President's Award

Awarded to an individual recognized as a founder and catalyst of the industry's growth, including for service to NAIOP and to the community.

2020 President's Award Recipient: Murray Kornberg

NAIOP Minnesota is proud to recognize Murray Kornberg with its 2020 President’s Award. It is NAIOP’s highest honor, with the winner selected from a field of candidates nominated by members. The award recognizes outstanding service to the commercial real estate industry and salutes service to NAIOP and to the community.

“I’ve had the privilege of seeing Murray work, and his ability to structure and execute on complex deals is second to none,” says Anders Pesavento, NAIOP Minnesota president and vice president of capital markets, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

A commercial real estate industry leader for more than 30 years, Murray has been involved in closing more than 3 billion dollars of commercial real estate loans. He has served as president of his own real estate development company and as vice president of CSM Corporation. Next, with CBRE Capital Markets Murray was a top producer in the Americas. Then, as Executive Vice President with Dougherty Funding he was involved in securing funding for Minneapolis tallest luxury condo tower – the 41-story Eleven. Since Dougherty’s acquisition by Colliers International Murray now serves as Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending for Colliers Mortgage.

“Throughout his career Murray has been a long-time contributor to our real estate community both in raising the awareness of the Twin Cities as a great market for investors and as a fantastic leader and volunteer with NAIOP,” Pesavento said. In addition to serving as NAIOP Minnesota President Murray served several terms on the board and chaired the Education Committee and the PAC.

A frequent speaker and moderator at NAIOP programs, Murray has led countless spirited discussions and created many memorable moments. A well-known advocate for the power of mentorship, Murray has assisted many young professionals in getting established in their career. He continues to support and offer guidance to the organization by engaging in conversations with NAIOP leadership.

For exceptional work in representing and advancing commercial real estate, and for having helped so many current and upcoming professionals, NAIOP Minnesota is proud to recognize Murray Kornberg with its 2020 President’s Award.

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Past Recipients

Robert Boblett, Sr. (posthumous)
Helen Brooks
Rick Collins
Arne Cook
John Davis
Dennis Doyle
Jeff Eaton
Marion R. Freed
John R. Gabrielson

Patricia L. Gnetz
Ed Harrington
Robert L. Hoffman
Thomas L. Holtz
Steven Hoyt
David Jellison
Jean Kane
David L. Kordonowy
Patrick E. Mascia

Mike McElroy
Michael Meents
Clint Miller
Whitney Peyton
Larry Pobuda
Mark Reiling
William S. Reiling
Tom Shaver
E. Joseph Shaw

Stewart Stender
Ken Stensby
Eva Stevens
Boyd Stofer
William Tobin
Matt Van Slooten
Bill Wardwell
Kathy Young