Tabone touted as Long Island's Distinguished Business Leader.
The award was presented to Tabone, who has been in the commercial real estate business for 33 years, at a ceremony during the annual black-tie Long Island Real Estate Dinner on April 3, 2008 at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.
Tabone, a former president of CIBS and past winner of the ABLI-CIBS Broker of the Year award, is managing principal and partner in charge of the Melville, NY-based Long Island office of Newmark Knight Frank.
The award was presented by ABLI President Ed Blumenfeld and CIBS President Ray Ruiz. Patrick Foye, chairman (downstate) of the Empire State Development Corp., was the master of ceremonies for the dinner, which attracted 450 industry leaders. Tabone has been instrumental in facilitating countless industrial, office R&D, retail, land and build-to-suit transactions. His clients have included the New York Times, Allied Building Products Inc., Comtech telecommunications Inc. He recently represented Catholic Health Services in signing a long-term lease for 120,000 square feet in Melville.
Tabone began his real estate career in 1975, shortly after graduating from Villanova University, as an unpaid canvasser at Greiner-Maltz. he said he made 24 deals during his first year and worked at the firm for 25 years. He left Greiner-Maltz in 1999 to join NAI/Whitman, which now is known as Newmark.
"I still enjoy showing space and the action of the negotiation," he said.
Tabone is a member of the CIBS Advisory Board and is a former chairman of the organization's ethics committee. In addition, he serves as a board member of the Route 110 Redevelopment Corp. and is on the board of directors of the the Barrier Beach Preservation Association.