The Howard W. Horne Legacy Award

Very few people could accomplish what Howard W. Horne accomplished in his lifetime. Together with some of Houston’s most influential real estate professionals, like Gerald Hines and Henry S. Miller, he changed the face of downtown Houston and the real estate profession. As owner and chairman of The Horne Company, Howard directed the leasing of such buildings as One Shell Plaza, Two Shell Plaza, Pennzoil Place, and he also participated in the land assemblage for these structures. He represented many of the major corporations in Houston such as Tenneco, Federal Reserve Bank of Houston, Hines Interests to name a few. Howard had the innate ability to foster relationships with almost everyone he met. Under his direction, The Horne Company became recognized as one of the country’s leading brokerage firms, employing more than 250 people. Even today, many of Houston’s most prominent real estate firms continue to be influenced by Howard’s standards of excellence.

In 2013, NAIOP introduced the Howard W. Horne Legacy Award for a member of the commercial real estate industry who has made significant contributions to Houston as a professional and civic leader.

Recipients of the Howard W. Horne Legacy

Ed Wulfe2017

Ed Wulfe, founder of Wulfe & Co. and long-time Houston real estate icon has dedicated much of his career to staying actively involved in the community exhibiting a commitment to the city’s progress. Among his proudest contributions are having served as Chairman of the Main Street Coalition where he led the redevelopment of Houston's Main Street Corridor creating and expanding the city's light-rail transit system; successfully Co-Chairing the Bayou Greenway Initiative $100 million parks bond issue which added 250 miles of hike-and-bike trails along the bayous within the city limits.

Wulfe's passion for advocacy and civic engagement spills over into his business interests drawing into projects that are not just commercially successful, but work in the best interests of residents, such as Meyerland Plaza, a two-time winner of the Kenneth Leventhal Legacy Award for "Projects that Make a Difference;" Gulfgate Center, recipient of two Landmark Awards as the "Best Commercial Real Estate Rehabilitation/Renovation Project" and the "Best Impact on the Community Project," and winner of the Development of Distinction Award from the Urban Land Institute; and BLVD Place which received the Landmark Award for “Best Mixed-Use Project.”

Gerald Hines2015

Since founding Hines in 1957, Mr. Hines has built the company into one of the leading real estate firms in the world. As Founder and Chairman, Mr. Hines is responsible for directing all firm policy and procedure, as well as participating in major new business ventures and cultivating new and existing investor relations. He oversees a portfolio of more than 1,000 properties, totaling over 339 million square feet. The firm has more than $42.7 billion of assets under management, including $42.2 billion in equity and debt assets Hines manages as fiduciary. He has expanded the scope of the company by moving into foreign markets, introducing new product lines, initiating the firm’s acquisition program, and developing major new sources of equity and debt financing.

Robert Duncan2014

Robert Duncan is Founder and Chairman of Transwestern, directing the company’s expansion from a small Texas development firm to the diversified global real estate organization. He exemplifies true humility and a genuine desire to help others achieve true success. Robert has dedicated much of his time to the betterment of the City of Houston and is proud of the community, exhibiting a commitment to its progress.

Dan Bellow2013

Dan Bellow is President of JLL – Houston and is responsible for operations in Houston and Louisiana. Like Howard Horne, he is a man of his word. He shares many of the same character traits as Howard –honesty, integrity and generosity. Dan learned to build relationships with his clients and peers basedon personal connections. Today, Dan strives to instill within his team the importance of building lasting relationships with clients that encourage trust.