Thailand’s best are celebrated at 2013 Thailand Property Awards

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Jones Lang LaSalle the biggest winner on the night scooping five awards

Thailand’s real estate industry came together on Thursday 19th September to acknowledge the best of the best at the 2013 Thailand Property Awards gala dinner and awards presentation ceremony held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld.

An engaging keynote address on sustainable design by award-winning architect and professor, Jason Pomeroy, followed opening remarks by Terry Blackburn, CEO of organisers Ensign Media, and set the tone for an exciting evening of celebration.

Keith Storey, Group Sales Manager for the Nova Group, holds 2 Highly Commended awards for Nova’s The Cliff condominium and the Novana Residence in Pattaya.  The company also won Best Condominium Award (Eastern Seaboard) as joint developers of The Palm.Keith Storey, Group Sales Manager for the Nova Group, holds 2 Highly Commended awards for Nova’s The Cliff condominium and the Novana Residence in Pattaya.  The company also won Best Condominium Award (Eastern Seaboard) as joint developers of The Palm.

Now in its eighth year, the awards organisers welcomed a new Chairman to the Judging Panel this year, Sunchai Nuengsit, managing director of Buildersmart Public Company Limited, and recognising the evolving nature of the industry, introduced four new awards: Best Residential Development (Khao Yai), Best Villa Rental Agent, Best Villa Architectural Design and Best Villa Interior Design.

Mark Price, CEO of Savills (Thailand) Ltd. takes the applause after his company was named Best Overseas Agent.Mark Price, CEO of Savills (Thailand) Ltd. takes the applause after his company was named Best Overseas Agent.

In total, 33 awards were on offer including regional awards for best condominiums and villa developments on the Eastern Seaboard, in Hua Hin, Phuket, Samui and Chiang Mai, as well as arguably the two most sought after awards: Best Developer Thailand and Best Boutique Developer Thailand, and for the third consecutive year Kalara Developments was crowned Best Boutique Developer Thailand.

Sansiri Public Company Limited scooped the prestigious Best Developer Thailand award, and acknowledging Sansiri’s success, the judging panel stated: “With 257 projects since 1984, Thailand’s Sansiri has introduced numerous innovations and advancements in the luxury villa and condominium sector, with customer satisfaction and lifestyle always at the core of the company’s impressive achievements.”

Professor Jason Pomeroy (standing bottom right) displays some innovative designs for energy saving homes of the future during his keynote speech.Professor Jason Pomeroy (standing bottom right) displays some innovative designs for energy saving homes of the future during his keynote speech.

Jones Lang LaSalle took home five trophies in the Real Estate Services categories, winning Best Commercial Agent, Best Property Management Company (Bangkok), Best Property Management Company (Resort), Best Property Consultancy and Best Agency Deal.

“The awards that our firm has won represent well the recognition that we have received from Thailand’s real estate industry and are a testament to our commitment to providing an excellent service to our clients.  They also reaffirm our leading position in real estate services in Thailand,” said Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle.

Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle (center) accepts the award for Best Agency Deal for JLL’s sale of Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.  Jones Lang LaSalle picked up 5 winning awards during the evening.Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle (center) accepts the award for Best Agency Deal for JLL’s sale of Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.  Jones Lang LaSalle picked up 5 winning awards during the evening.

Over the previous 12 month period, Jones Lang LaSalle secured more than 110,000 square meters of office space on behalf of tenants and landlords.  The firm also successfully concluded a number of major commercial asset sales in Thailand for a combined value of more than THB 5 billion.  Amongst these was the sale of Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, for which Jones Lang LaSalle won the Best Agency Deal.

“The quality of nominations and entries this year was exceptional and have pushed the bar ever higher, showing the growth and diversity of Thailand’s robust real estate industry,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO, Ensign Media Co. Ltd, organisers of the awards.

Kingdom Property CEO Nigel Cornick (left) presents the Real Estate Personality of the Year Award to Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO of PACE Development Corporation.Kingdom Property CEO Nigel Cornick (left) presents the Real Estate Personality of the Year Award to Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO of PACE Development Corporation.

A thorough and rigorous judging process by an independent panel of judges, with oversight by BDO Advisory, evaluated a record number of nominations and entries this year.  Those developments short-listed were then subject to site inspections before the judging panel submitted their list of Winners and Highly Commended developments and businesses to BDO Advisory for safe keeping.

“That the judges and the judging process is independent is paramount for us and has been the cornerstone to success for the awards since their inception eight years ago.  BDO Advisory have again overseen the entire process from start to finish ensuring the judging process was undertaken fairly, without bias or favour,” added Blackburn.

Sansiri Public Company Limited scooped the prestigious Best Developer Thailand award.Sansiri Public Company Limited scooped the prestigious Best Developer Thailand award.

The only award not to follow the same procedure is Real Estate Personality of the Year, which is decided upon by the editorial team at Property Report Magazine, who this year recognised Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO, PACE Development Corporation for his bold and contemporary vision of modern Bangkok encapsulated in the iconic MahaNakhon development.

A full list of Winners and Highly Commended at the 2013 Thailand Property Awards can be found at: www.thailandpropertyawards.com.

Kalara Developments was once again crowned as Best Boutique Developer Thailand.Kalara Developments was once again crowned as Best Boutique Developer Thailand.

Winston Gale (left) and business partner Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudaya (right) are all smiles after collecting the Best Condominium (Eastern Seaboard) award for The Palm.Winston Gale (left) and business partner Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudaya (right) are all smiles after collecting the Best Condominium (Eastern Seaboard) award for The Palm.

Mark Bowling (right) receives the Best Residential Agent (Eastern Seaboard) on behalf of Colliers International Thailand.Mark Bowling (right) receives the Best Residential Agent (Eastern Seaboard) on behalf of Colliers International Thailand.

A new award this year went to Toscana Valley Co., Ltd. for their Toscana Valley Town Square 1 development in Khao Yai.A new award this year went to Toscana Valley Co., Ltd. for their Toscana Valley Town Square 1 development in Khao Yai.

Vasant Chawla (left), CEO of Quality Condominium Co., Ltd., accepts the award for Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai) for The Resort Condominium.Vasant Chawla (left), CEO of Quality Condominium Co., Ltd., accepts the award for Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai) for The Resort Condominium.

Sompop Vanichsenee and Garanick Vanichsenee (right & center), directors of the 66 Condominium project in Pattaya, receive the Best Boutique Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard) award on behalf of Thalay 66 Co. Ltd.Sompop Vanichsenee and Garanick Vanichsenee (right & center), directors of the 66 Condominium project in Pattaya, receive the Best Boutique Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard) award on behalf of Thalay 66 Co. Ltd.

The award winners at the 2013 Thailand Property Awards pose for a group photo on stage at the conclusion of the Gala Awards Dinner at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center, Thursday, Sept. 19.The award winners at the 2013 Thailand Property Awards pose for a group photo on stage at the conclusion of the Gala Awards Dinner at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center, Thursday, Sept. 19.

SODA (Thailand) Co. Ltd, received the award for Best Hotel Architecture for their design of the W Hotel Bangkok. SODA (Thailand) Co. Ltd, received the award for Best Hotel Architecture for their design of the W Hotel Bangkok.

Raimon Land won Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok) for 185 Rajadamri.Raimon Land won Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok) for 185 Rajadamri.

Kata Rocks picked up Best Condo Development (Phuket).Kata Rocks picked up Best Condo Development (Phuket).

The representatives of Samujana Estate Company Limited were delighted to win Best Residential Development (Samui) for their Samujana project.The representatives of Samujana Estate Company Limited were delighted to win Best Residential Development (Samui) for their Samujana project.

Kingdom Property CEO Nigel Cornick (center) used the event to introduce his company’s ‘Name it and Tag it’ promotion for their new development in Wongamat, north Pattaya.Kingdom Property CEO Nigel Cornick (center) used the event to introduce his company’s ‘Name it and Tag it’ promotion for their new development in Wongamat, north Pattaya.

Alex and Irena De Ribas (left & center) of the Russian Real Estate Magazine pose for a photo with Pratheep “Peter” Malhotra, Pattaya Mail Media Group Managing Director.Alex and Irena De Ribas (left & center) of the Russian Real Estate Magazine pose for a photo with Pratheep “Peter” Malhotra, Pattaya Mail Media Group Managing Director.

Irina Breslavtseva (left), Kingdom Property’s Vice President of Marketing, with Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of Marketing Pattaya Mail Media Group.Irina Breslavtseva (left), Kingdom Property’s Vice President of Marketing, with Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of Marketing Pattaya Mail Media Group.