Realcomm at 20

By on Jun 18, 2018 in News

Commercial real estate education and event organization the Realcomm Conference Group LLC (Realcomm) celebrated its two-decade milestone by honoring 20 visionaries at its annual conference in Las Vegas. The prestigious group of honorees included Yardi founder and president Anant Yardi, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his career-long accomplishments in real estate and technology.

Realcomm also recognized the following industry leaders: Jesse Carrillo, SVP and CIO, Hines; Dave Clute, Chief Marketing Officer, ESD; Maureen Ehrenberg, President, Global Integrated Facilities Management, JLL; Robert Entin, EVP and CIO, Vornado Realty Trust; John Gilbert, EVP, COO and CTO of Rudin Management; Mark Golan, VP of Real Estate and Workplace Services, Google; Don Goldstein, former SVP and CISO, Digital Technology, CBRE; Hari Gunasingham, Founder, Sigma Sustainability Institute; Tama Huang, Principal and Global Real Estate Advisory Services Leader, NOI Strategies; Sandy Jacolow, CIO, Silverstein Properties; Ted Maulucci, President, SmartONE Solutions; Scott Morey, Executive Director of GPG Advisers; Paul Oswald, Managing Director, CBRE; John Petze, Principal, SkyFoundry; Wayne Pryor, Principal, 2Five1 Consulting; Joseph Rich, SVP and CIO, Related Companies;  Darrell Smith, Director, Central Facilities Operation of Google; James Whalen, SVP and CIO, Boston Properties; Scott Zimmerman, CIO, CenterPoint Properties.

The award criteria included consistent focus on real estate innovation and contributions to the industry for more than 20 years. Mr. Yardi founded his company in 1984 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Since then, it has become a global real estate software leader, and now has over 6,000 employees in 40 offices worldwide.

“Anant is a constant supporter of Realcomm’s vision for uniting technology, innovation and real estate operations. His thought leadership, service to the industry and technology innovation over the years have been profoundly impactful,” said Jim Young, co-founder and CEO of Realcomm.

“Realcomm has done a remarkable job enhancing the focus on technology and innovation in commercial real estate. It has been a pleasure working with Jim and his team over the years and I appreciate the award. This achievement was made possible by the stellar work done by Yardi staff and the leadership and commitment demonstrated by our commercial clients,” Mr. Yardi said.

Mr. Yardi received a Highest Rated CEO designation for 2017 from employer review website Glassdoor. He was the third recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Apartment Association in 2016 and was named by Inman News as one of the top 100 most influential real estate leaders in 2010.

As part of the event, several Yardi clients earned Realcomm and IBCon Digie Awards, among the highest recognition in the commercial real estate industry.

Morguard, CBRE, QuadReal Property Group, Link REIT and BNY Mellon Real Estate Fund Services received Realcomm Digie Awards for best use of automation.

Semiconductor manufacturer TowerJazz received an IBCon Digie Award for most intelligent building project for completing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment upgrade that included solutions from the Yardi Smart Energy Suite.

“Yardi is delighted to see innovative companies gain the recognition they deserve for setting new standards of excellence in technology, and often using our solutions to do so,” said Terri Dowen, senior vice president of sales.

Digies—short for Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Awards—recognize real estate companies, projects, technologies and people that impact the industry with intelligent applications of technology automation and innovation. Separate award categories for Realcomm and IBcon reflect the difference between automating business processes and creating intelligent building systems.