Greater Orlando's leading commercial real estate brokers and developments from 2017 were highlighted Thursday night at NAIOP Central Florida's "Best of the Best" Annual Awards Gala, held at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park.
NAIOP's Lifetime Achievement award was given posthumously to NAI Realvest founder and chairman George Livingston, who died last July at age 81.
Livingston's former colleague and partner at Realvest, Christie Alexander now with Crossman & Company, gave a thoughtful speech about how Livingston's sphere of influence touched nearly every table in the ballroom.
On a night when many award announcements were hard to hear amid the buzz of deal chatter between CRE peers, the room drew silent as Alexander called for audience members to stand one by one if they had ever done a deal with Livingston, worked directly with him, been mentored by him or work now under someone he taught.
By the end nearly everyone in the room was standing, prompting one final prolonged applause for the impact George Livingston made on Greater Orlando's commercial real estate market.
Individual brokerage awards for five CRE categories went to:
-- Hotel Development (chosen from a broad "Other" category): the dual TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Holiday Inn Express & Suites at SeaWorld, located in the 10700 block of International Drive, by Mandala Holdings.
NAIOP CFL chose Withum as the auditing firm to collect submissions for the 2017 awards tabulation. Sensitive financial information about developments and broker commissions was ultimately not shared by Withum with NAIOP.
Local companies that sponsored the event included Weingarten Realty, Marcus & Millichap, Edwards Construction Services, ZOM Living, Bank United, Tower Realty Partners, Highwoods Properties, JLL, Lincoln Property Company, ProLogis, HFF, McCraney Property Company, Colliers International Central Florida, Withum, ECS, Bill Bird Lightsey & Associates, Unicorp National Developments, Cushman & Wakefield, Tavistock and NAI Realvest.