Real Estate Times Excellence Awards 2018 Recipients Announced


WALTHAM, MA—Boston Real Estate Times, New England’s premier source of commercial real estate news and information with over 10,000 subscribers, today announced the recipients of its 2018 Excellence Awards.

The winners of this year’s awards will be honored on Oct. 15, 2018 at a breakfast ceremony at the Newton Marriott Hotel in Newton, MA.

“We are very excited to honor 10 individuals and companies who have provided outstanding service to the commercial real industry in New England,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of the Boston Real Estate Times. “The award recipients were selected based on nominations by our readers. The award recipients are truly the best and the brightest in their respective fields.”

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Here is the list of this year’s Boston Real Estate Times Excellence Award winners:

Person of the Year:

Kevin Boyle (Photo courtesy: Bisnow)

Kevin Boyle

Senior Vice President, Citizens Bank

A behind-the-scenes leader in the Boston real estate community, Mr. Boyle is responsible for several billion dollars’ worth of lending in every neighborhood and market throughout the city and beyond. His clients include the best and brightest developers in life sciences, multifamily, industrial, and more.

For over 40 years, Mr. Boyle has been at the helm of Citizens Bank and worked with his clients to exceed their expectations. Beyond the workplace, he contributes to the city as a board member of A Better City, the Mass Housing Investment Committee, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, as well as being an active member of the United Way.

Dyer Brown President Brent Zeigler

Architectural Firm of the Year:

Dyer Brown Architects

Dyer Brown, a strategic partner for commercial brokers, building owners and developers, and corporate tenants alike, has pioneered on-call asset services and facilities support for 75-plus properties, unique among architecture/interiors firms, as it also has re-positioned major Boston buildings including 116 Huntington and the Seaport’s 88 Black Falcon with impactful, brand-focused design.

With high-value real estate impact, Dyer Brown is an unparalleled design choice for the Boston real estate industry.

NKF Capital Markets Co-Head Robert Griffin

Commercial Brokerage, Investments & Sales:

NKF Capital Markets

When it comes to investment and sales of commercial properties, NKF Capital Markets tops of the list of all major transactions completed in Massachusetts. The Boston group is headed by Co-Head of U.S. Capital Markets Robert Griffin.

NKF Capital Markets, operated by Newmark Group, Inc., is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, the firm’s 16,000 professionals operate from approximately 430 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.

Commercial Brokerage, Corporate Services and Leasing:


JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. The Boston office of JLL is led by some of the most distinguished and innovative professionals in New England and its leasing and corporate services is ranked very high in the region.

A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2017, JLL had revenue of $7.9 billion and fee revenue of $6.7 billion; managed 4.6 billion square feet, or 423 million square meters; and completed investment sales, acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $170 billion.

At the end of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 82,000. As of December 31, 2017, LaSalle had $58.1 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

EagleBridge Founder and CEO Ted M. Sidel

Commercial Mortgage and Finance:

EagleBridge Capital

EagleBridge Capital has quietly created a niche market under the radar of giant mortgage brokers in Boston.  Headquartered in Boston, EagleBridge has arranged more than $2 Billion of commercial mortgages throughout the US since 1994.

EagleBridge Capital specializes in arranging debt and equity financing as well as joint ventures for shopping centers, apartments, office, industrial, and R & D buildings, hotels, condominiums, and mixed-use properties as well as special purpose buildings.

Nauset Construction Founder and CEO Anthony Papantonis

Construction Company of the Year:

Nauset Construction

Nauset Construction is a construction management and design-build firm run by industry veterans with a shared goal of providing an unparalleled positive client experience. Nauset excels at complex projects on challenging sites with aggressive time and budget requirements – often in sensitive, occupied and operational environments.

Proactive decisions are made based on years of proven experience while orchestrating project-team cooperation and collaboration to inherent unforeseen challenges. Taking a collaborative approach throughout the project cycle, Nauset provides creative ideas and alternative methods that reduce cost and increase value to its clients, while creating lasting relationships.

The Green Engineer Founder Chris Schaffner

Green Design:

The Green Engineer, Inc.

The Green Engineer, Inc. is a sustainable design consulting firm, led by Chris Schaffner, P.E., LEED Fellow, a nationally recognized expert in cost-effective, high-performance design. The Green Engineer works with architects, builders, commercial owners, nonprofits and the government sector to provide consulting services in almost all areas of green design.

Mr. Schaffner has been a member of the USGBC faculty since 2001, training more than 9,600 building industry professionals in the LEED rating system. He is an elected member of the USGBC’s Advisory Council, and is on the LEED Advisory Committee, in addition to serving as a part-time faculty member at Northeastern University.

Baystone Principal Roy S. Macdowell, Jr.

Multi-Housing and Development:

Baystone Development

Baystone Development is a regional leader in niche real estate development and investment. Baystone’s principals have invested, developed and/or permitted over 2 million square feet of commercial space including over 3,500 dwellings with an aggregate total value more than $800 million.

Their team is known for some of the most successful development projects in New England including Cronin’s Landing, Longview Place and Children’s Hospital Boston, all of which have been the subject of Harvard Graduate School of Design case studies.


Organization of the Year:

Boston Society of Architects

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA) is committed to professional development for its members, advocacy on behalf of great design and, together with its sister organization, the BSA Foundation, sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large.

Established in 1867, the BSA today consists of nearly 4,500 members and produces content for an array of programs and publications, including ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) and ArchitectureBoston magazine. A chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the BSA is a nonprofit, professional-service organization.

KeyPoint Managing Director Robert K. Lemons.

Retail Real Estate:

KeyPoint Partners

Although KeyPoint Partners provides services for more than 25 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties, it is well-known known for its service in retail real estate.

The firm provides services to retailers, property owners, and financial institutions including retail brokerage, investment sales, property & asset management, construction, research, and financing/consulting services.