National Commercial Awards

Recognition for excellence in the commercial real estate industry this past year.
All are members of REALTOR® associations that have NAR’s Commercial Services Accreditation.


Monty Berry, CCIM
NAI Commercial Properties, Tulsa, OK
AWARD: 2010 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS®


George W. Boss
Taylor & McChesney, Winston Salem, NC
AWARD: 2010 Elder Statesman Award
ASSOCIATION: Winston Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®

“There is a substantial need for a stronger background in finance management in real estate. Do it now!”


Louis G. Christopher
Cushman & Wakefield, Washington, DC
AWARD: 2010 Broker of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Greater Washington Commercial Assocation of REALTORS®


Charles M. Clifton, CCIM
Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT, Tampa, FL
AWARD: 2011 Henry Blanton Lifetime Achievement Award
ASSOCIATION: Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of REALTORS®

“I was able to institute a Commercial Information Exchange for our association to better serve commercial specialists.”


G. Joseph Cosenza
Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, Inc., Oak Brook, IL
AWARD: 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
ASSOCIATION: Chicago Association of REALTORS®

“Whether you are representing people as a salesman or a broker, or negotiating across the table with them to purchase their property, treat people kindly, fairly and with respect.”


Beth Cristina, ALC
Stirling Properties New Orleans, LA
AWARD: 2010 Louisiana REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: New Orleans Metro Association of REALTORS®

“Practice mindful awareness; the ability to recognize what is happening in the very moment it occurs and accepting the experience without any judgment.”


Gary Cuff, CCIM
Colliers International, Las Vegas, NV
AWARD: 2010 Member of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®

“Be an agent of change! Our business is evolving at a faster pace than we have experienced in many years. It can no longer be business as usual and we must be constantly refining how to do things faster, easier and with less expense than before.”


Richard Elosh, GRI, SIOR
Victory Realty Services, Columbus, OH
AWARD: 2010 CBR’s Erika Blumenstein Memorial Award

“Now is the time to take on difficult and challenging real estate courses and professional programs. There are affiliate organizations which will enable you to sharpen your skills and expand the services you can offer your clients.”


William A. Eshenbaugh, ALC, CCIM
Eshenbaugh Land Company, Tampa, FL
AWARD: 2010 Florida REALTORS® Commercial Award
ASSOCIATION: Florida Association of REALTORS®

“As a land specialist for over 35 years, the Eshenbaugh firm has emerged as an important community influence as a result of active involvement and leadership throughout the real estate community.”


Alan Hendrickson
Corporate Commercial Realty, Melville, NY
AWARD: 2010 NYSCAR REALTOR® of the YearASSOCIATION: New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS®

“Become an expert in commercial real estate. Network with REALTORS® and select a mentor. Learn the NAR Code of Ethics and incorporate it into everything you do in commercial real estate.”


Bill Herrera, CIPS, CRS, TRC
Palm Pacific Realty, Inc., San Gabriel, CA
AWARD: 2011 Commercial Alliance REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: West San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS®

“Get connected with NAR Commercial. The website is an excellent way to expose yourself and your clients to commercial properties on a national scale.”


Brett G. Hunsaker
Grubb & Ellis Company, Atlanta, GA
AWARD: REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®

“Go back to the basics: meet with your existing clients and established relationships. Help your peers help themselves. Stay connected with those in our industry looking for jobs and work with them to help find opportunities.”


Andrew P. Jensen, Jr., SIOR
The Boerke Company, Milwaukee, WI
AWARD: CARW 2010 REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Commercial Association of REALTORS® – Wisconsin

“Always look for the value add you can provide clients.”


Edward Kearney, CCIM
Kearney Commercial Realty, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
AWARD: 2010 REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: REALTORS® Association of the Palm Beaches

“Persistence, persistence, persistence. Put yourself in the prospect’s shoes and think of what you would do or want if roles were reversed.”


Ronald Kohn, CCIM
Kohn Commercial, Miami, FL
AWARD: Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Miami Association of REALTORS®

“Be a person of integrity and a helpful part of the community. Be positive. In serving others, you will serve yourself.”


David Maybank, III, CCIM
Maybank Properties, LLC, Charleston, SC
AWARD: 2010 Charleston Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®

“I have spent the better part of two decades participating in various industry organizations and non-profits while at the same time pursuing my real estate career. I believe that my service to the community combined with my commitment to the commercial real estate industry led to this award.”


Richard W. Meginnis, SIOR
NAI FMA Realty, Lincoln, NE
AWARD: Commercial REALTOR® Service Award
ASSOCIATION: REALTORS® Association of Lincoln

“I strive to be a consultant to my clients. I’m in the business of listening, understanding and adding value that goes beyond the typical brokerage services. Also, being an “expert” means sharing knowledge and expertise for the industry.”


Teresa Morrow, CCIM
Blank & McCune, the Real Estate Company, Iowa City, IA
AWARD: 2010 Presidential Merit Award
ASSOCIATION: Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®

“Organizing a regional commercial roundtable was instrumental for creating value for commercial brokers and agents. Networking with government officials and understanding the issues brings greater value to the clients we serve as well as enhances the image of REALTORS® in the community.”


Lou Nimkoff, CCIM, CPM
Brio Real Estate Services, Winter Park, FL
AWARD: 2010 Wilbur Strickland Award
ASSOCIATION: Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS®

“Stick to one area of focus – either by geographic area or property type. Nobody can be an expert in “everything” and if you try to be, you won’t be recognized for anything.”


John C. Shepler, CCIM
Shepler Commercial, LLC, Santa Fe, NM
AWARD: CCIM Designation Recipient
ASSOCIATION: Santa Fe Association of REALTORS®

“Take the time to do your homework well. The more knowledge you can consistently bring to all your commercial real estate situations, then the more assignments and specifically, the better quality assignments will come your way.”


Daniel E. Sight, CCIM
Reece & Nichols Corporate, Leawood, KS
AWARD: KCRAR Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®.

“Learn. Be honest. And follow up.”


Duwayne Duke Suwyn, CCIM, SIOR
Colliers International, Grand Rapids, MI
AWARD: 2011 REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Commercial Alliance of REALTORS®.

“Find creative solutions to complex transactions and always remain active in the community.”


Brad Toothaker, CPM
CB Richard Ellis/Bradley, South Bend, IN
AWARD: 2010 REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS®

“Become transactional and treat every property like a business in itself. Understand each property integrates capital, expense management and revenue streams. These are the three components to the commercial real estate industry.”


Kelly Truitt, CCIM, CPM
CB Richard Ellis - Memphis, TN
AWARD: MAAR Commercial Council 2010 Broker of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Memphis Area Association of REALTORS®

“Persevere through the tough times! It’s a great industry and it’s worth it.”


Smedes York
York Properties, Inc., Raleigh, NC
AWARD: 2011 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
ASSOCIATION: Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS®

“Don’t try to do everything on the computer - remember the value of a personal touch.”

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