Building Engines Announces Winners of 2018 Property Hero Awards

Recognizes Winning Commercial Real Estate Property Management and Maintenance


Building Engines, leaders in commercial real estate (CRE) property management innovation, today announced the winners of the 2018 Property Hero Awards. This program is the first of its kind to recognize commercial property management professionals who demonstrate best practices, and is now in its third year.

An industry-wide call for nominations generated over 150 nominees from across the country, representing a wide range of CRE organizations. A panel of CRE executives selected 24 finalists, after which over 2,000 votes were cast from the greater community of CRE professionals and tenants. These votes decided the runner-up and winner across two categories, Maintenance Hero and Management Hero.

And the winners are…

The 2018 Management Hero grand-prize winner is Kim Callicoat, Property Manager at Highwoods Properties. Nominees described Callicoat as a “dedicated property management professional” who is “eager to accept new challenges and responsibilities” and “goes well above and beyond to get the job done.”

When asked what she loves most about her role, Callicoat said, “What I love most about property management is the opportunity to help a customer when a problem or issue arises. My favorite response, is ‘yes, we can do that.’ If I’m not able to say yes, our team works together to find a solution that is agreeable to all parties. No two days are alike in Property Management, which brings new challenges and the opportunity to exceed our customer’s expectations.”

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The runner-up in the 2018 Management Hero Award is awarded to Jay Scholten, Vice President – Property Management and Construction of Waveland Property Group, Inc. In his nominations, Scholten’s colleagues said, “Jay’s super powers include being a self-starter, taking the initiative, being a partner and always providing value-added service.”

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The 2018 Maintenance Hero grand-prize winner is Julio Salazar, Senior Building Engineer at Wright Runstad & Company. According to his peer nomination, “Julio embodies everything a true Maintenance Hero should have; intelligence, a sense of humor, creativity, mechanical ability, wrapped up in superior customer service.”

In addition, “He has forged personal relationships with tenants, vendors, and co-workers alike. Working tirelessly ‘his’ buildings gleam from cleanliness in the mechanical rooms to electrical rooms. PM’s are always completed on time or ahead of time. He does all this and so much more with a wonderful smile to share with everyone. This team depends on Julio’s expertise and knowledge – especially when a truly challenging request is presented.”

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The runner-up in the 2018 Maintenance Hero Award is awarded to Anthony Piccione, Chief Operating Engineer at Cushman & Wakefield. When asked what he enjoys most about his role, he said, “I would say what I enjoy the most is, introducing and implementing processes and procedures to the buildings we manage.”

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“This year’s award demonstrates the hard work and dedication that so many commercial property executives apply to their job day in and day out,” said Building Engines Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Scott Sidman. “We’re proud to offer an innovative technology that helps these heroes achieve new levels of success, but at the end of the day, we believe a positive tenant experience, and a valuable customer lifecycle for any commercial asset depends on more than technology. It’s truly thanks to the everyday heroes within each property. On behalf of everyone at Building Engines, congratulations to our winners, and all who were nominated!”

About the Property Hero Awards

The 2018 Property Hero Awards, from Building Engines, recognized Commercial Real Estate property management professionals who stand out among their peers. It celebrates the unsung heroes of commercial real estate properties, working behind the scenes with passion, professionalism, and progressive-thinking that is helping to positively transform the industry, and deliver on the promise of an outstanding tenant experience.

The Management Hero Award recognizes strong commercial asset management and practices that improve the tenant experience, asset value, performance and overall efficiency, while the Maintenance Hero Award recognizes outstanding maintenance that delivers positive tenant satisfaction through the day-to-day operations of buildings.

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About Building Engines

Building Engines is a cloud-based provider of property management software for progressive operations teams at commercial office, medical, retail and industrial real estate properties. Our web and mobile applications seamlessly connect property management teams with the activities, data and insights they need to improve operational efficiency, mitigate risk, improve tenant satisfaction and engagement and make more informed operational decisions. Clients of Building Engines include many of the leading public REITs, private owner/managers and third-party management firms in the United States and Canada.

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