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Finalists Announced: D CEO’s 2017 Commercial Real Estate Awards

A total of 55 finalists were honored in categories for outstanding projects, deals, and industry players.
By Lily Corral |

D CEO magazine has announced the finalists in its 2017 Commercial Real Estate Awards program, which honors outstanding projects, deals, and industry players. Last year was an outstanding one for real estate activity in DFW—and the number and caliber of nominations submitted to the publication reflected that.

The competition was especially fierce but, in the end, 55 finalists were selected for recognition in 16 categories. Winners will be revealed at a March 29 awards gala and featured in the April issue of D CEO.

John Crawford
John Crawford

This year John Crawford, the former president and CEO and now vice chairman of Downtown Dallas Inc., will be honored with the Pioneer Award. More than $5 billion of investment has been made in downtown Dallas since Crawford became the nonprofit’s president and CEO in 2007, while the area’s retail absorption has increased by 20 percent and the downtown residential population has grown by more than 185 percent.

Here’s a list (alphabetically, by last name) of others who will be recognized in this year’s program. Be watching D CEO Real Estate for profiles of the winners after our awards celebration next month. (Click here to see a photo gallery from last year’s Commercial Real Estate Awards program.)


2017 Pioneer Award Honoree

John Crawford, Downtown Dallas Inc.


Real Estate Executive of the Year

Doug Chesnut, StreetLights Residential

Ran Holman, Cushman & Wakefield

Steven Lieberman and Alan Shor, The Retail Connection


Broker of the Year

Jeff Ellerman, CBRE

Jennifer Pierson, Pierson Retail Advisors

Jeff Staubach, JLL

Mary Stoner Yost, Colliers International

Chris Taylor, Cushman & Wakefield

Jeremy Zidell, The Retail Connection


Developer of the Year

Cawley Partners, led by Bill Cawley

Granite Properties, led by Michael Dardick

Hillwood, led by Ross Perot Jr.


Excellence in Architecture and Design

Merriman Anderson/Architects, led by Jerry Merriman

Corgan, led by Bob Morris

HKS, led by Dan Noble



Best Commercial Property Sale


Restoration Hardware Distribution Facility

State Farm at CityLine

The Campus at Legacy West

Verizon (Irving Campus)


Best Community Impact

Music Factory

The Star


Best New Healthcare Project

Family Medicine Center of Excellence-Las Colinas


Best Industrial Lease

NFI Industries

Project Carlsbad

The Container Store


Best New Industrial Project

Bed Bath and Beyond

CentrePort Business Park

I-20 Commerce Center

Pinnacle Park Portfolio


Best Land Sale

Charles Schwab Campus

DCT Miller Road

Stryker Communications


Best New Mixed-Use Project

City Lights Phase II

Frisco Station

The Union Dallas



Best Office Lease


Environmental Protection Agency


WeWork Dallas


Best New Office Project

Connection Park

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Campus

Tollway Center


Best Redevelopment or Renovation

Butler Brothers Building

Dallas High School

Lakeside Campus

Red Bird

The Drever


Best Retail Deal

Alamo Drafthouse


Rebees at Victory Park

Sprouts Farmers Market

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