At this year’s Colliers Americas conference, which took place last month in Atlanta, Donna Abood received the highest award bestowed on an individual by the international full-service commercial real estate firm; the Tom Richardson Award. Abood is Chairman – Founding Partner of Colliers International South Florida.
The prestigious award is presented to the individual within Colliers International who best exemplifies the personal character displayed by the late Tom Richardson, former Vice Chairman of Colliers USA. The award honors individuals who maintain a balanced perspective of business, family, friends and community, as well as impeccable integrity, a passion for sharing, and extraordinary spirit.
The award recognizes lasting personal character, not short-term performance, and its purpose is to raise the entire character of the Colliers team by acknowledging true leaders whose example helps the team strive to meet the standards of Tom Richardson.
Abood, who has leased over 50 million square feet of office buildings during her career, is a member of the Colliers US Manager’s Steering Committee. She has served on the executive committee of the Beacon Council for 12 years, and is a former chair of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. She is active with CREW-Miami (Commercial Real Estate Women), and has served on the board of the Lighthouse for the Blind, helping to raise funds for more than 20 years.
Her professionalism and community involvement are corroborated by numerous other awards and honors including Champion of Minority Businesses (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2013), Top 50 Women-led Businesses (The Commonwealth Institute 2013), National Women of Influence (Real Estate Forum 2013 and 2009), and Most Influential Women (South Florida Business Journal 2012) to name the most recent. Florida State University inducted her into its School of Business Hall of Fame in 2013, in recognition of her years of mentoring its graduates and employing them as interns.
In response to the recognition Abood said, “I am so humbled. The people who have received this honor before me are exceptional leaders.” She went on to note that “our behavior with our clients as well as with peers is important. Giving freely of our assistance, advice and time–really stands out in clients’ minds. Putting their needs first is exceptional service, and they do not forget it. The rewards may come your way in the form of dollars, referrals, respect, credibility, positive energy (love), and friendship… when you least expect it.”
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