Eight Individuals Recognized as Finalists for 2020 Person of the Year

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Each year the Apartment Association recognizes someone as the “Person of the Year.” The following eight finalists for the award were announced at the May Virtual PowerMixer. Here is a brief overview of the nominees. The winner will be recognized at June Awards.

DANETTE BARRETT  |  Aviva Properties, LLC

Danette Serves on the AAMD Executive Committee as Vice President. She is an Alliance Member and is both the past IROC Chairperson and soon to be future Chairperson.  She is an effective and persuasive communicator, testifying effectively on the Late Fee Bill and Rent Control Bill and was instrumental in the defeat of both, saving the industry millions of dollars. She has even taken the time to represent the Association in each of the Local Government Meet and Greets.


Chad continues to volunteer countless hours to Networking Council and the Career Initiative Committee (CIC).  He has played an integral role in the creation and execution of the Maintenance Apprenticeship Program (MAP) by being the keynote speaker at all the graduations which has been motivating for the students entering the industry. Chad spearheads efforts with Arapohoe Community College (ACC) to develop the Property Management Apprenticeship launching in September 2020.

REBEKAH FISCHER  |  Cardinal Group

Rebekah Fischer has been the chair of the Membership Development Committee for the last two years.   She has helped that committee achieve many successes thru membership growth and retention.  She herself has brought in many new members. Her ideas and involvement on everything she is involved in, from the Board of Directors meetings to The Covid Task Force, shows her true value to the association.

JENNY JORGENSON Standard Interiors

Jenny Jorgensen has been a part of the Apartment Association for many years.  During her tenure she has been involved on most committees.   She has been the chair and an instrumental part of the Membership Development committee over the past few years.  That committee has reached many goals with her help and guidance.   With her involvement in the government affairs and the AAMD Alliance plus her continued support of the Economic Conference,  she is an obvious nomination for Person of the year.


Jared has been a leader in everything he has done this year!  Serving in his fi rst year on the AAMD Board of Directors, Jared got the attention of everyone with his “Leadership (LEAP) Talk” at the AAMD Retreat illustrating his passion and expertise for the industry.  He has been extremely active and engaging in a variety of committees, including the COVID-19 Task Force; he is frequently the fi rst to share information and ideas with the Task Force.  Jared is the Chairperson for the AAMD Communications Committee, and was recently elected to the AAMD Executive Committee.

PEGGY PANZER  |  Laramar Group

Peggy has been a super active member of AAMD for over 2 decades!  This year Peggy spearheaded one of the most important groups in response to the COVID-19 crisis, with a special task force of over 100 members who Zoom meet weekly since early March.  Peggy leads the discussion around best practices and solutions around the crisis and subsequent conditions.  She serves on the CAA Board, the Joint Legislative Advisory Council, and has been a long time Alliance supporter.  Peggy also Chairs the CAA Small Donor Committee, which will play a pivotable role in helping candidates that support our industry in the 2020 election.

ED SCHELL  |  HD Supply

Ed Schell has been a huge supporter of AAMD for more than 20 years.  In 2019, AAMD celebrated 20 years of hosting the Maintenance Olympics which is an event he helped create to celebrate and honor all of our Maintenance Professionals.  He has chaired every single event and his company, HD Supply has been the presenting sponsor for every one of those events. With the launch of our new Hands On Maintenance Education (HOME) Room, it was no surprise that Ed and his company were quick to commit to partner and support this program on a long term basis.

CRAIG SWEGLE  |  Pool Doctor

Craig has been teaching AAMD’s Certifi ed Pool Operator (CPO) certifi cation for years. Craig dedicates 6-8 sessions per year to ensure maintenance teams have ample opportunity to train. As the Coronavirus pandemic hit Colorado, Craig immediately started working with the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance on virtual delivery options. On April 23 and 24, AAMD was able to offer their fi rst virtual CPO certifi cation to 63 students via Zoom. Craig’s fl exibility and innovative thinking has helped education and certify more than 100 maintenance professionals in a virtual format.