RENE FRANK AWARD
Born in Manheim, Germany, in 1920, he moved with his family to France where he lived from 1933 to 1947. During World War II, he served as an active member of the French Resistance fighting against the Nazis, and he participated in several very dangerous missions. He moved to to the United States of America in 1947 where he lived out the rest of his life. René died at the age of 86 years old in New York City in August of 2006.
René as a man, was an extraordinary World Citizen, who traveled all over the world looking to leave his mark and help others have a better quality of life. He knew how to be happy in all of the countries that he visited. He is characterized for always acting correctly and being kind. He rests knowing that basic values was the model to follow and he was always alignedwith principals related to rights and justice. In the grand scheme of things greatness and justice where always presented as united entities. There was always harmony in doing what was right. René had great clarity and contagious energy that infected anyone who was around him.
As a professional, René was a very successful man, a professional in Real Estate, very well known and respected in the world of real estate in Manhattan. From his German - French origins of his parents, he lived and worked in New York as a very successful real estate broker. He created the Profession for Real Estate at the University of New York, he was ex-president of the World Trade Center y, he also was a permanent member of the "Housing Commission of the United Nations"
Since 1952, he had an active life style in many diverse aspects of the real estate profession becoming the Honorary Vice President of the International Federation of Real Estate Professionals (FIABCI). As the President of the Global Housing Foundation, he created an initiative to collaborate with Habitat from the United Nations.
FuesociodeJean-MarcLevet& Partners, one of the most prestigious real estate companies and property management companies that was founded in 1785 and today is known as Levet & Partnes, a company that is leader in Manhattan and Shangai. He was consumed with being an author on topics related to real estate and his works where recognized widely in the international press. He was also occupied as a consultant of real estate in the State Department in The United States, where his opinion and interest guaranteed him a permanent position in the Congress of the United States.
However, his activities were not only limited to the United States; as a member of FIABCI (International Federation of Real Estate Professionals) he traveled the five continents constantly where he was in endless search of decent living conditions for the citizens of distinct countries. He was even one of the founders of a Scholarship from FIABCI.
After retiring and seeing the poverty in Central American countries he decided to create the Global Housing Foundation, a multilateral iniciative between FIABCI and the United Nations whose mission was to offer housing to homeless all over the world by using resources in the public and private sectors permitting the advancement of projects for the do United Nations Commissions of UNCHS and UNDP.
He saw many coronations in his life of many awards. 2002 Award - Habitat United Nations Honor. FIABCI recognized his works by naming him with the Real Estate Excellence Award, thereby creating the René Frank Award, as the members countries of FECEPAC.
In summary, René Frank left and important legacy to our countries and for this the Chamber of Costa Rican Real Estate (CCCBR) was nominated for this award forms life and yielded homages, the last one of them in life the day June 30, 2006, when him was given its name to the parlors of training of the Company.