Houston’s Top Real Estate Professionals Recognized at 2013 NAIOP Broker of the Year Awards

by Melinda Gray

2013 Broker of the Year Sanford Criner

2013 NAIOP Office Broker of the Year Sanford Criner

Two of Houston’s most respected and successful commercial real estate brokers were recognized during the 2013 NAIOP Broker of the Year Awards on February 19 at River Oaks Country Club. Sanford Criner of CBRE received the Office Broker of the Year Award, and John Nicholson of Cassidy Turley was awarded Industrial Broker of the Year. They were selected based on their exceptional professionalism, community involvement and total real estate transaction value in 2013, with an emphasis on lease transactions focused on local tenant representation.

“Broker of the Year is recognized throughout the industry as a pinnacle achievement for real estate professionals,” stated Edward Griffin, President of NAIOP Houston. “For 26 years, NAIOP Houston has selected top tier brokers for this honor so that the real estate community could express its appreciation for their contributions to the office and industrial sectors. These professionals exemplify teamwork, a determination to deliver high quality outcomes for their clients and a spirit of contribution to the real estate community, as well as the greater Houston community at large.”

Sanford Criner, who serves as executive vice president of corporate services at CBRE, has over 40 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, development and consulting. He has directed several diverse projects, including the development of DHL’s national headquarters in San Francisco and the disposition of 500 properties in 41 countries for Halliburton. Criner has also completed major tenant representation projects for companies such as ExxonMobil, Conoco Phillips, Mustang Engineering and GE Oil & Gas.

2013 NAIOP Broker of the Year John Nicholson

2013 NAIOP Industrial Broker of the Year John Nicholson

John Nicholson is the senior managing director at Cassidy Turley, where he recently represented Frontier Logistics in its 600,000 square-foot lease valued at over $39 million for the RailPort Development in Houston’s Port submarket. A native Houstonian, Nicholson has been very active in the Houston real estate community and is consistently recognized as a top broker. He has been named a CoStar Power Broker, a RedNews Rising Star and to the Houston Business Journal’s Heavy Hitter list, in addition to receiving the journal’s Landmark Award.

At the awards ceremony, NAIOP Houston also recognized NAIOP Hall of Fame inductee David Cook, as well as Office and Industrial Rising Stars Jeremy Hunt of Stream Realty Partners and Nick Peterson of NAI Houston. Finalists for the Office and Industrial Broker of the Year Awards included Ronnie Deyo of Jones Lang LaSalle, Mark O’Donnell of Studley, Inc., John Ferruzo of NAI Houston and Andy Iversen of Jackson Cooksey. In addition, three firms– Studley, Cushman & Wakefield and Stream Realty– were recognized for noteworthy transactions in 2013.

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