The American Property Tax Counsel (APTC) presented its prestigious Martin S. Katz Memorial Award to ACRE Director of Research and Corporate Engagement K.C. Conway at the Annual APTC Client Seminar in Chicago on October 17, 2019. APTC bestows this Award to that individual who has significantly contributed meaningful valuation theories and/or developed and advanced the understanding or implementation of more equitable real estate assessment practices. APTC established the Award to honor Martin S. Katz, the organization‘s renowned first President and one of its founding fathers who met an untimely death.
In presenting the award, Linda Terrill, APTC’s President, said, “The list of KC Conway’s designations goes on and on as does his accomplishments as a writer and thinker regarding property taxation. The depth of his research, analysis and writings has so meaningfully contributed to the work we all do in the field of real estate taxation. He has made an indelible mark on the everyday work of real estate practitioners.”
In addition to his work at ACRE, Conway also serves as CCIM chief economist. He has 30 years commercial real estate experience (25 private industry; 5 within Federal Reserve system 2005-2010). He has been Chief Appraiser, Env. Risk Manager and Sr. Market Intelligence Officer SunTrust Bank 2014-2017 and Chief Economist Colliers | United States 2010-2014 and author of North American Port, Industrial and Office Outlook reports 2012-2014. Conway was the 2007 recipient of the Appraisal Institute’s President’s Award; 2009 recipient of “Key Player” Award from the Atlanta Federal Reserve and the 2010 recipient of “Superior Contributions” Award by the FFIEC – Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. He was CRE Risk Specialty Officer – NY FED during Financial Crisis 2009-2010 and briefed Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors & Chairman Bernanke in June 2007 on the coming real estate crisis. Conway is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics ranging from appraisal and bank regulation to ports and securitization. Areas of specialty include housing, industrial, litigation support, industrial and office real estate, North American ports and land development. He has been an expert witness in such prominent cases as the BCCI/First Atlanta Bank scandal and Crescent Resources bankruptcy and instructor and frequently requested speaker for the Federal Reserve, FDIC, FHLB, State bank commissioners, and numerous academic, professional organizations and industry associations, such as the Appraisal Institute, Counselors of Real Estate, ICSC, NAIOP, NAR, RMA, SIOR, ULI, University of Colorado, UF, Univ. of AL (ACRE) GA Tech, NYU, DePaul University, and University of CT.
Conway accepted the Martin S. Katz Memorial Award with these words, “I feel a special point of pride in receiving this prestigious Award because I know how high the bar is placed even for consideration as a recipient and to actually receive it gives me the thrill of a real accomplishment.”