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H. Dan Smith, along with four other recipients will be inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Real Estate Summit Recognizes Those
Who Helped to Make Omaha Great

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

During the CRE Summit luncheon on March 24, five professionals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame – H. Daniel Smith, Timothy F. Holland, J. Keith Basham, Dennis P. Hogan, III and Ellen Albrecht – and awards will be given for Deal of the Year and Development of the Year. The inaugural Summit Award will also be given.
H. Daniel Smith
Smith, a partner at Smith Slusky Law, concentrates his practice on commercial real estate and commercial real estate financing; representing lenders, borrowers, landlords, tenants, developers, and investors in all areas and stages of commercial real estate and development and financing. He represents clients in more than $500,000.000 in real estate transactions per year.

“I was thrilled and genuinely surprised to receive this honor,” he said. “I do hundreds of millions in lending deals every year across the U.S., but I don’t build these projects, I just help get them going. It’s actually fun to be a small part of building a great city like Omaha. At this point, having done so many Omaha projects; it’s hard for any Omahan to go a week or even a day without going into some building or retail center I did the financing on or represented the owner or developer. Kind of cool for a ‘dirt’ lawyer.”
Smith said he credits his success to his wife, Paula, his children Dan and Jane, his parents (now deceased), his “wonderful assistant,” Lisa Gonzalez, the team at his firm, his clients, and all the “great CRE people who keep the engine going.”
Timothy F. Holland
Holland is a registered professional architect and founding principal of Holland Basham Architects. His expertise lies in the planning and design of many market sectors, including corporate office and higher education spaces, as well as student housing and hospitality. During his 30-plus years in architecture, he has worked with Mutual of Omaha, Noddle Companies, Omaha Public Schools, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska system and many more.
“I was totally surprised to be nominated and receive this recognition,” he said. “When looking at the distinguished past recipients of the CRE Summit Hall of Fame, I’m humbled to be part of their legacy. Throughout my planning and architectural career, my vision has always been to elevate the quality and depth of design for our community. It is through design that we have the opportunity to create a better community in which to live, work and play. Opportunities such as Midtown Crossing and UNO Scott Campus demand that we do more than just meet the program and budget requirements – these are opportunities to elevate our community.”
He added that credit for his successful career goes to “the great team at Holland Basham Architects, wonderful clients who desire and support great design, and a development community that shares a vision to expect better.”
J. Keith Basham
Basham is also a founding principal of Holland Basham Architects and is a registered professional architect. During his 40-year career, he has amassed expertise in the design of healthcare and industrial facilities, as well as corporate offices. His portfolio includes architectural work with John Deere, Centris Federal Credit Union, NP Dodge, CHI Health, and more.
“When I was notified of our selection, I was delighted and proud to be recognized by such an established and respected organization,” Basham said. “One of the founding principles of Holland Basham Architects was for each of us to enhance the community we are raising our families in. This encompassed good, thoughtful design, volunteerism and positive participation in all phases of our environment. Both Tim and I have been committed to making Omaha better with our projects, our people and our relationships within the community. We have gathered like-minded employees and supported everyone’s efforts, while still being a viable business. Our people are our most important asset and we empower them to make a difference in our community and world.”
Dennis P. Hogan, III
About his award, Hogan, a Creighton University School of Law graduate and a partner at Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman, LLP, said he was very excited. “It’s a great deal. It’s very nice. I credit my success to my wonderful clients who had the vision to do what they did. They were self-made people who had a vision of what Omaha could be.”
Ellen Albrecht
Albrecht is a vice president and the regional agency manager for Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa, as well as being the state underwriter for Nebraska and Iowa. She has been in the title business for 40 years, 33 of which have been with First American Title Insurance Company. She is a title licensed and registered abstracter in Nebraska and has been involved in abstracting, title insurance production, underwriting and escrow closings throughout her tenure with First American.
On her induction to the Hall of Fame, she said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for this honor. It is always a humbling experience to be recognized by your peers. I credit my success in the industry to all the people that I have had the good fortune to work with, great teams and amazing clients that have spanned all facets of the real estate world. While the cyclical nature of real estate has presented its challenges over the last 35 years, keeping the focus on delivering superior customer service has proved to be the most important path to long-term success. It has truly been a pleasure to have worked with so many extraordinary folks that have had a part in the tremendous growth Omaha has seen during my tenure.”
During the luncheon, awards will also be given for Deal of the Year to HDR Headquarters and the Development of the Year to the Henry Doorly Zoo – African Grasslands. On the latter award, Dennis Pate, executive director and CEO of HDZ, said, “We are honored to receive this recognition. Our board of directors and area foundations have been incredible partners in helping to raise the capital to envision, construct and build such an ambitious project. We set attendance records topping 2,000,000 guests, added $265 million in local economic impact and set new milestones for education class participation. The award was unexpected, and maybe a bit out of the ordinary for the real estate industry, so we were especially proud to receive the honor. The zoo is just one of the things that makes Nebraska great.”
And finally, this year the Greater Omaha Chamber, in partnership with the CRE Summit, is giving the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, the inaugural Summit Award, which is awarded to an entity that has made a positive impact on the community.
In response to this honor, Deborah L. Thomas, vice chancellor of business and finance at UNMC, remarked, “Over the past decade, the campus has been transformed. Many of these projects were funded in large part through philanthropic support. In less than four months, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will open, the largest public private construction project ever undertaken in Nebraska.
“Construction is now under way for the new Global Center for Advanced Inter-Professional Learning, which will house UNMC’s iEXCEL? program. It will expose students to inter-professional clinical simulation training exercises, surgical skills training and realistic environments through virtual and augmented reality, holographic and visualization techniques to fundamentally change how health professionals learn.
 “It is an honor for UNMC to receive the Summit Award from the Commercial Real Estate Summit. While we are humbled by the recognition, we are mindful of our mission to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities throughout the Omaha community, the State of Nebraska and beyond. The University of Nebraska Medical Center would not be successful, nor would our campus have grown so much, without the tremendous support of the Omaha community.”
The 2017 CRE Summit will be at CenturyLink Center on Friday, March 24. For information about registration, go to www.attendCRESummit.com.
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