circle of excellence

Friday, November 17, 2017

About the Circle of Excellence

The Circle of Excellence is the premier South Florida Apartment Industry awards celebration. This is THE event where we recognize apartment communities, companies, and individuals who have gone above and beyond for the success of the industry. The Circle of Excellence hosts over 900 guests each year and is one of the largest apartment industry awards celebrations in the State of Florida. This celebratory, energizing gala is focused on honoring an industry, a lifestyle, and the hard-working professionals that help make the South Florida Apartment Industry one of the largest, fastest-growing and most successful in the nation.

Awards Information

The Circle of Excellence Awards has 35 different nomination categories ranging from individual awards to apartment community/company awards. Nominations for these categories are submitted through an online submission form. Nominators fill out the online form and then upload the required supporting documentation. Each nomination category requires different supporting documentation. Nominations submitted without the supporting documents will not be eligible for judging or able to receive an award.

Judging Process 

The awards are judged by prestigious apartment industry experts who are known nationwide. Each nomination category is reviewed by multiple, hand-selected judges. Each judge completes their own scoring matrix, which are collectively evaluated and added up. The nominee then with the highest overall score wins the award for that category. 

Certain categories will require a phone interview. These interviews will be scheduled by a SEFAA staff member. It is the nominee’s responsibility to be present at the scheduled interview time. Interviews will not be rescheduled for missed appointments. Below are the specific categories that require phone interviews:

  • 1.1 Community Manager of the Year - Garden Style Community
  • 1.2 Community Manager of the Year - Mid-High Rise Community
  • 1.3 Maintenance Supervisor of the Year - Garden Style Community
  • 1.4 Maintenance Supervisor of the Year - Mid-High Rise Community
  • 1.5 Regional/District Manager of the Year 
  • 1.6 Corporate Employee of the Year
  • 2.1 Leasing Consultant of the Year - Garden Style Community
  • 2.2 Leasing Consultant of the Year - Mid-High Rise Community
  • 2.3 Assistant Manager of the Year - Garden Style Community
  • 2.4 Assistant Manager of the Year - Mid-High Rise Community

Nomination Criteria Checklist  

Nomination Criteria checklists are provided for each nomination category. This checklist will include details regarding the specific criteria for each nomination and provide the scoring matrix that corresponds with each nomination. If supporting documents are not submitted towards the specific criteria, the nomination will not receive the points for that category. Below are the checklists for each nomination category:

NOMINATION DEADLINES: Nomination deadlines will not be extended for any circumstance. If a nomination is submitted after the deadline, it will not be eligible for judging.  

Community Nomination Deadlines: Midnight on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Corporate Nomination Deadlines: Midnight on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Event Details

Date: Friday, November 17

Time: 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Cocktail Hour   6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Seating          Promptly at 7:45 PM
Dinner Served                   7:45 PM
Award Show Starts           8:00 PM
Awards Show    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
After Party        9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Event Ends at                   11:30 PM

$143 Members / If reserved on or before October 1 
$153 Members / If reserved after October 1
$173 Non-Members / *May only reserve a ticket after October 1
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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Hotel Reservations:
Book your stay at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort with a special rate of $259.00 per night.
This offer is reserved exclusively for Circle of Excellence attendees and is valid until October 20.
Click Here to Reserve Your Room

Formal attire is suggested.

Thank You to Our Circle of Excellence Sponsors

Sponsorship packages are available that include a guaranteed ticket or multiple tickets.
Please contact or 561-447-0696 for management and vendor/supplier sponsorship options.

Registration is Now Open!
This is a ticket reservation wait list. Tickets are not confirmed by filling out this form.
A SEFAA staff member will contact you via phone or email confirm your tickets.
If you are reserving over 24 tickets please email Laura Gilli at