Landmark lifetimes: A look at the real estate leaders who shaped Houston

Pictured: From left, Walter Mischer Sr., John Connally and Jim Stewart break ground for the Stewart & Stevenson Building.

Real estate developers have played a huge role in shaping Houston’s history and landscape, going all the way back to its founding by the speculative real estate developers and brothers John K. and Augustus C. Allen in 1836.

For the past 14 years, the Houston Business Journal has recognized entrepreneurs who have had a lifetime of achievements in real estate, shaping Houston’s image and quality of life, with the Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year, Marvy Finger, president and CEO of Houston-based The Finger Cos., was selected as the 2015 HBJ Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. In Houston alone, his company has built 28,309 apartment units, totaling a net rental area of more than 26.7 million square feet.

Along with recognizing major players in the real estate development world, HBJ’s Landmark Awards recognize projects that have made a significant impact on Houston. Almost 100 projects were nominated this year, but a panel of judgeswhittled down the list to three dozen finalists.

Award-winning projects are marked by excellence in land planning, design, construction, economics, marketing and management.

The projects and the lifetime achievement award winner will be recognized at the Landmark Awards event at the Omni Houston Hotel and in a special section of HBJ in April.

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