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2016 Real Estate Awards Luncheon Recognizes Top Leaders In The Real Estate Industry

Irvine, CA – December 5, 2016 – The Center for Real Estate at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business paid tribute to four of the top leaders in the real estate industry during the 2016 Real Estate Awards Luncheon & Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award held November 30th at the Hotel Irvine.

Among the honorees were:

Douglas C. Neff, partner/president IHP Capital Partners for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.  View the video tribute here.

According to long-time friend John Duncan, “Doug one of the brightest people any of us know. He’s also one of the most competent and one of the most effective.”

Larry Webb, chief executive officer of the New Home Company, commented, “Doug is a powerhouse in the real estate industry…he’s easily the smartest guy in every room.”

Gordon McNeill, president of Sage Hill School, added, “In an organization, there’s always a few people who really transcend the entire institution. Doug is one of those people.”

Marco Vartanian, senior vice president, Colony, Starwood Homes received the 2016 Rising Star Award.  View the video tribute here.

John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., remembers giving Vartanian advice.  “I told him to always remember one thing.  The early bird gets the worm and the harder you work, the luckier you get. And, that’s Marco.”

“What motivates me is to encourage the people I work with to see a vision of the future that is greater than what they can see for themselves,” said Vartanian.  “I think of myself as a service provider for all of the people I work with every day.”

Other award recipients included Timothy L. Strader, Sr., founder/chairman, Starpointe Ventures, who received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, and Robert S. Brunswick, co-founder and CEO, Buchanan Street Partners, who received the for the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) Power Packed Philanthropist Award.

The 2016 Real Estate Awards Luncheon was hosted by the Center for Real Estate at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, and sponsored by FivePoint, a California-based community real estate development company, and Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company. More than 500 guests attended the celebration.

The mission of the Center for Real Estate is to enhance student education, academic research and professional outreach.  This year the Center has added two new Executive Education programs: The Real Estate Finance and Investment Analysis Program, held one day a week for six seeks beginning in April 2017, and a Certificate in Real Estate program involve five quarter-long courses that can be completed in as few as nine months.  Click here to find out more about these programs.

About the Center for Real Estate

The Center for Real Estate at The Paul Merage School of Business is an integral and indispensable component of the program in Real Estate and Urban Development at the University of California, Irvine. The Center’s core constituency is composed of faculty, students and professionals who share a common interest in furthering an understanding of the ways in which to harness knowledge to create a sustainable urban future. The Center for Real Estate is one of seven Centers of Excellence within The Paul Merage School of Business.

About The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that graduate world-ready business leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to consistently rank among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. Additional information is available at merage.uci.edu.

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