The Missouri Growth Association awarded Lee S. Wielansky, non-executive chairman of Brookdale’s Board of Directors, with the Eads Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the state’s real estate and development industry. Wielansky, who received the award on Thursday, June 14, has more than 40 years of commercial real estate investment, management and development experience. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of both the Midland Development Group and Opportunistic Equities. He is also a member of the Strategic Development Board at the University of Missouri’s College of Business.
“This is a spotlight award, given each year to a pioneer in the development industry,” said Megan Werner, executive vice president of the Missouri Growth Association. “Mr. Wielansky is a great example of someone who dedicated his career to real estate development and the advancement of Missouri. He was involved in starting several industry related associations and continues to invest in our state.”
The MGA has presented the award each year since 2004. It is named after James B. Eads, who designed and built the Eads Bridge, which crosses over the Mississippi River connecting the cities of St. Louis and East St. Louis. Werner said past MGA presidents nominated Wielansky for the award and decided quickly and unanimously to present it to him.
“This award means a lot to me, especially coming from a group I highly respect and admire,” Wielansky said. “It’s a great honor to join the talented and inspiring individuals who have received this award in the past. And like them, I’ve done my best to bring businesses to Missouri and help this state grow.”
The Missouri Growth Association supports policies and programs that spur economic growth across business sectors with the goal of creating a strong economy for the state. The association’s membership includes a diverse group of property owners, brokers, managers, developers and companies that provide essential services such as architects, engineers, contractors, attorneys and lenders.