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Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Best Lease Transaction
Best Investment Transaction
Leasing Broker of the Year
Financing Transaction of the Year
Investment Sales Broker of the Year
Developing Leader of the Year
Development of the Year
NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter hosted its 4th annual Best of the Bay Awards on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 with over 300 members and guests in attendance. The always-entertaining Luis Belmonte served as master of ceremonies for the third year in a row and delighted the crowd with his irreverent humor, even sporting a Donald Trump mask at one point! Of course he also put the infamous NAIOP gong to good use throughout the evening.
Lively and upbeat, the Best of the Bay is a unique real estate awards competition which allows attendees to pick the winners right there on the spot using wireless keypads. This interactive format gives the crowd a chance to participate and creates a fun and exciting atmosphere. As each award categories is introduced, nominated individuals and groups “pitch” their case. The gong comes into play when pitchers drone on too long or get too cheesy. The crowd begins to chant and Belmonte obliges them by banging the gong! Of course Belmont provided context for the developing leaders in the crowd harkening back to the late 70’s and the TV comedy series The Gong Show.
Competition was stiff and the nominees pulled out the stops employing props and gimmicks to spark voters interest. One team, who shall remain nameless, used Giant story boards which lead to an expedient gonging while the dynamic duo of Lisa Vogel of Deutche Asset Management and Carol Donnelly of Embarcadero Capital Partners wore GoPros on body harnesses in honor of their client GoPro who’s lease at Clearview in San Mateo got them nominated for Best Peninsula Lease. Well known in the NAIOP community these creative ladies won their category AND started a fun new fashion trend.
Bluxome Street took top honors as Development of the Year. Developer Cyrus Sanandaji of Presidio Bay Ventures made a compelling pitch along with Brokers JD Lumpkin and Dave Young of Cushman and Wakefield. The building is the first ground up office development to receive the Delos WELL Living Standard certification and the fastest to receive Prop M allocation under W. SOMA Plan have received allocation in just 13 months. 100% pre-leased to Collective Health in October, 2015. The project was a completed in 12 months build from demolition to completion of core and shell and it developed new a standard with PG&E for high water table areas.
This year’s Developing Leader of the Year is Erik Hanson, Vice President with the Bay Area Capital Markets Group at JLL. A Bay Area native Hanson is in his 10th year in San Francisco commercial real estate. He has participated in over 70 transactions for a total of over $4 Billion since 2009 and has been directly involved in the sale of numerous notable historic/creative buildings in San Francisco including 274 Brannan, The Hamm’s Building, 250 Brannan, 115 Sansome, 731 Market, 660 Market and 901 Battery. Rob Hielscher pitched Hanson for the highly coveted title to cheers and rousing applause from the audience.