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First Black Alvin B. Cates Award Recipients

By September 29, 2021No Comments



Award presented by the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® since 1937

ATLANTA, GA – Principals at T. Dallas Smith & Company (TDS&Co), the largest African American-owned pure tenant representation commercial real estate firm in the country became the first African American realtors to receive the Alvin B. Cates Award, one of the most prestigious annual awards offered by the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®. In the annual award’s history dating back to 1937, this is the first time brokers representing a Black firm have received it. 

The Alvin B. Cates Award is presented annually to the broker who best fulfills the criteria to exemplify a commercial transaction considered to be extraordinary. TDS&Co principals T. Dallas Smith, Dexter Warrior, Leonte Benton, Corey Ferguson and Cedric Matheny were selected for bringing Microsoft to a full two-story building (523,000 sf) lease at Atlantic Yards. This accomplishment was the largest post-pandemic office deal in the United States for six months in 2020 and remains the second-largest office lease deal for the entire year.  

“To receive this award is in itself an incredible honor,” stated T. Dallas Smith, president and CEO at T. Dallas Smith & Company. “Receiving it as a team and being able to stand as examples, specifically for African Americans, of what can be achieved in commercial real estate brings another level of pride.” 

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About T. Dallas Smith & Company  

 Dallas Smith & Company, LLC (TDS&Co) is the largest African American owned pure tenant representation commercial real estate brokerage firm in the country. Founded in 2007, brokers at the firm have more than 150 years of collective commercial real estate experience.  TDS&Co is based in Atlanta, GA with real estate interests that span the country. Brokers have completed more than $16 billion in commercial real estate transactions across the United States. Learn more about T. Dallas Smith & Company at