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The Real Estate Board of New York Announces Honorees for 2024 REBNY Annual


October 2, 2023

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NEW YORK, NY – The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) today announced the industry and civic leaders who will be honored at the REBNY Annual, New York City real estate’s signature event, on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at The Glasshouse.

Now in its 128th year, The REBNY Annual will bring together the real estate industry, public officials, and other stakeholders for a night of celebration, unmatched networking, and a world-class culinary experience. Honorees will be seated at the historic REBNY dais alongside a select group of the City’s most influential leaders. They will receive the industry’s most prestigious awards in a ceremony that will take place during the event’s formal dinner, as REBNY recognizes their commitment and contributions to New York City and its residents. 

“Our honorees represent the very best of New York,” said REBNY President James Whelan. “I am excited to join so many distinguished guests in January to recognize these truly remarkable men and women for the indelible impacts they have made on our great City.”

Honorees to be Recognized at the 2024 REBNY Annual

For more information on this year’s honorees, click here.

  • The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award: Presented to Douglas Durst, Chairman, The Durst Organization, for exceptional accomplishments in the profession and invaluable contributions to New York’s civic welfare. 

  • The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award: Presented to Joel Picket, Chairman, Gotham Organization, for exceptional service to the industry and remarkable professional accomplishments over the course of his career. 

  • The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award: Presented to Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, Senior Managing Director, Compass, for outstanding service to the community.

  • The John E. Zuccotti Public Service Award: Presented to Fred Cerullo, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Grand Central Partnership, for exceptional accomplishments and service to the public’s interest.

  • The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award: Presented to Wayne Taub, Executive Managing Director of Operations, Jack Resnick & Sons, recognizing exceptional career accomplishments as well as service to the profession and the broader community.

  • The Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award: Presented to Ellen Israel, Executive Managing Director, JRT Realty Group, recognizing a REBNY broker with personal and professional integrity, long-term leadership and prominence in the brokerage community and participation in REBNY’s committees.

  • The Young Real Estate Professional of the Year Award: Presented to Michael Rudder, Principal, Rudder Property Group, for incredible professional achievements as a rising star of the industry and for civic leadership.

More information on the REBNY Annual, including sponsorship and ticket sales, can be found here.

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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the City’s leading real estate trade association. Founded in 1896, REBNY represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, and salespeople; banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, and contractors; corporations, co-partnerships, and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate. REBNY conducts research on various civic matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes, and other city, state, and federal legislation. REBNY regularly publishes market data, policy reports, and broker surveys. In addition, REBNY provides for its members: informational, technical, and technological resources; networking and charitable service opportunities; qualifying and continuing education courses; professional education programs, seminars, and designations; career-changing awards; legal advice; and a wide range of additional member benefits. For more information, please visit