MIAMI, FL, August 29, 2012 - The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to The Graham Family, present and past, at an awards dinner and ceremony on August 29th at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
The Graham Family was selected for this prestigious award in recognition of the family’s 80 years of community development in South Florida, especially their work in Miami Lakes. This year, the town of Miami Lakes also marks its 50th Anniversary since being founded by the Graham Family. Former United States senator and Florida governor Bob Graham accepted the award on behalf of the family.
District Council Chair Eric D. Swanson stated that the Graham Family “has dedicated itself to creating quality, sustainable community that exemplifies the true live, work and play development concept." As 2012s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the Graham Family joins other South Florida real estate notables Armando Codina, Tibor Hollo, Terry Stiles, Chuck Cobb and Jorge Perez in receiving this award.
During the 1920s Ernest “Cap” Graham, a sugar cane and dairy farmer, planted the family’s roots in Miami Dade County. His children, most notably sons Philip, Bill and Bob, were early believers in planned communities, launching their first development company in the 1950s and utilized the family lands as their foundation. From the beginning, progressive land planning and landscape architecture were hallmarks of Graham developments, when few others knew the meaning of the terms. The Graham Family’s stewardship of their company and the community of Miami Lakes is an enviable success model, which has been written about in many national publications, including both academic writings and business articles.
About The Urban Land Institute (ULI)
UlI is a non-profit research and education organization supported by its 30,000 embers worldwide. Members represent the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in both private enterprise and public service. The ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council encompasses the seven counties along Florida east coast from Indian River through Monroe Counties, as well as the Caribbean.