Real estate professionals honored with Mark of Excellence Awards

The San Diego County Apartment Association recently held its annual Mark of Excellence Awards to highlight the best and brightest San Diego real estate professionals.

"It was just a great honor to be nominated, to get that recognition for working hard and being committed to this industry," said Kevin Huffman, of Sunrise Management. "It was really special to me to bring home a trophy and show it to my 9-year-old and my 7-year-old and say, ‘Daddy won something!’"

Huffman won the Maintenance/Make-Ready Tech Multiple Sites award for his property management work. While he was quick to credit the team at Sunrise Management, he said the recognition was a significant achievement.

Professionals were honored in an array of categories, from individual awards to awards for outstanding properties and property management.

For some, the evening was a fresh start and a moment to refocus their efforts at the end of a challenging period for the apartment industry.

Kurt Sullivan from the Douglas Allred Company noted that it had been about 10 years since the Allred Company had won a Mark of Excellence award.

"It had been awhile since we had someone up on that stage, and this year our whole company couldn't have been more proud to bring home an award," Sullivan said.

The company’s owner, Douglas Allred, was given an Industry Achievement Award, and the company’s The Club Torrey Pines took home the award for Rental Community 301+ Units.

“This is a property that is 25 years old, and normally you would expect the award to go to a new development,” Sullivan said. “But our business practice of putting customers first and really investing in our work was recognized. SDCAA gave the MOE to an older community with an excellent team.”

Asked what the achievement would mean to the company going forward, Sullivan replied, "We will be a player next year. We want to be back at the MOE Awards."

With so many professionals to recognize, picking winners is a challenge. An objective panel of experts weeded through hundreds of nominations just to select 72 finalists. In the end, 24 first-place awards were handed out.

"There's no question that it's an honor to even be in the running," Huffman said. "Everyone on that list works hard and performs at a very high level."

"It was a huge night for everyone, and SDCAA did a fantastic job facilitating it," Sullivan said. "It's a credit to the association that it puts its members in the spotlight in such a profound way."

The Mark of Excellence Awards are an annual presentation by the San Diego County Apartment Association. This year’s ceremony was held at Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Pentico is SDCAA’s executive director.

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