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Rob Blain Awarded “Industry Champion” by RFP Magazine


26 July 2010, Hong Kong— CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) is pleased to announce that Rob Blain, CEO and Chairman, Asia Pacific, has been awarded with the top accolade of “Industry Champion” at the 2010 RFP (Real Estate Facilities Projects) Outstanding Individuals Industry Awards. The awards celebrate the contributions of professionals in the real estate industry across Asia Pacific. RFP Magazine is one of Asia’s top trade titles and a leading magazine for industries of the built environment. 

Rob Blain has been recognised for his leadership of CBRE in Asia Pacific, a role in which he has capitalised on local and regional market opportunities to expand CBRE’s geographic markets, increase market share, and diversify and strengthen our business platform.  Rob is active in the real estate community through various forums and industry groups. He has also been acknowledged for his commitment to the community through wide-ranging philanthropic activities across the Asia Pacific region.

“Already in its third year the Outstanding Individual Awards in Industry have proved to be a true barometer of talent in the industry, noted Claire Saeki, Publisher, Facility Media, with consistently high number of nominations making the judges decision-making process extremely challenging,”said Claire Saeki, Publisher, Facility Media,  

“The Industry Champion Award recognises the individual whose personal leadership has made a critical contribution to the real estate industry in Asia Pacific. Rob is a very highly respected veteran in the industry, exemplifying the professional leadership that our award stands for," she added. 

Rob Blain is responsible for the overall direction, strategy and growth of CB Richard Ellis in Asia Pacific. He joined CBRE in 2002 following a 30-year real estate industry career in Australia and Singapore. Under his leadership, CBRE’s business in Asia Pacific has grown from US$81 million in revenue in 2002 to US$524 million in revenue in 2009.  During the past eight years CBRE has also significantly diversified the services it provides to clients across the region.  

"I am deeply honoured on behalf of CBRE to have received recognition through this award”, said Rob Blain, CEO and Chairman, Asia Pacific for CB Richard Ellis. “The award recognises the great work of all employees throughout the Asia Pacific region. This is a testament to CBRE's achievements and excellence in setting a high benchmark for premier service delivery on a global scale; and to understanding the needs of domestic and regional markets,” he added.

About CB Richard Ellis 

CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2009 revenue).  The Company has approximately 29,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. CB Richard Ellis has been named a BusinessWeek 50 “best in class” company for three years in a row. Please visit our Web site at 

About RFP Magazine
RFP Magazine was created to provide quality, independent information for corporate Real Estate, Facilities and Project Managers in Asia. First published in May 2004, RFP has been constantly updating and providing informative, timely and relevant contents so that readers, contributors and advertisers have a clear picture of their role in the market. RFP Office Space is the essential tool kit for corporate occupiers and RFP EcoBuild gives everyone in the industry the information they need on greening the building lifecycle. To date, RFP has more than 30,000 readers working in a diverse range of local, regional and multi-national companies both within Asia and beyond. RFP's Outstanding Individuals in Industry Awards were created in 2007 as a way of celebrating personal success rather than focusing merely on companies and project results. Already an institution, the awards have continued to attract nominations from the industry's most renowned and well respected professionals.
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