Distinguished Leader


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 timelines and other eligibility requirements below 

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Nominations & Requirements

March 15, 2024 – Nominations Open

May 15, 2024 – Nominations Close

July 2024/early August – Decision is announced

September 10-12, 2024 - Recognition at Global Summit in Berlin (If inductee(s) is from the region)

November 1-3, 2024 – Recognition at NA summit in DC

March 2025 - 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 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 company and other organizations
  • Educational or Vocational background
  • Work experience, including scale and body of work 

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Previous Inductees

CoreNet Global announced the induction of Erwin Chong and Irene Masterton, MCR, into the 2023 Distinguished Leaders Circle. Read more about their accomplishments here.

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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