Join Us in Congratulating Our 2013-14 TOBY & Gold Circle Award Finalists

By BOMA/Chicago

2014 TOBY Save the DateIn commercial real estate, the word “asset” strikes images in our minds of beautiful, tall and well-maintained office buildings. These buildings are the foundation to the entire CRE industry and so are the professionals who run them.

We sometimes overlook that those professionals who speak so proudly of their buildings are assets themselves. Although we may find ourselves personifying downtown office buildings in our conversations, the truth is that these buildings do not operate on their own. Behind the curtains of shining steel and antique brick are the men and women who uphold these world-class towers.

At the 2014 TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala on January 30, we will recognize both assets – downtown Chicago’s prestigious office properties and the variety of professionals who keep our skyline glowing bright. The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award will be presented to five buildings that have demonstrated excellence over the past year and the Gold Circle Award will be handed to five BOMA/Chicago members who continually exemplify professionalism and leadership in the industry.

The upcoming TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala will be held in the Great Hall at Chicago’s Union Station. This premier industry event is exclusive to BOMA/Chicago members and will include a cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation and post-reception. The Gala serves as a wonderful backdrop for over 500 guests to recognize our distinguished winners and network with friends and colleagues. Registration opens on January 2, 2014. Tickets for this year’s Gala are $200 each or you may purchase a table of 10 for $2000.

BOMA/Chicago members gather at the 2013 TOBY/Gold Circle Award Gala.

BOMA/Chicago members gather in the Great Hall of Chicago’s Union Station at the 2013 TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala.

For our Affiliate Members, the TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala provides an atmosphere to maximize their visibility through a TOBY/Gold Circle sponsorship.  Our $2500 CUBE sponsorship represents a new and exciting approach for affiliates to readily display their ongoing commitment to supporting operational excellence in the industry. By purchasing this sponsorship, affiliates will be able to display their logo on two giant, rotating cubes in the Great Hall during the Gala. CUBE sponsorships also include two complimentary tickets. We encourage affiliates to secure their sponsorships now, as the CUBE will be the only sponsorship available and spots are limited. To purchase a sponsorship, please complete the TOBY/Gold Circle Sponsorship Form.

BOMA/Chicago would like to recognize the 2013-14 TOBY and Gold Circle Award finalists. Below is a list of the best-of-the-best in Chicago’s CRE industry.

This year’s TOBY Award finalists are competing in five categories. They were judged on tenant relations initiatives, commitment to environmental sustainability, emergency preparedness, budgeting, work order systems, security standards, staff experience and continuing education opportunities.

100,000 – 249,000 Square Feet Category
20 North Michigan Avenue, managed by U.S. Equities
29 North Wacker Drive, managed by NAI Hiffman
250 South Wacker Drive, managed by CBRE

250,000 – 499,000 Square Feet Category
303 West Madison Street, managed by CBRE

500,000 – One Million Square Feet Category
NBC Tower – 455 North Cityfront Plaza, managed by Jones Lang LaSalle
100 North Riverside Plaza, managed by CBRE
77 West Wacker Drive, managed by Jones Lang LaSalle

Over One Million Square Feet Category
300 South Riverside Plaza, managed by Means Knaus Partners during time of building inspection and finalist selection — currently managed by Jones Lang LaSalle

Earth Award Category
Hyatt Center – 71 South Wacker Drive, managed by Jones Lang LaSalle
300 North LaSalle Street, managed by Hines

The TOBY competition begins with the local BOMA/Chicago awards. Local winners go on to compete in the North Central Region TOBY Awards in March 2014 and regional winners automatically advance to the International TOBY Awards competition. International winners are announced at the BOMA International annual conference in June 2014.

Now in its fifth year, BOMA/Chicago’s Gold Circle Awards honor individual excellence within Chicago’s CRE community in five categories. Finalists were judged on a wide range of criteria, including their professional accomplishments, involvement in the industry and positive impact on Chicago’s commercial real estate community.  Below are the 2013-2014 Gold Circle Award finalists. These finalists are strong examples of leadership, professionalism and achievement for current and future industry practitioners.

Property Management Professional of the Year
The Property Management Professional of the Year Award recognizes excellence in property management for professionals charged with managing the day-to-day operations and maintenance of BOMA/Chicago member buildings.

  • Adam Devlin-Brown, CBRE
  • Gina Haley, JP Morgan Chase
  • David Hopwood, Jones Lang LaSalle

Building Engineer of the Year
The Building Engineer of the Year Award honors operational excellence of engineering professionals overseeing the systems and infrastructure of Chicago’s commercial buildings.

  • Ryan Murphy, CBRE
  • Kevin Officer, Manulife Financial
  • Brian O’Kane, GSA/Able Engineering

Security Professional of the Year
The Security Professional of the Year Award recognizes excellence in building security management of BOMA/Chicago member buildings.

  • Mark Anderson, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Alvin Hargrove, The Hearn Company

Emerging Leader of the Year
The Emerging Leader of the Year Award recognizes the leadership achievement of BOMA/Chicago’s building and affiliate members with less than 10 years of industry experience.

  • Rhett Ledford, Strata Contractors
  • Amanda Rittenberg, U.S. Equities
  • Kristine Sorenson, CBRE

Affiliate Member of the Year
The Affiliate Member of the Year Award honors affiliate members that demonstrate exemplary dedication and service to BOMA/Chicago and its members.

  • Helee Hillman, Goby
  • Joe Sergi, Rex Electric & Technologies

Best of luck to all 2013-14 BOMA/Chicago TOBY and Gold Circle Award finalists! We will see you on January 30, 2014 to celebrate our winners and another successful year for Chicago’s CRE industry.

Want to congratulate our finalists or provide feedback on the TOBY and Gold Circle Awards? We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.

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