DATE: 8th NOVEMBER, 2012
Spot Blue’s David Walker takes on Goldman Sachs ‘Goliath’ for the crown of Turkey’s biggest “supporter”
Founding director of Spot Blue Overseas Property was last night recognised for his on-going commitment to growing Anglo-Turkish trade and business when he was runner up forTurkey’s most “Supportive British” at the prestigious Most Successful Turk Awards (MSTA) inLondon.
Nominations in the “Most Supportive British” category were of an extremely high calibre – Mr Walker was pipped to first place by City banking heavyweight Jim O’Neill, Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and brainchild of the acronym BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), which has come to symbolise the world’s emerging economic powerhouses. According to the MSTA, this particular award recognises “any British individual who supports Turks through his/her work and/or actions and values the relations between theUKandTurkey”. No other property companies were shortlisted.
The Most Successful Turk Awards 2012 are organised by Business Network, a prominent trade organisation that promotes Anglo-Turkish business across all sectors of industry. Guests at the Awards ceremony, which took place on 7th November at Central Hall Westminster, included British MPs and high-standing members of the Turkish government. The Awards judging panel included the Turkish Consul General in theUK, Ahmet Demirok, Chief Commercial Counsellor ofTurkey, Yuksel Akca and Director of International Strategy at TheCityUK, Wayne Evans.
Mr Walker formed Spot Blue Overseas Property in 2003 and, in partnership with his son Julian, has grown the company steadily to its position of leading Turkish property specialist in theUKand English speaking world. Mr Walker also has interests in the commercial property, IT & mining sectors inTurkey.
“The MSTA accolade comes just weeks after Spot Blue received a European Property Award, so it reinforces our commitment toTurkeyas a place to do business, today and long into the future,” said David Walker. “Being up against heavyweights such as Goldman’s Jim O’Neill just shows how Turkey’s snowballing prominence on a global economic level is being recognised more and more by the world’s leading financial institutions as shown by Fitch’s upgrade earlier this week. If I can help add a “T” - forTurkey- on to the end of Jim’s ‘BRIC’ acronym, then I’ll be happy!”
Spot Blue Overseas Property’s long-term commitment to high standards in the property industry is demonstrated by its membership of a range of industry associations, including the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP), Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI – of which David Walker is Vice Chairman, National Association of Estate Agents (incorporating FOPDAC) (NAEA), British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey (BCCT), International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and Confédération Européenne de l’Immobilier (CEI).
To contact David Walker direct, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/businessinturkey