CORFAC announces 2021 member excellent award winners

 CORFAC International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Member Excellence Awards, which recognize individuals who exemplify excellence, integrity, dedication, and participation in the CORFAC network. 

(Pictured from left to right: Alan Joel, CCIM; Joe Latina, CORFAC 2021 President; Ed Del Beccaro and Joe Santaularia. Not pictured is Daniel Shindleman, CCIM, MRICS.)

Winners were announced by CORFAC’s 2021 President Joe Latina, Principal of Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties/CORFAC International, during the organization’s Fall Summit in Chicago September 23-25.

“These Member Excellence Awards were created to honor and recognize the members who have made CORFAC the very best global network for independent brokerage firms in commercial real estate,” Latina said. “Each of these individuals who are being recognized have made invaluable contributions to our organization.”

Charlie King MVP Award
Alan Joel, CCIM, Principal of Joel and Granot Commercial Real Estate/CORFAC International in Atlanta, Georgia, received the Charlie King MVP Award. Selected each year by the CORFAC President, the award recipient is considered the president’s most valuable player during the past 12 months. The award was created in honor of CORFAC co-founder Charlie King Jr., for his devoted and exceptional service to the organization. 

“Charlie King, who is an icon in the Atlanta commercial real estate industry, sat me down for breakfast almost 20 years ago and told me about this great entrepreneurial real estate organization that he had started called CORFAC,” Joel said. 

“He asked our firm to share the Atlanta market with King Industrial as the office/investment representative. It was such an honor to be asked by him and I told him I wouldn’t let him down. So Charlie, this award named after you was bestowed to me because of you, and most importantly, was earned in your honor.”

Joel has made substantial contributions to the growth and development of CORFAC. He has focused extensively on expanding business development opportunities among members, particularly during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. His past leadership roles within the organization include chairman of the Communications Committee, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and most recently 2020 President.

Olen Monsees Award
Ed Del Beccaro, Executive Vice President/San Francisco Bay Area Regional Manager with TRI Commercial/CORFAC International in Walnut Creek, California, was recognized as this year’s Olen Monsees Award winner. Del Beccaro has been a leader in expanding CORFAC’s business development and deal-making opportunities as vice chair and chair of the Transactions and Business Development Committee.

The Olen Monsees Award, which recognizes members who have provided exceptional service to the organization, is named in honor of Olen Monsees, a former president of Karbank Real Estate Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Olen was known for his integrity and ability to create win-win solutions, often going above and beyond the call of duty without being asked.

“I am very honored by this award. CORFAC is an international association of over 75 high-powered real estate service firms. The opportunity to work with that many can-do principals and other brokers to increase our regional and national business using win-win solutions attracted me at the very beginning,” Del Beccaro said. “Many of the people I met over the last three years during my involvement in CORFAC go well above and beyond.”

Thomas B. Hayes Jr. Award
The Thomas B. Hayes Jr. Award was presented to Joe Santaularia, Vice President of Bradford Commercial Real Estate Services/CORFAC International in Dallas, Texas. The award honors the late Tom Hayes, a principal of Integrated Corporate Property Services/CORFAC International, known for his innovative use of new technologies to continually improve client service. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves by sharing innovative and creative ideas relevant to commercial real estate brokerage.

“It is great to hear such positive affirmation from my peers that my recent efforts are making an impact,” Santaularia said. “CORFAC is a very special organization loaded with great people. Every conference I attend I grow as a person and as a broker through my interaction with these tenured and knowledgeable individuals.”

Santaularia has taken a creative and innovative approach to assisting with CORFAC’s affiliation development initiatives and educational offerings and is an enthusiastic champion of the network.  

Steven H. Podolsky International Member of the Year Award
Daniel Shindleman, CCIM, MRICS, of Bridgemer Ltd./CORFAC International, in Wollerau, Switzerland was honored with the Steven H. Podolsky International Member of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding international member outside of the U.S. who goes above and beyond in the service of CORFAC members and their clients. The award is named in honor of Steven H. Podolsky, SIOR, a founding member of CORFAC and a former chairman of the International Committee during a crucial re-building stage.

“It is an immense honor to receive this award which recognizes the greatest hallmark of CORFAC International, namely, superb entrepreneurial service,” said Shindleman. “We do it for our clients, for our colleagues globally, for CORFAC International. What a fantastic network of supremely talented folks to work with in so many markets to serve our clients around the world.”

Shindleman has been an outstanding leader as chair of the International Committee, infusing new ideas and collaborative opportunities for global members. He has used the CORFAC network to facilitate referral business across borders and leveraged the network for noteworthy global client assignments. He is a true asset to our organization.

Congratulations to all CORFAC’s 2021 Member Excellence Award winners.