R. Craig Coppola

A known commercial real estate broker in the Phoenix metro area received the highest honor for his “significant and positive” impact on the industry at the annual awards ceremony of the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP, the voice of commercial real estate.

R. Craig Coppola, the most productive broker in the more than 40-year history of the nation’s largest broker-owned firm, Lee & Associates, received the highest honor, the award of excellence at the Annual Best of Arizona NAIOP Awards 2020 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

Coppola received one of 34 awards given at the event to recognize the most successful commercial real estate projects, businesses and individuals of the previous year.

Other longtime Arizona institutions were also winners at the event, including Willmeng, who was named general contractor of the year; Cushman & Wakefield, brokerage firm of the year; and Butler Design Group, architect of the year.

The winners helped declare the weather pandemic

It has been an incredibly difficult year for the industry, but developers have remained “optimistic about Arizona’s future,” said Suzanne Kinney, Arizona Chapter President and CEO.

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“Mixed-use creative projects such as The Collab in the Gilbert Heritage District, the new Helios Education Foundation building in Central Phoenix and the Grand2 in Tempe, a specific project that brought DoorDash to our market, are examples award-winning projects that spark excitement and commitment to Arizona’s future, ”said Kinney.

The industrial sector had a particularly strong year, she said.

“Our members have been working at a breakneck pace to implement advanced logistics capabilities, increase warehousing capacity, and build state-of-the-art distribution centers to meet the growing demand for e-commerce and warehousing. essential goods. For example, two large Amazon installations won awards: the Amazon Final Mile installation in the Chandler Airport Shopping Park and the Amazon GYR3 IXD. “

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The winning projects fueled local economies

Dozens of projects across the state have also helped cushion the blow to the state’s economy during COVID-19 shutdowns and disruptions, Kinney said.

For example, the Economic Impact Project of the Year Award, Novus Innovation Corridor – Phase III, generated an impact of $ 277.8 million in 2020, she said. Located near Arizona State University, the public-private project is a mixed-use corridor for housing, retail and space for cutting-edge technology companies that have access to the research and talent pipeline of university.

The Award of Excellence recognizes the significant impact on the industry

Coppola received the first prize, the Award of Excellence, which is given to individuals who have had a “significant and positive impact” on the commercial real estate industry in Arizona for at least 15 years, as well as direct voluntary contributions. in chapter.

For more than 37 years as a founding director of Lee & Associates Arizona, Coppola has specialized in landlord and tenant representation in the rental and sale of office buildings in the Valley. It has carried out more than 3,800 transactions totaling more than 15 MSF valued at more than 4 billion dollars.

The Arizona MBA graduate is 24 times Best Producer for Lee & Associates, six times NAIOP Office Broker of the Year, and 25 times a finalist for NAIOP Office Broker of the Year. He is also the author of five books, including How to Win in Commercial Real Estate Investing and The Art of Commercial Real Estate Leasing.

In his volunteer service, Coppola served on the NAIOP board of directors; Arizona Chamber of Commerce Council; Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Advisory Council; Banner Health Foundation; Preparatory Board of Directors of Xavier College; and more.

“I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more than Craig,” said Danny Swancey of ViaWest Group, chairman of the board of NAIOP Arizona. “His distinctive qualities of integrity, energy, discipline and perseverance have a positive impact on our organization and on the entire commercial real estate community. It is a pleasure to honor someone who has consistently contributed on so many levels for over three decades.

Best NAIOP 2020 winners

Excellence Award: R. Craig Coppola, Lee & Associates Arizona

Architect of the year: Butler design group

Brokerage Company of the Year: Cushman and Wakefield

Company of the year: Willmeng

General contractor of the year: Willmeng

Interior designer of the year: Phoenix Design One, Inc.

Owner / Developer of the Year: Lincoln Real Estate Company

Improvement contractor for tenants of the year: Willmeng

Official sponsor of the NAIOP Arizona brand: TRADEMARK

Development Leader of the Year: Michael Strittmatter, CBRE

Emerging Broker of the Year: James Cohn, CBRE

Healthcare Broker of the Year: Perry Gabuzzi, Margaret Lloyd, Bill Cook and Mike McWilliams, Plaza Companies

Industrial Broker of the Year: Tony Lydon, Marc Hertzberg, Riley Gilbert and John Lydon, JLL

Investment Broker of the Year: Will Strong, Cushman and Wakefield

Office Broker of the Year: Kevin Calihan and Bryan Taute, CBRE

Retail Broker of the Year: Dave Cheatham and Darren Pitts, Velocity Retail Group, LLC

Beginner Broker of the Year: Matt Baniszewski, Colliers International

Broker representing tenants of the year: Pat Williams, JLL

Economic impact project of the year: Novus Innovation Corridor – Phase III

Industrial Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Amazon Final Mile Facility (DPX7)

Industrial tenant improvement project of the year: Amazon GYR3 IXD

Medical practice project of the year: Wexford PBC1

Mixed-use project of the year: The collaboration

Office Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Helios Education Foundation campus and Vince Roig convocation center

Office IT Project of the Year (less than 60,000 square feet): Carvana HQ3

IT Office (more than 60,000 SF): DoorDash

Redevelopment project of the year: ADOT Flagstaff Offices

Retail Project of the Year: Volvo Arrowhead Dealer and Site Development

Specific industrial project of the year (less than 365,000 square feet): Carrefour Gilbert

Spec Industrial Project of the Year (Over 365,000 SF): Chandler Airport Commercial Park

Office Specification Project of the Year: Union Building 1

Sustainable project of the year: Tower 777 of the Novus Innovation corridor

Transaction of the year: Large2

Talking about the city: Tower 777 at Corridor Novus Innovation and Grand2 / DoorDash (tied)

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