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 itself.
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 Chair 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:
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
Submission should be emailed to Paul Coady, Manager of CRE Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCarthy Receives 2016 James Felt Creative Counseling Award