This is the 35th consecutive year this association has gathered to celebrate our industry and recognize our peers for their work in the prior year. Welcome to the Annual Awards!
Tonight, we gather to recognize our colleagues who had an outstanding 2016. The commercial real estate professionals in the Washington DC area have a special camaraderie that is unique to our region. We not only have individuals that are successful in our business but who give back to the community every day through philanthropic activities and mentoring our next generation both inside and outside our profession. In addition to our transaction, production and best in industry awards we will once again recognize individuals with the Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award, the James L. Eichberg Broker of the Year award, the Rising Star Award and our newest award, introduced last year, – the YBN (Young Brokerage Network) Community Service Award.
The tenets of our organization are education, networking and recognition. CREBA believes that recognizing each other is important. Last November, our Honorary Chairman, Ray Ritchey, emceed our first-ever “Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Hall of Fame” event. Six retired legends were recognized: Pat Cassidy (posthumously), John Donovan, Jim Eichberg (posthumously), Brendan McCarthy (posthumously), Joe Moravec and Peter Speier. More than 250 people attended to toast the life’s work of these initial inductees in a very special ceremony. We will announce the 2017 Hall of Fame class this fall.
Along with recognition, CREBA is also focused on providing relevant education and networking opportunities for our members. Education opportunities include: “CREBA Classroom” a 12 part series of in-depth lectures, presentations and/or panel discussions on timely topics; Our “First Look Series” which offers “sneak peeks” at new and exciting development projects; and the “Breakfast of Champions” open to CREBA members age 35 and under who participate with senior industry leaders in a mentor/mentee discussion. If you have not joined CREBA for 2017, join today to take advantage of these unique and high-level education opportunities. On the networking front, we have some favorite events like our annual “CREBA Golf Tournament” and a “Night at the Shore” rooftop party coming this spring.
Finally, please join me in congratulating tonight’s nominees, many of whom are profiled on the following pages. On behalf of CREBA, thank you for joining us! We are honored to serve you as we continue to elevate the commercial real estate industry of Greater Washington, DC.
Vornado/Charles E. Smith
CREBA President 2016/17