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NGKF’s Elise Couston, SIOR, Honored by Chicago SIOR with Prestigious Award

Chicago, IL (01/06/2017)

2:00 PM

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is pleased to announce that Elise Couston, SIOR, and senior managing director in the firm's Chicago office, was awarded the 2016 Richard G. Levy President's award from The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). The prestigious award was given during the Chapter's holiday luncheon, held at The Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois.

The Richard G. Levy President's award is presented each year and recognizes someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the industry, fellow members and their community. The recipient is someone that sets an example in their business dealings of excellence, integrity and professionalism. Ms. Couston, 2014 SIOR Chicago Chapter President, received the award for her positive, meaningful and substantial impact on the commercial real estate industry in the Chicago market for many years.

"I am honored and humbled to have received this award from SIOR," said Ms. Couston. "It's an even greater honor to be placed in the same ranks as those of the past honorees, all of whom have made important contributions to our industry, colleagues and friends."

Ms. Couston has 33 years of experience in industrial and commercial sales, leasing, business park development and build-to-suit projects, as well as marketing expertise. Often recognized for her career achievements, Ms. Couston was most recently named amongst Bisnow's 2014 Top 50 Power Women in Chicago and was awarded the 2014 Largest Land Transaction with a Platinum Sponsor award from the Chicago Chapter of SIOR. She has also been inducted into Midwest Real Estate News' Hall of Fame and received the SIOR Largest Industrial Transaction Award nationally and locally.

Ms. Couston served as the 2014 SIOR Chicago Chapter President, is a past president of AIRE, and is a member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women). She writes the Industrial Insider column for Chicago Industrial Properties.

About the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR, www.sior.com) is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation. Individuals who earn their SIOR designation adhere to the highest levels of accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry's top professionals qualify for the SIOR. Today, there are 3,000 SIOR members in 630 markets in 29 countries.

About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NGKF's 14,100 professionals operate from more than 400 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.

With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF's strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. NGKF's full-service platform comprises BGC's real estate services segment, offering commercial real estate tenants, landlords, investors and developers a wide range of services including leasing; capital markets services, including investment sales, debt placement, appraisal, and valuation services; commercial mortgage brokerage services; as well as corporate advisory services, consulting, project and development management, and property and corporate facilities management services. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.

NGKF is a part of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. BGC's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP). BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA). BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit http://www.bgcpartners.com/.