I was so proud and thrilled to learn that the Web Marketing Association announced on April 3, 2014, that Halstead Property was awarded the 2014 Internet Advertising Competition award for Best Real Estate online advertising. Using clever algorithms, the Halstead advertisements allow users to search their listings from within the actual advertising component. In addition, the searchable advertisements automatically receive real-time updates directly from our Realplus listing system.
Halstead’s innovative advertising gave us a competitive advantage. We are the only real estate company that can transmit live listing updates for an entire database of properties directly into online advertisements.
This is the second year in a row that Terra Holdings technological superiority resulted in a first place web award. Last year, Brown Harris Stevens, won the competition for our searchable ad on NewYorkTimes.com.
Many congratulations to all involved.
Each year on St. Patrick’s Day, Swig Equities hosts a lunch at Jim Brady’s Restaurant located in FiDi for our property managers and chief engineers and this tradition continued with this year’s lunch. It is always a wonderful event and great to spend time with our staff who are so talented and dedicated to their work. I look forward to continuing this great tradition for many years to come.
On a personal note, I wish Diane heartfelt congratulations on this outstanding achievement from her peers and colleagues around the world.
I am so proud to have learned that two of Swig Equities‘ former sales executives, Sophia Cicilioni and Stephanie Mastronardi, who have worked on the Sheffield project since the initial conversion to condominium status, have won the Gold Regional Award with the National Association of Home Builders for the Nationally Recognized sales team of the year!
For the past four years, they have won the Silver award and this year, and so deservedly so, they brought home the Gold!
It has been such a pleasure to work with Sophia and Stephanie over the years and I congratulate them on their industry-wide recognition.
On January 24th-26, I attended the annual National Board of Directors meeting for the State of Israel Bonds. The two day event included participating in the National Board meeting, where I had the privilege of meeting with Israel’s Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levi (see photo).
Also included was a private and limited invitation dinner with Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor, who I had the honor of introducing as the key note speaker (see photo). The Ambassador, as usual, gave a fascinating and clairvoyant talk on the current events of the Middle East and what is going on within the United Nations in response to these events.
The last event was the gala dinner where several important leaders from Canada and the United States were honored for their outstanding contribution to the Israel Bond Organization. The dinner’s Master of Ceremonies was Paul Riser who entertained the audience with wonderful jokes and very emotional and touching personal stories. Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levi gave the key note address.
The dinner was the culmination of hard work by the honorees, the Board of Directors and the entire Israel Bond organization staff and resulted in a record breaking sale of over $250 million in Israel Bond sales! Needless to say, this achievement was certainly awe-inspiring!
This past January 14, 2014, I was once again invited to attend the gala dinner benefiting the American Museum of American Finance, located in the Swig Equities building at 48 Wall Street.
This year, the honoree was Duncan Niederauer, head of the New York Stock Exchange.
The evening was a wonderful success and Duncan spoke very thoughtfully, including a fond memory of one of his heros, John C. Whitehead, who is the namesake for the award: The Whitehead Award for Distinguished Service & Financial Leadership.
This gala dinner is among one of my favorite annual events and this year was no exception.