MIAMI - The Latin Builders Association® (LBA), the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States, recognized Miami-based real estate development firm Newgard Development Group with the 2013 “Developer of the Year” award. The annual awards program, which is nominated and voted on by fellow LBA members and colleagues, honors stand-out companies and leaders within various industries that have made a significant impact on South Florida’s business community.

Marc S. Coleman, senior vice president of construction for Newgard Development Group, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf at the 33rd Annual 2013 LBA Awards Celebration, which was held on September 27, 2013 at the Hilton Downtown Miami.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from such a well-respected and admired organization such as the Latin Builders Association,” said Mr. Coleman. “This award serves as a reflection of our firm’s dedication and commitment to developing forward-thinking, innovative, top-quality projects in South Florida that offer the best in location, amenities, and design.”

Newgard’s latest achievements under founder Harvey Hernandez’s visionary approach include the 374-unit BrickellHouse luxury condominium, which kick-started Miami’s current real estate cycle when it launched in the upscale Brickell Financial District in late 2011. Most recently Newgard launched the 352-unit Centro condominium, which will rise in the heart of Downtown Miami and has garnered widespread interest for its urbanistic elements, such as its loft-style units, pedestrian-friendly location, partnership with the Car2Go vehicle-sharing program, and contemporary designs by celebrity designer and social entrepreneur Yves Béhar.

Established in 1971, The Latin Builders Association is a non-profit organization that encompasses a vast array of individuals and companies related to South Florida’s vibrant construction industry. With more than 750 member companies, the organization embodies the interests of builders, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and tradesmen, providing a vital forum for discussion, networking, training/development, and representation at the local and state levels.