The Orange County chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, CREW-OC, hosted its 7th annual SPIRE Awards ceremony at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa, CA. The organization honored local commercial real estate leaders for Superior Performance In Real Estate.
“The Orange County commercial real estate market is an extremely close-knit community, and events like the SPIRE awards prove the dedication and support we provide to one another,” said event co-chair, Linda Padilla Smyth, who noted that this year’s attendance was one of the largest yet.
SPIRE Award winners included: Winner for “Superior Performance in New Construction” Project: Potter’s Lane Awarded to: American Family Housing
Winner for “Superior Performance in Building Renovations” Project: Edwards Lifesciences Starr Atrium Awarded to: LPA, Inc., Tangram Interiors, DPR Construction, Edwards Lifesciences
Winner for “Superior Performance in Tenant Improvements” Project: Vans HQ Awarded to: Howard Building Corporation, RAPT Studio, and Vans HQ
Winner for “Superior Performance in Leasing” Project: Cylance World Headquarters Awarded to: Savills Studley
Winner for “Superior Performance in Lending” Project: Reata Glen CCRC / The Orchards HC Awarded to: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Reata Glen Orange County CCRC LLC, and Spieker Senior Development Partners
Winner for “Superior Performance in Sales” Project: Chapman Grand Awarded to: Chapman University and CBRE
Winner for “Superior Performance by a Woman in Commercial Real Estate” Awarded to: Sharon Kline, Executive Vice President, CBRE Capital Markets Debt & Equity Finance
Winner for “Superior Performance in Philanthropy” Awarded to: Steven T. Card, Senior Managing Partner, Savills Studley
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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