March 2, 2022 - By Tom Palmer
BOSTON – Following their best year ever, Boston Realty Advisors, the Boston area’s largest independent real estate brokerage, and affiliated residential sales platform Advisors Living yesterday honored more than 30 of their associates with awards for outstanding achievement in 2021.
“Twenty years -- as we all see, we can’t do it alone,” said company Founder and Senior Partner Jason Weissman, who was introduced by Partner and Managing Principal Wil Catlin and welcomed more than 70 employees to the morning event at the Boston Center for the Arts.
“We’ve been able to work together for so many years -- now with these amazing new faces that have come on -- and this team is doing incredible things together,” Weissman said. “We’re creating a world-class real estate organization. In 2021 we had Covid, we had so many challenges, but what did we do with those challenges? We turned them into opportunities and had the absolute best year of the firm’s history.”
Boston Realty Advisors and associated companies including Advisors Living finished the firm’s 20th anniversary year with a record number of completed transactions, more than 750 sales and leases of commercial and residential properties in the Greater Boston area -- and more than $1 billion in total volume.
Awards went to Associate Director Kevin Benzinger for Capital Markets Broker of the Year, Associate Director Joe Wagner for Retail Leasing Broker of the Year, Managing Director Mike Jezienicki for Commercial Broker of the Year, Managing Director and Partner Bonny L. Doorakian for Office Leasing Broker of the Year, and Maintenance Technician Ryan Archuleta for Property Management Team Member of the Year.
The Team Player of the Year went to Kristy Ganong, Vice President of Residential Sales. A New Development All-Star Award went to all new development agents at Advisors Living, numbering more than 30 who joined the firm during 2021, as the company continues to grow. And Residential Advisor Kirsten McEleney received the Weissman Trophy as “Rookie of the Year.”
Chairman’s Club Awards went to Carmela Laurella, President of affiliate CL Properties, and Travis Sachs, Executive Vice President of CL Properties. President’s Club Awards went to Sue Sirota and Nancy Hudgins, Vice Presidents of Advisors Living; Vice President Bobby Morgenstern, Vice President Nikki McCay, Vice President Tori MacDowell, and Ganong.
Vice President’s Club Awards went to Vice President Guy Contaldi, Vice President Barbara Mihalko, Residential Agent Liyuan Bai, Managing Director Scott Accorsini, Managing Director Dave Costello, Vice President Diana Lannon, Vice President Sharon Jones, Vice President Eileen Balicki, and Vice President Kathryn Lee.
Platinum Club Awards went to Vice President Carole Daniels, Residential Advisor Kelly Caron, Vice President Shelly Lockwood, Vice President Stacey Steck, Residential Advisor Paige Cadogan, and new Residential Advisor Michelle Lenihan.
The Advisors Giving Award, for stewarding Boston Realty Advisors’ and Advisors Living’s charitable contributions, went to Managing Director Chris MacMahon. And Support Employee of the Year went to Executive Administrator Irene Shea, who Weissman said he had never heard say, “No” to any request by anyone for help on any issue.
The awards program highlighted last year’s sales and leasing achievements, including the final sales of the luxury condominiums at record per-square-foot prices at Pier 4 in the Seaport, developed by Tishman Speyer, all 106 units selling at an average price of $3.5 million.
“Thank you for trusting me,” Merit McIntyre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advisors Living, said in closing the awards program. “There were a lot of people here who were betting on our success. I say this often, but to have an excellent company you need excellent people, and when you have them you will attract more.”
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