NAREIT Honors Coppola, Robinson

At REITWorld 2009 yesterday, NAREIT honored Macerich (NYSE: MAC) Chairman and CEO Arthur Coppola and Tom Robinson, senior advisor at Stifel, Nicolaus for their service to the REIT industry.

Coppola received the NAREIT Industry Leadership Award, which is presented annually to a REIT executive who has made siginifcant and lasting contributions to the growth and betterment of the REIT industry. Coppola served as NAREIT chair in 2007, and he has been a strong supporter of NAREIT's policy initiatives.

Robinson received the NAREIT Achievement Award, which is presented annually to an industry professional whose acumen and integrity have helped build awareness and understanding for the value of REITs and publicly traded real estate. Robinson has helped raise capital for many NAREIT members, In addition, Robinson was NAREIT's general counsel through most of the 1980s when legislation was created enabling REITs to be internally managed.

Both awards are presented in memory of past NAREIT Chair E. Lawrence Miller.