Friday Letter The nominations are in, now pick a winner

Polls open today for the Global PERE Awards 2010. Now is the time for you to determine which firms and individuals stood out from the crowd last year. Make your voice heard and get voting! 

Hindsight, they say, is a wonderful thing. Most make that point after ruing poor decisions. Yet, for our annual PERE Awards, hindsight is a blessing, as you get to look back over the past 12 months and determine which individuals and organisations stood head and shoulders above their peers.

The long-awaited nominations for the PERE Global, US, Europe and Asia categories are revealed here, so follow this link to our dedicated voting page and get voting.

Will Starwood Capital Group founder Barry Sternlicht retain his crown as Global Industry Figure of the Year? Or will David Bonderman, head of private equity titan TPG Capital, snatch it away? Throw into the mix the real estate heads of Asia sovereign wealth funds China Investment Corporation and National Pension Service of Korea, and you have the making of a tasty race for gold.

Global Firm of the Year also is looking highly competitive. Cleveland-based The Townsend Group, the expanding investment management firm, is up against mainstays The Blackstone Group, LaSalle Investment Management, Starwood Capital Group and Partners Group.

There are plenty of nominations and categories for you to ponder, and we look forward to monitoring each and every voting battle as they play out over the coming weeks. Voting closes on Monday 24 January 2011, and results will be published simultaneously on and in the March issue of PERE Magazine.

Voting is easy. Simply visit our voting page and fire away. Each category has five nominations for you to consider. Remember, as with previous years, you can vote in all, some or even just one category; you just can’t vote for yourself.

So which nominated individuals and firms had your pulse racing in 2010? Time to decide: 

To vote in the PERE Awards 2010 Global categories,click here.

To vote in the PERE Awards 2010 North America categories, click here.

To vote in the PERE Awards 2010 Europe categories, click here.

To vote in the PERE Awards 2010 Asia categories, click here.

We look forward to a robust final tally, and thank you for taking the time to vote.