Stapleton’s Enterprise Business Center and broker Mike Wafer at the Top in the Industrial arena
By Skylar Colclazier
2015’s top brokers, deals, and companies were recognized for their achievements at the 29th Annual NAIOP Colorado Awards of Achievement gala. The gala was held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in downtown Denver, at 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 25. Kevin Kelley, this year’s NAIOP Colorado Chapter President, held no reservations in making the ceremony an event to remember.
Of the 50 award finalists who were recognized for their list of accomplishments, eight were awarded a trophy of achievement. The categories included: Industrial, Investment, Multi-Family, Office and Retail. When the speakers were announcing the “Industrial Broker of the Year” award, there was a sharp intake of breath as the folks at our table waited anxiously to hear the winner’s name.
Mike Wafer, executive managing director for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, was announced the “Industrial Broker of the Year”. The Forest City (now Brookfield Properties) Stapleton, Inc. team has been working with Mike and his team for nearly 10 years. Last year, in Stapleton alone, Mike Wafer, brokered a deal between United Properties and Beverage Distributors Company, for 500,000-square-feet located at Enterprise Business Center’s (EBC) Phase II in the Stapleton community. At the time, Mike said it was one of the largest commercial deals he had brokered in over 30 years. The recent Stapleton deals, along with several others throughout the Denver metro area, earned Mike this prestigious real estate award.
One other award recipient included: Stapleton’s Enterprise Business Center (EBC) Phase II for Industrial Deal of the Year. The second year in a row for EBC winning in this category – with a 2014 win for EBC Phase I. Tenants of EBC include FedEx Enterprises, Panera Bread, BCG Craft Brewing, Tirerack, Workplace Resource, Beverage Distributors and more.
Following the recognition of various other deals and brokers, the event concluded with an after-party that included live music featuring Red Whiskey Blue . We can only imagine who will win at the 30th annual awards gala. Until then, a huge congratulations to this year’s finalists and winners.