Innovator Award

CEO Michael Toolis receives the Fall 2014 honor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Real Estate program

In September, VOA Chairman & CEO Michael Toolis visited the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison Campus where the UW-Madison Real Estate Club and the Graaskamp Center presented him with the Fall 2014 Innovator Award.

Michael Toolis, Photo by John Sturdy

Michael Toolis, Photo by John Sturdy

The Innovator Award is inspired by the distinguished tradition of the real estate and urban economics program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate prides itself on innovation in teaching, in research and in the positive community impact of its alumni and practitioners.  The Innovator Award honors individuals who embody the innovation embraced by the UW-Madison Real Estate program.

Mike Toolis shared his perspective at the awards ceremony, touching on his upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, the origins of his work ethic, his early years at VOA and his take on the future of architecture and design.

Read a report on the event at University of Wisconsin’s Real Estate blog.

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