Executive of the Year Awards: The Popular Vote

The winners of the CPE Executive of the Year Awards, according to the popular vote.

While the CPE Executive of the Year awards, now in their 18th year, are determined by a peer vote among members of the CPE 100 board of senior-level real estate executives, this year we also turned to the industry at large. What follows is the lineup of award winners as determined by the popular vote. The official winners have been profiled in the December 2014 issue of Commercial Property Executive.

Executive of the Year

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

Honorable Mention: Bill Bayless, President & CEO, American Campus Communities, 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: Dennis Friedrich, CEO, Brookfield Office Properties, and Nicholas Schorsch, Chairman & CEO, American Realty Capital

Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan Levanthal, Vice Chairman & CEO, Beacon Capital Partners

Developer of the Year

First Place: Jeff Hines, President & CEO, Hines

Honorable Mention: Dennis Friedrich, CEO, Brookfield Office Properties, and Dennis Oklak, Chairman & CEO, Duke Realty Corp.

Financier of the Year

First Place: David Durning, President & CEO, Prudential Mortgage Capital Co.

Honorable Mention: Robert Merck, Senior Managing Director & Head of Real Estate and Agricultural Investments, MetLife Inc. and Joe B. Thornton, Managing Director & Managing Member, HFF L.P., & President, HFF Inc.

Service Executive of the Year

First Place: Joseph Stettinius, CEO, Cassidy Turley

Honorable Mention: Larry Heard, CEO, Transwestern, and Calvin Frese Jr., CEO of the Americas, CBRE Group Inc.

Innovator of the Year

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

Honorable Mention: Conor Flynn, President, COO & Chief Investment Officer, Kimco Realty Corp., and Nicholas Schorsch, Chairman, American Realty Capital Properties Inc.

Sustainability Executive of the Year

First Place: Jeff Hines, President & CEO, Hines

Honorable Mention: William Hankowsky, Chairman, President & CEO, Liberty Property Trust, and Jonathan Ratner, Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives, Forest City Enterprises Inc.

Diversity Executive of the Year

First Place: Katherina Hammett, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels

Honorable Mention: Laura O’Brien, Global Director of Client Care and Development & Head of Sales Management for the Americas, CBRE Group Inc., and Michael Tabb, Chairman, Red Rock Global L.L.C.

Female Leader of the Year

First Place: Susan Hill, Senior Managing Director, HFF L.P.

Honorable Mention: Debra Cafaro, Chairman & CEO, Ventas Inc., and Alexia Gottschalch, Global Head of Capital Markets, Grosvenor Fund Management

Rising Leader

First Place: James Cassidy, Executive Managing Director, Cassidy Turley

Honorable Mention: Melissa Roman Burch, Executive Vice President of Commercial and Residential Development, Forest City Ratner Cos., and Sarah Pontius, Senior Vice President, CBRE Group Inc.

Retail Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Conor Flynn, President, COO & Chief Investment Officer, Kimco Realty Corp.

Honorable Mention: Sandeep Mathrani, CEO, General Growth Properties Inc., and David Simon, Chairman & CEO, Simon Property Group Inc.

Multi-Family Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Tim Byrne, President & CEO, Lincoln Property Trust

Honorable Mention: Bob Faith, Chairman & CEO, Greystar, and Jack Manning, President & CEO, Boston Capital

Office Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Owen Thomas, CEO & Director, Boston Properties Inc.

Honorable Mention: Peter Bren, Chairman & President, and Charles Schreiber Jr., CEO, KBS Realty Advisors, and Vornado Realty Trust, and Jeff Hines, President & CEO, Hines

Industrial Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Len O’Donnell, President & CEO, USAA Real Estate Co.

Honorable Mention: Hamid Moghadam, Chairman & CEO, Prologis Inc., and Dennis Oklak, Chairman & CEO, Duke Realty Corp.

Hotel/Hospitality Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Frits van Paasschen, President & CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Honorable Mention: Mike Depatie, CEO, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group L.L.C., and Christopher Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide

Net Lease Property Executive of the Year

First Place: Stan Johnson, CEO, Stan Johnson Co.

Honorable Mention: Randy Blankstein, President, The Boulder Group, and Nicholas Schorsch, Chairman, American Realty Capital Properties Inc.