Judging

2017 Pillars Awards Judges

2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Judges

A distinguished panel from across the country representing expertise in multifamily design, development, finance, marketing and property management is chosen to judge the Pillars Awards each year. Each entry is judged on its own merits, based on the information provided by the applicant in the official entry.  The 2017 Pillars of the Industry judges panel is comprised of the following professionals:

Les Bluestone

Co-founder, Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co.

Les Bluestone has been involved in the real estate development and construction industries for over 35 years working in New York City and the surrounding areas. Co-founder of Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co., his firms developed and built New York State's first affordable Energy Star Homes, first three affordable LEED Platinum multifamily buildings, and the country’s first Active Design Verified buildings.  A former Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity NYC, Les is currently a board member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, the NYC Workforce Development Board, and Advisory Council member to the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) Green Jobs Green New York program.

Neil Brown

Founder and CEO, ArchCo Residential

Neil Brown is the CEO of ArchCo Residential, a multifamily development company which he founded in 2013 to pursue multifamily development opportunities in select markets across the United States. He has 40 years of business experience and has been developing apartment communities for more than 33 years. Prior to founding ArchCo Residential, Mr. Brown was Chief Development Officer for Archstone where he oversaw their development activities throughout the country. At Archstone, Mr. Brown served on the company’s Executive Committee and on its Investment Committee.


Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering with High Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Mr. Brown is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a member of the Multifamily Council (Blue) of ULI, a member of the Multifamily Leadership Board of the National Association of Home Builders, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Multi-Housing Council. 

Anny Falgas

Design Director, Hartman Design Group

Anny Falgas is an experienced and innovative designer focused on the Hospitality and Multi-family industries. She earned her degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is NCIDQ certified. Anny has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry and 5 years specifically in the Multi-family design. Her career started at a high-profile hospitality firm in Puerto Rico, and later on she ran her own design firm for 13 years.  In 2012 Anny relocated to the DC area where she is currently the Design Director at Hartman Design Group.

Her work has been featured in well-renowned magazines such as Architectural Digest, Hospitality Design, and Interior Design and has also been the recipient of numerous awards.  Anny mostly enjoys spreading her passion of design by mentoring young designers and has served as a judge for the Art Institute.

Britney Gilley

Vice President of Design, BuildersDesign

As Vice President of Design, Britney’s focus is on client development, client management, department productivity, and design quality for all projects at Builders Design.  She leads both the Model Homes and Multi-Family Interiors Divisions including a staff of over 20 designers.  She is an expert in Multi-Family Interior Design including renovations and new construction projects, as well as a Design trend expert on color, technology, amenities,  generations, and Student Housing.

Gregory Hand

Senior Vice President, Underwriting, WNC & Associates

Gregory S. Hand, Senior Vice President - Underwriting. Mr. Hand oversees WNC’s underwriting group. Prior to joining WNC in 1998, he served as a portfolio manager with a national tax credit sponsor, a finance manager with a full-service real estate operating company and a financial analyst with a real estate development company. Mr. Hand currently sits on the advisory committee for the National Council of Housing Market Analysts and is a member of the Housing Credit Group of the National Association of Home Builders. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration and finance from Iowa State University.

Karen Kossow

Marketing Consultant

Karen Kossow is currently providing marketing consulting services to the Multifamily Industry.  Previously, Karen has served as VP of Marketing for FORE Property Company, VP of Marketing for Community Realty Company, Inc , VP of Sales & Marketing for Kettler Management, and served as Director of Marketing for Charles E. Smith Residential (a division of Archstone Smith).   

Karen has overseen the marketing for over 50,000 units of varying product type: affordable, market rate, upscale, senior, and new development.  She is experienced in strategic planning, re-positioning, lease-up and 3rd party transition oversight, trouble shooting and development & implementation of sales, marketing and branding programs.   

A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Karen hosted a radio show “Apartment Chat,” is a frequent speaker at national conferences and contributes to industry publications.  Honors include:  2006 MFE “Rising Star” and 2007 MFE “The New Order”.

Stephanie Moore-Hager

Owner and Principal, Moore Design Group

Stephanie Moore Hager is a demonstrated leader and celebrated interior designer with a national reputation in the architecture and design industry. With more than 26 years of experience focusing on multi family installations and commercial design, Hager and her award– winning team offer a level of excellence that exceeds the most rigorous standards within the industry.

Seeking inventive, unexpected results to challenging design problems, Hager has a singular reputation for successfully helping clients develop their vision by delivering high-quality interiors true to the original design and architectural intent. She possesses a keen sense of space and scale, a sophisticated eye for color, a signature styling of textures and unparalleled access to global resources. With an unremitting energy and a passion for timeless design, Hager has cultivated relationships with owners, developers and architects across the nation.

Diana Mosher

Interior Design and Media Consultant

Diana Mosher is an interior design and media consultant who works with real estate investors to position their properties in the marketplace. For more than 10 years, Diana was Editorial Director at Multi-Housing News. She has had a front row seat to the most successful and innovative apartment design/branding/marketing programs shaping the industry. 

Daena Tamborini Padilla, AIA

Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman

Daena is a senior associate of Perkins Eastman with over 10 years of experience focused especially on senior living environments. Her expertise includes all aspects of the planning and design process, including repositioning and master planning, renovations, and new construction projects.  In addition to Senior Living, Daena also has experience in multi-family, hospitality, education, and healthcare projects.

Outside of work, Daena enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, playing soccer, going for bike rides, and volunteering her time with various community organizations.

Daena is a registered architect in Maryland and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Gregory Peek

Vice President, ERGS Properties

Gregory Peek, vice president of ERGS Properties, is a third generation developer and builder in Reno, Nevada.  After working more than ten years on the Washington, DC legislative staff of congresswomen Barbara Vucanovich (NV) and Helen Chenoweth (ID), Greg joined his father in the family business in 2000, where he develops, builds and manages market rate multi-family apartments.  He is active at the local, state and federal levels of the National Home Builders Association.  He was the local president in 2008 and the NV state president in 2009 & again in 2013.  With NAHB, Greg has been served on numerous committees and councils, including chairing FGAC, Build PAC, Resolutions and Housing Finance (2017), and is currently the State Rep from Nevada.  He also is active locally in various charitable and civic organizations.  Greg holds a bachelor degree from Colorado State University, law degree from Catholic University and masters in business administration from the University of Nevada.  Greg is an avid golfer, mountain biker, cyclist, skier and enjoys a regular game of racquetball.  He and his wife, Leslie, have two young boys.

Federico Soifer, LEED AP, BD+C

Director, Design, KTGY Architecture + Planning

With more than two decades of experience, Federico Soifer serves as a leader guiding the design and implementation of a wide variety of high profile residential and mixed-use development projects to completion. His comprehensive experience includes high-rise residential, mixed-use retail and residential projects, and other complex structures in urban and suburban environments. His completed developments are located throughout the Washington DC metro area, Virginia and Maryland as well as international markets. Soifer was a major contributor to the award-winning multifamily communities Union Row in Washington, DC and the Lofts 590 Apartments in Arlington, Virginia.

Soifer acquired more than 10 years of experience as principal of his own firm, a leader in commercial and residential design in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While leading his own firm, he developed and supervised more than 185 projects, including residences, commercial facilities, offices, retail, urban design and planning.

He brings leadership, commitment, strategic insights and outstanding communication skills, and excels at Conceptual and Schematic Design, Detail and 3-Dimensional Design, Interior Design and Presentation Renderings. Federico’s LEED certification and experience in designing sustainable buildings, both as a way to reduce client operating costs, and as a function of corporate citizenship, are also a tremendous long-term benefit to clients.