Professional Awards


The Texas Apartment Association's professional awards recognize the hard work and contributions of industry professionals who work toward growth and development of their apartment associations and the community.

By recognizing the contributions of individuals who exemplify success in their field, TAA hopes to encourage other individuals to strive for excellence and become active participants in their local apartment associations.

Award categories

  • Barbara MacManus Apartment Manager of the Year Award
  • Mary Williams Maintenance Technician of the Year Award
  • Anita Marcino Leasing Professional of the Year Award
  • Rita Kirby Regional Property Manager of the Year Award
  • Association Executive of the Year Award
  • Olin Steele Product/Service Member Award
  • Bob Ross IRO of the Year Award

2016 award winners

TAA announced the winners of this year’s prestigious professional awards April 16 at the Installation & Awards Brunch during the 2016 Education Conference & Lone Star Expo in Houston.

Awards were presented for the outstanding Regional Property Manager, Property Manager, Maintenance Professional, Leasing Professional, and Association Executive of the Year. Also presented was the Olin Steele Award, honoring the exceptional product/service member of the year.

This year’s winners are:

Rita Kirby Regional Property Manager of the Year
Katya Watson, CAM
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Austin Apartment Association 

Barbara MacManus Apartment Manager of the Year
Michael Garcia, CAPS, CAM
Capstone Real Estate Services
Austin Apartment Association 

Mary Williams Maintenance Professional of the Year
William Lobo, CAMT
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Houston Apartment Association 

Anita Marcino Leasing Professional of the Year
Erica Diaz, NALP
Austin Apartment Association 

Bob Ross Independent Owner of the Year
Matthew Haines, CAM, CAPS, CAMT, IROP
The Tangent Group, LLC
Apartment Association of Greater Dallas

Association Executive of the Year
Rhonda Lesley, CAM, NALP
Permian Basin Apartment Association 

Olin Steele Product/Service Member
Tommy Dodd
Dodd Creative Group
Apartment Association of Greater Dallas

Contact your local apartment association for more information.