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A powerful 40 under 40: Major apartment players are recognized — in true party style

A powerful 40 under 40: Major apartment players are recognized

125 Jeff Robertson, from left, Chris Palacios, Uriel Gonzalez and John Michael Alvarado at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Jeff Robertson, from left, Chris Palacios, Uriel Gonzalez and John Michael Alvarado. Photo by Mark Hiebert
231 Vi Lewis and Telisia Amaning at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Vi Lewis and Telisia Amaning. Photo by Mark Hiebert
215 Mark Park and Keely Park at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Mark Park and Keely Park. Photo by Mark Hiebert
189 Karen Canales and Raul Martinez at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Karen Canales and Raul Martinez. Photo by Mark Hiebert
176 Frost 321 Frozen Bellini Bar at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Frost 321 Frozen Bellini Bar. Photo by Mark Hiebert
117 Erica Janke, from left, Carina Bryars and Meredith Savoie at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Erica Janke, from left, Carina Bryars and Meredith Savoie. Photo by Mark Hiebert
62 Isabel Betancur at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Isabel Betancur. Photo by Mark Hiebert
45 Fortune Teller Joelle of Enlightened Spiritual Solutions gives a reading to Veronica "Vee" Mier at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Fortune teller Joelle, left, and Veronica "Vee" Mier. Photo by Mark Hiebert
39 Jenifer Paneral and John Dang at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Jenifer Paneral and John Dang. Photo by Mark Hiebert
23 Nancy Lee, from left, Kyle Brown and Lisa Bernal Haney at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
Nancy Lee, from left, Kyle Brown and Lisa Bernal Haney. Photo by Mark Hiebert
125 Jeff Robertson, from left, Chris Palacios, Uriel Gonzalez and John Michael Alvarado at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
231 Vi Lewis and Telisia Amaning at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
215 Mark Park and Keely Park at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
189 Karen Canales and Raul Martinez at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
176 Frost 321 Frozen Bellini Bar at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
117 Erica Janke, from left, Carina Bryars and Meredith Savoie at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
62 Isabel Betancur at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
45 Fortune Teller Joelle of Enlightened Spiritual Solutions gives a reading to Veronica "Vee" Mier at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
39 Jenifer Paneral and John Dang at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014
23 Nancy Lee, from left, Kyle Brown and Lisa Bernal Haney at the HAA inaugural 40 under 40 party September 2014

What: The Houston Apartment Association's inaugural 40 Under 40 Gala.

Where: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice.

The 411: With the city's booming population and unprecedented growth in the apartment business, what better time to recognize upcoming movers and shakers in the apartment industry. More than 250 turned out to celebrate this diverse group of accomplished young pros in the field.

The evening followed a Moroccan theme with special touches such as Ashu's Henna Art providing henna tattoos and mentalist Aaron Brown and fortune teller Joelle expounding on the bright futures of guests. Frost 321 provided frozen bellinis and frozen cocktails for the thirsty after-work throng. Cort Furniture Rental, represented by Jennifer Devine, was event sponsor.

Who: Among honorees on hand were Karen Canales, Vi Lewis, Telisia Amaning, John Dang, Carina Bryars, Chris Palacios and Veronica "Vee" Mier