The Creative Thinkers Awards

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Presented by the the Carolinas Chapter of CRE

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's 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.

CTA TrophiesThe Creative Thinkers 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:

  • A focus and drive to accomplish something special combined with the conviction that it will work and the risks are acceptable.
  • Out-of-the box or leading edge thinking in terms of tradition or generally accepted norms.
  • Finally, they often are responsible for paradigm shifts, as evidenced by a sea of imitators that follow.

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.

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.


2015 CTA Sponsorship Opportunities

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Charlotte, NC

Networking with 200 Business & Industry Professionals

Several Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Reservation deadline is February 18, 2015. Please register online and/or contact: Ava Gritzuk, Managing Director of Events For additional information, purchasing tables, or confirming reservations.

Hosting Sponsors: $5,000

  • One (1) reserved table for 8 at the front of the room
  • Option to address attendees from the podium
  • Company name and logo appears on the Carolinas Chapter website for one year
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor in all promotional materials such as the invitation, and press releases, as well as in the event program, and during the video presentation at the event

Platinum Sponsors: $2,500

  • Six (6) event reservations
  • Company name and logo appears on the Carolinas Chapter website for one year
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor in all promotional materials such as the invitation, in the event program, and during the video presentation at the event

Gold Sponsors: $1,500

  • Four (4) event reservations
  • Company name and logo appears on the Carolinas Chapter website for one year
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor in the event program, and during the video presentation at the event

Silver Sponsors: $500

  • Two (2) event reservations
  • Company name and logo appears on the Carolinas Chapter website for one year
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor in the event program

2015 CREative Thinkers Awards Honorees

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.

CTA Honoree Smith

Don Beaver
Owner - Charlotte Knights
The BB&T Baseball Stadium, Charlotte, NC

CTA Honoree Smith

Dan Rajkowski
COO - Charlotte Knights
The BB&T Baseball Stadium, Charlotte, NC

CTA Honoree Smith

Michael Smith
President & CEO - Charlotte Center City Partners
The BB&T Baseball Stadium, Charlotte, NC

CTA Dr. Murray

Dr. Murray Brockman
President, SC Governor's School for Science & Math
Hartsville, SC

CTA Mr. Curme

Mr. Geoffrey Curme, CRE
Mount Vernon Asset Management
EpiCentre, Charlotte, NC

CTZ Dr. Zeiss

Dr. Tony Zeiss
President, Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC

Previous CTA Winners

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!