|Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised with who won the Downtown Office Development of the Year at last night's NAIOP Awards.|
|Just like every other awards show, the Mad Men cast took top billing. Wait, our mistake, that's the John Buck Company accepting for 155 N. Wacker. The 1.4M-SF structure still has space available, even after Ernst & Young signed a lease to move in late next year. More than 800 real estate professionals filled the Sheraton in support of the Children's Memorial Foundation, hearing from Governor Pat Quinn and lifetime achievement award winner CBRE's Jim Dieter.|
Northmarq's Keith Forrester, Scott Ralston and NAI Hiffman's Michael Flynn before dinner. Keith manages Highland Landmark and was excited for the nomination (and eventual win) of Highland Landmark V as Suburban Office Development of the Year. Michael was celebrating for KTR Capital Partners' project with NAI at 4404-4500 Ann Lurie Place, which won best Industrial Redevelopment. Scott didn't take home hardware, but some argue he's got something better, a signed lease: 1,500-SF at Burr Ridge Village Center(which he manages) to Color Me Mine, a children's pottery shop.
CBRE's Jim Dieter reenacts a moment from earlier in the day. He was on his cell phone with a client, talking about how he could not find . . . his cell phone. While proving you're aging is not a requirement for a lifetime achievement award, with Jim's boyish looks, perhaps he wasn't taking any chances. He credits his career success with Insignia/Frain Camin & Swartchild and CBRE to his brother, a Marine drill sergeant who always kept him in line.