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Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate

The CEEQA award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate is given to an inspirational industry leader who has made a transformative and durable contribution to the “New Europe” property sector and beyond.

Widely recognised as the industry’s highest accolade and the highlight award of the year among a total of 23 awards presented for the best buildings, companies and industry professionals of the year in Central & Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe, it is the only award to be announced in advance of the CEEQA Gala and is chosen each year by the organiser in consultation with the CEEQA Jury.

Pawel Debowski, towering force

We are delighted and honoured to welcome Pawel Debowski to join a select band of real estate leaders and entrepreneurial empire builders of global and regional stature to win this award and we look forward to presenting it to him at this year’s CEEQA Gala on 15th May in Warsaw.

For more information about Pawel Debowski and previous winners of the award see below.

2019 Winner:

    • 2019 PAWEL DEBOWSKI

      Chairman of Dentons’ European Real Estate Group

      It’s not often that a single individual comes to exert a level of grip and influence on a market place as to dominate and, in some ways, define it. Pawel Debowski joins a select band of real estate leaders and entrepreneurial empire builders of global and regional stature to receive the “New Europe” property sector’s highest industry accolade.

      On paper a Polish-born, highly ranked corporate M&A and real estate lawyer and a Partner and Chairman of European Real Estate at international law firm, Dentons, his role in the industry extends far beyond that description and few who really know and understand the sector would dispute that, today, he is the most influential figure in the CEE real estate market place, and probably its single most influential figure overall since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. A towering force, his contribution to the development of the trajectory of the commercial real estate sector in his home country and beyond is immeasurable.

      Pawel Debowski joins a select band of real estate leaders and entrepreneurial empire builders of global and regional stature to receive the “New Europe” property sector’s highest industry accolade, we congratulate him on his achievements and look forward to presenting him with this year’s award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate award at the 2019 CEEQA Gala on 15th May in Warsaw see more

Past Winners:

    • 2018 GORDON BLACK

      Senior Managing Director, Heitman

      As the leader of Heitman’s European Private Equity operations since 1995, Gordon Black has been one of the central figures in the emergence and growth of the CEE and SEE real estate markets for over two decades as he and his team have frequently led the charge of institutional capital investing across the region as the various country markets have cascaded open behind them see more


    • 2017 RADIM PASSER

      Founder & Chairman, Passerinvest Group

      Leading Czech real estate developer Passerinvest Group Radim Passer, received the 2017 award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate. The award is given each year to an individual that has made a transformative and durable impact and contribution to the New Europe property sector see more

       

    • 2016 JAN KULCZYK

      Kulczyk Investments & Kulczyk Silverstein Properties

      1950-2015

      In 2015 we lost one of the most significant figures on the Central European business landscape post 1989 and an increasingly important figure in Central & Eastern European real estate.

      Hailing from a merchant family in Bydgoszcz in rural Poland, he studied law at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan before embarking on a business career in the latter days of communism see more

    • 2015 DAVID MITZNER

      Founder & President, Rida Corporation & Apollo Rida

      Celebrating the heroes of the sector over time, as well as today’s market leaders, is central to CEEQA’s role and mission. Few can lay greater claim to the title of sector hero than David Mitzner.

      Already a past winner in 2005 of CEEQA’s garland Lifetime Achievement Award given each year to important figures recognised across the sector for notable and durable contribution to the rebuilding of Central & Eastern Europe post-communism, David reached another important milestone on the eve of the 2015 CEEQA Gala when he turned 100 years old see more

    • 2014 PAUL GHEYSENS

      Founder and President, Ghelamco

      The eleventh recipient of our highlight award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate is founder and president of leading international real estate developer Ghelamco, Paul Gheysens. The award is in recognition of his outstanding services to the European real estate sector and his company’s extensive, award winning achievements in the Central & Eastern European market place see more

    • 2013 BRIAN PATTERSON

      Managing Partner of AIG/Lincoln

      Brian Patterson, Managing Partner of AIG/Lincoln, has been announced as the recipient of this year’s CEEQA Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Financial Times.

      The award, which is presented each year to a leading industry figure for significant and durable contribution to the commercial real estate sector in central & eastern Europe, is in recognition of his role since the company was founded in 1997 in helping to lead the company to a position of leadership in the CEE marketplace where it has participated in many of the sector’s landmark commercial real estate projects. The award will be presented at this year’s CEEQA Gala on on 23rd April in Warsaw see more

    • 2012 RICHARD CLARE

      Chairman of EC Harris and Corporate Senior Vice President of Arcadis

      This year’s award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate was presented to Richard Clare, Group Chairman of EC Harris for 15 years. On hand to assist with the presentation was last year’s recipient of the award, Carl Panattoni.

      Richard Clare, Chairman of EC Harris for 15 years and Corporate Senior Vice President of Arcadis has been elected to receive the CEEQA award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate see more

    • 2011 CARL PANATTONI

      Founder & Chairman, Panattoni Development Company

      Carl Panattoni, the founder, owner and Chairman of Panattoni Development Company and numerous business entities under the Panattoni brand, including Panattoni Construction and Panattoni Europe, is the winner of the 2011 CEEQA award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate see more

    • 2010 ELI ALROY

      Chairman of the Supervisory Board, GTC

      Chairman and Driving Force of Developer GTC, Eli Alroy, receives 2010 Award.

      The organisers and jury of the 7th annual CEE Real Estate Quality Awards are pleased to announce that Eli Alroy, the driving force and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GTC [Globe Trade Centre SA], will be invited to receive the 2010 CEEQA Lifetime Achievement award for outstanding and durable contribution to Central & Eastern European real estate see more

    • 2009 WERNER OTTO

      Founder, ECE Projektmanagement

      Professor Dr Werner Otto, founder and honourary Chairman of the Management Board of ECE Projektmanagement, received the 2009 award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate. The sector’s highest accolade, sponsored by the Financial Times, is given each year to an inspirational leader who has made a transformative and durable contribution to the “New Europe” property sector and beyond see more

    • 2008 JOHN CUTTS

      Founder & Chairman, Parkridge Holdings

      Mr. John C. Cutts serves as Chairman and Chief Executive of Solihull, UK of Parkridge Holdings Ltd. Mr. Cutts is the Owner of Astral Developments Ltd. He served as Vice Chairman of European operations at ProLogis, Inc. Mr. Cutts joined ProLogis in February 2007. Mr. Cutts Co-founded Parkridge in 1998. In addition to his role at ProLogis, he remains Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Parkridge, which continues to focus on the development of retail, mixed-use, office and business centres throughout Europe see more

    • 2007 COR VAN ZADELHOFF

      Founder, DTZ Zadelhoff

      The organizers of the CEE Real Estate Quality Awards are honoured to welcome Mr Cor van Zadelhoff to receive the 4th CEE Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to industry professionals who have made an outstanding and sustained impact on the development and growth of a private real estate investment sector in Central & Eastern Europe.

      A key figure in European real estate for nearly four decades, in addition to his current role as Ambassador for DTZ International and consultant for DTZ in the Netherlands, Cor van Zadelhoff is a member of the supervisory board of Damien Shipyards, Reggeborgh Beheer and RABO Bouwfonds NV., real estate advisor to the board of the Dutch Railway, Dutch Airport Authorities and KPN (Royal Dutch Telecom). He is also chairman of his private investment group see more

    • 2006 SANDOR DEMJAN

      Founder & Chairman, TriGranit Development Corporation

      The organisers of the CEE Real Estate Quality Awards are honoured to welcome Mr Sándor Demján to receive the 3rd CEE Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to industry professionals who have made an outstanding and sustained impact on the Central & Eastern European Real Estate market.

      Sándor Demján is one of the founders and chairman of TriGránit Development Corporation see more

    • 2005 DAVID MITZNER

      Founder & President, Rida Corporation & Apollo Rida

      Celebrating the heroes of the sector over time, as well as today’s market leaders, is central to CEEQA’s role and mission. Few can lay greater claim to the title of sector hero than David Mitzner.

      Already a past winner in 2005 of CEEQA’s garland Lifetime Achievement Award given each year to important figures recognised across the sector for notable and durable contribution to the rebuilding of Central & Eastern Europe post-communism, David reached another important milestone on the eve of the 2015 CEEQA Gala when he turned 100 years old see more

    • 2004 EUGENE GOLUB

      Founder and President, Golub & Company

      Founder and chairman of Chicago-based Golub & Company and its European offshoot GE Capital Golub, Eugene Golub was the inaugural recipient of the CEEQA award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate.

      has been chosen by the organisers of the first Central & Eastern European Real Estate Quality Awards in consultation with jury members and senior representatives of the real estate industry to receive a special award for Lifetime Achievement for his services to the industry in the region.

      Mr Golub has since 1960 been instrumental in more than $2 billion of real estate transactions in the USA and Europe, and has developed, owned or operated in excess of 25,000,000 square feet of office, residential and mixed-use properties see more

 

 
 

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