ADISA, a trade association representing the non-traded alternative and direct investment space, announced the 2018 winners of the organization’s A Champion of Excellence (ACE), Distinguished Service, and President’s awards. The awards were presented on Monday at the organization’s 2018 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
The ACE Award, the highest honor bestowed on a member by ADISA, was posthumously presented to John Williams, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Preferred Apartment Communities. The award is presented to an individual or organization that has reached a pinnacle in their career and has brought credit to themselves and ADISA through distinguished accomplishments.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals and companies who have provided exceptional service to ADISA, the alternative investments industry, and the overall community. This year’s award was presented to two individuals, Dave Laga, chief financial officer and director of due diligence of DFPG Investments, and Brian Buehler, partner with Triton Pacific Investment Corporation.
The President’s Award, which is given to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in their chosen field, by service in local, state or national affairs, or in support of the advancement and continued excellence of ADISA, was presented to John Grady, partner with DLA Piper.
“ADISA is proud to honor Dave Laga, Brian Buehler, John Grady, and especially John Williams, a dearly missed individual who impacted the lives of several in the real estate trade and was a great friend to ADISA and the entire industry,” said ADISA executive director and CEO John Harrison. “Each of these recipients have adhered to the highest ethical standards and quality performance in the industry and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and service.”
ADISA’s 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show brought together approximately 1,000 of the industry’s professionals for education, networking and the exchange of ideas.
This year’s conference agenda covers opportunity zones, private placements, Section 1031 exchanges, real estate investment trusts and more to provide a comprehensive educational program of alternative, direct investments.
The Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association bills itself as the nation’s largest trade association representing the non‐traded alternative investment space. ADISA’s members are typically involved in non-traded real estate investment trusts, business development companies, master limited partnerships and private and public funds (LPs/LLCs), 1031 exchange programs (DSTs/TICs), energy and oil and gas interests, equipment leasing programs, or other alternative and direct investment offerings. The association was founded in 2003 and has approximately 4,000 members.