Distinguished Leader


2023 Distinguished Leaders Circle Nominations have closed.

The association has an established awards program that recognizes leadership and innovation in a given year. Those awards include the H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Award, the Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year Award, the H. Gordon Wyllie MCR Young Leader of the Year Award, and Chapter of the Year Award.

The Distinguished Leaders Circle is different. It’s designed to pay tribute to the pioneers, thought leaders, trailblazers, role models, mentors, change agents, and provocateurs who helped define and shape the corporate real estate profession through their body of work. Please see below for more on those inducted into the circle since its inaugural in 2018. 

With that in mind, we welcome you to nominate a leader who you think deserves to be recognized for their dedication to the profession and to CoreNet Global.

Considerations for submitting a nomination:

  • Complete the Nomination Form through this site 
  • For a nominee to be considered, the nominator must be a CoreNet Global member in good standing
  • Each nominator can submit one nomination only
  • Submit a copy of your nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vitae through the nominations website
  • Nominees and nominators may be required to participate in an audio or video interview
  • Please note the timelines and other eligibility requirements below

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Learn More About the Nomination Process

March 10, 2023 - Nominations Open

May 13, 2023 - Nominations Close

May - July 2023 - Vetting and decision making

July 2023 - Decision is made

September 2023 - Recognition at Global Summit in Dubai (If inductee(s) is from the region)

October 28 - 30 - Recognition at Global Summit in Denver

March 2024 - Recognition at Global Summit in APAC (If inductee(s) is from the region)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 15+ years in the profession (Profession defined as CRE or related professions)
  • 10+ years as a member (cumulative)
  • Be a current member in good standing
  • Open to all members
  • Global Board members are not eligible in the years they serve on the board

Areas of Consideration:

  • CNG involvement and qualifications volunteering history, presented at Global Summits, involved in a local chapter, holds MCR/SLCR designation, served as MCR/SLCR faculty, written for Leader magazine
  • Body of work – articles, notable achievements, contributions to the profession
  • Awards, designations, and recognition by the company and other organizations
  • Educational or Vocational background
  • Work experience, including scale and body of work


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Previous Inductees

CoreNet Global is pleased to announce the induction of Karen Ellzey and David Radcliffe into the 2022 Distinguished Leaders Circle.  Click here to read more about the accomplishments of each inductee.

In 2021, after a yearlong hiatus, CoreNet Global announced the induction of John Igoe, SLCR; Trex Morris, MCR; Randy Smith, MCR, SLCR.  Read more about these leaders here

In 2019, CoreNet Global announced the induction of Sarah K. Abrams and T. Patrick Donnelly into the Distinguished Leaders Circle. Read the Distinguished Leader 2019 PDF for more about their accomplishments.

CoreNet Global is pleased to announce the induction of three members into its new Distinguished Leaders Circle: Matt Fanoe, Frank Robinson, MCR; and Ron Zappile, Sr.

Read the Distinguished Leader Web 2018 PDF for a special edition of The Leader highlighting the accomplishments of each inductee.


For general questions or detailed information, please contact our CoreNet Global Staff below.

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