Gold Circle Awards

By: | September 18, 2017

2017-2018 Gold Circle Award Nominations are closed.

Click here to view the 2018 Gold Circle Awards finalists and to register for our TOBY Gold Circle Gala on January 25 to find out who will win these prestigious awards.

Now in its ninth year, the BOMA/Chicago Gold Circle Awards honor individual excellence within Chicago's commercial real estate community in five categories: Property Management Professional of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, Building Engineer of the Year, Security Professional of the Year and Affiliate Member of the Year. 2018 award winners will be announced at the TOBY Gold Circle Awards Gala on January 25, 2018.

Gold Circle Awards Process

Nomination Submissions 

Nomination submissions were accepted Monday, September 18 through Friday, October 27, 2017. Nominations must be submitted online.

CLICK HERE to download the Gold Circle Awards packet in Microsoft Word format containing all nomination forms, including questions and required documents. For your convenience, it is suggested you complete the nomination form in the Microsoft Word packet and once completed, copy and paste your responses into the online form. 

Click the links below for individual online nomination forms. Note all responses must be completed before submitting before the form may be submitted (there is no "save" option): 

See additional award guidelines below.

The Award Selection Committee

The award selection committee, referred to as the “Gold Circle Panel,” is comprised of one representative each from fifteen to twenty management companies that have the most BOMA/Chicago members, and includes one BOMA/Chicago Board member. The panel will evaluate each nomination submission to determine the top finalists in each category, interview finalists and select award winners for each category.

Predetermined Award Criteria

All nominees and finalists are judged based on predetermined, weighted criteria as indicated on the nomination form and detailed on the Gold Circle Awards FAQ page.

Finalist Selection

The Gold Circle Panel will review nominations and judge each category based on the predetermined criteria. Panelists for each category will be selected to avoid conflicts of interest because of company or building affiliations.  The scores will be tallied by BOMA/Chicago staff and the top three finalists in each category will be determined.

Interviews and Selection

BOMA/Chicago will notify all finalists and arrange an in-person interview with at least three members of the Gold Circle Panel. Panelists for each category will be selected to avoid conflicts of interest because of company or building affiliations. After all interviews have been completed, the scores will be tallied by BOMA/Chicago staff and the winners in each category will be determined.


September 18 - October 27 Gold Circle Award online nomination period
October 30 - November 10 Written nomination submission forms reviewed by judges and three finalists selected within each award category
November 13 - December 1 All nominees will be informed of panel outcomes and interviews will be coordinated with all award finalists
December 4 - December 15 In-person interviews will be conducted and Gold Circle winners decided
January 25, 2018 Awards are presented at TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala

Award Guidelines

To participate in the BOMA/Chicago Gold Circle Awards, nominees must meet the following criteria:

Individual applicants must be nominated. Self-nominating entries will not be accepted.

All nominees must be employed in a BOMA/Chicago member building or affiliate company.

All candidates must have at least five years of experience in commercial real estate (with the exception of the Emerging Leader Professional of the Year which requires three years of experience).

Nominees for the Emerging Leader of the Year are limited to building members with three (3) to seven (7) years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

All nominees must complete and submit all nomination materials as indicated on the nomination forms.

One nomination per category will be allowed from each Commercial Real Estate Company for Property Management, Building Engineer, Security Professional and Emerging Leader.

BOMA/Chicago Building and Affiliate Members may submit nominations for the Affiliate of the Year Award.

Nominee finalists will be required to participate in an in-person interview with select members of the Gold Circle Panel (Note: please allow 30 minutes to complete the interview).

Nominees are not eligible to serve on the Gold Circle Panel.

Winners will not be eligible to resubmit for a minimum of two years following their recognition; for example, a 2017 winner could reapply for the 2020 awards. Winners will be announced at the 2018 TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala on January 25, 2017.

Click here to see a list of previous Gold Circle Award winners.

Additional Information

For additional information, head over to our new Gold Circle Awards FAQ page or contact Amy Masters, Director of Marketing and Communications at [email protected] or (312) 870-9612.





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