The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Germany presented its prestigious Leadership Awards for the 14th time on 29 November 2018 in Offenbach am Main. The jury selected René Benko as the winner in the Real Estate Industry category. The award was presented by jury member and ULI Germany chairman Gero Bergmann of Berlin Hyp. In his speech he outlined the thinking behind the jury’s choice:
“This year’s award in the Real Estate Industry goes to an entrepreneur par excellence. René Benko has an unbelievable instinct for business opportunities. He founded the SIGNA Group, which in less than 20 years has become one of Central Europe’s largest private real estate investors and has implemented investments and developments that have defined various urban spaces. The group’s real estate projects are true landmark developments that would shape the fabric of any city. They feature top-class architecture and take urban development aspects into account in an exemplary fashion. René Benko’s faith in the future of city centres sets him apart, which in turn underlines his company’s commitment to the real estate industry and the retail segment in particular.”
ULI Germany presents the accolades to outstanding personalities from the property industry and the public sector in recognition of their contribution to bringing to life the ULI’s mission of promoting liveable urban spaces and sustainable urban development through cooperation. Awards are presented in five categories: Young Leader, Innovation, Urban Planning, Real Estate Industry and Life’s Work.