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Ashton Woods and Southern Trails Win Houston’s Best in 6 Categories

by Houston Agent

Builder/developer Ashton Woods walked away with an armload of awards after the Greater Houston Builders Association’s (GHBA) recent Houston’s Best gala, winning a total of six.

Ashton Woods won another three awards: Volume Builder Product Design — $200,000 to $250,000 for homes in Mission Sierra; Salesperson of the Year — On-Site Builder, Paul Lim, who works in Fort Bend’s Riverstone, and Construction Superintendent of the Year — Volume Builder, Derrick Chin, who works in Richmond’s Mission Sierra development.

Southern Trails, which is developed by Ashton Woods, won three awards, including Community Entrance of the Year, Model Home Park Design of the Year and Garden Home/Patio Home of the Year.

“We are thrilled to win so many awards, especially over a range of categories including product design, community design and personnel,” said Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods. “Being named one of Houston’s Best is a prestigious honor.”

The Houston’s Best awards, formerly PRISM, honor accomplishments in a field of home-building industry categories, including custom builders, custom rooms, volume builders, remodelers, developers, green building, people and promotions. This year’s Houston’s Best winners were chosen by a panel of industry professionals from around the U.S. and Canada. Judging criteria varied according to the category: however, all category winners were required to be active members of the GHBA and had to have shown commitment and excellence to the home-building industry as a whole.

A Pearland community, Southern Trails also was honored recently with a Business Beautification Award by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. A 523-acre community, Southern Trails offers homes priced from the $150,000s by Newmark Homes, Taylor Morrison and Ashton Woods. Residents enjoy more than 80 acres devoted to parks and green space, including 10 lakes, a recreation complex with fitness center, junior Olympic-size pool, meeting facilities, covered picnic pavilions with barbecue grills and hike-and-bike trails with fitness stations.

An Energy Star and Environments for Living builder, Ashton Woods builds in 10 communities throughout the Houston area with base pricing from the $130,000s to $420,000s. For more information, visit www.ashtonwoods.com.


All smiles at the recent Houston’s Best awards ceremony were, from left, Cathy Howard with Environments for Living; Scott Mixon, Bayway Homes; and Paul Sims with Ashton Woods Homes, after receiving the award for Garden/Patio Home of the Year for Ashton Woods’ Lennox design.

Celebrating Southern Trails’ win for Model Home Park of the Year at the Houston’s Best awards were, from left, Heather Gould, Newland Development; Chris Chew, Pulte Homes; Dan Gezella, Ashton Woods Homes; and Lisa Clark, Ryko Development.


Receiving the award for Construction Superintendent of the Year-Volume Builder at the recent Houston’s Best awards was Derrick Chin with Ashton Woods Homes, third from left. Shown with him are, from left, Heather Gould, Newland Development; Chris Chew, Pulte Homes; and Lisa Clark, Ryko Development.

Congratulating Ashton Woods’ Paul Lim, third from left, on winning Salesperson of the Year — On-Site Builder during the recent Houston’s Best Awards are, from left, Ashleigh Genzer with Stewart Title, 2011 SMC President; Mike Dishberger, Sandcastle Homes, 2011 GHBA President; and, far right, Linda Simmons with HCN Newspapers. Paul works in Riverstone, located in Fort Bend County.

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