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Donna Preiss of The Preiss Company Receives Top Entrepreneur Award from Business Leader Magazine

Raleigh real estate founder and CEO recognized for her professional efforts in growing her company and industry

RALEIGH, NC – June 14, 2012 – The Preiss Company is proud to announce that Donna Preiss, company founder and Chief Executive Officer, has been recognized by Business Leader Magazine as one of the publication’s 2012 Top Entrepreneurs. Honorees were selected from eight different Southern markets and awarded the magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Award based on excellence in leadership as innovative and dedicated entrepreneurs. Award recipients recently appeared in Business Leader Magazine’s March/April 2012 issue.

Preiss founded The Preiss Company in 1987. The company currently employs over 260 team members and owns and/or operates properties in eight states and eleven markets. The Preiss Company operates 15,000 beds and has experienced 30% growth in the past two years and almost $130 million in acquisition and development in the past twelve months.

Over the years, The Preiss Company has been the recipient of several industry and national awards and its properties have had the distinction of being repeatedly voted as “Best Places to Live Off-Campus” by their respective campus newspapers, as well as showcased by the National Multi Housing Council for their capital improvements. Preiss personally has been recognized by Triangle Business Journal as one of the Triangle’s most successful professional women and was awarded their Women in Business Award. She has also been honored by Business Leader magazine and Triangle Real Estate magazine as an Impact Triangle Real Estate Broker.

Preiss currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SPCA, the National Multi Housing Council, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake Tech Foundation. Donna also serves on the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, the NAA National Student Housing Committee, the NMHC National Student Housing Committee, and the Women President’s Organization.

“I’m so honored by this recognition and so grateful for the love and support of my family, friends, staff, and our many, many wonderful clients,” says Preiss. “I truly could not have reached this point in my career were it not for the efforts of these wonderful people who serve as my inspiration every day.”

About The Preiss Company
The Preiss Company is currently the fifth largest privately held owner and manager of student housing in the country and the largest woman-owned student housing owner and provider in the nation. For more information, visit

About Business Leader Magazine
Business Leader is a multimedia company offering a range of marketing programs to reach its audience of executives and business owners. The company works with clients to help create marketing campaigns that effectively promotes products or services across its media platforms. For more information, visit

Press Contact:
Amy Barger, Director of Marketing
The Preiss Company
(919) 291-9224