RIVERSIDE, Calif. – National CORE, the third largest national nonprofit developer of affordable housing, won seven APEX awards from the Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire, including two in the coveted “Community of the Year” categories.
The 14th annual awards, which honor outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence within the rental housing industry, were presented Friday night at the association’s annual gala at the Fox Theatre in Riverside.
National CORE won for community of the year in the two largest categories. The Villaggio On Route 66, a 160-unit family oriented development, won top honors among rental projects with 151 to 300 units. Mountainside Apartments, a 384-unit family-oriented development, won first prize in the largest category – projects of at least 351 units. Both Villaggio and Mountainside are located in Rancho Cucamonga.
CORE’s 85-unit San Marino development in Montclair was awarded Senior Community of the Year.
“Winning in these three categories is a tremendous honor for our team at National CORE,” said Steve PonTell, the Rancho Cucamonga-based company’s chief executive officer. “It reflects our commitment to transforming lives and communities, and we could not be prouder.”
Four CORE team members were also honored with APEX awards.
Megan Brosz was named Community Manager of the Year among projects of up to 75 units. Brosz manages the Heritage Pointe senior development in Rancho Cucamonga.
Anna Maria Gonzalez was named Community Manager of the Year among projects between 76 and 150 units. Gonzalez manages the Renaissance Village development in Rialto.
Stephanie Martinez was named Assistant Manager of the Year among projects of up to 150 units. Martinez is assistant manager of the Mission Village Senior Apartments in Riverside.
Sean Tippett was named Maintenance Supervisor of the Year among projects between 151 and 350 units. Tippett is maintenance supervisor at Mountainside in Rancho Cucamonga.
APEX stands for Awarding Positive Efforts to Excellence. More than 900 people attended this year’s event.
National CORE, founded in 1992, manages 8,800 units in California, Arkansas, Texas and Florida. Through its Hope through Housing subsidiary, it has provided more than 2 million hours in supportive services to enhance quality of life, including preschool, afterschool and senior wellness programs.