These awards are aimed at honoring leaders who touch commercial real estate by exhibiting out-of-the-box thinking; viewing obstacles and risks as opportunities for novel solutions; making cutting-edge decisions or deciding something that resulted in a paradigm shift on a subject with a local, regional, or global impact, explains Mr. Loren Kennedy, CRE, Chair of the Carolinas Chapter.
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Most awards are specific, even technically oriented, and are clearly within the boundaries of one industry. The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate CREative Thinkers Awards, as the name suggests, is about the way a leader thinks, so it is much broader in scope than most awards. We believe that is fitting, because what a society builds affects the way we live, work and play.
The CTA award is for thinking - not bricks and mortar per say. That is a distinction that makes us unique and the event memorable for the honoree. We show the result (i.e. the project) but focus on the vision, and the impact on commercial real estate development.
Inspiration In early 2008, Loren Kennedy, CRE came to a meeting of the Carolinas Chapter of the CRE in Charlotte. Frank Warren, CRE, the chapter Chair, and Buck Moody, CRE, had set an agenda to focus on developing a new chapter activity. Loren's proposal for an annual CTA or CREative Thinkers Awards event was unanimously chosen by the attendees.Criteria for selecting Honorees who must demonstrate one or more of the following:
Categories The categories are open to our imaginations. We look for creative thinking across all professions that touch commercial real estate. We have honored the obvious: developers, corporate CEOs, and architects. But we have also honored the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners for her leadership in public policy that has effected construction. We acknowledged the non-profit organization Victory Garden for its innovation in moral boosting of gravely ill children. We have no boundaries on categories.
Winners are individuals, not projects alone, who are recognized at an annual luncheon, with attendance growing from one hundred in 2008 to almost two hundred in 2014.
The Creative Thinkers Awards has a long list of the Carolinas' most creative minds in commercial real estate. Click here to learn about past winners of the CTA award!