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7th Annual CREative Thinkers Awards

Wednesday February 25, 2015



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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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2015 CREative Thinkers Awards Honorees

CTA Honoree Smith

Mr. Don Beaver
Owner - Charlotte Knights
COO - Charlotte Knights

CTA Honoree Smith

Mr. Dan Rajkowski
Owner - Charlotte Knights
Charlotte, NC

CTA Honoree Smith

Mr. Michael Smith
President & CEO 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

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About the Carolinas Creative Thinkers Awards

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.

CTA TrophiesThe 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.

Criteriafor 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.

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.

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Exclusive Presenting Sponsor: $10,000

  • Option of up to two (2) reserved tables of 8 seats each, at the front of the room
  • Opportunity to address the audience from the podium
  • Company name and logo appears on all promotional materials
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor at the event

Hosting Sponsors: $5,000

  • Option of one (1) reserved table for 8 at the front of the room
  • Company name and logo appears on all promotional materials
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor at the event

Platinum Sponsors: $2,500

  • Six (6) event reservations
  • Company name and logo appears on all promotional materials
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor at the event

Gold Sponsors: $1,500

  • Four (4) event reservations
  • Company name and logo appears on all promotional materials
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor at the event

Silver Sponsors: $500

  • Two (2) event reservations
  • Company name appears on all promotional materials
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor at the event

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.

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!

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