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Houston's under 40 stars shine at roaring '20s speakeasy soirée

Houston's under 40 stars shine at roaring '20s speakeasy soirée

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The Houston Apartment Association feted its Forty under 40 Awards honorees (above) with a reception at Prohibition.  Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Ryan Carson, Neal Conant; and guest of Gemstar Construction Development, one of the sponsors of the the Houston Apartment Association Forty under 40 Awards. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Marcy Holmes of Designs by Holmes, Deborah DeRouen- Zumper, two guests, and Tito Estrada of Multifamily Ancillary Group. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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John Boriack and Francisco Hernandez, both from Veritas Equity Management. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Michelle Pawelek, Alisha Cain, Tonya Schenk from Greystar. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Katelin Boriack, John Boriack, Brityn Maddox, and guest of Veritas Equity Management. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Doug Oehl and wife Rochi Oehl of Power Express. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Guest, Jeffrey Hope, Michelle Pawelek all from Greystar.   Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Deborah DeRouen-Zumper and Merideth Savoie of The Dinerstein Companies, Carina Bryars of Greystar. Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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Maritza Garcia with Greystar, with her guest.   Mark Hiebert, Hiebert Photography
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What: Houston Apartment Association 2018 Forty Under 40 Awards

Where: Prohibition Supper Club & Theatre

The Scoop: It was a mesmerizing Gatsby-era night of cutting loose in flapper dresses and fedora hats with signature cocktails, mini crab cakes, aerial acrobats and booze baths on the bar. More than 250 members and friends of the Houston Apartment Association clamored into a downtown speakeasy to celebrate apartment pros at the Houston Apartment Association's 2018 Forty Under 40 Awards

Moonlight Dolls strolled among the crowd, serving up hors d'oeuvre platters full of prime rib crostini, calamari, and blackened chicken skewers. On top of the bar, a sultry Moonlight Doll coyly bathed in a bathtub of gin. High above, an aerial artist suspended from the ceiling spun and twirled, while revelers below sipped on the signature cocktail drink for the evening, the Gemstar Renovator in homage to a mint julep. Guests giggled, posed, and switched hats and mustache props at the photo booth.

It was a party four years in the making to formally recognize standout pros in the Houston apartment industry — from maintenance to managing — who serve the Houston apartment community.

“They are true rising stars, dedicated to raising the bar within the apartment industry in the greater Houston area,” says Michelle Pawelek, HAA 2018 president.
The Forty under 40 honorees were selected from more than applicants, by a review board comprised of honorees from the inaugural 2014 Forty Under 40 Class and select HAA board members. 

Meet the entire dynamic group of young pros via the official site