James D. Landauer / John R. White Award ·
James Felt Creative Counseling Award ·
CRE Committee Service Award ·
William S. Ballard Award ·
Louise L. & Y.T. Lum Award
CRE Chair's Award
JAMES FELT CREATIVE COUNSELING AWARD
The James Felt Creative Counseling Award is a celebration of outstanding
achievement and ingenuity by members of The Counselors of Real Estate.
Established in 1992, and first awarded in 1995, the James Felt Creative
Counseling Award enhances the public recognition of the CRE Designation,
the counseling profession, and The Counselors of Real Estate organization
The award honors the memory of the late CRE James "Jack" Felt, a prominent real estate pioneer, founding father
of The Counselors of Real Estate, former Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, and a trustee of
many well-known corporate and eleemosynary boards. Felt was known for his strong sense of integrity and client
accountability in applying his creative counseling techniques to resolve complex real estate problems. Says
Steven Leader, CRE, and nephew of Felt, "The award reflects Jack's personal and professional standards, ethics,
integrity, creativity, and competencies displayed throughout his real estate career."
All members of The Counselors of Real Estate (except those holding national office at the time it is presented)
are eligible to receive the award. Counselors may submit their own work, or they may also nominate the work
of a fellow-CRE for consideration.
Each submission is judged on the basis of the scope of the assignment, the Counselor's role in the assignment,
the creativity and innovation applied in addressing the assignment, and the public or social benefits achieved.
The CRE Chairman of the Board selects a five-person CRE Selection Committee to judge the submissions. The
Selection Committee reviews each submission on a confidential basis.
A Call for Submissions is disseminated to all members of The Counselors. Submissions should
include AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY that includes the following:
Submission should be emailed to Paul Coady, Manager of CRE Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Title of the assignment
- Background (overall objective of the assignment, client/employer issues, etc.)
- Property Description & Special Features
- Process (outline of methodologies, information, and skill sets used)
- Conclusions (summary of recommendations made to the client or employer)
- Creativity Quotient (statement of explaining why the assignment was innovative and creative)
- Results (brief assessment of the benefits to the client or employer and the community)
- Date Assignment Completed
2013  Stephen B. Friedman, CRE, received the 2013 James Felt Creative
Counseling Award for his work as development advisor to the City of
Park Ridge, Illinois from 2002 to 2011 on part of the city’s
Uptown Master Plan, known as the Bredemann/Reservoir Area. Friedman’s
advisory services resulted in the development of the Shops and Residences
of Uptown. Working closely with the city leaders at the time, Friedman
achieved consensus regarding a development concept that balanced community
goals, economic feasibility and the physical capacity of the site.
He then managed a developer solicitation process, evaluated development
proposals, assessed economic feasibility and developer return, and
was part of the team that negotiated the terms of a redevelopment
agreement with the developer.
2011  John J. Hentschel, CRE received the 2011
James Felt Creative Counseling Award for his work with USAID’s
Municipal Economic Growth Activity (MEGA) in the Republic of Serbia
an initiative that, in part, helped local governments foster economic
growth and employment by redeveloping and reusing well located surplus
military properties. As a result of a bureaucracy with disposition
authority and responsibilities dispersed among multiple Ministries,
a nascent real estate market with little transparency or data, and
rudimentary valuation procedures that ignored the productive capacity
of complex properties, the Municipalities’ efforts to obtain
the properties had been stymied. Applying the interdisciplinary skills
of a Counselor, he crafted an innovative “Win-Win” model
to expand national wealth that advocated cooperation, coupled the
interests of the Military and Municipalities, leveraged resources,
enhanced the value of the surplus military properties and cultivated
private capital investment for their economic and physical redevelopment.
2010  Christine H.H. Camp, CRE and Karen Char,
CRE were awarded the 2010 James Felt Creative Counseling Award for
their work in developing and implementing a long-term real estate
strategy for the Hawaii Opera Theater. This strategy allowed the theater
to continue to produce outstanding performances and nationally recognized
2009  Robert J. Nahigian, CRE, principal, Auburndale Realty
Company, Newton, Massachusetts, was honored with the 2009 James Felt Creative
Counseling Award for his work on relocating, expanding and arranging for financing
for the Abby Kelley Foster Charter School (AKFCS) in Worcester. In presenting
the award, CRE Brian Corcoran noted the sheer scope of the project and said of
Nahigian, "Rob showed extraordinary technical skill and creativity, and completed
a successful transaction in a relatively short period of time so that the school
could meet increased demand and continue to serve its Worcester constituents."
2008  E. Nelson Bowes, CRE was honored for his
role in resolving the insurance claim dispute concerning the World
Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. His work
on the development and implementation of a methodology to calculate
the depreciation of The World Trade Center and determine its "Actual
Cash Value" brought the developer, The Port Authority and seven
separate insurance companies together on a satifactory agreement.
The resolution of this dispute was seen as the last major obstacle
in the re-development of The World Trade Center site.
2007  William Utnehmer, CRE was honored for taking a non-profit
school from concept to reality in less than two years. Utnehmer was selected for
his creative real estate consulting work on the overall development, financing,
and ongoing stability of a new campus of Los Angeles’ Rudolf Steiner Waldorf
School, which opened January 8, 2007. The Waldorf School’s educational philosophy
is a 90-year-old methodology based on nurturing children to think critically and
cultivate a deep sense of moral, social and ecological integrity.
2006  Maxine Mitchell, CRE, and Robert Miller,
CRE, were honored for their work in the development and maintenance
of a rental housing database designed to assess appropriate rent levels
for specific units using the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Their
work for three housing authorities (Philadelphia, New Orleans, and
Los Angeles) resulted in substantial benefits, including increased
efficiency, which decreases backlogs and staffing needs; increased
program reliability and performance; and decreased housing rental
costs for many units leased with Housing Choice Vouchers.
2005 Douglas Siedenburg, CRE, was honored for his innovative work on one of the
largest economic development transactions in the history of Iowa - the new Wells Fargo campus project
in West Des Moines. The West Des Moines campus project consolidates 3,300 team members of the Wells
Fargo Home and Consumer Finance Group from 11 separate leased locations to one new site. Siedenburg
was part of a large and diverse team of economic development experts working on one of two Wells
Fargo expansion projects.
2004 Robert M. Taylor, CRE, was honored for his long-term and on-going real
estate consulting services for The People's Republic of China. Taylor's work was grounded in
traditional ideas and concepts being reshaped to provide the Chinese government with alternatives
for solving its real estate challenges during the country's transition from a controlled to a free market economy.
2002 Mahlon "Sandy" Apgar, IV, CRE, was honored for his work in developing
and launching a five-part program to privatize U.S. Army housing, an initiative projected to result
in an estimated savings of $1.6 billion for the federal government. As Assistant Secretary of the
Army from 1998 to 2001, Apgar had overall responsibility for the world's largest real estate
portfolio and supply system.
2000 Blaine Chase, CRE, and Maurice Robinson, CRE, were honored for their work as appraisers in
determining the value of the Grand Canyon National Park. In a complex assignment that took more than
a year to complete, they helped devise a methodology to value The Grand Canyon. As a result, the National
Park Service adopted this new methodology for all parks needing appraisal in the future.
1999 Peter Bowes, CRE, was honored for his work as an independent facilitator for the City/County
of Denver in negotiations between the City and Ascent Entertainment for the development of Denver's
new Pepsi Center. Bowes executed the assignment as a volunteer, and through his impeccable reputation,
integrity, and commitment to the community, made the completion of negotiations possible.
1998 Bowen "Buzz" McCoy, CRE, was honored for his pivotal role in determining the best practices
in real estate investing for the largest pension fund in the U.S., the State of California Public
Employee's Retirement System (Cal Pers). Through this effort, Cal Pers' real estate investment practices
became aligned with the real estate industry and thereby encouraged increased activity by other large funds.
1997 Rocky Tarantello, CRE, and Alfred Gobar,
CRE, were honored for their efforts as charter directors of So-Cal
Housing Development Corporation-a regional non-profit affordable housing
development firm based in California. This pro bono assignment attracted
high-profile support and created maximum opportunities for affordable
housing, social services, and public-private partnerships.
1995 Franklin Hannoch, Jr., CRE, was honored for his role in the relocation of the Family Court
Division of the New Jersey Supreme Court from the Essex County Court Complex in Newark to a nearby
historic building. The relocation enabled renovations to on the current courthouse, saved millions of
dollars in real estate taxes, and allowed for refinancing with floating low interest, tax-exempt bonds.
(No award was given in 1996, 2001, 2003, 2012 and 2014.)