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DMCAR honors Heavy Hitters

The Denver Metropolitan Commercial Association of Realtors recently honored its top commercial real estate producers of 2015 in land, industrial, multi-family, office, investment, retail, and small office broker categories at the association’s annual Heavy Hitters Awards. 

In addition, DMCAR recognized its Young Broker of Denver, Impact Award Winner, Top Landlord companies in the office, retail and industrial categories and paid tribute to Alex Ringsby, founder of Ringsby Realty Corp. as its Broker of the Year.

As an industrial and land specialist, Ringsby’s industry leadership, business acumen and continued dedication to his family’s core values and entrepreneurial spirit have served him well over his 23-year career, according to DMCAR.

A regular to the annual list of top producing brokers in the industrial market, Ringsby has distinguished himself as an instrumental player in the industry including holding leadership positions and serving on boards throughout his career, DMCAR said.

“Alex has always been willing to carry the torch for our industry and the associations that represent brokers and businesses across the region,” said DMCAR CEO Katie Kruger.

 “He’s been an instrumental part of DMCAR and his vision and generosity have helped us to grow as an independent association and provide the resources our members need and want,” she added.

In addition to his professional leadership and commitments, Ringsby is active in a wide range of charitable organizations including Denver’s First Tee Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Boys and Girls Clubs of Colorado, Graland School, Denver Art Museum, Colorado Uplift and the University of Colorado.

DMCAR’s 2015 Heavy Hitters award recipients by category:

Top Land BrokersChris Cowan and Steve O’Dell, ARA Newmark. – in a land market that was highly active across all product types throughout the metro area, the team closed numerous deals in 2015 on their way to personal production totaling $54.9 million each.

Top Industrial BrokerMike Wafer, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank – 2015 total production of $90.4 million included the 650,000 square foot build-to-suit for longtime client Beverage Distributors Co.

Top Multi-Family Brokers – Shane Ozment and Terrance Hunt, ARA Newmark,– in what they described as an amazing year in a market that was “on fire in 2015” Ozment and Hunt ended the year with $496 million in individual production. 

Top Office BrokersVictor Frandsen and Tim Harrington – with a focus on data center work for Centurylink in Moses Lake, Washington, the team finished the year with $245.2 million each in personal production.

Top Investment Brokers –– Tim Richey and Mike Winn, CBRE Inc. – coming in just shy of $523 million in individual production helped earn the team their 13th Heavy Hitters in Investment title in the past 14 years.

Top Retail BrokerJon Weisiger, CBRE Inc. – working with grocers, restaurants, banks and retailers, Weisiger and his team completed 78 deals totaling $41.7 million in personal production.

Top Small Office BrokerMatt Smith, Vector Property Services LLC – from corporate relocations across state lines to office moves within the city, Smith finished 2015 with personal production of $22.6 million.

DMCAR’s First Impact Award goes to Todd Wheeler.

      For the first time in the 20-plus year history of the Heavy Hitters awards, DMCAR honored one member with its Impact Award. Cushman & Wakefield Vice Chairman, Wheeler took home the inaugural award in recognition of his numerous, high-profile deals completed in and around the Union Station and Lower Downtown neighborhood properties.

Young Broker of Denver:

DMCAR’s 2015 Young Broker of Denver is Andrew Hellman of ARA Newmark.. Selected from a group of young professionals with less than three years of experience, Hellman, working with his ARA colleagues, completed several deals in 2015 including securing a six-property, 571-unit portfolio spread across the Denver area, as well as one asset in Dillon. His 2015 personal production topped just over $49 million.

Top Landlord Honorees:

DMCAR recognized the 2015 Top Landlords in the Office, Retail and Industrial categories. Association members were asked to submit nominations for their top choices in the submarket that the individual broker practices. 

Winners were:

2015 Top Office Landlords:

1.   Brookfield

2.   LBA Realty

3.   UNICO Properties

2014 Top Retail Landlords:

1.   The Robert Naiman Company

2.   Larimer Associates

3.   McWhinney

2014 Top Industrial Landlords:

1.   First Industrial

2.   Prologis

3.   United Properties

John Rebchook has been taking the pulse of the Denver-area and Colorado commercial real estate world for almost 35 years. He joined the editorial staff of CREJ in 2011. Prior to that, he was the Real Estate Editor of the Rocky Mountain News from 1983 until it closed in 2009.