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November 26, 2013

Gray, Schorsch, Sternlicht Sweep Top Executive of the Year Awards

By Suzann D. Silverman, Editorial Director

Feature_Winners_480x270With The Blackstone Group continuing to make headlines with its fast pace of acquisitions, perhaps it is no surprise that global head of real estate Jonathan Gray once again led the list of CPE Executives of the Year. In fact, Gray received two top honors in the longstanding, peer-voted competition this year: Not only was he selected for the top award for the third year in a row, he was named Investor of the Year, as well.

Also noteworthy was the fact that the same three executives took the top two categories, with the honorable mention accolades for both of those awards going to Nicholas Schorsch, chairman & CEO, American Realty Capital, and Barry Sternlicht, chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group.

The only other executive to receive two first-place awards was Jeff Hines. Also a repeat winner, the president & CEO of Hines this year was named both Developer of the Year and Office Property Executive of the Year. Last year, Hines won honorable mention in the Executive of the Year and Sustainability Executive of the Year categories.

Lauralee Martin also won two honorable mentions: In a vote that took place shortly before her move from CEO of the Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. to CEO of HCP, Martin won honors in both the Service Executive of the Year and Female Leader of the Year categories.

Two executives moved up the ranks in their categories this year: Both Robert Merck and T. Wilson Eglin won honorable mentions last year and first place this year, Merck as Financier of the Year and Eglin as Net Lease Executive of the Year.

Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross

Recognized this year for Lifetime Achievement was Stephen Ross, chairman of The Related Cos. Noted for his numerous iconic master-planned developments as well as extensive efforts in affordable housing and philanthropy, Ross now has underway yet another groundbreaking project: the redevelopment of the railyards on Manhattan’s West Side into the huge Hudson Yards mixed-use complex. Meanwhile, Toby Bozzuto, president of The Bozzuto Group, took home honors as this year’s Rising Leader.

The awards, now in their 17th year, are unique as a peer-voted program among commercial real estate executives. First-place and honorable mention positions are determined by members of the distinguished CPE 100 leadership advisory board, which vote on a ballot put together by the CPE editorial team.

The winners, whose accomplishments are detailed in CPE’s December 2013 issue, are as follows:

Executive of the Year

First Place: Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate, The Blackstone Group

Honorable Mention: Nicholas Schorsch, Chairman & CEO, American Realty Capital, and Barry Sternlicht, Chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group

Investor of the Year

First Place: Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate, The Blackstone Group

Honorable Mention: Nicholas Schorsch, Chairman & CEO, American Realty Capital, and Barry Sternlicht, Chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group

Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephen Ross, Founder & Chairman, Related Cos.

Developer of the Year

First Place: Jeffrey Hines, President & CEO, Hines

Honorable Mention: Jeff Blau, CEO, The Related Cos., and Bob Faith, Founder & CEO, Greystar Real Estate Partners

Financier of the Year

First Place: Robert Merck, Senior Managing Director & Head of Real Estate Investments, MetLife Inc.

Honorable Mention: John Pelusi Jr., Executive Managing Director & Managing Member, HFF L.P., and Willy Walker, Chairman, President & CEO, Walker & Dunlop

Service Executive of the Year

First Place: Barry Gosin, CEO, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Honorable Mention: Larry Heard, President & CEO, Transwestern, and Lauralee Martin, President & CEO, HCP, and formerly CEO of the Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Innovator of the Year

First Place: David Smith, Chairman & Founder, Recap Real Estate Advisors; Chairman & Founder, Affordable Housing Institute

Honorable Mention: Robert Levy, President & CEO, Centerline Capital Group,

Sustainability Executive of the Year

First Place: Jonathan Rose, CEO, The Jonathan Rose Cos.

Honorable Mention: Patrick Halter, CEO, Principal Real Estate Investors, and Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Diversity Executive of the Year

First Place: Hugh Allen, Mid-Atlantic Division Manager of Middle Market Real Estate, Wells Fargo; Board Member, Global Diversity Summit

Honorable Mention: Kristy Fercho, Senior Vice President & Head of Customer Engagement, West, Fannie Mae, and Gregg McCort, Executive Director & President, Project REAP

Female Leader of the Year

First Place: MaryAnne Gilmartin, President & CEO, Forest City Ratner Cos.

Honorable Mention: Lauralee Martin, President & CEO, HCP, and formerly CEO of the Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., and Lindsay Ornstein, Principal, Tenant Advisory, Transwestern

Rising Leader

First Place: Toby Bozzuto, President, The Bozzuto Group

Honorable Mention: Daniel Broderick, President & CEO, Cassidy Turley – San Diego, and David Schechtman, Executive Managing Director & Principal, Eastern Consolidated

Retail Property Executive of the Year

First Place: David Simon, Chairman & CEO, Simon Property Group Inc.

Honorable Mention: Michael Glimcher, Chairman & CEO, Glimcher Realty Trust, and David Henry, Vice Chairman, President & CEO, Kimco Realty Corp.

Multi-Family Property Executive of the Year

First Place: David Neithercut, President & CEO, Equity Residential

Honorable Mention: Richard Campo, Chairman & CEO, Camden Property Trust, and Timothy Naughton, Chairman, CEO & President, AvalonBay Communities Inc.

Office Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Jeffrey Hines, President & CEO, Hines

Honorable Mention: Dennis Friedrich, CEO, Brookfield Office Properties, and Marc Holliday, CEO, SL Green Realty Corp.

Industrial Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Hamid Moghadam, Chairman & CEO, Prologis Inc.

Honorable Mention: William Hankowsky, Chairman, President & CEO, Liberty Property Trust, and Dennis Oklak, Chairman & CEO, Duke Realty Corp.

Hotel/Hospitality Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Christopher Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide

Honorable Mention: Jay Shah, CEO, Hersha Hospitality Trust, and Frits van Paasschen, President & CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Net Lease Property Executive of the Year

First Place: T. Wilson Eglin, President & CEO, Lexington Realty Trust

Honorable Mention: Stan Johnson, CEO, Stan Johnson Co., and Bruce MacDonald, President, Net Lease Capital Advisors Inc.

 

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