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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Mar. 24, 202210:00 PM EST

NAIOP honors Carey with Lifetime Achievement Award

The DIA recognized Alex Sifakis for Downtown development, and the real estate group named the “best of 2021.”

NAIOP of Northeast Florida honored retired VanTrust Real Estate LLC Executive Vice President John Carey with its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award at its March 24 annual awards gala.

Carey closed out four decades in commercial real estate at year-end 2021.

VanTrust Executive Vice President Marc Munago has worked with Carey for more than 15 years and called him a professional mentor and personal friend.

Developer Alex Sifakis is the 2021 Downtown Investment Authority Klechak Award winner.

“Above all his true sense of character in dealing with things with integrity and fairness and class have had the largest impact on me,” Munago said as he introduced Carey.

Carey said he was humbled and thanked his colleagues, family and friends. “It’s just a fantastic experience,” he said.

Developer Alex Sifakis was recognized as the 2021 Downtown Investment Authority Klechak Award winner.

Sifakis is redeveloping buildings in the North Core of Downtown and developing town houses in LaVilla.

“Alex has been demonstrating an amazing commitment to promoting the revitalization of Jacksonville’s urban core,” said Steve Kelley, DIA director of Downtown real estate and development.

The annual gala honored NAIOP’s “best of 2021.” It was at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.

The NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association awards by category:

Developer of the year: VanTrust Real Estate LLC

Office broker of the year: Katie Kirchner, Strategic Sites Clifford Commercial   

Industrial broker of the year: Luke Pope, JLL

Office lease of the year: Allegis Group, David Hillegas, Cushman & Wakefield

Office sale of the year: McKesson building, David Hillegas, Cushman & Wakefield

Industrial lease of the year: Iron Mountain, Luke Pope, JLL, and Tyler Newman, Cushman &  Wakefield

Industrial sale of the year: Imeson Park Building E (Amazon as tenant), VanTrust Real Estate LLC, Marc Munago and Mike Jones of VanTrust Real Estate LLC and Luke Pope with JLL

Construction project of the year less than $5 million: ArdentX, Emerald C’s Development Inc.

Construction project of the year more than $5 million: Imeson Building E, Evans General Contractors

Renovation project of the year: Campus Towers apartment renovation, Auld & White Constructors LLC

Land sale of the year: Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC sale of 251 acres, Guy Preston, Colliers.

Design of the year: Vista Brooklyn office, NAI Hallmark

Developing leader: Chris Wilson, SouthState Bank.

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