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Kicking the Year Off

Kicking the Year Off

While I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, probably because of my inability to keep them, I do love themes. You can build a plan and rally a group of people around a theme.  A resolution is inflexible and individualistic. And as I’ve proven time and again, often unrealistically achievable. A theme is a […]

Where Are the CRE Property Management Thought Leaders?

Where Are the CRE Property Management Thought Leaders?

An APB (all-points bulletin) is urgently needed for commercial real estate (CRE) property management thought leaders on the Web. They’re currently missing from the front lines of the property operations conversation taking place online – and that’s a problem. I have some ideas as to the reasons why this is the case, but before I go into […]

BOMA 2016 Recap: Insight, Education, Conversation, and a Boat Cruise

BOMA 2016 Recap: Insight, Education, Conversation, and a Boat Cruise

In reflecting on our 14th BOMA Conference attended (where does the time go?) , it was interesting to think back to our first show (Chicago 2002?) and how much has changed as well as how much has stayed the same. For you Francophiles out there, that’s – plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Although […]

Things Tenants Want to Tell You, But Won't

Things Tenants Want to Tell You, But Won’t

From my early teens, through college and for the first stage of my professional career, I worked primarily in the hospitality industry. Restaurants, bars, and hotels. – Ok, I may have actually spent more time in bars than working in them, but those are stories for another day. The hospitality industry is a terrific training […]

The Link Between Happy Tenants and a Service Delivery Program

The Link Between Happy Tenants and a Service Delivery Program

If you ask property management professionals whether they have a service delivery program, the answer is invariably something along the lines of “of course we do.” If you dig a little deeper and ask about the composition of that program, the responses are more varied in terms of detail and consistency. People will often talk […]

We've Seen the Future of CRE Tech in 2016 and it's Still Bright!

We’ve Seen the Future of CRE Tech in 2016 and it’s Still Bright!

2015 was certainly an exciting year, highlighted by continued investment  in new commercial real estate technology (CRE Tech) firms, as well as B Rounds in a number of companies funded in the previous several years earlier. This seems to indicate continued investor belief in the market’s appetite, and the need for technology products and services […]

The Act of Giving, and CRE

The Act of Giving, and CRE

That’s the Spirit! We’ve written in the past about the generosity of the commercial real estate industry (Why Giving Back is Good for Business,) and it’s never more apparent than during the holiday season. Walk into any office building and you’ll see Toy’s for Tot’s collections bins, Coat and Clothing Drives for the Homeless, Food […]

Software is Eating Real Estate!

Software is Eating Real Estate!

There has been an unmistakable clamor over the past few years regarding the use and application of technology in all aspects of commercial real estate. From discussion panels, blog posts, social media conversations to the creation of standalone “technology spaces,” it seems that every major legacy industry conference has dedicated a large amount of time, […]

Collaboration in Full Effect at Building Engines Client Summit

Collaboration in Full Effect at Building Engines Client Summit

I’m just back from our Executive Advisory Board Client Summit held in Atlanta this week and reflecting a bit on the many conversations and takeaways from an intense and exciting couple of days. The format we prepared included the usual items for these types of events such as product road map reviews, infrastructure and technology […]

Q&A with the Founder & CEO of Aquicore, Logan Soya

Q&A with the Founder & CEO of Aquicore, Logan Soya

Read Part 1 of 3 Here As I mention in my previous post, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Logan Soya over the past year through conversations our firms have had about how we might work together to provide additional value to some of our mutual clients. I’ve also had the opportunity to […]

New Year, New Focus at the Asset & Property Management Symposium

New Year, New Focus at the Asset & Property Management Symposium

The very well-attended 2015 IREM Asset & Property Management Symposium took place last week in San Francisco in the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom located in the equally impressive beaux-arts style Merchants Exchange Building deigned by Daniel Burnham. I was able to participate again this year as a panelist on the Operations / Trends Power Panel […]

Q&A with the Founder & CEO of Aquicore, Logan Soya – Part 1 of 3

Q&A with the Founder & CEO of Aquicore, Logan Soya – Part 1 of 3

I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Logan Soya over the past year through conversations our firms have had about how we might work together to provide additional value to some of our mutual clients. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet a number of his terrific team members at a variety of industry […]

A "Fitbit for Your Building"

A “Fitbit for Your Building”

I didn’t fully know what to expect when we launched our CRE Tech Talks podcast series earlier this year.  I wasn’t completely sure if we’d find enough people interested in participating, or of course, whether anyone would really want to listen. Like most things, you don’t really know until you give it a try.  And […]

Market Swings, Coffee & Tenant Communications

Market Swings, Coffee & Tenant Communications

Even if you don’t ordinarily pay much attention to stock market news, you’d be hard pressed to have avoided it this week. And if you’re like me and have family members (read: mothers and work-age children) who depend on you for guidance, or turn to you in fear or to vent, then you’ve probably had […]

Assessing Your Approach to CRE Customer Service

Assessing Your Approach to CRE Customer Service

It’s a pretty safe bet that every company, regardless of what they sell, makes extravagant claims of the customer service they offer. “Best in the business” is a claim we have all heard, or made. “We deliver crappy customer service,” said no salesperson ever!