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Real estate industry suits up for ‘weird’ legislative session
Atlanta Agent Magazine quotes ACBR's Aaron Johnson | Feb 8, 2019

Aaron Johnson, government affairs director at the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, agrees that the restrictions many of the municipalities want would make it “almost impossible to make the homes affordable; it’s a way to control affordable housing.”

Amy Fingerhut awarded for work with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Atlanta Business Chronicle covers 2018 ACBR Community Service Award | Jan 5, 2019

For her dedication to the nonprofit LLS, Amy Fingerhut received the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® (ACBR) Community Service Award for 2018, which recognizes ongoing efforts of individual ACBR members who make “exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their community,” according to the award description.

Viewpoint: Commercial real estate is energized in the new year
ACBR President John Heagy offers a viewpoint column on the year ahead | Jan 4, 2019

ACBR President John Heagy: "'Tis the season for forecasts! We are all spending a lot of time attending, and even participating in, a variety of industry forecasts for 2019 relative to projections for commercial real estate. In summary, it appears that most economists, financial institutions and those with industry expertise predict that the year ahead will see continued growth at a moderating pace when compared to 2018."

ACBR REALTOR®/Young REALTOR® of the Year: T. Dallas Smith and Stewart Thrash
Atlanta Business Chronicle covers 2018 ACBR Annual Awards | Jan 4, 2019

During 2018, REALTOR® of the Year T. Dallas Smith, president and CEO of T. Dallas Smith & Company, served on the ACBR board of directors and chaired its diversity committee, whose activities included a race awareness workshop at Ebenezer Baptist Church and an event with Quintin E. Primo III, CEO of Capri Capital Partners, one of the largest minority-owned real estate organizations in the country. Meanwhile, ACBR Young REALTOR® of the Year award winner Stewart Thrash, a senior associate in CBRE’s Advisory & Transaction Services unit, got his start in Atlanta commercial real estate in 2013 as an intern at Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. He had qualities that impressed his boss at Fairlead, Jeff Shaw, now CEO of Bridge Commercial Real Estate LLC and ACBR awards committee vice chairman – enough to bring Thrash on full-time the following year as a leasing associate.

NELSON regional VP receives ACBR 2018 Affiliate Award
Atlanta Business Chronicle covers 2018 ACBR Annual Awards | Jan 4, 2019
The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors’ (ACBR) Affiliate of the Year award is given to the affiliate member who has made the greatest contribution of time, energy and resources to the organization during the calendar year. The 2018 winner is Jeanette Meyers of NELSON, a global architecture, interior design, branding and consulting services firm.
Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta receive Henry H. Robinson Award
Atlanta Business Chronicle covers 2018 ACBR Annual Awards | Jan 4, 2019

Since her appointment as CEO of Invest Atlanta in 2016, Eloisa Klementich has overseen more than 1,500 economic and community development projects; facilitated the creation of more than 28,000 new jobs; created more than 3,000 affordable housing units; and brought $4.6 billion of new capital investment to the city – efforts that have yielded a total of $10.3 billion in economic output, according to Chris Ahrenkiel, executive vice president of Selig Enterprises, and a member of the board of directors of Invest Atlanta and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®(ACBR). It is for those reasons that Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta, was awarded the ACBR Henry H. Robinson Award for 2018.

Brookhaven council to vote on citywide affordable housing policy
Saporta Report quotes ACBR's Aaron Johnson

Brookhaven’s city council will soon consider whether to mandate affordable housing citywide in new apartment complexes. At a planning meeting last month, Aaron Johnson, the government affairs director of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, opposed the mandatory 10 percent, adding that REALTORS® might be more amenable to developing affordable housing without the mandatory requirement.

Brookhaven planning chair proposes citywide ‘workforce housing’ mandate
Reporter Newspapers quote ACBR's Aaron Johnson

The Brookhaven Planning Commission chairperson wants the City Council to require a “workforce housing” mandate throughout the city in future multi-unit housing and not just along Buford Highway as part of the zoning ordinance rewrite. But the city could face a fight from outside forces. Aaron Johnson, the Government Affairs Director of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, attended the Sept. 5 meeting and voiced opposition.

The Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS Raises over $55,000 for Local Charities
Metro Atlanta CEO covers ACBR's Spring Fling | May 16, 2018

The Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® premier charity fundraising event of the year, the Annual Spring Fling, was held May 10, at City Winery at Ponce City Market. Over 400 REALTORS® and guests came together and raised over $55,000 for two local charities.

Rookie of the year answers 4 questions about Atlanta commercial real estate
Atlanta Business Chronicle interviews ACBR Rookie of the Year Liz Koteles | May 15, 2018

Liz Koteles, vice president, agency leasing with JLL, who was named this year’s rookie of the year by Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, shared her views about commercial real estate in Atlanta.

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