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CREBA 2016 Winners!

Hundreds of DC commercial real estate brokers gathered at The Ritz-Carlton in Foggy Bottom last night for CREBA's 35th annual awards ceremony. Here are the big winners:

Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award: 
Thomas Bakke, Washington REIT 

WashREIT COO Thomas Bakke accepting the Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award

James L. Eichberg Broker of the Year Award:
Elizabeth Cooper, JLL

JLL's Elizabeth Cooper accepting the James L. Eichberg Broker of the Year Award

Rising Star Award: 
Kayma Liburd, JLL

JLL's Kayma Liburd accepting the Rising Star Award

JLL vice president Kayma Liburd made the transition to commercial real estate four years ago after working on Wall Street, in management consulting and as an HR recruiter.

Young Brokerage Network Community Service Award: Thomas Cleaver, CBRE. Cleaver was attending a CBRE conference in Florida, but he sent a video message CREBA played for the audience. 

Leasing Agents of the Year

Blake Realty's Steve Solomon, Savills Studley's Adam Singer and Cushman & Wakefield's Spencer Stouffer

Virginia: Spencer Stouffer, Cushman & Wakefield (above right, with Blake Realty's Steve Solomon and Savills Studley's Adam Singer)

Washington, DC: Randy Harrell, CBRE

Maryland: Kevin McGloon, Cushman & Wakefield

Top Regional GSA Leasing Agent: Marcy Owens Test, CBRE

JLL's Elizabeth Cooper and Brookfield Office Properties' Melanie Stehmer-Townsend

Top Landlord Developer Agent: Melanie Stehmer-Townsend, Brookfield Office Properties (above, with JLL's Elizabeth Cooper)

Top 35 And Under Regional Leasing Agent: Mark Wooters, Cushman & Wakefield

Top 35 And Under Regional Sales Finance Agent: Maxi Thiels, CBRE

Top Regional Sales Agent: William Roohan, CBRE

Top Regional Finance Agent: David Webb, CBRE

Top Regional Retail Agents: David Dochter and Matt Alexander, Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors

Leasing Transactions of the Year

A rendering of Brookfield and Douglas's 655 New York Ave., future home of The Advisory Board

Washington, DC: The Advisory Board Co. at 655 New York Ave. NW (rendered above). CBRE's Randy Harrell and Mark Klug represented Douglas Development, while JLL's Greg Lubar, Trip Howell, Amy Bowser and Marshall Durston represented The Advisory Board in its 530K SF deal.

Virginia: MC Dean at Meridian Group's Greensboro Station. CBRE's Malcolm Schweiker and JR Redeker represented the tenant.

Maryland: Abt Associates at Executive Plaza. Avison Young's Jack McShea, Bob Dickman, Bob Wrightson and Brian McCarthy represented the landlord, Monument Realty. Cushman & Wakefield's Kevin McGloon and NGKF's Phil Giunta represented the tenant. 

Under 75K SF: Fish & Richardson at The Wharf. JLL's Brian Dawson represented the landlord, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, while CBRE's Mark Minich represented the tenant.

Sales, Finance and Retail Transactions of the Year


Sales Transaction of the Year: Apex Building in Bethesda (above). Carr Properties bought the 163K SF building from The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for $105.5M. The brokerage team included Cushman & Wakefield's Bill Collins, Paul Collins, Drew Flood and Shaun Weinberg. 

Finance Transaction of the Year: LCOR Portfolio. CBRE closed a $371M debt and equity recapitalization on behalf of LCOR for its 2,700-unit apartment portfolio. Brokers included CBRE's David Webb, Jamie Butler, Maxi Thiels, Bill Roohan, Mike Muldowney, Mike Rudolph, Brian Margerum and Martha Hastings. 

Retail Transaction of the Year: Saks Off 5th and Nordstrom Rack at 555 12th St. NW. MetLife retained Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors to help reposition the retail component on the south side of this downtown building. The brokers signed Nordstrom Rack and Saks for a total of 74K SF. 

Firm of the Year and Best in Industry

Cushman & Wakefield's Roberta Liss (center) accepting the Firm of the Year award alongside Brandywine's Janet Davis and Meridian Group's Gary Block

Leasing Firm of the Year: Cushman & Wakefield (above, Roberta Liss accepts the award alongside Brandywine's Janet Davis and Meridian Group's Gary Block)

Sales/Finance Firm of the Year: CBRE

Best In Industry: 

Architecture: Wingate Hughes Architects

Moving Company: Fitzgerald Moving and Storage

Furniture Company: Washington Workplace

Construction Contractor: DFS Construction

Project Management: Cushman & Wakefield

Landlord: Brookfield Office Properties

Developer: The JBG Cos. 

Project of the Year: Vornado's The Bartlett in Pentagon City

Law Firm: Spartin & Planning