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Nominations open for REBNYʼs annual Retail Deal of the Year

The changing retail landscape is a hot topic right now, and as that discussion continues, there is no better time for the Real Estate Board of New York to honor the best and brightest deal makers in the industry through our 20th Annual Retail Deal of the Year Awards competition.

This spring, REBNY will recognize the retail deals that exemplify exceptional ingenuity and creativity with the Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year that demonstrates exceptional broker acumen (ingenuity and creativity), in addition to the Most Significant Retail Deal of the Year, which recognizes the most significant retail deal in its overall characteristics and importance to the New York City retail market.

The deadline for retail brokers to submit a deal for the awards is Thursday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 12 at the Retail Committee’s 20th Annual Retail Deal of the Year Cocktail Party to be held at Club 101 (101 Park Avenue) from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Past winners of these prestigious awards demonstrate the remarkable skill of retail brokers across the five boroughs. For example, Cushman & Wakefield’s Joanne Podell – a three time winner of the award – was honored with the Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year Award last year for her work bringing Nike to 650 Fifth Avenue.

Another Cushman broker, Kenji Ota, won his first award for bringing the NFL and Cirque du Soleil to 701 Seventh Avenue.

In 2016, we highlighted the foresight of brokers Neil Goldmacher and Brian Goldman of Newmark Knight Frank, who engineered a transformative plan to secure a new dealership for Jaguar Land Rover Manhattan at 787 11th Avenue and honored CBRE’s Eric Gelber for securing Foot Locker’s flagship at 8 Times Square, the reimagined 1460 Broadway.

Eric Le Goff, James Downey, Frank Liantonio, and Michael Rotchford of Cushman &Wakefield were honored in 2015 for their acumen in securing a 24,000 s/f lease with Italian luxury goods retailer Bottega Veneta in the Upper East Side.

Patrick Smith, Mark Kapnick, Corey Zolcinksi, and Matt J. Ogle of SRS Real Estate Partners-Northeast, LLC took home the most Significant Retail Deal of the Year award for their work securing a cluster of retail deals that redefined Bryant Park.

For the past 20 years, these award winners have been among the biggest names in New York’s retail scene – and their work has helped shape some of the most impactful and innovative deals in New York City.

There is no better time for retail deal makers to share their success with the real estate community. All transactions submitted for this year’s competition must have been completed by December 31, 2017. To review the contest rules and submission requirements for our 20th annual competition, please follow this link.

We look forward to seeing you at the cocktail party on June 12.

In Other REBNY News
Join us for lunch and a Real Estate Finance discussion moderated by Shawn Rosenthal of CBRE on Monday, April 9, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at The Yale Club (50 Vanderbilt Avenue). Leading capital markets professionals Simon Ziff, President of Ackman-Ziff; Steven Kohn, President of Cushman & Wakefield Equity; Aaron Appel, Vice Chairman Head of Capital Markets Debt & Equity at JLL; Yoni Goodman, President of Meridian Investment Sales; and Michael Gigliotti, Senior Managing Director of HFF will review the market and brokerage business. This luncheon is open to all members and non-members who are interested! Register online at

Celebrate and network with the dealmakers behind New York City’s top commercial real estate sales, lease, and finance transactions of 2017 who are vying for the title, “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year,” at the REBNY Sales Brokers Committee’s Cocktail Party. Our 74th annual awards, recognizing ingenuity and outstanding professionalism in commercial real estate dealmaking, will be presented on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Club 101. Purchase your tickets today and learn about available sponsorship opportunities. Contact for more information.

The C-suite and the All-Star: Hear from REBNY members Stefani Berkin, President of Rutenberg NYC, and Ryan Serhant, of Nest Seekers International and Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing, on their pathways to success at “Member to Member: Mastering the Art of the Deal” on Friday, April 27, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Mezzanine by Bond Collective (55 Broadway).
Learn about their best practices for closing the deal and growing business. The intimate conversation on lessons learned and giving back will be followed by networking, food, and mimosas.
Tickets are $45 for REBNY members and $99 for non-members. Register today:

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