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The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) Designate Awards recognize individuals in five categories:

  • Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) of the Year
  • ​Professional Designate of the Year
  • National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) of the Year
  • Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) of the Year
  • Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS) of the Year


  • All NAAEI designate award nominees must be NAAEI designates/certificate holders in good standing (designation renewal dues must be paid and continuing education credits submitted), and have held an NAAEI designation/certificate for at least one year.
  • Designates must meet these qualifications as of February 28, 2017.
  • Any qualified NAAEI designate/certificate holder may submit an application.
  • Designates/certificate holders nominated in previous years that did not win an [formerly known as PARAGON] award may submit their nomination again.
  • Previous [formerly known as PARAGON] award winners are not eligible for consideration again for the same award.
  • CAMT of the Year nominees must be onsite maintenance professionals. Maintenance supervisors who oversee maintenance at numerous apartment communities are not eligible for the CAMT of the Year award but are eligible for the Designate of the Year award.
  • Professional Designate of the Year nominees may work at multiple apartment communities or as regional or corporate employees.
  • NALP of the Year nominees must be onsite leasing professionals or Assistant Managers who have spent at least 80% of their time over the last 12 months performing leasing and marketing activities. 
  • CAM of the Year nominees must be apartment community managers. If the nominee’s job description is to manage more than one community, he or she is eligible as long as he or she is the sole manager at those communities and not a property or portfolio supervisor. Property or portfolio supervisors are eligible for the Designate of the Year award.

Submission Requirements
In addition to basic contact information, please be prepared to submit the following:

  • NAA affiliated association & local community involvement 
  • Professional accomplishments
  • Nominee's statement

NAAEI will verify the information in the nomination by submitting it for review by the local affiliated apartment association and the nominee’s supervisor. The nominee is responsible for submitting correct and up-to-date supervisor information in the nomination.

The NAAEI Nominating Committee determines the designate award winners.

Winners will receive: Travel, lodging and registration expenses to attend the 2017 NAA Education Conference & Exposition; special recognition during the 2017 NAA Education Conference & Exposition; recognition in an issue of units Magazine.