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NAIOP SoCal Honors Best of the Best with First-Ever Awards Gala 

NAIOP SoCal honored the best of the best in commercial real estate during its first-ever Awards Gala, held May 12 in Santa Ana. 

The event, covering 20 unique categories, included two People’s Choice Awards voted on that evening for Developer of the Year, won by Duke Realty, and Deal of the Year, won by Newmark. Newmark’s Kevin Shannon was also recognized as Broker of the Year. 

The chapter also recognized several individuals who have provided outstanding service to the chapter as well as expectational young leaders. The Distinguished Service award was given to Pamela Westhoff of Shepard Mullin and the NAIOP SoCal Member of the Year was Stephane Wandel of Thrifty Oil. The Developing Leader of the Year was JLL’s Jamie Kline. 

NAIOP SoCal also inducted Ed Roski, president and chairman of the board of Majestic Realty Co., into its Hall of Fame. 

Pictured, from left: NAIOP SoCal Chapter President Greg May, Honoree Pamela Westhoff, NAIOP SoCal CEO Tim Jemal. 

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