2016 Vision Awards

2016 Vision Awards

The 2016 Vision Awards ceremony was held on September 22, 2016 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Celebrating it’s 10th year Anniversary, the event honored Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Stephen Owens, President of Swire Properties as well as the Project of the Year winner, Wynwood Walls and the Young Leader of the Year, Ben Gerber of Related Group.

The event attracted 0ver 650 real estate professionals from all over southeast Florida, and included appearances from many VIPs including past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

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2016 Project of the Year Winner:


Wynwood Walls, Miami 

The Wynwood Walls is a collection of six privately-owned warehouses, located in the urban core of Miami, whose exterior walls were transformed into an outdoor “Museum of the Streets” by visionary place-maker Tony Goldman. The Walls surround more than 1.5 acres of land, formerly parking lots and junkyards, that now provide multiple areas for the public to enjoy. With more than 30 masterpieces on giant canvases produced by internationally-acclaimed artists from more than 15 countries, it is likely the largest concentrated public display of high quality street art anywhere in the world. Read more…

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 Project Finalists Video


2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Stephen Owens, President, Swire Properties

The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to 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

The 2016 Young Leader of the Year was awarded to 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

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

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