The March of Dimes held its 22nd Annual Greenville Real Estate & Economic Development Award Luncheon on Nov. 12, where three recipients – two people and one physical development – were honored.
Joe Pazdan, managing principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith, took home the Greenville Real Estate Award. Noting his “many contributions and leadership roles in the Greenville Community,” the award committee described Pazdan as a key player who “has helped guide the region’s revitalization and development and actively championed many of its civic boards and committees.”
The awards ceremony was established to honor outstanding individuals or companies whose commercial real estate activities and civic service have significantly enhanced the local community.
Also honored at the ceremony was Mary Douglas Hirsch, real estate development manager for the city of Greenville, who took home the newly established Rising Star award for her exemplary achievements within the real estate industry.
The third award was for Development of the Year, another newly established honor, which shines a light on new developments, re-developments or adaptive reuse projects that significantly enhance the community. The award was presented to the urban revitalization project known as Markley Station.
“The competition was tough, as there were other deserving nominations,” said March of Dimes Leadership Team Chairman Robert Benedict.
Markley Station, a 43,732-square-foot warehouse space, has been re-imagined as a community hub. Tenants include self-pour taproom Hoppin’, urban winery and tasting room Urban Wren, pizza parlor Todoro Pizza, chauffeur service Fortis Riders, land planning group Beau Welling Design, personal safety device company Aluma Connect and institutional investor Adelphos Capital.
“To have our efforts recognized by such an esteemed group of colleagues and professional is a great honor,” said Paul Sparks, chairman and principal of RealOp, which developed Markley Station.
Elsewhere in the community, on Nov. 14 The Hubbell Foundation, the charitable arm of Hubbell Incorporated, was named Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by Make-A-Wish South Carolina.