Pictured are the 2008 Residential Deal of the Year Award winners and their managers. L-R, Steven Spinola, REBNY President, Kent Swig, Terra Holdings, Michael Goldenberg, Dan Danielli, 1st Prize winner, Ruth Yeskel, 3rd Prize winner, Don Correia, 2nd Prize winner, Gordon Golub, Citi Habitats, Judy Oston, 3rd Prize winner, Richard Grossman, Norman Horowitz, 2nd Prize winner, John Wollberg, Henry Forster Award Winner, Halstead Property, LLC, Ruth McCoy, Hall Willkie, Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC, Abby Gellert, Ari Harkov, Most Promising Rookie Salesperson of the Year, Gary Friedland, 2nd Prize winner, Diane Ramirez, Halstead Property LLC. Photo by Richard Lewin
Halstead Property swept the boards at the 20th REBNY Deal of the Year Gala last week, taking home five of the six awards presented to the residential real estate industry.
For an unprecedented fourth year in a row, Halstead was presented with the industry's most coveted broker award, the Deal of the Year.
It is also the second year that a Halstead executive has been presented with the prestigious lifetime achievement award, known as the Henry Forster Award. The recipient from last year, Halstead president Diane M. Ramirez, presented the honor to Halstead's director of sales for the Eastside, John G. Wollberg, at this year's gala.
The Residential Deal of the Year Award for first prize in residential sales went to Dan Danielli of Halstead Property, LLC. Norman Horowitz and Gary Friedland of Halstead Brooklyn, LLC took second prize in the residential sales category; and Judy Oston, Don Correia and Ruth Yeskel of Halstead Property, LLC took third prize.
The Residential Deal of the Year Award for first prize in the residential rental category was awarded to J. Caroline Bass of Citi Habits with co-broker Lynda Wiggins of Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, LLC.
REBNY presented Ari Harkov, vice president and an agent in the Village office of Halstead Property, with the Most Promising Rookie of the Year Award.
Harkov met the criteria set by REBNY which included the ability to originate, analyze, negotiate and close deals; displaying leadership qualities and good teamwork skills; exhibiting sound moral character and high ethical professional behavior; and making significant monetary contributions to firm's success.
"There are defining moments in one's career and last night, I was honored with a moment for my company and my esteemed colleague and talented agents. It was the first time in REBNY history that one company has taken all three places for the Deal of the Year and we were also the first and only firm to win the first place for the fourth year in a row," said Diane Ramirez.
"It was also a true honor to present my dear friend and colleague,
John Wollberg, with the Henry Forster Award. This award is exemplary of one's achievements both in the real estate industry and philanthropically outside the industry. John was the perfect candidate — and recipient."
Judged by a committee of past Henry Forster Award winners, nominations for this award must illustrate outstanding achievement and success in residential real estate sales or rentals; display of exemplary character and ethical conduct in the profession; contribution to and achievement within organizations in the industry; and contributions and achievements to cultural, charitable and community organizations outside the real estate industry.
With more than 30 submissions, the Deal of the Year is judged by the REBNY Board of Directors and the Deal of the Year Committee, who review each submission for four main criteria: creativity, ingenuity, professionalism and skill.
Each entry excludes key details such as company information, street address and clients' names in order to have a fair and unbiased assessment. Details of the awards were not disclosed due to privacy concerns.
"This year marks 20 years that REBNY has sought out and honored the residential industry's top deal makers," said Steven Spinola, REBNY president. "These awards not only recognize top notch residential brokers but the event also raises much needed funds for local charities. Each year, it's a great honor for me to present the honorees with these prestigious awards for their outstanding achievements."
To commemorate the gala's 20 years, the event was held under a grand tent in Central Park and featured a masqueradethemed ball, a slideshow that showcased the past 20 years of winners and cocktail parties as well as a champagne toast by REBNY president Steven Spinola.
Proceeds from the event went to REBNY's Residential Members In Need Fund and The Central Park Conservancy.
Over the last 20 years, the event has raised more than $2 million for various charities whose mission is to help the homeless in New York City.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008