Two International Organizations to Honor Real Estate Icon Sheldon F. Good For Far-Reaching Contributions to Real Estate, Universities During 57-Year Career

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Sheldon F. Good, president of the Good Realty Group, LLC in Chicago, will be honored twice this month -- once in Chicago and once in New York -- by two international organizations that will recognize his far-reaching contributions to real estate and to university life during a 57-year career. Good Realty Group is a real estate brokerage, auction and consulting firm which Good founded in 2009 after his sale of Sheldon Good & Company to an employee group in 2001 (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sheldon-f-good/32/ba9/123) .

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Sheldon F. Good, president of the Good Realty Group, LLC in Chicago, will be honored twice this month -- once in Chicago and once in New York -- by two international organizations that will recognize his far-reaching contributions to real estate and to university life during a 57-year career. Good Realty Group is a real estate brokerage, auction and consulting firm which Good founded in 2009 after his sale of Sheldon Good & Company to an employee group in 2001 (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sheldon-f-good/32/ba9/123).

At the Chicago event on Tuesday, October 30, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), an international student fraternity with chapters in the U.S., Canada, Israel, the UK and France, will present Good with its 2012 Sigmund H. Steinberg Award for Dedicated Alumni Service (http://www.aepi.org/events/event_details.asp?id=267120). The Award recognizes Good’s long- standing service to AEPi, including his co-leadership of a $1M capital campaign to fund construction of AEPi’s headquarters in Indianapolis. Good led that effort with Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, and former Illinois Governor Samuel Shapiro, both AEPI alumni.

“As AEPi prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, it will recognize Sheldon F. Good for his selfless dedication and impact on our organization,” said Andrew S. Borans, executive director of the AEPi Foundation, Inc. “Whenever we ask him, Sheldon Good eagerly steps up to help.” Good’s fundraising efforts helped ensure that we fulfilled our dream of a permanent, mortgage-free home for AEPi, added Borans. The Steinberg Award will be presented to Good at AEPi’s Anniversary dinner at 6 p.m., October 30 in the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.

“Thousands of university students, including members of AEPi have benefitted directly and indirectly from Sheldon Good’s significant contributions to universities, student learning and campus life,” continued Borans.

During the past five decades, Good has addressed business and real estate students at some of the nation’s leading universities, including Harvard, University of Chicago, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, University of Illinois (U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses), Cornell’s Program in Real Estate, Stanford, UCLA and NYU. He also served on several U of I committees and boards, including the Alumni Endowment Fund Investment Committee, the Office of Real Estate Research Advisory Board and the Illini Jewish Studies Advisory Board.

In the year 2000, Good received the U of I’s most prestigious award - - the Alumni Achievement Award -- at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign commencement. Selected from the ranks of some 300,000 living graduates, Good received the Award for his decades of philanthropy, leadership of the real estate industry and his ground-breaking real estate marketing innovations. Good’s portrait now hangs in the hallway of the Illini student union among other distinguished recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award, including Nobel Peace Prize winners, a former astronaut and ex-Cabinet officers.

On Friday, October 19 in New York during the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)-USA United Nations (UN) Symposium on global real estate development, Good will receive FIABCI’s Award for Outstanding Contribution. The Award recognizes Good’s 22 years of service in which he helped establish FIABCI’s ongoing relationship with the UN as well as its “Prix d’ Excellence Awards” for outstanding real estate developments around the world. For the past 14 years, Good has chaired FIABCI’s Prix d’ Excellence Awards Committee and gained the cooperation of "The Wall Street Journal" which has become the U.S. marketing partner for the Awards.

The FIABCI Award will be presented to Good at 7 p.m., October 19 in the SETAI Fifth Ave. Hotel, 400 Fifth Ave. In addition, Good will serve as moderator of a panel discussion on the “Cooperative Work Between FIABCI and the UN.” The panel begins at 2 p.m., October 19 in the One UN New York, One UN Plaza.

Good served as FIABCI World President from 1996-97 and for the past five years has served as one of its NGO (non-governmental organization) delegates to the UN. During his World Presidency, he led real estate trade missions to 15 countries on four continents and for five years, chaired FIABCI’s Chicago World Congress Committee. FIABCI’s Chicago World Congress Committee worked with its national and international chapters, the Chicago Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau to bring FIABCI’s Annual World Congress to Chicago in 1994.

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About Sheldon F. Good, CCIM
Sheldon F. Good (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sheldon-f-good/32/ba9/123) is a real estate auction pioneer as well as an industry, civic and charitable leader. From 1965-2001, he founded and served as chairman and CEO of Sheldon Good & Company, the real estate auction and commercial brokerage firm which he successfully managed until he sold it to an employee group in 2001.

During his legendary real estate career in which he has generated more than $8 billion in sales, he has gained a reputation for his use of innovative real estate marketing techniques, including the now familiar real estate auction which he introduced in 1970 when he auctioned a chain of fast food stores in downstate Illinois. During the next three decades, he honed the auction technique to successfully market commercial, residential and industrial properties on a national and international scale.

Some of Good’s noteworthy sales in Chicago have included the land under Carson, Pirie, Scott’s former flagship store on State Street (for the Field Museum), the Aragon Ballroom and the Amphitheatre. He also negotiated Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ 20-year lease for the Pump Room restaurant and auctioned such well-known properties as Maine North High School, Des Plaines, the remaining land in the Union Stockyards,11 Goldblatt’s department stores and the office building at 8 S. Michigan Ave.

Good was selected as “One of Chicago’s 25 Most Influential Realtors During the Past Century” in the Chicago Association of REALTORS’ (CAR) book, “Dreams, Money and Ambition: A History of Real Estate in Chicago,” and was inducted into CAR’s Hall of Fame. He has served as past president of CAR, chairman of its Hall of Fame selection committee and founder of CAR’s Education Foundation for which he raised more than $1 million. On a national level, he is a past chairman and co-founder of the National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute (CCIM), chaired NAR’s Real Estate Auction Committee and received NAR’s Richard W. Dewees Memorial Award for unparalleled leadership and service.

Active in many civic and charitable organizations as well, Good has raised more than $30 million for non-profits. He is past president of the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation (GIRF) at the University of Chicago and raised some $15 million for the University’s Bernard Mitchell Hospital. He also chaired the Real Estate Division of the Crusade of Mercy and continues to serve as a senior director of the 100 Club of Chicago which benefits families of fallen Chicago police officers and fire fighters. (Good joined the Club’s Board in 1973.)

Good earned his B.S. degree (1955) in Marketing and Urban Land Economics from the College of Business at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to receiving the U of I Alumni Achievement Award, he also received U of I’s Chicago Illini of the Year Award and AEPi’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

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