2013 Sperry Van Ness® Specialty Award Recipients

If you missed the 2014 Sperry Van Ness® National Conference held in San Antonio, TX, you missed all of the incredible individuals and teams who received a 2013 Specialty Award.

The Specialty Awards were given to those who far exceed the everyday commercial real estate responsibilities. These recipients are nominated by his or her peers and are considered leaders within the organization and contributors to the community. As an organization it truly is amazing to see all of the knowledge, character and drive that Sperry Van Ness Advisors possess. Please find below a list of this years recipients.

Firm of the Year: SVN Chicago Commercial
The Firm of the Year Award is given to the SVN office that goes above and beyond to help fellow SVN offices and Advisors. SVN Chicago Commercial has been the host, promoter, and hospitality provider to new recruits, business owners and more. SVN Chicago Commercial always says ‘yes’ to anyone who asks for assistance.

Ambassador of the Year: Alex Ruggieri – Champaign, IL
The Ambassador of the Year Award is given to the SVN Advisor who embodies the SVN culture and helps contribute to the success of the company. Alex is not only a top producer, but he authors articles for major publications, hosts podcasts as well as radio shows. He is a model SVN Advisor.

Team Player of the Year: Doug Wilson – Columbus, OH
The Team Player of the Year Award is given to the SVN Advisor who collaborates in a significant way with other SVN Advisors or offices across the nation. Doug contributes throughout his Mid-West region and assists fellow team members daily.

Trainer of the Year: Curt Arthur – Salem, OR
The Trainer of the Year Award is given to the SVN Advisor who most exemplifies the qualities of a high-caliber mentor. Curt goes out of his way to take a call from a prospect, deliver webinars to new Advisors and continually mentor those in our SVN community.

Innovator of the Year: Justin Horwitz – Phoenix, AZ
The Innovator of the Year Award is given to the SVN Advisor who embraces the latest CRE technology, including all the SVN tools available to enrich business practices. Justin uses the SVN National Sales Calls, Product Councils and various other tools to find, win and fulfill business on a daily basis

Prospector of the Year: Justin Verner – Baltimore, MD
The Prospector of the Year Award is given to the SVN Advisor who consistently prospects and develops a strong pipeline of business for the future. Justin uses all of our SVN tools available while maintaining great relationships and trust with his clients.

Collaborators of the Year: Nicole Abresch – Salisbury, MD & Kassandra Bruhn – Phoenix, AZ
The Collaborator of the Year Award is given to the SVN Office, Advisor or Staff member who takes the SVN dedication to collaboration to the next level. Nicole and Kassandra assisted the SVNIC marketing team with pilot programs and contribute regularly to social media and branding efforts.

Humanitarian of the Year: Wesley Cox – Salisbury, MD
The SVN Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to the Advisor who makes an extraordinary effort to give themselves to their community. The Mission of Mercy, The Christian Shelter, Salvation Army, and the Village of Hope are a handful of the organizations that have benefited from Wesley’s work.

Please join us in congratulating every 2013 Specialty Award recipient, individuals who truly embody the SVN Difference!

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5 For Friday with Justin Horwitz of Sperry Van Ness, LLC

This week’s 5 for Friday features Justin Horwitz, Senior Advisor, Sperry Van Ness, LLC in Phoenix, AZ.

Justin Horwitz, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness, LLC
Justin Horwitz, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness, LLC

1. What is your geographic market and product specialty? 

I exclusively focus on office and industrial properties in the metro Phoenix market.

2. What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share?

I have been utilizing post cards much more than in the past to reach out to owners and market myself and my team. Additionally, I have made it a point to actually drive to more properties to familiarize myself even more with my market in addition to cold calls from the desk.

3. What’s been the biggest changeover on how you run your business in the past decade?

Being in the business for just over eight years now, my biggest adjustment has been transitioning my role as a junior agent into a leader that is more vocal about how the team operates.

4. What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?

Neil Sherman in my office recently encouraged me to read Value Added, Successful Strategies for Listing & Selling Investment Real Estate, a book written by a previous Sperry Van Ness advisor, Brad Umansky. It is a great book if you are looking to simply get back to the basics.

5. What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you? 

I began working in the business directly out of college. Commercial Real Estate is my first and hopefully my last career.


*All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.