Inland Real Estate Group Chairman and CEO Daniel L. Goodwin was named the winner of a gold Stevie Award as the Executive of the Year — Real Estate category for The 14th Annual American Business Awards.
Goodwin was recognized for his leadership, ethical business practices and philanthropic endeavors.
The American Business Awards
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year and Marketing Campaign of the Year, among others.
More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.
Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and CEO, Inland Real Estate Group
Daniel L. Goodwin is Chairman and CEO of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., headquartered on a 28-acre campus in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies specializes in creating, developing and supporting separate real estate investment and financial Inland member companies. Inland has owned and managed 100’s of millions of square feet of commercial property in all real estate sectors, including Retail, Office, Industrial and Apartments, in 49 states. With more than 45 years of experience in real estate investing, commercial real estate brokerage, real estate securities, land development, construction and mortgage banking and lending, Inland is one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate and finance groups. Mr. Goodwin is the former Chairman of the Board and a current Director of Inland Real Estate Corporation (IRC), a public company listed on the NYSE. In addition, he is the founder of the Retail Properties of America REIT, which is also listed on the NYSE as RPAI. He is also Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Trusts (NAREIT) Non-traded REIT Council. In addition, Mr. Goodwin is Chairman of the Board of Inland Bancorp, a multi-bank holding company, and is a director of the Chicago Better Government Association. Mr. Goodwin has been in the real estate industry for more than 40 years, and has demonstrated a lifelong interest in housing related issues. He has developed thousands of housing units in the Midwest, New England, Florida and the Southwest. He is also the author of two nationally recognized real estate reference books for the management of multi-family residential properties. Mr. Goodwin served for 10 years on the Board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Trust Fund. He was an advisor for the Office of Housing Coordination Services of the State of Illinois and was a founding member of the Illinois State Affordable Housing Conference. He also completed the definitive DuPage County Affordable Housing Study as Chairman of the DuPage County Affordable Housing Task Force. In 1994, Mr. Goodwin founded New Directions Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing for low income residents throughout Illinois. Mr. Goodwin’s passionate focus on ethics in business led to The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies winning the coveted Better Business Bureau Annual Ethics Award twice in the last four years out of 1,700 nominees. Mr. Goodwin was appointed to the Board of the DuPage Airport Authority in November 2002 and elected Chairman in January 2003. Prior to his appointment, the Airport suffered annual operating losses and was $26 million in debt. Since his appointment, operating losses were turned into operating profits, all airport debt was repaid, and for the first time, the government-owned airport is debt free. The property tax levy was reduced from $18 million to $6 million, and the Airport has recently been rebating $1 million back to the taxpayers. The Gruen, Gruen & Associates Economic Impact Study showed that the DuPage Airport now generates over $106 million in income annually for the surrounding area.