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Multifamily Executive Magazine: The 10 Most Influential Executives of the Decade

December 21, 2009

The past decade has seen a number of apartment industry chieftains who have emerged to leave their mark on the multifamily sector. As a result, Multifamily Executive consulted its Linkedin and Twitter followers, as well as industry experts, for recommendations. Here are the 10 individuals that wielded the greatest influence in the 2000s:

  • Sam Zell, chairman, Equity Residential
  • Ron Terwilliger, former chairman, Trammell Crow Residential
  • Ric Campo, CEO, Camden Property Trust
  • Tom Bozzuto, CEO, The Bozzuto Group
  • Scot Sellers, CEO, Archstone
  • Mike May, senior vice president of multifamily, Freddie Mac
  • Doug Bibby, president, National Multi Housing Council
  • Tom Toomey, CEO, UDR
  • Phil Weber, former senior vice president of multifamily, Fannie Mae
  • Shaun Donovan, Secretary, HUD

CEO, The Bozzuto Group
Years in the Industry: 30+

Compared to many of his national competitors that operate in the Washington, D.C. metro, Tom Bozzuto’s company, The Bozzuto Group, is small. Bozzuto proves that you don’t have to amass tremendous amounts of properties to cast a long shadow. Bozzuto, Multifamily Executive’s 2006 Executive of the Year, builds a wide variety of housing, including affordable properties, for residents in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. He also takes a leadership role in the industry, serving on such groups as the Millennial Housing Commission, Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Maryland Housing Commission, the National Association of Home Builders, and the NMHC.

What's more, Bozzuto isn’t just known for its high-quality, diverse portfolio. The company has been named one of the best places to work in the Washington, D.C., region. “They have a great culture,” says Bibby of the NMHC. “People love working there. And they do top of the line work.”