Later this month, BOMA/Chicago members will be “Going for the Gold” at the Great Hall in Union Station during the TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala. Now in its fourth year, Gold Circle Awards honor individual excellence within Chicago’s commercial real estate community in five categories:
- Property Management Professional of the Year
- Building Engineer of the Year
- Security Professional of the Year
- Emerging Leader of the Year
- Affiliate Member of the Year
Before the 2012-2013 Gold Circle Award winners are announced January 31, we wanted to recognize these outstanding professionals. This week, we’ll start with Property Management Professional of the Year.
The Gold Circle Award for Property Management Professional of the Year honors property management professionals charged with managing the day-to-day operations and maintenance of a BOMA/Chicago member building. The 2012-2013 finalists are:
- Susan Hammer, Riverview Realty Partners (Formerly Prime Group Realty Trust) – Susan is the property manager of 330 North Wabash. She is an advocate of environmental sustainability, the local and national level, and is currently drafting a new BOMI Sustainability Certification course. Susan contributes to the commercial real estate industry by chairing the BOMA/Chicago Education Committee, teaching classes in property management, co-chairing the TOBY Award subcommittee and volunteering as a judge for the local, Regional and International TOBY Awards.
- David Hopwood, Jones Lang LaSalle – David is the property manager of the Hyatt Center, which received an International TOBY Award last year in the Over 1 Million Square Feet category. He is dedicated to using his 25 years of industry experience to train and mentor junior property management professionals. In fact, he mentored last year’s Gold Circle Award recipient in the Emerging Leader of the Year category as well as three other Gold Circle Award finalists.
- Rebecca Steffes Miles, Piedmont Office Realty Trust – Rebecca has 20 years of experience in property management and co-chairs BOMA/Chicago’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and sits on the organization’s Board of Directors. She
supports Chicago’s emerging property management leaders by creating high school mentor programs that develop professionals within the industry. Rebecca regularly works with local nonprofit organizations, and has helped raise $30,000 for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the last three years.
All three of these remarkable property managers have extraordinary accomplishments and demonstrated individual excellence within Chicago’s commercial real estate community. Next week, we’ll profile finalists for the Security Professional of the Year and Building Engineer of the Year awards.
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