You may submit your nominee for consideration in any of the applicable categories below. However, each response must be unique to that category.
Open to professionals involved in CRE ownership and investment—such as direct investors, acquisition leads, analysts or asset, portfolio and fund managers—within a private or public commercial real estate organization. This person has played a significant role in expanding or repositioning her firm’s portfolio and balance sheet over the past year in response to market trends, and exhibits a proven acumen for crafting investment strategies, evaluating risk and maximizing profits.
Open to professionals working within real estate development and construction. Though applicable to a number of positions, this nominee is an invaluable member of her team/company (from private, local players and regional builders to public REITs or institutions). She must demonstrate a consistent and proven track record in developing quality projects and/or be a significant contributor in helping her firm successfully build, rehabilitate or convert projects and maximize returns. She should also display an ability to innovate, adapt and solve problems; garner support from stakeholders; impact communities and deliver consistent results.
Broker – Tenant Representation
Open to commercial real estate agents whose primary function is to advise tenants in space decisions. This award isn’t necessarily given to the highest dealmakers in the field. More importantly, we are seeking those professionals who have exhibited a remarkable ability to consistently meet their clients’ needs. Brokers nominated should have a high level of integrity and discipline, and should additionally be driven, entrepreneurial and passionate about the art of the deal. She is likely well-known among her growing roster of clientele as a creative problem-solver who does not stop until she finds the best solution—and often secures repeat business as a result.
Broker – Landlord/Agency Representation
Open to commercial real estate agents whose primary function is to advise property owners on filling space, including members of commercial real estate services firms as well as in-house owner reps. This award isn’t necessarily given to the highest dealmakers in the field. More importantly, we are seeking those professionals who have exhibited a remarkable ability to consistently meet their clients’ needs. Brokers nominated should have a high level of integrity and discipline, and should additionally be driven, entrepreneurial and passionate about the art of the deal. She is likely well-known among her growing roster of clientele as a creative problem-solver who does not view leasing as merely filling space but rather, carefully curates a tenant mix to best represent the property’s full potential.
Broker – Investment Sales
Open to commercial real estate agents whose primary function is to handle investment sales on behalf of property buyers and sellers. This award isn’t necessarily given to the dealmakers with the highest transaction volumes or most headline-grabbing deals. We are seeking a professional who’s earned a reputation in the industry for delivering on what she promised, whichever side of the negotiating table she’s on. Brokers nominated should have a high level of integrity and discipline, and should additionally be driven, entrepreneurial and passionate about the art of the deal. She is likely well-known among her growing roster of clientele as a creative problem-solver who does not stop until her client is satisfied—and often secures repeat business as a result.
Broker/Intermediary – Debt & Equity Finance
Open to brokers whose primary function is to source and originate debt and equity capital on behalf of borrowers within commercial real estate. This award isn’t necessarily given to the most active or prolific dealmakers in the field. More importantly, we are seeking those professionals who have shown dexterity and creativity, and have consistently met borrowers’ needs despite market fluctuations and uncertainty. These financing brokers should have well-developed relationships with the industry’s major sources of capital, and a distinct reputation as someone with experience, integrity, a strong financial skill set and commitment to excellence.
Corporate Real Estate Executive
Open to a professional who is the in-house manager for the real estate strategies, operations and decisions of an enterprise that is not a commercial real estate company. Often behind-the-scenes, this individual’s role is not limited to balancing the firm’s space needs with costs and resources. More than likely, she is a prominent force behind major expansion, contraction and/or relocation decisions for some of the most active names in corporate America.
Open to professionals who work primarily on the capital side of the commercial real estate spectrum, including loan officers, underwriters, analysts, and the like. Companies range from small, regional banks and credit unions, to national investment banks, CMBS and GSEs, to institutions, REITs and life companies. This award isn’t necessarily given to the most active or prolific lenders in the field but rather, professionals who have been able to navigate the current financial climate while ensuring a healthy risk/return scenario for their firms.
This category encompasses any commercial real estate professional who works within a non- corporate environment, such as an industry association, academia, research/think tank, nonprofit or a government entity, such as an economic development bureau. Her significant contributions to her company or field have earned her a reputation among her colleagues—and likely, the greater industry—for her expertise, activities and successes within the commercial real estate arena.
Open to property and facilities/operations managers of income-generating property (commercial and residential). The ideal candidate has made an exceptional contribution to the success of her company, and is committed to achieving the maximum level of satisfaction for clients and/or tenants. Qualities include professionalism, leadership, consistency and a commitment to ethics and standards. Ideally, she has driven improvements in operations and costs through the implementation of best practices, sustainable approaches and efficiency initiatives.
Open to architects and interior designers who work on income-producing commercial and residential real estate projects. No stranger to the term ‘placemaking’, this person is ideally behind the planning, design and oversight of some of the most innovative and remarkable properties in the country today. Her creativity, ingenuity and commitment to maximizing results, and her work serves as an illustration of how design and construction can improve profits and communities.
CRE Legal Counsel
Open to attorneys specializing in the practice area of the industry. The vast and complex world of commercial real estate requires legal experts skilled in a range of capabilities. These professionals do everything from negotiate leasing, sales and financing transactions and major M&As, to navigating zoning and entitlements processes, handling community relations and advising public-private partnerships.
Open to in-house or third-party marketing, media relations and communications professionals acting on behalf of commercial real estate organizations. These individuals have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that demonstrate innovative strategies and outcomes. In addition to their reputation within the industry and relationships with clients and outlets, these professionals should also have a proven track record of strategic planning and research, business development, working with management, communications, education and innovation.
Open to professionals who work in a consultant or advisory capacity to commercial real estate companies as it relates to such services as accounting, appraisal and valuation; portfolio, occupier or workplace strategy; site selection and economic analysis; entitlement, zoning and urban/land use planning; engineering feasibility studies; etc.
CRE’s use of tech may have started with software to better manage properties and automate certain processes, but nowadays technology touches all aspects of commercial real estate, from space listings and HR operations to crowdfunding investment and financing to the newest innovation, blockchain technology; providing a more efficient and secure way to close deals.
Nominees for Innovator of the Year have fully embraced and integrated themselves into the world of technology, and are reaping the benefits of the tools, platforms, products and services available through these innovations. She could be an IT expert who has identified ways to capitalize on a need within the industry, or a CRE professional who has become more efficient and successful through the use of tech. Whatever her role, this individual has the forethought and ingenuity to best make technology work to benefit her career, her company and the industry at large.
This individual should exemplify the ideal image of a mentor. We are seeking someone who has established a record of consistent outreach toward individuals in the commercial real estate field, including professionals and students, and/or someone who has contributed to the support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the broader CRE community. This nominee should have a record of achievement in offering guidance and fostering development among CRE professionals.
Steps above merely writing a check or running a race, true humanitarians are passionate about a cause and take action beyond their professional responsibilities, to further that cause. Often this includes working to improve the welfare of humankind, such as significant contributions benefiting one’s community through charitable work, philanthropy, education, service and other efforts—without the expectation of compensation or accolades, other than the satisfaction obtained by helping others.
This award recognizes a woman who has shown significant commitment to others, or another social cause, within their community or the CRE industry. Individuals nominated for this award have employed positive contributions to a cause as a source of inspiration. We will take into account the implementation of and/or participation in social, ethical or community service programs.
While female professionals have long been championing the cause of advancing and recognizing their counterparts’ accomplishments in commercial real estate, it takes collaboration among all stakeholders to truly achieve the goal at hand. In fact, past research conducted by Boston Consulting Group, found that across a global level, 96% of organizations in which men are deliberately engaged in gender inclusion programs see progress, compared to only 30% of organizations where men are not engaged. Further, another study by McKinsey projected that in a “full potential” scenario in which both CIS genders participate equally in the economy, annual global GDP would increase by 26%, or $28 trillion.
Perhaps in light of these findings, men across the business world are seeking ways to be active participants in the movement to empower and encourage women in the field—and commercial real estate is no exception. As such, this award recognizes a male CRE professional who has taken significant steps to stand up for and support their female colleagues, be it through the introduction and implementation of policies and programs on an organizational or cultural level, or efforts taken on a more direct and personal level. The successful candidate will be able to show how his ability to influence or bring about cultural change in the workplace or broader industry has given rise to more support for gender diversity and equality.