Summer 2016
Specialty Retail 2016 Hall of Fame

Specialty Retail Report’s Hall of Fame awards were instituted with the mission of recognizing excellence in an industry that has undergone meteoric change over the past few decades. Thousands of professionals have stayed nimble through economic ups and downs to carve what is now a hugely thriving success all
around the world. We have chosen the creme de la creme as this year’s winners.

halloffame_logo_2016They are: Duffy Weir, CMD, SLD, Owner, Duffy LLC, for Lifetime Achievement Award; Luis Cristobal, Senior Specialty Leasing Representative for South FL, Simon Property Group, Inc. in Miami, FL for the Specialty Leasing Manager award; Lori Lesko, VP, Real Estate, Calendar Holdings, LLC, Austin, TX for the Specialty Retailer award; and Karen Larson, SLD, Director of Specialty Leasing Urban Retail Properties, LLC, Chicago, IL, won the Specialty Leasing Director recognition.

All were recognized at SPREE RECon, with the win being a surprise for Cristobal. These role models have shown the industry what it takes to achieve success and stay on top of the rapidly evolving field of specialty retail. They have together clocked years in specialty retail, watching and guiding its evolution into the juggernaut it has become today. We hope their stories inspire and motivate you as you seek new growth in a dynamic industry.

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Poornima Apte

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