December 1, 2019
Constant Dedication & Contribution
Presented By FIABCI, The International Real Estate Federation
FIABCI World President (2019-2020), Walid Moussa, and FIABCI-USA Chapter President (2019-2020), Kellee Buhler, recognized G. Evan Bennett of Anthology Capital for his “constant dedication and contribution” to the commercial real estate industry during a visit to Seattle in November of 2019. At the time, G. Evan Bennett was serving as Local Council President of the Seattle Pacific Northwest Council of FIABCI-USA. The recognition plaque was presented during the Affordable Housing Summit, a FIABCI-Seattle event that was held at the University of Washington.
First Visit to Seattle
This was the first time a World President had ever officially visited the Seattle Pacific Northwest Council and it came about in no small part because of all the favorable reports he had received on their activities. Although President Moussa had planned to stay in Seattle for only two days, he was so impressed with the city that he extended his stay for an additional two days. On the evening of 11/13/19, FIABCI-Seattle celebrated his visit with a members only dinner at Palisade, a restaurant located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle and with sweeping views of Elliott Bay. Also in attendance were a number of Canadian members of FIABCI, all of whom had either flown or driven down from British Columbia.
Market Tour of Seattle
In order to acquaint President Moussa with the commercial real estate market in Seattle, he was taken on tours of numerous properties, including 2+U, a 38-story, 700,000 SF mixed-use building (office and retail) that was nearing completion of development by Skanska at the time; Sitka, a 384-unit, mid-rise apartment community developed by Vulcan that had recently been awarded a Night of the Stars award by NAIOP; and The Mark, a property that includes the F5 Tower, a 48-story, 750,000 SF mixed-use building (office and hotel) and the adjacent building, The Sanctuary, the nation’s oldest Byzantine-style church, now transformed into one of Seattle’s premier event venues. The Mark, which was a recently completed development project at the time, was one of the winners of the 2019 FIABCI-USA Grand Prix of Real Estate. President Moussa presented Kevin Daniels of Daniels Real Estate, developer of the project, with the Grand Prix award during the tour.
What is FIABCI?
FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, is a business networking organization that currently has 48 national and multi-national chapters around the world. Founded in Paris, France in 1951, FIABCI connects both commercial and residential real estate professionals across a broad cross section of disciplines. For example, its membership includes brokers, developers, investors, appraisers, architects, property managers, urban planners, bankers, and surveyors – just to name a few. Underscoring the point that it’s a global organization, membership currently extends across five continents and more than 70 countries. As a member of FIABCI, access to this network creates opportunities to grow your business or customer base locally, nationally, or internationally.
Another benefit of membership is the international, members only events where you’ll network with fellow FIABCI members from around the world, as well as distinguished speakers, guests, and high-ranking dignitaries of the host countries. FIABCI also holds special consulting status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, focusing on serious housing and environmental issues worldwide. In fact, it was this relationship that motivate FIABCI-Seattle to bring together organizations and public figures in November of 2019 for the Affordable Housing Summit.
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