Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) Announces 2012 Tower of Excellence Award Winners

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Each year, CHPA awards success in the corporate housing industry via the Tower of Excellence Awards

Honoring these companies for their successes showcases how each member company impacts and improves the overall professionalism of the industry.

CHPA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Tower of Excellence Awards. Each year, CHPA’s Tower of Excellence Awards recognize company and individual contributions to the corporate housing industry and to the Association. The 2012 awards were presented on March 7, 2012 at the closing event, ending a two and a half day conference of education sessions, networking opportunities and an expo hall.

“Each CHPA Award celebrates excellence in the corporate housing industry,” says Mary Ann Passi, CAE, CHPA’s CEO. “These companies and individuals have contributed to the success and growth of both CHPA and the industry. Honoring these companies for their successes showcases how each member company impacts and improves the overall professionalism of the industry.”

Provider Company of the Year
Paragon Corporate Housing; Richland, Washington; http://www.paragoncorporatehousing.com/
Paragon believes that through strong relationships with community and industry partners, we all succeed. This is exemplified through their work with CHPA partners and on CHPA task forces. Through community leadership roles, they raise awareness of the corporate housing industry. It is through these relationships that Paragon continues to grow a successful business, support fellow CHPA member businesses, advocate for the industry, and philanthropically support many outstanding charities.

Large Provider Company of the Year
Gables Corporate Accommodations; Houston, Texas; http://www.gables.com/
Gables has successfully increased their return on investment by 116% during the last two years despite a challenging economic climate. By staying true to their motto of “Taking Care of the Way People Live”, they have increased their guest satisfaction results and won several prestigious awards. Their CHPA participation has allowed them to build and leverage relationships with peers and partners, resulting in true partnerships.

Associate Partner Company of the Year
Express Furniture Rental; Santa Barbara, California; http://www.efrental.com/
Express Furniture Rental has made a purposeful decision to focus its resources and energies solely on the temporary housing industry. They strive to contribute in a meaningful and valuable way to the continued maturation of the overall industry. They do this daily by providing professional, yet simple and affordable service, support, and solutions to corporate housing providers.

Provider Individual Professional of the Year
Doreen Compton-Breish, CCHP, CRP, GMS; Paragon Corporate Housing; Richland, Washington; http://www.paragoncorporatehousing.com/
Doreen believes that strong relationships with family, community, clients and industry partners help her to continually grow as a business leader. This is exemplified through her work with CHPA partners and task forces. She raises awareness of the corporate housing industry through community and industry leadership and volunteer roles.

Large Provider Individual Professional of the Year
Samantha Elliott, CCHP; Preferred Corporate Housing; Houston, Texas; http://www.corporates.com/
Samantha shows continued commitment to the success of her company, Preferred Corporate Housing, CHPA, and the corporate housing industry as a whole. Her level of dedication is evident through her day-to-day management at PCH which has led to financial growth, her unending support and time she offers to CHPA and its various task forces, and through her successful collaboration with other corporate housing providers and suppliers to help expand the industry.

Volunteer of the Year
David Flando, CCHP; Habitat Corporate Suites Network; Chicago, Illinois; http://www.habitatcsn.com/
There are many volunteers deserving of this award but Dave has contributed many hours to CHPA. His guidance on the Board of Directors and volunteer committees and task forces has supported the growth of the Association as well as the overall corporate housing industry. Volunteer leaders, like Dave, continuously strive to improve the experience and value for all members of CHPA.

Provider Most Creative Marketing Program
Nomad Temporary Housing; San Diego, California; http://www.nomadtemphousing.com/
Through Nomad’s use of clean design, solid content, emerging technology, digital campaigns, along with high touch relationships, they have very successfully achieved their goal of launching the Nomad Temporary Housing concept and brand. The amount of business generated from their initial investment has exceeded their expectations, and bodes extremely well for future growth of the company.

Large Provider Most Creative Marketing Program
BridgeStreet; Herdon, Virginia; http://www.bridgestreet.com/
BridgeStreet’s venture into utilizing third party merchant models has proven to be extremely successful in not only driving incremental revenue but introducing the concept of corporate housing as a hotel alternative to a wider consumer audience. Using the right mix of direct and indirect online distribution channels resulted in this award-winning marketing campaign with a 140% ROI and minimal upfront direct costs.

Best Community Philanthropic Program
CWS Corporate Housing; Austin, Texas; http://www.cwshousing.com/
CWS Corporate Housing provided people in need hot meals, coats, blankets, shoes, fans, handbags, household goods and funds entirely through the collaboration of CWS employees working with charities. By serving as an example of corporate giving, CWS has inspired other companies to join the BRIDGE program. They are dedicated to the wellbeing of the community in which they live and work.

Best Green Progress
BridgeStreet; Herdon, Virginia; http://www.bridgestreet.com/
BridgeStreet’s SimplyGreenSM program puts sustainable business practices front and center throughout their organization and they measure the impact of their associates, offices, fleet and apartments. They adopted unique solutions to significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Through these actions and other simple steps, they will achieve their CO2 emission reduction goals of 15%.

ABOUT CHPA
CHPA is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to the corporate housing industry. The association continually strives to uphold the highest standards in business and professionalism; provide valuable insight, knowledge and resources to the industry; and increase visibility among related industries. Along with networking, education, certification, and information sharing, CHPA members grow their business and expand their reach through an international network of partners. Find out more about corporate or furnished apartments at http://www.chpaonline.org.

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