NAPERVILLE -- Caton Commercial Real Estate Group Senior Vice President Andy Velkme, CIPS, has received the NAR National Commercial Award for 2018. He is one of only 79 Realtors nationwide to receive the award the year, and one of just 522 to receive the award in the award's 13-year history. Velkme is a commercial real estate broker, adviser and industry speaker, focusing on innovative real estate concepts that are making an impact locally, nationally and globally. He has been on the forefront of identifying growth industries and working with firms to help them expand concepts in co-living, coworking, adaptive re-use, creative mixed use and incubation spaces. Velkme is the Chairman of the NICAR Commercial Global Business Network and the 2019 Treasurer of NICAR's executive board; he was secretary of the executive board in 2018. He was the NICAR Realtor of the Year in 2018 for demonstrating excellence in the industry. Velkme is also a founding member and vice president of the Latvian American Chamber of Commerce and is a Certified International Property Specialist).
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