2021 CPE Executive of the Year Awards Roundup

The CPE team is pleased to present our 2021 award winners, including Executive of the Year and Innovator of the Year Owen Thomas, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mary Ann Tighe.

Commercial Property Executive’s editorial team is thrilled to announce the Executive of the Year Award winners for 2021. Representing the breadth of the industry, these individuals managed to seize opportunity, innovate ideas and break records despite the dif­ficulties and uncertainties presented by the nearly two-year-long pandemic.

This year’s first-place winners and honorable mentions are the investors, developers, ­ financiers and service professionals who were involved in the largest and most complex recent deals and developments in the U.S., and other parts of the world, as well. Aside from being household names, they continue to amaze and inspire their peers with their achievements, and they deserve our recognition.

Join us as we honor these individuals, who were nominated via a secret ballot of the CPE 100, a volunteer group of industry leaders.

Read our full coverage: CPE’s Executive of the Year Awards 2021

2021 CPE Executive of the Year Winners

Executive Of the Year & Innovator of the Year

Owen Thomas, Director & CEO, Boston Properties

Owen Thomas, Director & CEO, Boston Properties
Owen Thomas, Director & CEO, Boston Properties. Image courtesy of Boston Properties

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, Tri-State Region, CBRE

Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, Tri-State Region, CBRE
Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, Tri-State Region, CBRE. Image by Weston Wells

Investor of the Year

Tyler Henritze, Head of Real Estate Acquisitions, Americas, Blackstone

Developer of the Year & Honorable Mention for Office Property Executive of the Year

Matthew Kelly, CEO, JBG SMITH Properties

Service Executive of the Year

Bob Sulentic, President & CEO, CBRE Group Inc.

Financier of the Year

Roy Hilton March, CEO, Eastdil Secured

Office Property Executive of the Year, Honorable Mention for Innovator of the Year & Honorable Mention for Developer of the Year

Jeffrey Hines, Chairman & CEO, Hines

Industrial Property Executive of the Year

David Gilbert, President, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Clarion Partners

Net Lease Executive of the Year

Camille Renshaw, Co-Founder & CEO, B+E

Honorable Mention

Executive of the Year & Developer of the Year

Mike Lafitte, CEO, Trammell Crow Co.

Executive of the Year & Investor of the Year

Chris Lee, Partner & Head of Real Estate Americas, KKR & Co.

Investor of the Year

Nathalie Palladitcheff, President & CEO, Ivanhoe Cambridge

Service Executive of the Year

Hessam Nadji, President & CEO, Marcus & Millichap

Mark Rose, CEO, Avison Young

Financier of the Year

Kara McShane, Managing Director & Head of Commercial Real Estate Finance, Wells Fargo

Miriam Wheeler & Ted Borter Co-Heads, Americas Real Estate Financing Group, Goldman Sachs

Innovator of the Year

Victor Coleman, Chairman & CEO, Hudson Pacific Properties

Office Property Executive of the Year

Brian Kingston, Managing Partner & CEO, Brookfield Real Estate Group, Brookfield Property Partners

Industrial Property Executive of the Year

Michael Brennan, Chairman & Managing Principal, Brennan Investment Group

Net Lease Executive of the Year

John Park, President, W.P. Carey

Jonathan Hipp, Principal & Head of U.S. Net Lease Group, Avison Young

The Popular Vote

The ballot was also posted on our website, with the industry-at-large invited to weigh in. Here are the results:

Executive of the Year

First Place:

Chris Lee, Partner & Head of Real Estate Americas, KKR & Co.

Honorable Mention:

Debra Cafaro, CEO, Ventas

Owen Thomas, Director & CEO, Boston Properties

Lifetime Achievement

Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, Tri-State Region, CBRE

Investor of the Year

First Place:

Tyler Henritze, Head of Real Estate Acquisitions, Americas, Blackstone

Nathalie Palladitcheff, President & CEO, Ivanhoe Cambridge

Honorable Mention:

Chris Lee, Partner & Head of Real Estate Americas, KKR & Co.

Developer of the Year

First Place:

Jeffrey Hines, Chairman & CEO, Hines

Honorable Mention:

Victor Coleman, Chairman & CEO, Hudson Paci­fic Properties

John Kilroy, Chairman & CEO, Kilroy Realty Corp.

Service Executive of the Year

First Place:

Mitchell Rudin, Chairman & CEO, Savills North America

Honorable Mention:

Christian Ulbrich, President & CEO, JLL

Hessam Nadji, President & CEO, Marcus & Millichap

Financier of the Year

First Place:

Roy Hilton March, CEO, Eastdil Secured

Kara McShane, Managing Director & Head of Commercial Real Estate Finance, Wells Fargo

Honorable Mention:

Kathy Farrell, Head, Commercial Real Estate, Truist

Innovator of the Year

First Place:

Sarah King, Director of Sustainability, Skanska

Victor Coleman, Chairman & CEO, Hudson Paci­fic Properties

Honorable Mention:

Sara Neff, Head of ESG, Lendlease

Office Property Executive of the Year

First Place:

Lisa Picard, President & CEO, EQ Of­fice

Honorable Mention:

Brandon Shorenstein, Chairman & CEO, Shorenstein Properties

Brian Kingston, Managing Partner & CEO, Brook­field Real Estate Group and Brook­field Property Partners

Industrial Property Executive of the Year

First Place:

Adon Panattoni, CEO, Panattoni Development Co.

Ming Mei, Co-Founder & CEO, GLP

Honorable Mention:

Michael Brennan, Chairman & Managing Principal, Brennan Investment Group

Net Lease Executive of the Year

First Place:

Ben Reinberg, CEO, Alliance Consolidated Group of Cos.

Honorable Mention:

Randy Blankstein, President, The Boulder Group

Camille Renshaw, Co-Founder & CEO, B+E

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