Skyline Wins Twice at 2012 FRPO M.A.C. Awards Gala!
The Skyline Group of Companies was the recent winner of two M.A.C. (Marketing, Achievement & Construction) Awards from the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO).
The Awards are presented in recognition of the industry's top performers in over 15 categories ranging from Customer Service to Rental Development of the Year. This year's M.A.C. Awards Gala took place in Toronto on the evening of November 29th, with over 750 guests in attendance.
Skyline Management Inc. took home the Property Manager of the Year award for the exemplary work of Richard Izawa, who leads a team of professional Resident Managers in overseeing a portfolio of 27 buildings (1,700 units) within the Skyline Apartment REIT across Southwestern Ontario. Richard is also an active member of the London Property Management Association (LPMA). Skyline would like to congratulate Richard on his award and thank him for his incredible dedication and hard work!
"At Skyline we've always had the philosophy that we are only as good as the people we hire," says Roy Jason Ashdown, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Skyline Group of Companies. "I'm reminded of this daily as we receive letters of compliment from our tenants about how our Property Management Team consistently goes the extra mile. It's great to see one of our seasoned Property Managers awarded for his dedication, effort and ability."
The Skyline Group of Companies also took home the Environmental Excellence Award, which was presented by the evening’s guest of honour and speaker: renowned environmentalist David Suzuki.
"We are honoured to be recognized among Canada's largest real estate companies for our environmental and sustainability programs," says Ashdown. "We are constantly looking for new ways to make our properties more efficient and we're thrilled to be recognized so prestigiously for our efforts."
Additionally, Skyline received special recognition by placing among the “Top 3” in the categories of Community Excellence and Resident Managers of the Year.
Since its first submission four years ago, Skyline has received 14 nominations and has won eight awards in six categories. It won the “Outstanding Community Service” award two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010, and was nominated again in 2011 and 2012.
The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) is Ontario's leading advocate for quality rental housing and represents over 2,220 members who supply and manage apartments for over 360,000 households across the province.
Skyline is Recognized with Community Award of Excellence by Guelph Chamber of Commerce
June 28th, 2012 - Skyline was this year's proud recipient of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce 2012 President's Business Recognition Award for Community Building. Skyline was honoured to accept this award on behalf of all its valued investors, tenants, business partners and employees. "This is a very proud moment for Skyline and we are truly grateful for the continued support and charitable efforts of our investors and staff," said Roy Jason Ashdown, COO and Co-Founder of Skyline and its group of companies. One of Skyline's greatest accomplishments over the past year was the introduction of a new Employee Volunteer Policy that provides each of its employees with the opportunity to take one paid work day per year to volunteer for a cause of their choice. As a result, Skyline and its employees will have donated over 2,000 hours of community service and charitable support by the end of this year.
|Marissa Teeter, Director of Investor Relations and Jason Ashdown, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of Skyline, accept the Outstanding Community Service award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce|
Skyline Recognized as Corporate Partner of the Year
At the 17th Annual Have a Heart for Kids' Sake Gala for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Skyline was honoured to be recognized as the agency's Corporate Partner of the Year. Several Skyline employees volunteered their time to help at the gala with set up, registration, raffle ticket sales and clean up. This year's gala raised over $51,000 which will be used to help promote the healthy developmemt of over 500 children and youth involved in the BBBSG mentoring program.
|Jason Castellan, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder and Wayne Byrd, Chief Financial Officer of Skyline, accept the award for Corporate Partner of the Year from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph . Photo courtsey of SNAP Guelph.|
Skyline Recognized as Sponsor of the Year for 2011
Skyline was recognized as the 2011 Corporate Sponsor of the Year by The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington for its tremendous support of children in our community. The major highlight of Skyline’s support is through our Annual Charity Golf Classic. Held on September 8th, this tournament raised $60,000--double the total raised at the 2010 tournament--that was split between The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, Onward Willow and Big Brothers Big Sisters Guelph.
|Jason Ashdown, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of Skyline accepts Corporate Sponsor of the Year 2011 from the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.|
Skyline is Top Winner (Four Times) at Industry Awards of Excellence Gala - FRPO 2010
Guelph, ON - In December, the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) held its annual Marketing Achievement & Construction Awards Dinner & Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. FRPO is Ontario's leading advocate for quality rental housing and has more than 800 landlord members representing over 250,000 rental suites across Ontario. The M.A.C. Awards Gala is the most important annual event for FRPO members and is well attended by over 700 rental housing providers. This event provides a unique forum for recognizing excellence in the residential rental housing industry. Simply put, it is the Oscars of the apartment industry. At this annual event, Marketing, Achievement & Construction Awards are handed out to the industry’s highest achievers and top performers in key categories.
This year’s gala had over 120 unique submissions and Skyline took home four of this year’s awards. With only 16 awards in total, winning is a remarkable achievement for Skyline, especially when one considers the tough competition we were up against, namely the industry’s large public entities. Skyline is truly honoured to have received such a notable level of recognition by the industry, and attributes its success to the many efforts and ongoing commitment of its dedicated staff, business partners and investor community.
One of the four awards is the Outstanding Community Service Award, which Skyline has now won two years in a row. The award is presented to a company that goes above and beyond in giving back to its community, and with Skyline’s long list of charitable initiatives, community efforts and ongoing tenant support programs, it continues to raise the bar and set an example for industry peers. “Skyline has been an outstanding community supporter. Its generosity and many contributions have allowed us to promote the healthy development of children and youth in our community,” said Rose Silvestro, Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Guelph. "Through their generous support, over 680 children were served in 2010."
Skyline also took home the acclaimed Rental Development of the Year Award for its Place Sainte Marie development in Haileybury, ON. This unique restoration project transformed an 80-year old convent into a fully-functional, assisted-living apartment building that now caters to the needs of the area’s senior population. Skyline was able to make an adaptive reuse of the building while retaining the unique heritage of the site. Skyline combined innovation and high-efficiency “green” mechanical systems to revitalize and breathe new life into this treasured local landmark. Skyline also partnered with the local assisted-living services provider, Temiskaming Home Support, which rents space in the building in order to provide care and health services for residents. “It was a much greater challenge than building from scratch,” says Roy Jason Ashdown, Skyline's Co- Founder & Chief Operating Officer, “but it was important for us to preserve the true character and heritage of the building, and by bringing the home support provider into the building, we have ensured that our residents will live happier, healthier lives independently for many years to come." In fact, Skyline hopes to replicate this integrated model of home support and apartment living in other Skyline buildings across Ontario, to accommodate the growing needs of our aging population.
In addition to the Outstanding Community Service and Rental Development of the Year Awards, Skyline was also awarded Resident Manager of the Year for one of its remarkable on-site building staff at one of its London, ON properties. In addition, Skyline took home the Curb Appeal, Rental Development award for its renovation project at 55 Yarmouth Street, Guelph.
“Being recognized in one category is an incredible honour and accomplishment, but to win in four categories puts Skyline in a group of its own and makes it one of our industry’s true leaders and achievers,” says Vince Brescia, President & CEO of Federation of Rental Housing Providers Ontario.
An independent panel of 10 industry professionals, including representatives from Coldwell Banker, TD Commercial Banking, Deloitte and the Ontario Real Estate Association, judged the over 120 nominations for this year’s M.A.C. Awards.
“To win the Outstanding Community Service Award for the second consecutive year is a true testament to the commitment and dedication of our Skyline Team. We are proud to be the example of true social responsibility and are thankful that our staff, investors and business partners support us in our many charitable endeavours and allow us to give back on their behalf. Without the support of our valued investors and business partners, we would not be in a position to do all the good we do in our community,” states Roy Jason Ashdown.
Roy Jason Ashdown, Chief Operating Officer, Marissa Morettin-Teeter, Director of Investor Relations, and Jason Castellan, Chief Executive Officer, accepted the Outstanding Community Service Award for the 2nd consecutive year.
|Roy Jason Ashdown, Chief Operating Officer and Martin Castellan, Chief Development Officer accepted the Rental Development of the Year – High Rise Award for Place Sainte Marie in Haileybury.||Andy Coutts, Project Manager, accepted the Curb Appeal – over 30 units Award, for 55 Yarmouth Street in Guelph||BJ Santavy, Residential Operations Manager, Matthew Organ, Director of Operations, and Kelly Nimmert, Property Manager, accepted the Resident Manager of the Year Award on behalf of Stan Jacobs.|
Skyline Winners of Two FRPO M.A.C Awards - 2009
It was a night to be remembered and celebrated as Guelph-based Skyline took home not one, but two FRPO M.A.C. Awards, the first for “Property Management Advertising – Corporate Branding” and the other for “Outstanding Community Service”. FRPO, which stands for Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario, is the province’s leading advocate for quality for rental housing and has over 800 members.
On December 3rd 2009, FRPO held its annual M.A.C. Awards at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, where hundreds of industry professionals were in attendance. For the apartment industry, winning these awards is likened to winning the Academy Awards, and Skyline was both thrilled and honoured to be among the winning companies.
Skyline attributes its community service win to its continued dedication to charitable events in both the cities in which it operates, as well as its apartment buildings. Its services to the community include a $21,000 monetary donation to Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph and Onward Willow, a $150,000 land donation to Habitat for Humanity, a sponsorship of the Guelph Storm OHL team for the 2009/2010 season, food drives and toy drives at the company buildings, an office space donation to the Red Cross to bring tenant services into its building, and many other tenant-oriented events and programs.
Skyline was also nominated for four additional categories, including Curb Appeal, Property Management Website Award – Corporate Branding, Lobby Renovation of the Year and Suite Renovation – Over $5000.
This year’s M.A.C. Award competition was the largest in its history with over 112 submissions in 15 categories.
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