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Donna Preiss of the Preiss Company Receives 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

The Preiss Company 
Raleigh real estate founder and CEO recognized by nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners 

RALEIGH, NC – February 9, 2012 – The Preiss Company is proud to announce that Donna Preiss, company founder and Chief Executive Officer, has been recognized by Enterprising Women magazine as one of the publication’s 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year. Women business owners throughout the nation were recognized and will be formally honored at a gala dinner held in their honor during the 10th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration, March 12-13, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Preiss founded The Preiss Company in 1987. The company currently employs over 260 team members and owns and/or operates properties in eight states and eleven markets.  The Preiss Company operates 15,000 beds and has experienced 30% growth in the past two years and almost $130 million in acquisition and development in the past twelve months.  

Over the years, The Preiss Company has been the recipient of several industry and national awards and its properties have had the distinction of being repeatedly voted as “Best Places to Live Off-Campus” by their respective campus newspapers, as well as showcased by the National Multi Housing Council for their capital improvements.  Preiss personally has been recognized by Triangle Business Journal as one of the Triangle’s most successful professional women and was awarded their Women in Business Award. She has also been honored by Business Leader magazine and Triangle Real Estate magazine as an Impact Triangle Real Estate Broker.

Preiss currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SPCA, the National Multi Housing Council, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake Tech Foundation. Donna also serves on the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, the NAA National Student Housing Committee, the NMHC National Student Housing Committee, and the Women President’s Organization.

“I’m so honored by this recognition and so grateful for the love and support of my family, friends, staff, and our many, many wonderful clients,” says Preiss.  “I truly could not have reached this point in my career were it not for the efforts of these wonderful people who serve as my inspiration every day.”


About The Preiss Company
The Preiss Company is currently the 8th largest owner and manager of student housing in the country and the largest woman-owned student housing owner and provider in the nation.  For more information, visit

About Enterprising Women Magazine
Enterprising Women, headquartered in Cary, NC, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum, and an international stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women.  For more information, visit

Press Contact:
Amy Barger, Director of Marketing
The Preiss Company
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