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REBNY Announces Annual Event Honorees

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) announced the distinguished leaders who will receive the New York City real estate industry’s most prestigious awards at its reimagined annual event, “New York Forever: A Celebration of Our City,” to be held on June 23 at The Glasshouse.

“For generations, REBNY’s honorees have set the standard for professional accomplishment and commitment to New York City,” said REBNY Chairman Douglas Durst. “Even as we bring an exciting new look to our annual event, one thing that will never change is the exemplary leadership of our award recipients.”

Along with its new name and partnership with the non-profit NY Forever, the event (the successor to the annual gala banquet that was held in January until the COVID-19 pandemic)  will include exciting new elements, including a dynamic networking reception with a food tasting experience that will offer an array of canapes from top New York City chefs, including guest chef Daniel Boulud.

“As New York City continues on the path to a brighter future, we are proud to honor an incredible group of men and women whose work is guiding us all forward every day,” said REBNY President James Whelan. “The achievements of our honorees serve as an inspiration not only to real estate professionals but to everyone who cares about our great city.”

The honorees are:

The John E. Zuccotti Public Service AwardPresented to Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, for her unyielding courage and trailblazing work to advance the causes of social justice, racial equity and expanding access to economic opportunities for men and women of color throughout New York.

The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate AwardPresented to Tom Elghanayan, chairman and co-founder of TF Cornerstone Inc., for his exceptional accomplishments and invaluable contributions to New York and its real estate industry throughout a career that has spanned more than a half century and left indelible impacts on the city and its economy.

The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker AwardPresented to Hal Fetner, president and CEO of Fetner Properties; Jeff Levine, founder and chairman of Douglaston Development and David Picket, CEO of Gotham Organization, for their civic-minded ingenuity in conceiving the Project Parachute initiative, which has worked with the non-profit community to help thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to remain safely housed by delivering rental assistance and other much-needed resources and support.

The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award — Presented to Sarah Saltzberg, co-owner of Bohemia Realty Group, for her efforts to expand housing options for New Yorkers of all backgrounds by elevating the conversation on housing voucher access and working tirelessly to connect voucher-holders across the city with quality housing.

The Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award — Presented to Darcy Stacom, chairman and head of New York City Capital Markets at CBRE, for her professional achievements at the forefront of the commercial brokerage community for more than 40 years and her ongoing efforts to increase diversity throughout the real estate industry.

The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year AwardPresented to Frank Pusinelli, senior executive vice president, chief operating officer-operating assets at RXR Realty, for his work across an expansive portfolio of commercial, residential and logistics assets, which has consistently raised the bar for management executives throughout New York City and contributed to the city’s ongoing path to long-term economic recovery.

The Young Real Estate Professional of the Year Award — Presented to Laura Jackson, senior vice president, tax director, SL Green Realty Corp., for her professional achievements as a rising star of the industry and for her civic leadership in founding the “She Builds” initiative to empower women in real estate to give back to the communities they serve.

A portion of “New York Forever: A Celebration of Our City” event proceeds will go to the REBNY Foundation, which is helping to increase diversity and inclusion in the real estate industry through ongoing initiatives such as the REBNY Fellows Leadership Program in partnership with Coro New York and REBNY’s Internship Program in partnership with Project Destined and the City University of New York (CUNY). The Foundation also supports ongoing efforts by Project Parachute — an initiative seeded by REBNY members in collaboration with the non-profit community — to provide rental assistance and other support to vulnerable New Yorkers impacted by the pandemic. The Foundation also supports ongoing work by the non-profit Building Skills New York to connect New Yorkers from historically underserved communities with good construction jobs and career opportunities.