Kristie Toby, a housing operations director for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), has been awarded the Rising Star Award by the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA) at its annual leadership conference in Jacksonville, Florida, on Aug. 9.
Members of SAHMA, which include owners and managers of affordable, multifamily housing in the Southeast, select one emerging leader in the field each year to receive the award. In a letter to Toby, SAHMA President Sondra Wimbs recognized her as “a person destined for success” in the industry.
“We are proud of Kristie and appreciate the positive impact she makes at our communities and in our residents’ lives,” KCDC Executive Director and CEO Ben Bentley said. “Her commitment to KCDC’s mission to improve neighborhoods is apparent and impactful.”
Toby joined KCDC in 1997 as a program technician.
The SAHMA Rising Star Award honors the legacy of Ed Sisson and Patty Ownby, trailblazers who provided and improved the quality of affordable housing in the Southeast throughout their careers. Toby joins six other honorees who have earned the award since 2014.