence Awards? Please email Carolina Zuniga to learn more. NAA Excellence Award Naming Rights and Award Category sponsorship packages are available.

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NAA’s Excellence Awards offers more than 26 award categories, including six exciting new additions. The award categories are grouped in eight focus areas: Affiliate; Anthony V. Pusateri; Best Places to Work; Diversity & Inclusion; National Supplier Achievement; Individual Achievement; and Innovation. Click the links below for a detailed description of the categories in each focus area.

2020 Excellence Awards Categories

Affiliate Awards

The NAA Affiliate Awards celebrate the exemplary accomplishments of over 150 state and local associations across the country that are part of the NAA network.

These awards are only open to affiliated associations. Awards include:

Application Fee: There is no entry fee for Affiliate Awards.

Anthony V. Pusateri Awards

The NAA Anthony V.  Pusateri Awards celebrate projects, events & initiatives that promote apartment careers.

Awards include:

Application Fee: There is no entry fee for Anthony V. Pusateri Awards.

New - Best Places to Work Awards

The NAA's Best Places to Work program identifies suppliers and management companies who are doing all they can to improve the work lives of their employees. Employees from each nominee will complete a brief survey, based on Net Promoter Score (NPS), to provide their evaluation of the organization across various business aspects. All nominees will receive an Employee Satisfaction Report and the anonymous raw data to use as a benchmark as they seek to improve engagement. NAA will honor the overall and regional winners at Apartmentalize. Nominations for the NAA's Best Places to work will open December 2, 2019.

For complete details, rules and tips, complete the form below to receive the nomination guide once it is available.

Application Fee: Applicants will be charged $299 per entry for the Best Places to Work Award. Applicants are required to pay online at the end of submission process, and by credit card only.
 

Community of the Year Awards

The NAA Community of the Year Awards represent the very best in the rental housing industry. These awards recognize excellence in a range of rental property styles and sizes.

Excels will be awarded to:

Please note, three finalists will be chosen for the Community of the Year Awards, and the winner will be announced during the Excellence Awards program at Apartmentalize.

Application Fee: Applicants will be charged $275 per entry for the Community of the Year Award. Applicants are required to pay online at the end of submission process and by credit card only.

New - Diversity & Inclusion Award

The Diversity & Inclusion Award represents the very best organizations that have contributed significantly in advancing diversity and inclusiveness within their organization. This award recognizes the initiatives, policies and practices of organizations that embrace diversity and inclusion across the rental housing industry.

The winning organization must be a member of NAA in good standing and will need to describe how their organization has committed to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts and expanded opportunities for employees within their organization. Applicants will also need to demonstrate what the organization did to engage leadership to commit to this effort.

Award include:

Please note, three finalists will be chosen, and the winner will be announced during the Excellence Awards program at Apartmentalize.

Application Fee: Applicants will be charged $275 per entry for the Diversity & Inclusion Award. Applicants are required to pay online at the end of submission process and by credit card only.

National Supplier Achievement Awards

The National Supplier Achievement Awards recognizes individuals based on professional achievement and personal contributions to the apartment industry. Many individuals in the supplier community have made significant “above and beyond” contributions to the apartment industry.

Excels will be awarded to:

Please note, three finalists will be chosen for the Supplier Sales Professional of the Year Award and the winner is announced during the Excellence Awards program at Apartmentalize.

Application Fee: Applicants will be charged $275 per entry for the Supplier Sales Professional of the Year Award. Applicants are required to pay online at the end of submission process and by credit card only.

New - Innovation Awards

The NAA Innovation Awards recognizes technological innovation and innovative environmental and social sustainability practices at an apartment community. 

Awards include:

Please note, three finalists will be chosen for the Technology Innovation Award and the winner will be announced during the Excellence Awards program at Apartmentalize. 

For the Sustainable Living Innovation Award, all submissions that receive a rating of 10-15 will receive a Silver Award. Those with a rating of 15-20 will receive a Gold Award. The overall best score will be our Platinum Award Winner and will receive an invitation to attend the Excellence Awards Ceremony at Apartmentalize. All award winners will be recognized on the NAA website.

Application Fee: Applicants will be charged $275 per entry for the Innovation Award. Applicants are required to pay online at the end of submission process and by credit card only.


View the 2019 Winners