George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Emerging Business Leader Awards


2018 Award Recipients


Graduate Division Recipient

RotellaAngelina Rotella

Angelina Rotella is an MS in Real Estate Development student. She is the development manager at Artis Senior Living, where she oversees real estate transactions and entitlements for the development of premier assisted living communities catering to residents affected by memory impairments. The position highlights Rotella’s academic and professional expertise in cross-disciplinary relationship management. Her career began in the public sector, where she gained extensive experience in global real estate while managing congressional, media, and contractor relations as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. As Rotella’s interest in real estate grew, she transitioned into corporate real estate development, focusing her attention on land acquisition, entitlements, and market analysis. Most recently, she streamlined Artis’ market analysis through new feasibility and reporting platforms. She continues to help build Artis’ national footprint with the development of more than 40 memory care projects in 15 states, and is driven by her passion to provide quality care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Undergraduate Division Recipient

Nia headshotAva Nia

Ava Nia is a dedicated international student studying marketing at the George Mason University School of Business. Originally from France, Nia speaks English, French, Farsi, and Spanish. Her linguistic knowledge has helped her gain a better cultural understanding of the markets she is in direct contact with every day. She has been described by her peers and employer as driven, creative, and result-oriented. She is currently a marketing intern for the Enterprise Americas Public Sector team at SAP Concur. She is passionate about helping organizations grow by planning and executing integrated, multi-channel marketing strategies. Prior to interning with SAP Concur, Nia was a digital marketing and analytics intern with PSA Finance France, the second largest automobile manufacturer in Europe. There she worked with the director of marketing and innovation. She worked and researched with the data management team and helped strengthen the company website to ultimately retain current customers, while inviting prospective customers. When she isn’t in the office, she travels the world.