NAI Global Executives
MIPIM 2014 started off this week with high visibility and networking opportunities for the NAI Global team attending the event.Paul Danks, Managing Director, NAI Global and David Haigh, Vice President, NAI Hiffman, attended an event chaired by Baroness Susan Williams, Executive Director, Atlantic Gateway. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO of Manchester City Council, addressed a distinguished group of international investors, developers, occupiers and owners at the “Back to the Future” opening session on Monday, March 10. The discussion focused on the Atlantic Gateway, a combination of over $1.7 billion of infrastructure investment projects in the North West UK, designed to transform the entire region. One of the major projects addressed is SUPERPORT, a logistics freight hub in Liverpool that is poised to transform freight capability in the northern UK.
A new report, “Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership SUPERPORT: An Analysis of the Supply of, and Demand for Distribution Space Within the Liverpool City Region,” was coordinated by a team led by NAI Global on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), leader of the Liverpool SUPERPORT freight hub program. The report examines the factors that will drive demand, from investment in SUPERPORT assets and capabilities to current and planned supply of sites that can meet the future demand for logistics facilities. A press release supporting the report was issued on Monday, and NAI Global will present the findings of the report to potential investors, developers, owners, operators, clients and media at an event aboard the NAI Global yacht, Costa Magna, on Thursday, March 13.
Preliminary press coverage of the report includes articles in Place North West (link to article) and in the Liverpool Echo (link to article) quoting Paul Danks: “Logistics is a recognized growth sector in the UK and internationally as businesses adapt to changes in customer demand and methods of sourcing, manufacturing and delivering goods and services. SUPERPORT will help Liverpool secure its position as an innovative, competitive multimodal port, and create opportunities for investors, developers, occupiers and real estate brokers and others active in the global industrial and logistics property market.”
NAI Global president, Jay Olshonsky, said: “Currently, 45% of North American trade enters the UK via Liverpool, and the location is ideally positioned to benefit from increased Atlantic activity and the growth of Latin and South American economies, providing outstanding opportunities for NAI Global members and their clients, developers investors and occupiers to take advantage of the enhanced competitiveness of the Liverpool City Region for logistics and manufacturing operations.”
Stay tuned for more coverage from MIPIM!
Congratulations to NAI Hiffman on its multiple wins for its Management Services team in the 2013 TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Award competition, sponsored by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Suburban Chicago (BOMA/Suburban Chicago). In addition, the firm was also named to the Chicago Tribune’s list of Top Workplaces for 2013, ranking 33rd among 126 firms.
“We are very proud of NAI Hiffman for both of these achievements,” said Jay Olshonsky, President, NAI Global. “The external recognition underscores our strength in local leadership and commitment to client service, not just in the Chicago area, but throughout the NAI Global network.”
Through the prestigious TOBY program, BOMA chapters worldwide recognize properties that exemplify outstanding quality and management. NAI Hiffman won four out of six categories:
• Under 100,000 Square Feet Category: Summit Oaks in Oakbrook Terrace, managed by the team of Paul DiCosola, Tammy Sullivan, Donna Eyre, and Bill Mareska
• 100,000 – 249,999 Square Feet Category: 909 Davis Street in Evanston, managed by the team of Tom Murphy, Chris Rackham, Stephanie Crump, Scott Wilson, and Matthew Dineen
• Renovated Building Category: Edens Corporate Center in Northbrook, managed by the team of Tom Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, and Rodolfo Ricardo
• Suburban Office Park – Low Rise Category: Butterfield Centre in Lombard, managed by the team of Melissa Woolsey, Chris Zivalich, Donna Monterubio, Ed Cosme, and Luke Hannon
The winners will advance to a regional competition later next year. The TOBY Award is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry. All facets of the building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated during the judging process, including tenant relations programs, preventative maintenance, community involvement, emergency preparedness, energy conservation and continuing education for building personnel.
NAI Hiffman is one of eight real estate firms on the Chicago Tribune list of 126 companies and organizations as Top Workplaces 2013. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees. According to the survey, companies ranked as Top Workplaces are not only better places to work but are more likely to be successful than peer organizations.
“These awards are a testament that we have the best people and a workplace that contributes to providing optimal results for our clients” said Dave Petersen, CEO, NAI Hiffman.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) designates November 15 as “National Philanthropy Day” as a way to acknowledge the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community.
“Deeply rooted local business leadership often goes hand-in-hand with philanthropy, and can have a profoundly positive impact on society,” said Jay Olshonsky, President, NAI Global.
Steve Martens, CEO, NAI Martens, was named this year’s Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Wichita Chapter. Steve’s record of exceptional generosity, civic responsibility and the impact he’s made on his community through financial support were noted when the award was presented at a luncheon November 12.
Through his participation with human service organizations, local government, education, and economic development activities, he is committed to improving the quality of life in Wichita and surrounding communities. He is involved with: United Way of the Plains, serving as a campaign chair and later as a board chair; board member and past chair of the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center; Exploration Place; Wichita/Sedgwick County Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness, the founding chair of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition; University of Kansas 4-Wichita Advancement Board and United Methodist Open Door.
The AFP recognized Steve as a role model to his employees, demonstrating that community service is not just a necessity, but a privilege. He cares about the community organizations his employees are passionate about and weaves those causes into his yearly planning. Steve is a leader whose actions really do speak louder than his words.
“Congratulations to Steve. We are proud that his philanthropic leadership has been recognized with this award,” said Jay.
Thank you to NAI Martens for sharing the good news with us! Please remember to let firstname.lastname@example.org know when your people or organization receive a special honor or recognition that we can communicate with other NAI Members.
Congratulations to Michael Blum, partner and managing broker of NAI Rio Grande Valley, on being named Easter Seals Humanitarian of the Year. The award will be presented on October 29 at a dinner honoring Mike for his years of service not only to Easter Seals but to the community as a whole.
In addition to his work with Easter Seals, including two terms as Rio Grande Valley President, Mike has been involved with dozens of community organizations throughout his career, particularly aiding children of all abilities.
“We are delighted and proud that Mike’s commitment to helping his community has been recognized with this award,” said Jay Olshonsky, NAI Global President. “One of the indisputable strengths of NAI Global is our people and their relationships within their communities — relationships that often extend beyond the business community and are just as important.”
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Ronald Reagan once said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” On Wednesday, September 11th, select NAI Executives, Members of the NAI Women’s Alliance and a number of VIP Clients were invited to an exclusive dinner held at Scarpetta in the historic Fontainebleau.
The NAI Global Women’s Alliance was formed in January to empower, educate, mentor, share and expand the knowledge and experiences of women within NAI. This group’s mission is to build a united group seeking professional and personal advancement within the commercial real estate industry.
“This dinner was a wonderful chance for Members of the Women’s Alliance to share success stories and realize how NAI Global enables them to expand their contacts and deal making possibilities,” said Patricia Faulkner, SVP, Client Development at NAI Global and Leader of the NAI Global Women’s Alliance.
The gathering of good company allowed a lively exchange of ideas for maximizing business opportunities. Several attendees from NAI Member firms who focus on corporate services invited their clients, including Ansari Real Estate Ventures, BH Properties and Flagler Development. They were joined by NAI Global leadership as well as several Summit sponsors, including Sherwin Williams, Trepp, Real Capital Analytics, and A10 Capital. Other notable guests included senior staff with The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, and the Canadian Consulate General based in Miami.
Also in attendance was Maribel Koella, NAI Knoxville’s principal broker, and a Member of the NAI Women’s Alliance Leadership Committee. Maribel was recently named one of Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence” and was featured in the magazine’s cover story in the July/August 2013 issue. Congratulations to Maribel on this distinguished honor.