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Honoring leaders of commercial real estate property management

The deadline is fast approaching for REBNY’s Annual Commercial Management Leadership Award nominations.

I encourage all owners, developers, brokers, and managers to consider submitting a nomination for these awards, which honor exceptional individuals in the field of commercial property management – those who are often the unsung heroes of our industry.

JOHN-BANKS-REBNY-WATCH-300x180All nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 24, and submissions can be easily entered online. Winners will be honored on Thursday, June 1, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., at REBNY’s 14th Annual Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast at the Hilton New York Midtown.

Honors will include the Edward A. Riguardi Commercial Management Executive of the Year Award, the John M. Griffin Community Service Award, the On-Site Manager of the Year Award, the Portfolio Manager of the Year Award, the Small Buildings Engineer of the Year, the Large Buildings Engineer of the Year, the Security Professional of the Year, the Porter of the Year, the Rising Star of the Year, and the Best Engine Room Award.

But before you nominate someone, it is important to think about why I have noted that members of this field are unsung heroes among our community. What does that really mean?

To me, it means having the dedication to rush to a property in the middle of the night to ensure safety after learning of a dangerous car crash onsite.

That is exactly what Sharon Faulkner, emergency action plan director at Paramount Group’s 712 Fifth Avenue, did when she answered the call of duty. That commitment earned Faulkner the gratitude of NYPD Deputy Commissioner John J. Miller at our 12th annual awards event in 2015, along with the special commemorative coin of the NYPD’s Intelligence Department to complement her REBNY Security Professional of the Year Award.

It also means going above and beyond the call of duty during Hurricane Sandy to safeguard commercial tenants, help protect properties from damage, and keep key sites open at a time of great need.

That describes Brian Iannacone, formerly a chief engineer at Hines (now a chief engineer at JLL), and Michael Bosso of Brookfield Properties, two of our 10th  annual award winners from 2013.

In addition, it means showing up to work every single today to keep the commercial sector of the industry running strong and smooth. That is the kind of selfless professionalism and leadership that drives New York City real estate and makes me proud to be a part of it.

I do not think you will have to look too far to find someone to nominate. This is a city where we understand that small sacrifices can have huge impact on our fellow New Yorkers.

That is why for me, the weeks before REBNY’s Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast are a reminder to stop and thank the engineers, the porters, the portfolio managers, and those who do these vital jobs.

For you, I hope it is a reminder to nominate a hardworking employee who should get their chance to walk onstage and receive a well-deserved round of applause from our industry.

Anyone interested in more information on nomination and sponsorship opportunities can contact Cindy Ramotar at Property management award nominees should be REBNY members, but we will consider non-REBNY nominees as well.

In other REBNY news:

Leslie Himmel, co-managing partner of Himmel + Meringoff Properties, will offer “An Owner’s Perspective on Capital Markets” at our Sales Brokers Committee Luncheon on Tuesday, February 28, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Cornell Club (6 East 44th Street). Tickets are $70 per person. Non-REBNY members are permitted to attend only as a guest of a REBNY member. Contact Desiree Jones at to register.

Join us for our 19th Annual Residential Management Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, March 9, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. to honor outstanding leaders in residential property management: John McDermott of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC, who will receive the Residential Management Executive of the Year Award, and Gene Boniberger of Rudin Management Company, Inc., who will be presented with the Residential Management Community Service Award. Jonathan J. Miller, CRE, CRP, of Miller Samuel Inc., will give the keynote address at the event to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown (2nd Floor, Sutton Ballroom, 1335 Avenue of the Americas). Tickets are available for purchase on Contact Cindy Ramotar at for information on sponsorship and patron opportunities.

REBNY Residential Listing Service (RLS) users can join RLS and ListHub for a free seminar on the latest trends in online marketing and enhancements that help users communicate more effectively with clients. Four separate, one-hour seminar sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 at REBNY’s Mendik Education Center (570 Lexington Avenue, Lower Level). Register online or email for more information.

At our Members’ Luncheon on Wednesday, March 15 at the New York Hilton Midtown, REBNY members will hear from Nadeem Meghji, Blackstone’s Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group & Head of Real Estate Americas. “The $100 Billion Interview” will be moderated by James D. Kuhn, President of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

Visit to register for this networking event sponsored by CBRE, Donald Zucker Company, Eastern Consolidated, Extell Development Company, Jamestown, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. The winner of the 2016 Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award will be announced at this event.

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