Lesley Bamberger winner of Vastgoedmarkt Award
Lesley Bamberger, owner/director of Kroonenberg Groep, was proclaimed winner of the Vastgoedmarkt Award 2012/2013 during the annual Vastgoedmarkt Trends Congres. He was presented the award by last year’s winner, Pieter Hendrikse (CEO, CBRE Global Investors EMEA). Bamberger emerged as the winner after a careful weighting of the votes cast by the readers of Vastgoedmarkt and a deliberation conducted among the editors. The editorial team praised Bamberger for his steady course and never being fazed either by the real estate lunacy during the fat years or the sector’s lows during the current lean years.
He unites conservatism in the areas of financing, projects and types of real estate with intrepid entrepreneurship. Since taking charge in 1996, this combination of qualities has enabled him to accumulate a crisis-proof real estate portfolio that started at 800 million guilders and is now a cool 2 billion euros. At present, the crowning glory of his work is The Bank: the internationally renowned redevelopment of the former ABN-Amro headquarters in the centre of Amsterdam. His unshaken belief in the location and the quality of this building proved more than justified; even during the economic crisis, he succeeded in leasing its 25,000 m2 of office space and 7,000 m2 of retail space and facilities.
In addition to Bamberger, nominees Kees van Harten, René Hogenboom and Henk Jagersma managed to do an excellent job of distinguishing themselves in the market last year. As co-founder of Capital Value, Van Harten succeeded in putting a new real estate consultancy on the national map during hard times. As CEO of Altera Vastgoed, with its sectoral property fund Altera, Hogenboom remains steady as a rock for many institutional investors. And Jagersma, CEO of Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, is keeping the market for new construction projects going almost single-handedly by making anticyclic investments in new residential and retail development.
As the winner, Bamberger was presented not only with a certificate but also a portrait of himself painted by artist Hans Sprangers. He may also bestow an amount of 1,000 euros to a charity of his choice. This was the twelfth time that the award had been presented. The very first winner, for 2001-2002, was Jan Doets (ING RE). He was succeeded by Hans van Veggel (Multi), Cor van Zadelhoff, Ton Meijer (MAB), Karin Laglas (Rodamco Europe), Coen van Oostrom (OVG), Jaap Gillis (Redevco), Peter Keur (FGH Bank), Isaäc Kalisvaart (MAB Development), Marijn Snijders (Jones Lang LaSalle) and last year’s winner, Pieter Hendrikse (CBRE Global Investors EMEA).