Sunday, March 19, 2017

NAIOP South Florida Fetes 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners

Jules R. Morgan
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL– NAIOP South Florida, a Commercial Real Estate Development Organization, recognized the winners of its 2017 Awards of Excellence last night at The Ritz Carlton.

The Awards of Excellence highlighted the individuals and companies whose achievements have contributed to the local commercial real estate industry, benefitted the regional business environment and facilitated economic growth. The Great Gatsby-themed dinner and ceremony also celebrated NAIOP South Florida’s 40th anniversary.

Larry Genet
“This year’s Awards of Excellence was phenomenal in terms of participation, turnout and impact on our regional commercial real estate community,” said NAIOP South Florida Executive Director Jules R. Morgan. “The caliber of the submissions we received this year was unsurpassed. The esteemed panel of judges had a challenging time determining the winners as all of the finalists deserved to win!”

The categories and winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence are:

Industrial Lease Transaction of the Year: Graybar at Port 95 Business Center, Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE

Industrial Sale of the Year Over $50 Million: South Florida Logistics Center, CBRE Group, Inc.

Industrial Sale of the Year Under $50 Million: Palm Beach Small Bay Industrial Portfolio, Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE

Industrial Broker of the Year: Team of Larry Genet and Tom O'Loughlin  of CBRE

Office Lease Transaction of the Year: Dell Corporation Comcast, CBRE, Inc. and Colliers International South Florida

Office Sale of the Year Over $50 Million: Southeast Financial Center, HFF

Office Sale of the Year Under $50 Million: 200 Southeast First Building, Marcus & Millichap

Amy Julian

Office Broker of the Year – Investment Sales: Team of Joseph Chick, Andrew Chilgren, Amy Julian, Christian Lee, Jose Lobon, Marcos Minaya and Tyler Ploshnick of CBRE

Office Broker of the Year – Leasing: Team of Tere Blanca, Andres del Corral, Flavia Eternod, Danette Linares and Juan Ruiz of Blanca Commercial Real Estate

 Renovation/Rehab Project of the Year: Plantation Pointe Redevelopment, Torburn Partners

Creative Deal Maker of the Year: Plantation Pointe Drainage Reconfiguration, Torburn Partners

Project of the Year: Centergate at Gratigny II, Gibson Development Partners (recently merged with Foundry Commercial)

Member of the Year: Eric D. Swanson of Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital

Alice Lucia Jackson

Developer of the Year: Bridge Development Partners

Game Changer of the Year: Brickell City Center, Swire Properties

Banyan Street Capital founder and Chief Executive Officer Rudy Touzet presented the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Alice Lucia Jackson, who recently retired from JLL as senior vice president.

 Surrounded by her friends, family members, colleagues and husband, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, she was recognized for her contributions to the regional real estate community and NAIOP South Florida, which merit the same honor awarded to Edward Ansin, Armando Codina, Doug Eagon, and Terry Stiles among others.

 NAIOP is a commercial real estate development organization. It provides strong advocacy, education and business networking opportunities and connects its members through a powerful North American network.

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For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Pierson Grant Public Relations
Lexi Robinson, ext. 255

PM Hotel Group Adds Three Management Contracts in February

Joseph Bojanowski
WASHINGTON, DC — Officials of PM Hotel Group, a leading, national hotel management company, announced that it added three new third-party management agreements in February. 

The hotels include the 100-room Hampton Inn Waldorf in Md., the 160-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center and the 217-room Hotel du Pont, a Preferred Hotel, in Wilmington, Del.

“February was a particularly gratifying month for PM Hotel Group with the addition of these three well-respected, branded hotels proving the icing on the cake to our recently announced $14 million in completed renovations that also occurred during the month,” said Joseph Bojanowski, president of PM Hotel Group.

 “We continue to have an aggressive appetite to expand our management portfolio, and with the recent and improved outlook for the hotel industry, owners looking to maximize profits want savvy operators to help improve their bottom lines.  We are only too happy to oblige them.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

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Ackerman Retail Continues to Expand, Adding Brian Lefkoff As Senior Vice President

Brian Lefkoff
ATLANTA, GA —  Ackerman & Co. announced industry veteran Brian Lefkoff has joined the firm as Senior Vice President under the company’s retail services platform, Ackerman Retail, which focuses on strengthening and expanding the company’s full service retail brand throughout the Southeast.

Lefkoff joins the team with more than 15 years of solid executive retail tenant representation and management experience. He will be representing retailers with their site selection and expansion on behalf of Ackerman Retail. 

Most recently, Lefkoff was Managing Partner/Owner of Southern Retail Brokerage Services, a firm specializing in site selection and lease negotiation for retail tenants.

He previously worked as Senior Vice President at Colliers International, in charge of the development and management of the retail tenant representation division and led business development and retention in the southeastern region as a Broker and National Account Manager at Staubach Retail Services.

“We are steadfastly growing our platform with the best talent in the industry to provide optimum solutions for our clients,” said Leo Wiener, President of Ackerman Retail. “Brian has extensive relationships and experience with complex retail transactions and providing enterprising solutions to some of the nation’s major national brands.” 

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Fara Wilson
Vice President
Director of Marketing and Communications
P: 770.913.3904    C: 678.358.2060    F: 770.913.3965

Orlando’s DME Consulting International Merges with U.K. Firm

Daniel Entwistle
 Orlando, FL -- DME Consulting International, an Orlando-based professional services firm specializing in Performance Improvement and Leadership Development, announced it will merge with one of the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing change consultancies - Curium Solutions.

The merger will allow Curium Solutions to capitalize on the success and infrastructure established by DME, as the U.K. firm seeks to expand their operation to the United States beginning in Florida. The partnership will also bring exclusive content, methodologies and other resources to the U.S. market.

The merged business, which will trade as Curium Solutions starting later this month, will work with companies of all sizes across multiple industries to lead change initiatives, develop internal talent capabilities and accelerate business growth.

Daniel Entwistle, founder of DME Consulting International, will now serve as Curium Solutions’ President of U.S. Operations.

“This merger will help us continue to deliver great solutions to our clients while also providing the infrastructure for us to develop further technological training solutions and utilize the vast experience of the Curium team,” said Entwistle. “Exclusive workshops, resources and globally tested methodologies will now be available to the U.S. market.”

James Farrow, co-founder and managing partner of Curium Solutions U.K. added, “Observing the growth of the economy in Florida over recent years made this an easy decision for us to make. We saw this as a chance to capitalize on the growing economy and support local businesses as we share learnings and insights from our 10 years in working with globally recognized businesses.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Kathryn Hobbs, Curium Solutions Press Office,

Twitter: @CuriumUS