Local Real Estate Attorney and Community Activist recipient of First ULI New Mexico Award
(Albuquerque, NM – January 30, 2017) – After a year of developing this urban excellence award and fund, ULI New Mexico presented its first award for leadership in urban excellence to local real estate attorney John Myers. The John A. Myers Award for Leadership in Urban Excellence was given to its namesake at an exclusive event at Los Poblanos Historic Inn this past Friday, January 27th.
“You look at people in our community who have really made a difference and they’re not necessarily the ones that get the headlines”, said Dale Dekker AIA, AICP, Principal at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. “They’re not necessarily the ones that get all the accolades, but it’s people like John, who’s kind of that human infrastructure that helps build a quality community.”
Surrounded by more than a hundred of his friends, family, and members of the community, Myers became the first to receive this prestigious recognition – which will continue to bear his name in perpetuity as his living legacy. Myers, whose life’s work as a real estate attorney, advisor, community activist and catalyst for progress, and whose knowledge, wisdom, and genuine concern for fair equitable outcomes, have made some of the city’s most significant development projects possible.
“The accumulated effect of his goodwill and good work was clearly obvious”, says Jim Rogers, Past Chair ULI NM and John A. Myers Award Committee Member. “We wanted to acknowledge that – not only for John – but to set it up in a way that future recipients will emulate the leadership and excellence that John has set forth as a standard.”
By establishing the aspirational award, ULI New Mexico anticipates to build on the impact of this initiative, not only with an annual honor and fund, but with other awards, scholarships and programs that will inspire and catalyze others to work to make Albuquerque a better city.
The most significant impact of the Myers Award will be to inspire thoughtful, visionary, and conscientious individuals to rise up to the high standards that John Myers exemplifies, and to be a force for positive change as our city grows, matures, and adapts to new challenges and opportunities.