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Ciminelli Wins Prestigeous Award 2016​

Ciminelli's Conventus Building was named the winner of the Excellene in Office Development category.  Conventus was the only finalist outside of New York City.  The ULI event recognizes exemplary land use projects in NYS that raise the bar for development, design, planning and sustainability. The level of competition was extremely high; 4 World Trade Center was one of Conventus' two competitors in the category of Excellence in Office Development. ULI New York selected the winners based on how a project distinguished itself as part of a high-quality environment, and whether the development was commercially successful. Congratulations to the entire Ciminelli team for its hard work and dedication to the project!

February 11, 2016

The 15th Annual NYSCAR Awards Dinner was another huge success.  Over 175 commercial real estate related professionals attended this popular event and were treated to an outstanding Happy Hour full of networking and camaraderie followed by a fabulous Filet and Shrimp Dinner.  The program began with the Installation of the Board along with words from Chapter President, Bill Heussler, and NYSCAR President, Brian DiNardo.  Immediate Past Chapter President, Bob Strell, was presented with a plaque from the Board and a special recognition as "Realtor of the Year" for NY State.

Award Winners

  • Transaction Volume of the Year - Patty Collins, Tudor Collins Commercial Real Estate: 25 Completed Sale or Lease Deals.   
  • Largest Broker Assisted Lease Transaction - Robert Schell, Cushman-Wakefield-Pyramid Brokerage:  109,000 SF Space leased to Soduxo at Airborne Commerce Park    1
  • Largest Broker Assisted Sale Transaction - Jim Geiger, Maguire Development
  • Meritorious Service - John Cappelino, Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)

Robert P. Strell, WNY Chapter Immediate Past President, has been selected by NYSCAR as New York State's Commercial Realtor of the Year.  The annual award is given to a Commercial Realtor based upon his or her expertise and professionalism in the field, commitment to their community and to advancing the real estate profession.  "Bob is very deserving as he voluntarily commits countless hours of his time to our local chapter and the overall efforts of the organization",  said Bill Heussler, WNY Chapter President.  Brian Dinardo, NYSCAR President presented Bob with his award at the 15th Annual WNY NYSCAR Awards Dinner on February 11, 2016.  Bob is the President of Robert P. Strell Real Estate Advisory Services and is a member of NYSCAR's Board of Governors.  Congratulations Bob!

January 15, 2016: "I loved seeing a new side of this city, but most of all I loved the people in Buffalo, who were as warm as the temperature was cold the day I visited (26 degrees, in case you were wondering). They asked me how I would feel if my daughters moved to Buffalo, and I told them I would be thrilled — but added that I would make them dress warmly." ​-Katie Couric

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On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the WNY Chapter will hold its 15th Annual Awards and Board Installation Dinner.  Awards will be given for the Largest Broker Assisted Sale, Largest Lease and Most Transactions.  These will be announced at the dinner. Two individuals are also recognized each year for their contributions to the WNY Commercial Real Estate Market.  The WNY Chapter will honor George Hamberger, Realty USA, with the Stewart C. Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award and John Capellino, VP of the Erie County IDA, with the Meritorious Service Award. 

Award recipients from previous years:

Year Largest Sales Transaction Largest Lease Transaction Lifetime Achievement Meritorious Service
2002 Nicholas J. Malagisi, SIOR Charles ‘Sam’ Gurney, SIOR Stuart Hunt Paul Leone

Gerald Kelly

Clark Thrasher CID Founders John Sheffer

Gary and Chris Greco

Tom Keller Max Becker, SIOR James Allen

Larry Brassel, CCIM

Larry Brassel, CCIM Howard Saperston, SIOR Jim Fink

Dorothy Stahlnecker

Larry Brassel, CCIM Larry Brassel, CCIM Anthony Masiello

Robert Starzynski/Shana Stegner/George Hamberger

Jeffrey LiPuma, CCIM, SIOR Arthur Judelsohn and 
Sheldon Berlow
Thomas Kucharski
2008 Alan Hastings Jeffrey LiPuma, CCIM, SIOR

Victor Peterson

Marsha Henderson
2009 Steve Blake, CCIM Joe Deck Merle Whitehead, III Carl Calabrese
2010 Steve Blake, CCIM Bob Schell Cash Cunningham Tom Reynolds
2011 Jeff LiPuma, CCIM, SIOR Bob Schell Peter Hunt Peter Cammarata
2012 Chris Greco Joe Leber Dorothy Stahlnecker Matthew K. Enstice
Patrick J. Whalen
2013 Robert Starzynski Dave Schiller Dennis Greco Bob Shibley

Dennis Greco   Chris Greco           John Fletcher

Steve Blake David Rumsey Thomas Cusak
2015 2-11-16


Jeffrey LiPuma

Michael Schmand

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February 11, 2016  |  5:30 PM

Acqua Restaurant - 2192 Niagara St. Buffalo, NY 


2015 Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Meritorious Service 
  • Largest Broker-assisted Lease Transaction of the Year
  • Largest Sale Transaction of the Year
  • Transaction Velocity of the Year Award (2015)