HOUSTON, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cornell Real Estate Review has named Robert Duncan, Transwestern's Chairman, as the recipient of the publication's prestigious 2011 Industry Leader Award. The Cornell Real Estate Review Industry Leader Award recognizes transformational leadership in the real estate industry and is the publication's top honor bestowed on those who exhibit the integrity and influence to create a lasting legacy in the industry. Duncan has been instrumental in shaping Transwestern's integrated services and investment approach for better collaboration and results among investors, owners and users of commercial real estate.
"Robert Duncan's visionary leadership has helped Transwestern distinguish itself by leveraging its operating model to bring diversified services to owners, investors and users of real estate," proclaims David Funk, Director, Program in Real Estate for Cornell University. "As our team studied the industry for transformational leadership, Robert and Transwestern stood out for their achievement of bringing local market knowledge and project management knowhow to a very wide array of clients. Robert and Transwestern set their sights high with the goal of creating a fully integrated service delivery system. And they did it. We think Transwestern listened to their clients and demonstrated thought leadership by creating a company that is laser-focused on maximizing value for investors and users of real estate."
Cornell's 2011 Industry Leader Award reflects Transwestern's founding as a developer and owner of investment-grade commercial properties, the firm's stellar track record for sustained growth and success, and the unique structure of the company's dual investment and services approach to commercial real estate.
"I am truly honored that your preeminent university has recognized me and Transwestern with this coveted award," responded Duncan. "I know that it is really our organization that is being recognized here. And I humbly accept this award on behalf of Larry Heard, our CEO, and all our key contributors and team members around the country who have worked so hard for so many years to build this fine company which has earned this thoughtful recognition."
Duncan also emphasized that by combining local market insight and execution capabilities – in a model that delivers market access, execution and deep management expertise – Transwestern provides investors all the advantages of working with a true real estate operator.
Transwestern's innovative operator model incorporates three key elements: Transwestern, a fully integrated national commercial realty services group; Transwestern Investment Group, an independent unit offering customized investment management programs, separate accounts and investment funds to serve institutional investors; and Transwestern Development Company, which provides cost-efficient solutions for investors, corporate build-to-suit clients and public/private ventures in the office, industrial, retail and healthcare sectors.
Transwestern is a national, privately-held operating company specializing in commercial real estate services, investment and development. The firm's fully integrated approach delivers value to owners, investors and users of commercial real estate through innovation, penetrating market intelligence and legendary service delivered by teams of local experts. Transwestern has product specialties in office, industrial, retail, multifamily and healthcare and is an industry leader in sustainability solutions and in market research through its affiliate, Delta Associates. Please visit www.transwestern.net or follow us on Twitter at @Transwestern.