Distinguished honor recognizes professionals whose industry contributions have improved the marketplace

ATLANTA, GA (July 6, 2016) —Trimont Real Estate Advisors, the premier provider of asset management, servicing, due diligence and customized advisory solutions to real estate clients around the world, today announced that John D’Amico, Senior Managing Director and head of Client Services, has received the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council’s (CREFC) Founders Award.

The esteemed distinction is given as recognition to an individual who, through his or her engagement in CREFC and in the industry broadly, has enhanced and improved the marketplace for commercial real estate lending and financial products and services.

“The Founders Award can be considered something like a lifetime achievement award—but it goes beyond that,” said Mike Flood, Deputy Executive Director, CREFC. “The recipient must uphold the highest standards of the industry, actively promote the industry within the sector itself and must always work for the betterment of the industry as a whole, and I can’t think of someone who does all of those things with more passion than John D’Amico.”

“CREFC is a crucial industry organization, and I’ve found my long-term involvement to be truly rewarding,” said D’Amico. “I’m greatly honored to be recognized by this group that I so deeply respect and admire.”

D’Amico was presented with the Founders Award earlier this month at the CREFC Annual Conference in New York City. The award is presented to a professional with demonstrated leadership and exemplary commitment to CREFC and the industry as a whole. The honoree must be recognized as an industry leader, have demonstrated high ethical and professional standards and must have promoted and improved CREFC and the commercial real estate finance markets. Candidates are nominated by CREFC board members, and winners are chosen by the executive committee of CREFC’s board of governors.

“John has been a longstanding star performer and respected leader at Trimont, and we echo CREFC’s recognition of his dedication and passion for the industry,” said Brian Ward, CEO, Trimont. “In fact, within the company, his achievements have also recently been recognized through an expanded role at Trimont with a promotion to Senior Managing Director and head of Trimont’s global Client Services, which further benefits our clients and team in being able to leverage his vast industry knowledge and market expertise.”

D’Amico, formerly Director of Special Asset Management, brings more than 30 years of industry expertise to Trimont. Prior to joining the firm in June 2012, Mr. D’Amico practiced law with Reid and Riege P.C. and Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C., both in Hartford, Conn. During this time, he specialized in tax, real estate and finance, advising developers, financial institutions, high net worth individuals, property owners and tenants. In 2003, he joined ARCap REIT, Inc., one of the country’s premier B piece buyers and special servicers, as its general counsel where he served as an ex-officio member of the investment and credit committees.

Mr. D’Amico has also served as chief executive officer of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and continues as a member of its board of governors and past chair of its high yield and distressed realty forum.

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About Trimont Real Estate Advisors

Trimont Real Estate Advisors (trimontrea.com) is a real estate financial services provider with more than $124 billion of client assets under management, providing services to commercial lenders and investors since 1988. Trimont is the leading provider of asset management, servicing, due diligence and advisory solutions to commercial real estate clients around the world. The firm has approximately 230 employees among six offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, London and Amsterdam. From these offices, Trimont has managed more than 21,000 assets and provided services to clients in 61 countries. 

Trimont is a highly rated primary, special, and construction servicer, with particular expertise in repositioning and development deals. Trimont is rated by Standard & Poor's as a Commercial Mortgage Special Servicer (Strong) a Construction Loan Servicer (Strong), and Commercial Primary Servicer (Above Average). It is rated by Fitch as a Primary Servicer (CPS2+) and a Special Servicer (CSS2), and by Kroll Bond Ratings, Inc.