Nearly 200 commercial real estate professionals gathered at Carmel Country Club Wednesday to honor colleagues for their creative thinking in solving real estate-related problems.
The awards, the 5th annual, was presented by the Carolinas chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate, an invitation-only professional group.
Jerry Orr, aviation director of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, was among those recognized.
Real estate professionals largely praise Orr and his managing of the airport, saying it is one of the region's best tools for attracting new companies.
A Senate panel Wednesday endorsed a bill that would create a new Charlotte airport authority by transferring control from the city of Charlotte.
The bill also must pass the full House. City leaders are expected to keep pushing for at least a delay in its passage.
Included among his comments: Be complimentary, get ahead of the competition, and "a good idea well implemented is far more productive than a great idea not implemented."
While award recipients were involved in local projects, they were chosen because of the broader impact they had on the community, moderator Kathleen Rose said.
Ronald Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, was recognized for his work to develop Mosaic Village, a mixed-use project on West Trade Street that includes student rooms, parking, retail space and a terrace. Event organizers said the project will help connect the campus and neighborhood with uptown Charlotte, which while close geographically, has long been divided socially and economically from the center city.
Ruth Shaw, Michael Marsicano and Davis Cable were honored for their work developing The Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of greenways and trails that reaches 15 counties and 2.3 million people.
Shaw told the crowd she thought the idea was "absolutely bodacious" when she first heard it because it would involve getting so many different people to work together.
Organizers recently celebrated the completion of the 100th mile of the planned 1,500 network.