Rising Star Award





The SAHMA Rising Star Award - Honoring the Legacy of Ed Sisson and Patty Ownby - strives to recognize “a person destined for success” in the multifamily affordable housing industry.  

Do you have someone in your organization or know of someone in our industry who is an emerging leader?  A person who reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership, responsibility, and sphere of impact?  Someone who reflects a strong career trajectory with the possibility of forward advancement and potential for the highest levels in affordable housing management? 

If you know someone who exhibits these qualities, all you have to do to nominate them for this award is provide their name and contact information here. In order to make a nomination you must be a SAHMA member in good standing.  All nominees must be employees of a SAHMA member company in good standing. 

 The SAHMA Staff will follow up with them to inform them they have been nominated for this honor and ask them to provide more detailed information on their affordable housing career.  This information will then be reviewed by an awards committee that will select this year’s honoree.  The deadline to nominate a deserving rising star in our industry is June 1, 2024.

The award winner will be invited to receive their award and $1,000 prize at the SAHMA Leadership Affordable Housing Conference.

Our organization exists because of the many industry professionals and leaders like Ed Sisson and Patty Ownby who helped set the standards for superior performance in the management of affordable housing.  Both were recognized early on in their careers as rising leaders.  Their outstanding work in providing and improving the quality of affordable housing in the Southeast is legendary.  We are searching for the new emerging leaders who, like them, are striving for excellence.  

There is no fee associated with this nomination process.  Let your employees who stand out for rising up know you value them.  Nominate a candidate today!

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