The polls close tomorrow for the PERE Awards 2020, but already this year’s turnout has been our strongest to date, with more than 8,800 votes cast currently.
In many of this year’s 68 awards categories, the top contender currently holds a healthy lead over the competition. However, few candidates are expected to win a landslide victory. Indeed, only five contests – North America Residential Investor of the Year, North America Retail Investor of the Year, Europe Capital Advisory Firm of the Year, Nordics Firm of the Year and Europe Alternatives Investor of the Year – show a single candidate commanding 50 percent or more of votes. So, the last two days of voting could still change the final outcomes for many races.
Indeed, the last ballots to be cast could determine who prevails in the tight races that have emerged in multiple awards categories. This year, the following are among the most-heated and most-watched contests:
Global Industry Figure of the Year – One of the most prestigious awards categories is also one of the most competitive this year, with less than eight percentage points separating first-place Jeffrey Hines of Hines, with 29.23 percent of votes, from fourth-place Francois Trausch of Allianz Real Estate, with 21.52 percent.
Global Retail Investor of the Year – Oak Street Real Estate, with 30.10 percent of votes, is currently leading by a hair. It has less than a one percentage point advantage over the runner-up, APG Asset Management, with 29 percent. The difference amounts to just 16 votes.
Global Logistics Investor of the Year – Rivals Prologis and GLP are neck and neck in this category, claiming 37.05 percent and 35.52 percent of votes, respectively. The less than two percentage point gap is the equivalent of 27 votes.
Global Alternatives Investor of the Year – Harrison Street has so far won more than 39 percent of votes, but could still be overtaken by Blackstone, which is trailing by less than seven percentage points, or 124 votes.
Global Indirect Firm of the Year – CBRE Global Investment Partners is in the lead with 31.93 percent of votes, but Madison International Realty is hot on its heels, lagging by less than four percentage points, or 77 votes.
And those are just the global categories. The North America Institutional Investor of the Year, Europe Firm of the Year, Europe Deal of the Year, Germany Firm of the Year, Spain Firm of the Year, Asia Capital Advisory Firm of the Year and Asia Debt Firm of the Year categories also show a gap of less than four percentage points between the frontrunner and runner-up.
To review our voting guidelines one more time: you may only vote once per category; you may not vote for yourself or your own firm; you are not required to vote in all categories; all votes are confidential; block votes will not be disqualified; and personal email addresses, such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo addresses, will not be counted.
If you have already voted, thank you so much for taking the time to make your opinions known. But if you have not, make sure to have your say before time runs out. Remember, voting ends tomorrow, January 8 at 11:30 pm PT, so don’t delay and go straight to our voting form here.