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Vision Awards

The Vision Awards honor individuals and real estate projects from our region that exemplify the Mission of ULI and demonstrate a proactive commitment to excellence.

Vision Awards



The Vision Awards honor individuals and real estate projects from our region that exemplify the mission of ULI and demonstrate a proactive commitment to excellence. More information regarding Sponsorship and Table Reservations is available by calling the ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council office at 954-783-9504 or contacting Vanessa Dennis ( or Julie Medley (

The 2016 Vision Awards Dinner 10th Anniversary celebration was held on Thursday, September 22, 2016  at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. Stay tuned for 2017 Vision Awards information and updates starting in January 2017! 

2016 Project of the Year Finalists: 

1 Hotel and Homes, Miami Beach
250 Wynwood, Miami,
Northwest Gardens, Fort Lauderdale
University of Miami Marine Technology Life Sciences Seawater Research Building, Miami
Wynwood Walls, Miami

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award 

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Stephen Owens, President, Swire Properties

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for our annual ULI Vision Awards will recognize Stephen Owens, President of Swire Properties. Under Steve’s leadership, Swire has played a central role in the urban development of Miami and South Florida for more than three decades. Steve’s responsibilities with Swire have included some $3 billion in projects throughout the States of Florida, Hawaii, Texas and Hong Kong. Here in South Florida, the complete master-planning and incremental build out of Brickell Key in downtown Miami, an island city within the city, beginning in the 1970s and now entering its final phase, represents a major mixed-use urban development that, in and of itself, would be the foundation a lifetime career achievement. Now add to this Steve’s steady leadership in carrying out Swire’s Brickell City Centre and…Read More.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Video

2016 Young Leader of the Year

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Ben Gerber, Vice President of Finance, Related Group

This year’s Young Leader of the Year for our annual ULI Vision Awards will recognize Ben Gerber of Related Group. Since joining Related Group as vice president of finance in 2003, Ben Gerber has been responsible for the restructuring of project and land financing totaling over $1.8 billion and has coordinated the closing of over $2.5 billion in commercial real estate loans. Ben is also in charge of the origination and management of A&D loans as well end loan mortgage operations for Related Group.

Ben began his career with Related Group as a financial analyst, in charge of performing asset management functions for a 3,000-unit rental portfolio and creating…Read More

Join Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners at the 2016 Vision Awards! 
To commemorate this year’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients from the past nine years will be in attendance.









2016 Sponsors

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Distinction Sponsors:

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VIP Tables 
Arnstein & Lehr
Bilzin Sumberg
Coastal Tishman
Cushman & Wakefield/Rivergate Residential
First Florida
FIU – Hollo School of Real Estate
Fortune International Realty
Greenberg Traurig
One Sotheby’s
Plaza Construction
The Whitman Family
University of Miami MRED+U

Atlantic & Pacific Communities
Bank of America
Berger Singerman
Callison RTKL
Cobb Family Foundation
Fortis Development
Goldman Properties
Holland & Knight
International Sales Group (ISG)
Ken Stapleton Associates
Kimley-Horn and Associates
Marcus & Millichap
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Miami DDA
Moss & Associates
New Urban Development
NOVA Southeastern University
Related Group
Suffolk Construction
TD Bank
Tutor Perini
UNiversity of Miami School of Business
Wells Fargo