McNeill, Steffner, Woods, Crosstown Receive Top Pinnacle Award Honors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – (RealEstateRama) — The Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® Commercial Council honored the top performers in commercial real estate for 2015 at the 15th Annual Pinnacle Awards gala held April 7 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Coming away with the evening’s highest honors were Commercial Hall of Fame inductee Phillip McNeill, Commercial Broker of the Year Joe Steffner, of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and Legacy Award winner Gene Woods. The Community Impact Award went to Crosstown Concourse.

Awards also were handed out in Broker-of-the-Year categories as follows:

Industrial Tenant
Russ Westlake, Jones Lang LaSalle

Industrial Landlord
Tim Mashburn, Colliers International Memphis

Office Sales and Industrial Sales
Johnny Lamberson, CB Richard Ellis Memphis

Multifamily Sales
Blake Pera, ARA Newmark

Retail Sales
Brian Califf, NAI Saig Company

Office Leases Tenant
Kelly Truitt, CB Richard Ellis Memphis

Office Leases Landlord
Ron Kastner, CB Richard Ellis Memphis

Retail Leases Tenant
Robert Sloan, The Shopping Center Group

Retail Leases Landlord
Jason Polley, StoneCrest Investments

Land Sales
Stephen Steinbach, UrbanInsites

Newcomer of the Year
Austin Ehrat, CB Richard Ellis Memphis

Grit & Grind
Tanis Hackmeyer, Hackmeyer Realty

The MAAR Commercial Council is the presenting sponsor for the Pinnacle Awards. Other sponsors include Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.; The Crump Firm; Memphis Business Journal; Dixon Hughes Goodman; Financial Federal; Glankler Brown Attorneys; Prologis; Valbridge Property Advisors/C&I Appraisal Services; CoStarGroup.

A group of MAAR members started the Pinnacle Awards in 2002 as a way to honor industry leaders and encourage involvement in MAAR.  In 2003, MAAR established the Commercial Council, the first local organization specifically for Memphis-area commercial real estate professionals.  The Pinnacle Awards program is one of many benefits the MAAR Commercial Council provides to support its members and encourage networking among commercial practitioners.

With more than 300 members, the MAAR Commercial Council is a self-governed, free-standing division of the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS®. Members include commercial developers, commercial brokers and affiliate brokers, property managers, and other commercial real estate-related professionals. The Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® is one of the Mid-South’s largest real estate trade associations with 3,000 members working in all facets of the real estate industry.

Contact Don Wade, Media Relations & Research, 901.485.1653.

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