NAIOP’s annual Distinguished Real Estate Awards Gala drew a sold out crowd to the Seaport, a fitting backdrop to honor Mayor Menino with a special Excellence in Public Leadership Award. The transformation of the district into a booming business center will be one of his greatest legacies.
The event was held two days after the election that gave Boston a new mayor for the first time in 20 years. Menino is being honored through0ut the region during his final days in office. He began by thanking NAIOP for the organization’s contribution to the economic vitality of the city. “The head of a government agency can’t do it alone,” he said. “It takes all of us.”
His brief remarks were sprinkled with a trademark mix of candor and optimism. He credited honoree Samuels & Associates with helping to establish the Fenway neighborhood. He assured the Westin Boston Waterfront audience of 1,200 that he’ll be busy during these days of transition to keep the city humming, and prepare incumbent Marty Walsh’s team for a new beginning.
Our client Samuels & Associates, along with Bill and Joyce Cummings, received this year’s Edward Linde Public Service Award for their civic and charitable contributions. Elkus Manfredi Principal David Manfredi described Samuels as a firm that colors outside the lines. “They’re rooted in creativity, fairness, place-making, and the betterment of the community.”
Shown below Dennis Kearney, Mayor Menino, Jack Connors, John Drew, and David Begelfer.