Distinguished Leaders Circle
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Distinguished Leaders Circle


CoreNet Global is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Leaders Circle. Those inducted will have earned the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member. It recognizes the lifetime achievements and meaningful contributions individuals have made to the corporate real estate profession -- and the association -- over the course of their careers. Please see below for more on those inducted into the circle since its inaugural in 2018.

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.

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.

For your nominee to be considered for this recognition, please send us:

  • Copy of your nominee’s Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed Call for Nominations Form(doc)
  • Please note, nominees and nominators may be required to participate in an audio or video interview
  • Finally, for a nominee to be considered, the nominator must be a CoreNet Global member in good standing
  • Send all nominations to Nominations@corenetglobal.org


  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Nomination Dates and Timeline
  • Previous Inductees

Eligibility Requirements

  • 15+ years in the profession (Profession defined as corporate real estate or related professions)
  • 10+ years as member (cumulative)
  • Be a current member in good standing
  • Open to all members types and categories
  • Global Board members are ineligible in the years they serve on the board

Areas of Consideration:

  • CoreNet Global involvement and qualifications including: 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

Nomination Dates & Timeline

March 2, 2020 – launch nominations

June 1, 2020 – close nominations

June 2- August 2020 – vetting and decision making

August 2020 – decision is made

September 2020 – Recognition at Global Summit in Berlin (if person is from the region)

October 2020 – Recognition at Global Summit in Washington D.C.

December 2020 - recognize inductee in LEADER

March 2021 - Recognition at Global Summit in APAC (if person is from the region)

Previous Inductees


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.

Click here for a special edition of The Leader highlighting the accomplishments of each inductee.


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