The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council today announced that the visionary principals of MDM Group, Luis Pulenta and Ricardo Glas, will be the recipients of ULI’s coveted 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. MDM will be honored at the 2015 Vision Awards dinner and ceremony slated for August 26th at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
The principals of MDM Group were selected for the prestigious award in recognition of their transformative projects, which are the source of a high volume of investment and job creation, and help shape what today are some of Miami-Dade’s most recognizable neighborhoods.
Founded in 1990, MDM Group began with the acquisition of the Miami Marriott Dadeland, along with the subsequent acquisition of the Datran I and II office complexes that same year. The development of the Courtyard by Marriott Dadeland in 2004 further stimulated the transformation of the Dadeland area, and MDM became a key catalyst towards the evolution of Dadeland into a vibrant business, retail and hospitality center.
In 1998, MDM Group embarked on the visionary development of the JW Marriott Hotel Miami (the first luxury-branded hotel on Brickell Avenue) and Barclay’s Financial Center, a mixed-use center in the heart of the Brickell financial district. This project was also a catalyst, serving as the key factor in the overall development of the Brickell corridor.
Subsequent to that project, MDM pioneered the development of mixed-use communities within the downtown Miami central business district, with the unprecedented $1 billion Metropolitan Miami project. Metropolitan Miami helped usher in a new, sophisticated identity for downtown Miami, beginning with the opening of the Met 1 condominium project in 2008; the completion of Met 2, which includes the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts, along with Wells Fargo Center, both completed in 2010; and the recently-opened Whole Foods Market as part of Met 3. The last phase will be the soon-to-be under-development Met Square component, the crowning phase of Metropolitan Miami, which will feature a luxury high-end movie theatre, restaurants, retail outlets and residences.
MDM’s latest project will help transform another area of Downtown Miami, with the development of the Marriott Marquis World Convention Center, an 1,800-room hotel and 600,000-square-foot convention facility on the site of the old Miami Arena, and adjacent to the Miami Worldcenter and All Aboard Florida projects.
“We are truly pleased to honor MDM Group’s principals, Luis Pulenta and Ricardo Glas,” said Mark Peterson, Chair of Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council. “We are fortunate to be honoring individuals and an enterprise which has not only earned renown for an amazing body of work, but which will certainly continue to transform and impact our community with new achievements for years to come.”
State Street Realty President George Pino, SIOR, RPA was named “Industrial Broker of the Year” during the Chapter’s recent 2014 Annual Awards of Excellence Awards Gala. A four-time recipient of this prestigious award, Pino was honored for delivering a tremendous portfolio of transactions for State Street Realty’s valued clients’ properties in 2014 that includes brokering more than 80 new sale and lease deals totaling more than 1 million square feet and worth over $80 million, the company record for the year.
For over 20 years, Pino has consistently been a top producing South Florida broker with State Street Realty and during his tenure with Flagler Real Estate Services and Codina Group. Pino was also one of only 15 commercial real estate professionals selected nationally as an ONCOR International Top Producer. Most recently, he was named a Power Leader in Commercial Real Estate by the South Florida Business Journal and has been recognized as a CoStar “Power Broker” the past 13 years starting in 2003 through 2015.
Pino is a lifelong resident of South Florida and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) designation. His professional affiliates and community involvement include: Orange Bowl Committee, 2011-2015 Board of Directors – Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida (CIASF), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), National Association of Office & Industrial Properties (NAIOP), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), South Florida Office Brokers Association (SFOBA). Community Involvement includes serving at the following organizations: Orange Bowl Committee, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Redlands Migrant Family Association and the Mike Lowell Charity Foundation. In addition, Mr. Pino serves on the Advisory Committee and is a member of the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.
Speaking of awards, you won’t want to miss CIASF‘s upcoming ‘Not Your Usual Awards‘ Gala this Thursday, March 19. An elegant evening of cocktails and dinner is planned to honor some of our commercial real estate peers, and roast others. In addition to Deals of the Year, CIASF will bestow honors in the following categories:
- The Networking Award
- The Lucky Dog Award
- The Old Man and the Sea Award
- The Peanut Award
- The Rising Star Award
- The Lorenzo Arce Award
The event will be moderated by Michael Biamonte, the voice of the Miami Heat.
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