by Paul Willis
LIVEbe, a premier apartment developer and operator dedicated to delivering distinct apartment homes within connected communities, today announced that Vice President Elaine De Lude has been named the winner of the Capital Achievement Award by the Property Management Association (PMA).
According to PMA, the Capital Achievement Award is the association’s “highest honor” and is given to an individual or company that has made an “outstanding advancement in the multifamily industry.” De Lude oversees LIVEbe’s portfolio of apartment communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area, which consistently generate quick lease-ups, award-winning positive feedback from residents and a unique employment environment.
De Lude was among the 2022 EPIC Awards recipients at the PMA’s 2022 Awards Ceremony on Nov. 9 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. She is the first Latin-American female to win the award.
“The Capital Achievement Award is an incredible honor, and it’s my hope that this helps inspire more diversity in our industry—even if just in a small way,” De Lude said. “My message to aspiring minds in the industry is to never stop learning. Continue to invest in yourself by absorbing as much information as possible and using all available resources to better your craft. We have the unique opportunity in this people-centric industry to help shape someone’s living experience, and there is plenty of room for creativity in the quest to make it amazing.”
PMA, a Maryland-based organization that consists of 1,800 members who manage more than 750,000 rental units, announces the EPIC Awards on an annual basis—and they have become an increasingly esteemed honor for property management associates and teams. Individuals must be nominated by a coworker, supervisor and/or subordinate and by a PMA member.
Under the guidance of De Lude and Vice President of Operations Jenni Rucker, LIVEbe communities have won numerous awards, including marketing and advertising excellence awards, community excellence awards, SatisFacts awards for resident satisfaction and recently won the 2022 Downtown Baltimore Clean and Green Award by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for the company’s efforts at 2Hopkins, a high-rise apartment community in Downtown Baltimore. Additionally, both phases of The Remy, located in the Harkins District of Prince George’s County, were honored with awards for Best Lease-Up Pace by Delta Associates.
De Lude’s leadership philosophy and execution is unique in the multifamily industry. She encourages potential associates to lean on individual traits rather than become part of a corporate mold and fosters an environment where continued education and work-life balance are a priority. LIVEbe refers to its employees as ambassadors which underscores the value placed upon them by leadership.
“Elaine is the embodiment of an industry professional who keeps things fresh and enjoyable,” Rucker said. “She is constantly exploring new ways to cultivate the resident experience and to ensure our ambassadors are at once relishing their work experience while carving their own career path. Elaine is the perfect fit for the Capital Achievement Award.”