Multifamily Leadership Launches Multifamily Innovation® Awards Program to Recognize Excellence in Technology and Innovation

Multifamily Leadership Launches Multifamily Innovation® Awards Program to Recognize Excellence in Technology and Innovation

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Multifamily Leadership announced the launch of the Multifamily Innovation® Awards, a national industry awards program recognizing excellence in technology and innovation in the Multifamily apartment industry. The awards will be presented at the annual Multifamily Innovation® Summit, which also recognizes the Best Places to Work Multifamily® companies.

Multifamily Leadership is entering their ninth year as producers of executive level Multifamily events for the apartment industry and, through their national research of multifamily companies, has realized the significant changes occurring in the industry with ever-evolving roles based on technology and innovation and the impact it has on the Multifamily business. 

“The Multifamily Innovation® Awards is not just an award ceremony, it's a celebration of the game-changers in the multifamily industry. These awards will recognize the most innovative minds in Multifamily who are pushing the boundaries and redefining what is possible. This is not just an event, this is a movement that will drive progress and shape the future of Multifamily,” said Patrick Antrim, Founder and CEO of Multifamily Leadership and Chairman of the Multifamily Innovation® Advisory Council. "We look forward to honoring the leaders and trailblazers in this space and showcasing their achievements at our annual Multifamily Innovation® Summit."

The first Multifamily Innovation® Award was presented at the 2022 Multifamily Innovation® Summit to Kerry W. Kirby in the category of Multifamily Innovation® Bootstrapper Award. A technologist at heart, Kirby is an acclaimed speaker, award-winning podcaster, and the founder of 365 Connect, a leading PropTech firm exclusively serving the multifamily housing industry since 2003. He holds 97 technology awards, has been named to the Silicon Bayou 100 list of most influential entrepreneurs, and presented in over 150 webcasts reaching over one-million global listeners. Kirby serves as an advisory board member of Rainbow, a national nonprofit organization in the affordable housing industry and is Chair of Technology Initiatives for the Multifamily Innovation Advisory Council. Kirby, and his wife Melinda, are fixtures in the philanthropic community, where they support several initiatives focused on educational, healthcare, and equality programs through their charitable foundation.

Kerry W. Kirby stated, "What an honor to receive this highly prestigious inaugural award from an organization that truly focuses on innovation in our industry. With over 43 million Americans calling a rental apartment their home, we have remained focused on reimagining workflows that will better serve renters and eliminate redundant tasks, while not being distracted by outside funding. I am proud to be an integral part of our industry and humbled to be recognized by my industry peers."

Award categories for the Multifamily Innovation® Awards include:

Advertising & Marketing

Chief Financial Officer Award

Chief Innovation Officer Award

Chief Technology Officer Award

Community Impact Award

Maintenance Operations Award

Development Award

Human Resources

Executive of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Multifamily Innovation® Renovation and Rehabilitation Award

Property Design Award

Strategy and Implementation

Sustainability Award

Tech Innovator of the Year

Technical Professional of the Year

Technical Support Strategy and Implementation

Bootstrapper Award

Emerging Technology Award

Venture-Backed Award

Nominations for the Multifamily Innovation® Awards are now open. Winners will be announced at the annual in person Multifamily Innovation® Summit, to be held on December 5-6, in Phoenix, Arizona.

For more information about the Multifamily Innovation® Awards and to submit a nomination, visit

Multifamily Leadership is a premier industry executive level event producer with notable, thought-provoking speakers, informal peer-to-peer discussions, and unparalleled educational content. Their events and content focus on Multifamily Innovation, Technology, Leadership and Investments. They have a Multifamily podcast network with an event center and studios in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their Multifamily Innovation® Advisory council is dedicated to driving innovation in the industry and uses a proprietary framework to identify pain points and explore solutions. Members have access to weekly meetings, a private community, and an annual in-person summit, as well as the opportunity to share insights and learn about best practices from a diverse group of successful multifamily owners and operators. Multifamily Innovation® council membership is open to those who own or manage multifamily apartments with 1,500+ units under management. It’s not just about technology. It’s about the processes, leadership, and innovation required to make the business better.

Source: Multifamily Leadership

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