Slideshow: REBNY Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast
Tobias Salinger May 29, 2014, 5:45 p.m.
The Real Estate Board of New York doled out 10 awards for property management, engineering and building maintenance in a ceremony at the New York Hilton in Midtown this morning. Hundreds of attendees thronged 77 tables in the ballroom and enjoyed a keynote speech by Bloomberg LP CEO Dan Doctoroff.
REBNY award winners pose with their supervisors and other industry leaders following the ceremony.
Bloomberg LP CEO Dan Doctoroff gave the keynote address. “When a city grows, when more people come, when jobs are created, then revenues grow,” Mr. Doctoroff told the audience. “Those benefits are not just shared by a one percent. Those benefits are shared by everyone.”
The 77 packed tables at the awards breakfast represented a range of unions, building workers and industry leaders.
Flanked by Gaston Silva of Vornado Realty Trust and Michael Norton of Tishman Speyer, Steve Griffith (center left) and Patrick Lynch (center right) of Paramount Group’s 31 West 52nd Street posed with the best engine room award.
Arpiné Aroyan of Cushman & Wakefield speaks after accepting the portfolio manager of the year award. Aroyan runs 6.5 million square feet of UBS office space in the Tri-State area, Chicago and Brazil.
Jose Antonio Bonilla won the porter of the year for his steadfast tenant and visitor service and extensive knowledge of the building over 24 years working for TEMCO Services at 825 3rd Avenue.
Michael Norton of Tishman Speyer acted as emcee for the ceremony, but he was surprised when REBNY officials presented him with framed American and Marine Corps flags to honor his 30 years in the Marines.
Frank Freda of Cushman & Wakefield won the commercial management executive of the year prize and gave an inspirational speech to the audience about sacrifices made by the property managers and building staff who act as first responders during disasters. “We should never forget how important this industry is,” Mr. Freda told the audience.