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NC firms honored in ‘CREative Thinkers’ real estate awards

Jim Goodmon of Capital Broadcasting Company accepts a CREative Thinker award for his role in redeveloping downtown Durham.
Jim Goodmon of Capital Broadcasting Company accepts a CREative Thinker award for his role in redeveloping downtown Durham.

The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate presented local executives with real estate awards recognizing creative projects on Wednesday.

The “CREative Thinkers Awards” are given annually to people who have been key in unconventional or interesting commercial real estate projects.

This year’s winners were:

▪ Michael Tarwater, CEO, and Carol Lovin , chief strategy officer, at Carolinas HealthCare System: They won for the system’s freestanding emergency department initiative, which has built more urgent care medical facilities apart from full-scale hospitals.

“What we were trying to do with this project was take care to the hearts of these communities,” said Lovin.

▪ John Bell III, CEO of Biltmore Property Group; Richard Grant, president of Beverly-Grant Inc.; and Alan MGuinn, principal at ARCA Design: They won for their role in revitalizing Historic Biltmore Village in Asheville.

▪ Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capital Broadcasting Co.: He won for spearheading the revitalization of the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham. He recalled the atmosphere when the Durham Bulls first started playing in their new downtown stadium: “You could hear gunshots. That didn’t help attendance.” Now, though, Durham is booming. “There’s a new project on every corner,” Goodmon said.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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