UCI’S KERRY VANDEL TO SERVE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INAUGURAL O. C. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE “SPIRE AWARDS” MARCH 1 AT THE PACIFIC CLUB

UCI’S KERRY VANDEL TO SERVE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INAUGURAL O. C. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE “SPIRE AWARDS” MARCH 1 AT THE PACIFIC CLUB

o Honoring “Superior Performance In Real Estate”

o Parker Kennedy To Present Awards for men and women in Development, Leasing, Sales, Lending and Philanthropy

o Tickets to Event Now On Sale

Orange County, CA – February 14, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Kerry Vandel, Director of the UCI Center for Real Estate has been announced as the keynote speaker for the first annual “SPIRE Awards” program, recognizing commercial real estate achievements by men and women in Orange County, and presented by the Commercial Real Estate Women, Orange County chapter (CREW-OC).

Open to individuals and teams in development, construction, brokerage, interior design, lending and architecture, CREW’s SPIRE Awards recognize Superior Performance In Real Estate.

The Inaugural SPIRE Awards will be presented by Parker Kennedy, President of First American Title during a cocktail reception at The Pacific Club on March 1. Tickets are available for purchase at www.crewocspireawards.com

The judges for the SPIRE Awards include Susan Graham, Partner, Allen Matkins; Jane Lloyd, Managing Director, US Investments, Dexus Property Group; Steven Milner, Managing Partner, Squar Milner; Marina Massari, Senior Vice President, Irvine Company; Lydia Shen, Managing Director, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors, Inc.; Guy Johnson, President and CEO, Johnson Capital; Patrick Remolacio, President, SIOR Orange County and a top broker at Colliers International; Sal Provenza, Chairman, Building Blocks and Managing Director of CWP Advisors; Lisa Hirose, Chief Administration Officer, Donahue Schriber; David Kim, Managing Partner, The Bascom Group.

CREW-OC will recognize the individual or team selected in the categories of:

  • Development/Building and/or Renovation Project
  • Best in Leasing
  • Best in Sales
  • Most Significant Loan
  • CREW-OC Member
  • Philanthropist

“Bringing a major commercial real estate awards contest to Orange County is long overdue,” notes Jennifer Stroffe, President of CREW-OC and a Senior Associate at Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. “Commercial real estate is one of this county’s key industries. Orange County has served as a tremendous source of innovation in the field, and we are a catalyst for commercial real estate trends nationwide. Our SPIRE Awards will recognize some of the finest in the industry each year.”

Sponsors for the event include Diamond Sponsors Aon Risk Solutions; Bank of America and CBRE. Gold Sponsors are Brower, Miller & Cole; Irvine Company; Orange County Business Journal; Troutman Sanders, LLP; and Willis. Silver Sponsors are AIR Commercial Real Estate Association; Auction.com Commercial; CoStar; Globest.com; and US Bank.

The Inaugural SPIRE Awards are co-chaired by Dana White, Vice President of Bank of the West, Past-President of CREW-OC and Co-Chair of CREW SPIRE Awards, and Sheldon Ascher of the Orange County Business Journal and Co-Chair of CREW SPIRE Awards.

Tickets purchase prior to February 27 at 5 p.m. are $65 for members and $85 for non-members. Following that day, tickets will be $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at www.crewocspireawards.com

Commercial Real Estate Women of Orange County (CREW-OC) is a member organization of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network and has been serving Orange County real estate professionals since 1988. CREW-OC is a non-profit organization established to promote and sponsor educational and professional activities for its members in the field of commercial real estate. Further information on the organization is available at www.crew-oc.org.

Media Contact:
Judith Brower
Brower, Miller & Cole
(949) 955-7940

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