Calling All Ingenious Brokers–REBNY Wants YOU!

In the wake of its banquet’s steaming wreckage, REBNY keeps the big announcements rolling.

It’s finally time for the creme de la creme of broker’s back-biting and politicking: The Ingenious Deal of the Year Award. REBNY is formally accepting nominations for the award–the brokers who engineered the ingenious deals–with winners announced in April.

The award famously titles the industry’s titans, and can stamp the career of any young lad.

Brokers, sharpen those knives!

REBNY’s announcement after the jump.

– John Koblin


–Deadline for submitting proposals is February 7–

NEW YORK, January 19, 2007 -The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), is accepting nominations for its 62nd annual Ingenious Deal of the Year Awards, which recognize the top sales, leasing and finance transactions of the year. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 7 at 5 PM.

The prestigious honors are presented to the deals that demonstrate the most ingenuity, creativity and professional skill. A deal does not need to be large to be considered. The first place winner will receive the Henry Hart Rice award, the Robert T. Lawrence award will be the second place award and the Edward S. Gordon award, created in 2005, will serve as the third place award. One prize will be presented to each of the three disciplines – sales, leasing and finance.

“Since 1944, the Ingenious Deal of the Year awards have been REBNY’s most coveted and anticipated honors,” said Steven Spinola, REBNY president. “We’ve seen a gradual rise in the number of applications received year to year, each reflecting a high level of resourcefulness, talent and expertise. New York City is known for its complicated real estate landscape. These awards recognize our best and brightest stars – those who have mastered the Rubik’s Cube we know as the New York real estate market.”

The Henry Hart Rice award memorializes the person of the same name, who won the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year and the Robert T. Lawrence award five times. The Robert T. Lawrence and Edward S. Gordon awards commemorate the distinguished careers of two legendary commercial real estate brokers.

Judges will select the best submission from each discipline, and then choose which should be awarded the first, second and third place prizes. The winners will be announced at the annual REBNY Sales Brokers committee annual cocktail party on April 17, 2007.

Entry forms are available online at or by contacting Eileen Spinola at 212.616.5234.

Tickets for the cocktail party are available for $75. To make a reservation, please contact Ms. Ossie Shemtov at the Real Estate Board at 212.616.5226.

The Real Estate Board of New York is the city’s leading real estate trade association with 12,000 members. REBNY represents major commercial and residential property owners and builders, brokers and managers, banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, contractors and other individuals and institutions professionally interested in the City’s real estate. REBNY is involved in crucial municipal matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes and legislation. In addition, REBNY publishes reports providing indicators of market prices for both the residential and commercial sectors. Calling All Ingenious Brokers–REBNY Wants YOU!