It is the day after one of the top five snowstorms ever recorded on the East Coast. As I sit in my home office looking at the amount of snow all around me, I realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by neighbors, and I begin to contemplate what a neighborhood actually is — people helping each other during times of extraordinary circumstances.
Now I know most of my neighbors primarily through my children — soccer and football games, gymnastics, cheerleading practice and other school functions. I see them on the street walking their dogs or cutting the grass, and we always take time to say hello and exchange a few words.
When the snow came, its sheer volume prevented me from keeping up with clearing my driveway and walkway. Two of my neighbors helped me clear these areas, which saved me hours and hours of work, not to mention the wear and tear on my snow blower. After I had thanked them for their kindness I wondered what I could do for them to show my gratitude.
I then thought about what I was going to do with all of the time saved. Why, surf the Web, of course. As I browsed from my cozy confines, I saw a great amount of information related to the Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award winners, commentary and speculation on who or what movie would win Academy Awards and, since this was Super Bowl Sunday, whether the Colts or Saints would become World Champions. But what sort of award would best recognize my neighbors for helping me in my time of need?
At IAMC we have a number of ways to recognize individuals and companies for going above and beyond the call of duty. One in particular is the Michael P. Hickey Award, which honors service providers who exemplify the spirit of IAMC. Individuals to be considered must:
This award will be presented for the first time at the Spring 2010 Forum in Colorado Springs, Colo. Also at the Spring Professional Forum, Site Selection — our official publication — will recognize its Top Economic Development Groups for 2009, some of which might be IAMC members. In the meantime, Site Selection and IAMC are refining and preparing to reintroduce the Excellence in Corporate Real Estate Awards at the Fall 2010 Professional Forum in Hot Springs, Va. Watch for more on these awards in the coming months.
All of these awards are opportunities for each and every one of us to nominate those who have shown creativity, flexibility and a "get it done" attitude during difficult economic times in their respective fields. What a great way for each of us to make known to the corporate real estate industry those who have made an impact and are advocates of change.
By the way, I knew the Saints would win. And my neighbors really appreciated sharing my beer as we watched the Super Bowl.Jim Winter