NAIOP Washington State Honors Developers, Projects at Night of the Stars
NAIOP Washington State inducted John Torrance, Principal of J.R. Torrance Properties, into its Hall of Fame as part of an annual gala last Friday that also saw 17 projects earn recognition at the 2019 Night of the Stars Awards. Among the top award category winners were MainStreet Property Group, honored as Developer of the Year; Prologis’ Georgetown Crossroads (team pictured above), awarded Industrial Development of the Year; Vulcan Inc.’s Arbor Blocks, named Office Development of the Year; and Holland Partner’s Kiara, recognized as High-Rise Residential Development of the Year.
John Torrance (center) inducted into NAIOP Washington’s Hall of Fame
In addition to the development of T-Mobile Park (Safeco Field), Torrance has been involved in dozens of significant projects over the years, including Microsoft Headquarters, Washington Park Tower, and Insignia Towers. He also helped create and build the company now known as CBRE. He may be best known for conceiving and promoting the “StarDome” retractable roof stadium concept for the Seattle Mariners’ home baseball field.
2019 Project Award Winners:
• Judges’ Innovation Award: Regional Impact: Propeller Airports Paine Field Passenger Terminal
• Judges’ Innovation Award: Vision: 621 Woodland Square Loop SE
• People’s Choice Award: Microsoft Buildings 121 & 122
• Developer of the Year: MainStreet Property Group LLC
• Affordable Housing Development of the Year: Liberty Bank Building
• Community Impact Development of the Year: Eastside Community Center
• High-Rise Residential Development of the Year: Holland Partner’s Kiara
• Historic Renovation of the Year: McMenamins Elks Temple Renovation
• Hospitality Development of the Year: Hyatt Regency Seattle
• Industrial Development of the Year: Georgetown Crossroads
• Multifamily Residential Development of the Year: Fewer than 100 Units: Bogtown Flats
• Multifamily Residential Suburban Development of the Year: More than 100 Units: The Triangle
• Multifamily Residential Urban Development of the Year: More than 100 Units: Sitka
• Office Development of the Year: Arbor Blocks
• Office Interior of the Year: Big Fish Games Seattle Headquarters
• Redevelopment/Renovation of the Year: Microsoft Buildings 121 & 122
• Retail Development of the Year: Seaplane Commercial Building
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 integrated marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and public relations strategy. He is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, Social Media and content marketing services.
Dennis’s communications background in the real estate industry includes working with many of the top real estate firms – from brokerage companies, developers, homebuilders, investors, owners, lawyers, asset advisors, lenders, architects and property management firms.
• Marketed more than 1 Billion Square Feet of Office Space
• 70,000 Multifamily/Condo Units
• 15,000 Single Family Homes
• 30 Million Square Feet of Retail Space
• Representing Roughly $100 Billion in Investment
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.
Dennis’s agency background on integrated communications teams at many reputable agencies and has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. He formerly was President of the Public Relations Society of America’s Los Angeles of public relations professional, and served on the Board of Directors. He also taught a public relations extension course at Loyola Marymount University.
Dennis’s 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.