CCIM Excellence Awards 2018


Invitation | Hall of Fame Recipient | 2018 Finalists

The Utah CCIM Excellence Awards honors the best of the best and it is the premier commercial real estate event of the year.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Grand America Hotel, 555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City

5:00pm Cocktails | 6:30pm Dinner/Awards | 8:00pm Dessert Social


Self Parking Validation Included

Chair Ronda Landa, First American Title

CCIM President Josh Vance, Internet Properties

CCIM National Mission Statement

The CCIM Institute was built on a foundation that has remained solid for more than 40 years: The best teachers of commercial real estate investment principles are experienced and successful commercial real estate practitioners. By combining the best minds to develop and teach the industry's best practices, CCIM has helped thousands of students propel their careers and grow their businesses. Since 1954, CCIM has evolved into a global organization with more than 15,000 members.

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Hall of Fame Recipient

Jim Sorenson

Sorenson Companies

Salt Lake City, UT – January 8, 2018 - The Utah Chapter of CCIM today announced that Jim Sorenson has been named the 2018 Excellence Awards Hall of Fame recipient. Held annually, the Excellence Awards honors professionals within Utah’s commercial real estate industry who exemplify the highest degree of business excellence. The event recognizes individuals spanning more than 14 specialties within the industry, the pinnacle award being the Hall of Fame, which highlights an institution or individual that has had a dramatic and valuable impact on the Utah commercial real estate market. The full list of award recipients will be announced at an event held at the Grand America Hotel on Saturday, March 3, 2017. This year’s event theme is “Time for Tech.”

As this year’s Hall of Fame recipient, Jim Sorenson of Sorenson Companies embodies the event’s theme of “Time for Tech.” Throughout his career, Jim helped develop several new industry categories in today’s business world, including digital video compression software, mass-market videophones, video relay service for deaf and hard-of- hearing individuals and environmental testing. Jim enjoys combining innovative and worthwhile ideas with talented management teams to produce growing new enterprises. This successful combination has produced thousands of new jobs and vibrant companies.  Read more ▾

Jim is also an advocate of education and has done a great deal throughout his career to enhance the local education system. In 2013, Jim provided the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah with a $13 million gift to create the Sorenson Impact Center, with the mission of cultivating impact investing expertise in students. To this day, he plays an active role in setting the Center’s direction and mentoring its student participants. Additionally, in 2001 Jim provided the seed money for the University Venture Fund (UVF) at the David Eccles School of Business. Now the world’s largest student-run educational investment fund, UVF provides unrivaled hands-on experience in venture capital and entrepreneurship for students.

“Jim Sorenson is a fascinating and brilliant individual who has had a significant impact not only on the local economic and business communities, but also those stretching beyond the borders of the United States,” noted Ronda Landa, Chair of the CCIM Utah Excellence Awards. “His philanthropic actions have helped establish initiatives that improve the lives of the working poor, help build regional business communities and train the next generation of entrepreneurial and investment leaders. It is an honor to present Jim as the 2018 CCIM Excellence Awards Hall of Fame award recipient.”

The CCIM Utah Excellence Awards Chair is Ronda Landa of First American Title, with Josh Vance from Internet Properties as the 2018 Chapter President. Big-D Construction is this year’s marquee event sponsor, and CBC Advisors is the platinum event sponsor. Four scholarships, funded by Price Real Estate, will also be awarded to University of Utah students at the event.

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Technology Award Recipient

Barbara Crane, CCIM

2018 CCIM Institute President Elect
2018 CCIM Foundation President

With the 2018 Excellence Awards Theme being “Time for Tech” the Utah CCIM Chapter is proud to announce that the CCIM Institute will be the recipient of the Technology Award. The Technology Award is being presented in order to recognize a firm whose efforts in the use of commercial real estate technology has been meaningful and impactful. The CCIM Institute will be presented with the Technology Award for developing and implementing technology for commercial real estate professionals such as Site to do Business, Esri powered demographics, tapestry segmentation, RealNex, Business Lists, Flood mapping and more.

Accepting the Technology Award on behalf of the CCIM Institute is the 2018 CCIM Institute President-Elect Barbara Crane. Barbara also serves as the President of CCIM Foundation, an affiliate of CCIM Institute that raises funds for scholarships, and as a CCIM Senior Instructor. In addition to her leadership positions with CCIM Institute and CCIM Foundation, she serves as the President of a commercial brokerage and consulting services company working on office properties of all types and being involved in office development and ownership, as well as servicing her long-term client, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

2018 Finalists in each category are:

Architectural Firm of the Year Award:

Brian Parker, AIA
MHTN Architects

Jay Taggart, AIA
Curtis Miner Architecture

David Giles, AIA
FFKR Architects

Community Banker of the Year Award (Under $75M):

Nick Sanchez
Zions Bank

Kelly Hale
Bank of Utah

Wendy Leonelli
Zions Bank

Contractor of the Year:

Rob Moore
Big-D Construction

Corporate Banker of the Year Award (Over $75M):

Devin Jolley
KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Flyn Dawson
Zions Bank

Industrial Broker of the Year Award:

Jeff Richards
CBRE, Inc.

Rusty Bollow, CCIM, MRED
Newmark Grubb Acres

Investment Broker of the Year Award:

Kip Paul
Cushman & Wakefield

Rawley Nielsen
CBC Advisors

Bryce Blanchard
Newmark Grubb ACRES

Eli Mills, CCIM

Mortgage Banker of the Year Award (Not a Direct Lender):

Johnny Clawson, CCIM
The Clawson Group

Colton Smith
Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation

Doug Birrell
CBRE Debt & Structured Finance

Multi-Family Broker of the Year Award:

Greg Barratt

Daniel Shin
Marcus & Millichap

Mark Jensen
CBC Advisors

Office Broker of the Year Award:

Chris Falk, CCIM, SIOR
Newmark Grubb ACRES

Brandon Fugal
CBC Advisors

Jordan Wall
CBC Advisors

Property Manager of the Year Award:

Felicity Hatton-Ward
CBC Advisors

Real Estate Attorney of the Year Award:

Carl Barton
Holland & Hart LLP

Jessica Rancie
Kirton McConkie

Retail Broker of the Year Award:

Steve Bowler
CBC Advisors

Stuart Thain
CBC Advisors

Tim Simonsen
CBC Advisors

Rookie of the Year Award:

Darren Nielsen
CBC Advisors

Tyler Roeller
Newmark Grubb Acres

Josh Smith
CBC Advisors

Specialty Broker of the Year Award:

Nathanael Worthen
Newmark Grubb ACRES

Mary Street, CCIM
CBC Advisors

Vic Galanis

CCIM of the Year Award:

Brandon Duke, CCIM
KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Josh Vance, CCIM
Internet Properties

Randy Atkin, CCIM
CBC Advisors

2018 Price – CCIM Scholarship Recipients

From left to right: Christian Graf, Austin Atkin, Ashley Atkinson, Ashley Hadfield