The Business Journal recognized the top brokers and projects for 2020 in a virtual Commercial Real Estate Awards event on Wednesday.

Prior to the awards, a panel of Yair Hamoff with brokerage Spectrum Commercial Real Estate and John Parker of construction firm Parker Brown discussed last year's economy in the Valley.

Haimoff reported a 45 to 50 percent drop in leasing in the early period of the pandemic, particularly for entertainment, retail and gym clients. But eventually industrial sales and leases carried the company for the year.

"Industrial pretty much picked us up, with PPP and SBA financing programs that picked up the owner-user market," he said. "At this point, practically every industrial property for sale in the San Fernando Valley is in escrow."

Looking forward, Parker predicted people would return to offices, just as office towers filled back up after 911.

Here are the Gold award winners. The full list of winners will appear in the March 15 issue of the Business Journal.


Industrial Lease
Chad Gahr, David Young of NAI Capital

Industrial Sale
John DeGrinis, Patrick DuRoss, John Abraham of Newmark

Land Sale
Laurie Lustig-Bower of CBRE

Medical Sale
Kevin Fenenbock, Jacob Mumper of Colliers International
Rob Hooks, Dillon Moscone of Cushman & Wakefield

Multi-Family Sale
Michael Dixon, Ziv Kozaski of NAI Capital Commercial

Office Lease
Nico Vilgiate, Nick Moscicki, Pat Church, Anneke Greco of Colliers International

Office Sale
Yair Haimoff, Andrew Ghassemi, Matt Sreden of Spectrum Commercial Real Estate

Retail Lease
Scott Caswell, Erica Balin of Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura

Retail Sale
El Warner of Colliers International, David Lachoff of Newmark

Broker of the Year
Bennett Robinson, CBRE


Best Hospitality Project
Glendale Marriott Residence
RD Olson Development, developer and contractor
WATG, architect

Best Industrial Project
Agoura Landmark
Martin Teitelbaum Construction, developer and contractor
Lanet/Shaw Architects, architect

Best Office Project
4130 Cahuenga
Harbor Associates, developer
Pinnacle Contracting Corp., general contractor
Wolcott Architecture, architect

Best Public Project
Simi Valley Free Clinic
Simi Valley Free Clinic, developer
Parker Brown, contractor
GP Architecture, architect

Best Redevelopment Project
Plaza Del Valle
Agora Realty and Management Inc., developer and contractor
Mycotoo, architect

Best Sustainable Project
Swenson Science Center at California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University, developer
W.E. O'Neil Construction Co., general contractor
Rasmussen & Associates, architect