Chicago’s Best Women in Commercial RE Rewarded

September 10, 2010

The top women in Chicago commercial real estate were recognized this week as the premiere performers in their field.

The third annual Women in Real Estate Awards luncheon was held at the University Club in Chicago on Wednesday.

From Left: Lynn Reich, Meredith O'Connor, Alex Cole, Stacey Kruger Birndorf, Kelly Martincin, Deanna Arce

More than 200 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Illinois Real Estate Journal and the Chicago Chapter of CREW.

There were more than 20 outstanding nominees vying for awards in five categories.

The 2010 award recipients:

Bright Horizon Award: For women with five years or less of commercial real estate experience who have demonstrated they will be industry leaders in the future.

*Meredith O’Connor of Jones Lang LaSalle

*Deanna Arce of Shepard Schwartz & Harris LLP

Impact Award: Given to the woman who has significantly impacted the commercial real estate industry over the last 18 months.

*Molly Kelly, chief marketing officer of Jones Lang LaSalle

Community Service Award:

*Kelly Marticin of HAWORTH, Inc., who voluntarily serves on the board of Hostelling International as well as the Cynthia L. Bischof Foundation, which increases awareness of domestic violence.

Crystal Apple Award: For the best mentor in commercial real estate.

*Stacey Kruger Birndorf of Transwestern

Career Achievement Award:

*Alexandra Cole of Perkins Coie LLP, who, through her three-decade career, provided legal counsel to the developers of the first commercial structure in Poland after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The afternoon included a keynote address from Lynn Reich of Colliers International, who discussed the importance of being actively involved in Chicago’s commercial real estate industry.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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