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:
-- Industrial Leasing: Bayne Porter, Cushman & Wakefield;
-- Industrial Sales: David Murphy, CBRE;
-- Office Leasing: Nan McCormick, CBRE;
-- Office Sales: Ronald J. Rogg, CBRE;
-- Retail Leasing: James Mitchell, CBRE;
-- Retail Sales: Brad Peterson, HFF;
-- Multifamily Sales: Shelton Granade, CBRE;
-- Financing: Michael Weinberg, HFF.
Among the top 10 brokers of the year who were recognized in NAIOP CFL's 2018 Presidents Circle, Shelton Granade of CBRE was given the premier individual award of Top Broker of the Year.
The Central Florida chapter considered submissions from Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia and Polk counties.
When it came to area commercial real estate projects completed in 2017, NAIOP CFL's Developer of the Year awards went to:
-- Industrial Development: Bent Oak Industrial Park's Phase 2, by McCraney Property Company;
-- Office Development: Science One, a 60,000-square-foot building in the Central Florida Research Park, by Equity Partners, Inc.;
-- Retail Development: Lake Nona Landing, boasting 596,000 square feet on 52 acres along Narcoossee Road, by Tavistock Development Company;
-- Multifamily Development: the 483-unit Baldwin Harbor Apartments, by ZOM Living;
-- Mixed-Use Development: The Grove at Isleworth - Parcel 4, by Tavistock;
-- 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.