Commercial Investment Real Estate Podcast

The name says it all. Commercial Investment Real Estate podcast, the companion to CCIM Institute's quarterly magazine, features leading industry personalities tackling the topics that matter most to commercial real estate professionals today. You'll hear their stories, their insights, and their best practices to inspire, motivate, and make a tangible difference in how you do business. 

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Leveling Up: Life Lessons on Leadership with The CCIM Institute’s Senior Instructor, Bo Barron, CCIM

In a world where the commercial real estate landscape is complex and ever-changing, Bo Barron, CEO of Barron Commercial Group, serves as a trusted guide. Bo understands clients' challenges and opportunities when navigating commercial real estate decisions. As a third-generation leader in the industry, former Marine, and Senior Instructor with The CCIM Institute, Bo is on a mission to empower investors, owners, and those seeking to learn more about commercial real estate. Listen to the podcast now to hear Bo’s journey from Marine to CCIM Designee and how his past has shaped him into the industry leader he is today.

Now Trending: Using LinkedIn to Build Conversation, and Community with Faraz Cheema, CCIM

Faraz Cheema, CCIM, is the Managing Group Principal with Coldwell Banker Commercial Realty. With over 7 years of experience as a financial analyst and 6 years as an asset manager, Faraz has a unique understanding of the investment side of commercial real estate. Recently, Faraz was named top 45 out of 150 LinkedIn influencers in commercial real estate. His approach to social media has garnered thousands of followers in a few short months and has captured a lot of buzz within the industry. Listen to the podcast now to learn how Faraz uses social media to build connections, further his business, and inspire commercial real estate brokers online.

Mastering 8 Mindsets to Guarantee Your Success in the Real Estate Brokerage Business with Greg Fitzgerald, CCIM

Greg Fitzgerald, CCIM, is the founder of Tri-Oak Consulting Group. Fitzgerald jumped into commercial real estate brokerage in two thousand and two out of a strong desire to take charge of his professional destiny. He’s the author of the book “The Broker Success Formula: Mastering 8 Mindsets to Guarantee Your Success in the Real Estate Brokerage Business.” In his book, Fitzgerald introduces 8 key mindsets that when mastered will help you build a sustainable real estate sales business that constantly grows and gives you endless energy, opportunities, and freedom.

Southern California’s Response to COVID-19 with Ryan McKenzie, CCIM

Ryan McKenzie, CCIM, is vice president with Kidder Mathews. A native of Los Angeles, he details the challenges and opportunities in the industrial space following the global pandemic. With low vacancy and persistent demand, the sector remains strong, while McKenzie discusses other pressing topics in CRE like technology, AI, and infrastructure.

Communication Is Crucial in a Dynamic CRE Market with Mark Polon, CCIM

Mark Polon, CCIM, is president of Polon Consulting in Middle Haddam, Conn., and has been an instructor with the CCIM Institute since 1989. He joins the podcast to discuss how professionals can best prepare themselves for success in commercial real estate and how effective communication is an essential tool in this business. An expert in appraisals and valuations, Polon also details what market sectors can expect as we continue to recover from the harshest impacts of COVID-19.

Using Technology to Build Relationships in CRE with Robert Hand, CCIM

Robert Hand, CCIM, is the president of Louisiana Commercial Realty, a New Orleans-based firm that operates in all major commercial sectors. He joins the podcast to discuss the state of CRE in the Louisiana market, which has undergone significant changes due to national economic trends and natural disasters. Hand also details the importance of technology in distinguishing yourself from the competition and how to illustrate your expertise to both existing and potential clients.

Expanding Your Business Through Consulting and Investing with Patricia Lynn, CCIM

Patricia Lynn, CCIM, is the principal/founder of Lynnk, a commercial real estate consultant company, and ExceedCE, a continuing education firm focused on real estate. She joins the podcast to discuss what makes for successful consultants and investors, how to get started with these endeavors, and the importance of lifelong education to business achievement. A CCIM Institute instructor since 1986, Lynn also shares details on her new course, “Building a Commercial Real Estate Consulting or Investing Business,” which helps CRE professionals diversify their revenue streams outside the brokerage model.

The Potential for Big Deals in Smaller Markets with David Wilson, CCIM, VP with Ryan Companies

David Wilson, CCIM, is the Iowa-based vice president of real estate development at Ryan Companies US Inc. and past president of the CCIM Institute. Closing more than $1 billion in transactions for development projects in 15 states, he joins the podcast to outline the opportunities in rural and smaller markets, specifically in the industrial and warehouse sector. Wilson details the challenges in uncertain economic conditions and how cooperation and communication are keys in closing large transactions. He also discusses his activity with the CCIM Institute and the value of giving back to the commercial real estate industry.

Readying CRE Assets for Disaster with CCIM Chief Economist K.C. Conway, CCIM, CRE, MAI

K.C. Conway, CCIM, CRE, MAI, is chief economist for CCIM Institute and principal and cofounder of Red Shoe Economics. He joins the podcast to discuss his latest Commercial Real Estate Insights report, “Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery.” He details how commercial real estate professionals can minimize damage and disruption from disasters — both natural and man-made — through planning, communication, and cooperation.

Taking Stock of the Data Center Boom with Andy Cvengros, SVP with JLL

Andy Cvengros is senior vice president with JLL and a member of the firm’s Technology Solutions Practice. Specializing in acquisition and disposition of heavy infrastructure and data center assets, he joins the podcast to discuss the healthy demand in the sector, challenges in site selection, and how investors and developers can overcome short-term economic headwinds. Cvengros also details opportunities for commercial real estate professionals in secondary and tertiary markets as the sector continues to expand.

REITs Remain Steady Despite Headwinds with Gina Szymanski of AEW Capital Management

Gina Szymanski is director and portfolio manager at AEW Capital Management, one of the world’s largest real estate investment managers with $73.5 billion in assets under management, She joins the podcast to detail sectors with promise, like manufactured housing and industrial, while also acknowledging some economic headwinds that could prove troublesome in 2023.

Optimizing Healthy Buildings with Joanna Frank, president and CEO of CfAD

Joanna Frank is president and CEO of the Center for Active Design, which operates Fitwel, a CDC-developed certification system that emphasizes practical design and operational strategies for buildings and communities to optimize health. She discusses potential improvements in the multifamily sector to improve tenant satisfaction, while limiting owner/operator expenditure. Frank also offers practical advice for CRE professionals who want to improve assets through improved air quality, increased green space, and healthy food options.

The Value and Versatility of 1031 Exchanges with Scott Saunders, SVP with Asset Preservation Inc.

Scott Saunders is senior vice president of Asset Preservation Inc., a prominent national firm that specializes in 1031 exchanges. He joins the podcast to discuss the current state of 1031 exchanges and the immense value they provide to commercial real estate and the national economy as a whole. Saunders also outlines the many uses of 1031s available to CRE professionals and how the industry can leverage such tools in response to the large-scale changes as a result of COVID-19.

Inflation’s Impact on CRE with Martha Peyton, Ph.D., with Aegon Asset Management

Martha Peyton, Ph.D., is managing director and global head real assets research at Aegon Asset Management, where she is responsible for the development and application of research to real asset strategies. She joins the podcast to provide context to all the discussion of inflation. Long considered a hedge against inflation, commercial real estate continues to face challenges in the face of COVID-19 and war in Ukraine, but opportunities are available in all property sectors for smart, knowledgeable investors.

5 Years In, Opportunity Zones Pack Potential with Reid Thomas with JTC Americas

Reid Thomas is chief revenue officer and managing director of JTC Americas, the North American division of JTC Group. He joins the podcast to discuss the continued potential for investment and development in opportunity zones. Five years after the legislation was passed, Thomas shares why it’s still an attractive opportunity for direct investment in underdeveloped and underserved communities. While continued changes could come from Washington, D.C., Thomas sees opportunity zones as a part of commercial real estate that’s here to stay.

Hospitality’s Improving Prospects with Helen Zaver, SVP with Colliers International

Helen Zaver is senior vice president with Colliers International and a member of its National Hospitality Group. She joins the podcast to discuss hospitality’s steady recovery in Year 3 of COVID-19. With leisure travel bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels, she details how business and convention activity may continue to increase, which can mean different experiences for major urban markets versus secondary vacation destinations. Based in Atlanta, Zaver looks at Atlanta and Savannah as a proxy for the sector’s overall health.

Opening Doors in CRE with Nancy Glick, Cofounder of the CRESDA Diversity Initiative

Nancy Glick, COO of Newmark Associates, recently cofounded the Commercial Real Estate Supplier Diversity Alliance (CRESDA) to diversify the supply chains of Fortune 500 companies. She details why such an initiative is vital to the future of CRE, what common obstacles pop up in DE&I efforts, and how the next generation of CRE professionals will change the industry. Glick also shares how COVID-19 has impacted distressed assets — one of her areas of expertise — including how commercial real estate practitioners can best approach potential deals in this sector.

Exploring the ‘E’ in ESG with David Amerikaner the Duane Morris’ Real Estate Practice Group

David Amerikaner is special counsel with the Duane Morris’s Real Estate Practice Group, with a focus on sustainability, land use, project development, and environmental law. He joins the podcast to discuss what commercial real estate is doing in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) arena. Amerikaner details how tenant demand for sustainable practices and shortening ROI on green investment are changing the equation for developers and owners.

Meeting Demand in the Booming Biotech Sector with the Kevin Perry, Principal with HED

Kevin Perry is principal with HED, an architecture design, engineering, and planning firm with eight locations across the U.S. He discusses growing demand in the biotech sector of commercial real estate, noting low vacancy rates and rising rents in primary markets like Boston, San Francisco, and San Diego. Perry details the challenges in site selection for biotech lab and office facilities that come with the sector’s specific infrastructure requirements, while also highlighting the opportunities associated with a growing market.

Multifamily’s Bright Future and Making Affordable Housing Work with Leste Group’s Josh Patinkin

Josh Patinkin is managing director of real estate for Leste Group, a leading global alternative investments platform with more than $280 million in assets undermanagement. He discusses an approach to investment in affordable housing that focuses on a fundamental imbalance in supply and demand that can produce opportunities in various markets, especially those in the Southeast U.S. and Texas. Patinkin also eyes health care and cold storage as CRE markets that pack plenty of potential heading into 2022.

Growing Interest in Land and Manufacturing with National Land Realty’s Ben Crosby, CCIM

Ben Crosby, CCIM, is managing broker with National Land Realty in Florida. A native of the Sunshine State, he advocates for investors and commercial real estate professionals to keep a long-term perspective in examining potential properties, emphasizing population trends and demographics over day-to-day headlines and short-term issues. He sees a bright future for land investment in Florida and throughout the Southeast, while also speculating on what the reshoring of manufacturing could mean good things for the Midwest.

The Retail Rebound in Commercial Real Estate with Coldwell Banker Commercial's Dan Spiegel

Dan Spiegel, managing director at Coldwell Banker Commercial, discusses the retail market’s prospects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While shutdowns and public health restrictions have made life difficult for some retail sectors, demand for investment properties looks to remain strong. Spiegel also emphasizes the available opportunities for CRE professionals who can think creatively and find new solutions.

Tech’s Vital Role in Returning to the Office with Parkside Realty’s Bob Wislow

Bob Wislow, chairman and CEO of Parkside Realty, a boutique real estate venture in Chicago, details the challenges and opportunities in the office sector amid the delta variant of the coronavirus. Wislow discusses his firm’s Fulton East development, a 12-story, 90,000-square-foot office and retail building in the West Loop, a booming work-live-play area in Chicago, and how the property leverages an array of technology to address public health and employee safety concerns. He also highlights aspects of downtown markets to help ensure cities rebound from COVID-19.

Mitigating Leasing Risk in Turbulent Times with Soozi Jones Walker, CCIM, SIOR

Soozi Jones Walker, CCIM, SIOR, is president and broker of Commercial Executives Real Estate Services in Las Vegas. In a market upended by COVID-19, she discusses the challenges faced by industry professionals in lease negotiations, the importance of communication between tenant and landlord, and creative solutions for troubled assets, including adaptive reuse.

Creating Iconic Real Estate Hubs and Innovative Capital Sourcing with Jamestown CEO Matt Bronfman

Matt Bronfman is principal and CEO of Jamestown, a global real estate investment and management company that has completed iconic downtown projects including Chelsea Market in New York, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, and San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. He discusses the secret to the firm’s enduring success throughout its 37-year history, supporting tenants during COVID-19, and strategies for approaching the retail space from a unique perspective. He also details Jamestown’s new direct-to-consumer platform to encourage investment from new sources.

REITs as CRE Emerges from COVID-19 with David Bonser with Hogan Lovells

David Bonser, co-head of Hogan Lovells's global REIT practice, sees a bright future for institutional investment in commercial real estate as the country begins its recovery from COVID-19. He discusses the opportunities and challenges facing REITs in various commercial real estate sectors including office, retail, and industrial. Bonser also examines consolidation in the REIT market, noting what such activity could mean for CRE on the whole.

Environmental improvements and C-PACE in CRE with Randy Eckers, Akerman's Real Estate Practice Group

Randy Eckers, chair of the real estate finance practice for Akerman LLP, wants to raise awareness for the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program or C-PACE. This avenue for financing has plenty of potential for CRE projects aimed at environmental improvements in existing and new properties. Through C-PACE, developers, owners, investors, and operators can access low-cost, long-term, fixed rate upfront financing across CRE markets.

Keys to Overcoming Challenges in Workforce Housing with Sabal’s Pat Jackson

Pat Jackson, founder and CEO of Sabal Capital Partners, a financial services firm focused on investing and lending in workforce housing, knows what it will take to meet growing demand in the multifamily submarket. In this episode, he details the challenges in workforce housing, including tight margins, changing demographics, and aging properties. Jackson also highlights some opportunities for CRE professionals in a post-COVID-19 world.

Last-Mile, Supply Chain, and Infrastructure Solutions with CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway

Armed with new research from the American Society of Civil Engineers, CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway, CCIM, MAI, CRE, dives into the challenges and opportunities associated with last-mile logistics, supply chain, and infrastructure. He also discusses the impact of these factors across property types and the data and considerations needed for commercial real estate professionals to succeed in this environment.

Deloitte’s John D’Angelo Sees AI as an Exciting Technological Development for CRE

Managing director at Deloitte Consulting John D’Angelo specializes in operational transformation in real estate operating companies, investment managers, and service providers. In this episode, he details the vast potential of artificial intelligence, process automation, and the Internet of Things in commercial real estate. These technologies can help leverage data across asset classes to improve decision-making, an especially appealing prospect in responding to COVID-19.

Behind Cold Storage’s Hot Streak in Industrial with JLL Managing Director Tim O’Rourke

Managing Director at JLL, Tim O’Rourke is a team leader for the industrial services group in Los Angeles and a member of JLL’s Supply Chain & Logistics Group. O'Rourke discusses the emergence of cold storage as a strong niche within the robust industrial sector. He also details the important driving factors, including population and production, as well as the impact of infrastructure, ESG, and technology.

Examining Cross-Border CRE Investment with BFIN’s Managing Partner Maggie Coleman: Part 2

In the second of a special two-part series, Maggie Coleman, managing partner with BFIN, where she leads the Private Capital Authority real estate platform, details regional differences in how foreign capital views the U.S. and what different commercial real estate sectors might expect in 2021.

Examining Cross-Border CRE Investment with BFIN’s Managing Partner Maggie Coleman: Part 1

In the first of a special two-part series, Maggie Coleman, managing partner with BFIN, where she leads the Private Capital Authority real estate platform, discusses cross-border commercial real estate investment among global regions and across asset classes.

A Look Inside the Agricultural Real Estate Market with Doug Phillips, Schuil & Associates

Doug Phillips, partner and REALTOR® with Schuil & Associates Real Estate, a firm that specializes in the agricultural land sector, outlines the opportunities and challenges facing the agricultural real estate sector. He talks through the COVID-19 response from farmers, processors, and ranchers, who overcame early disruptions to maintain a food supply chain that saw some hefty spikes in demand. Phillips also discusses how technology is an essential tool for many operators in boosting efficiencies and profit margins.

Hospitality Looks to Build Trust to Overcome COVID-19 with Strategy Consultant Rick Garlick, PhD

Rick Garlick, PhD, vice president of Magid, a leading business strategy company, details how the hospitality industry can rebound from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic by rebuilding trust. He discusses data and metrics available to the travel and leisure sector, which will help commercial real estate professionals anticipate where the market is headed. Garlick also discusses the future of shopping malls and what COVID-19 has done to experiential retail.

Reonomy’s Rich Sarkis on How Data Can Fight Uncertainty in a COVID World

Chief Executive and Founder of Reonomy Rich Sarkis understands the value of data. He discusses how proper data analysis can be an essential tool for commercial real estate professionals looking for opportunity in an economy destabilized by COVID-19.

REIS’s Victor Calanog Breaks Down Recent Research to Help CRE Plan for the Future

Head of Commercial Real Estate Economics for Moody’s Analytics REIS, Victor Calanog, PhD, dives into new research on major commercial real estate sectors. While industrial has weathered the COVID-19 storm, challenges lie ahead in light of shifting demand. Office and retail, meanwhile, face more immediate obstacles as the national economy looks to rebound after shutdowns.

Cautious Optimism for Seniors Housing with Beth Mace, Chief Economist at NIC

Chief Economist at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, Beth Mace details the challenges and opportunities for seniors housing in the wake of the COVID pandemic. The market sector, as she puts it, is a hybrid of multifamily, hospitality, and health care, so investors and operators must be knowledgeable and agile to succeed as demand begins to grow after the initial shutdown.

Planning for Success and Lifetime Learning with CEO and Podcaster Michael Bull, CCIM

Founder and CEO of Bull Realty, Michael Bull, CCIM, has closed more than $6 billion in sales and leases in his 30-year career. He also hosts America's Commercial Real Estate Show, his own podcast where he speaks with leading figures in the industry. In this episode of the Commercial Investment Real Estate podcast, Bull discusses commercial real estate in the COVID-19 world, where he offers insights into how leading professionals can best position themselves for success.

Reopening the COVID-19 Workplace with Cushman & Wakefield’s Despina Katsikakis

Despina Katsikakis, head of occupier business performance at Cushman & Wakefield, details best practices on reopening workplaces, including the firm’s Six Feet Office concept that reinforces social distancing, improves air quality, and optimizes workspace. In addition, she shares how the future of the office sector will be impacted as a result of the pandemic and how commercial real estate professionals can be proactive in their preparations.

Adapting to Disruption in Commercial Real Estate with Blaine Strickland

A 40-year veteran of commercial real estate, Blaine Strickland, CCIM, has succeeded as a broker, manager, consultant, and instructor. Author of the newly published “Adapt,” his second book, he discusses the commercial real estate’s readiness to survive and thrive amid disruptive forces in technology, demographics, and global markets.

Sustainability and Environmental Initiatives in Turbulent Times with GRESB’s Roxana Isaiu

Roxana Isaiu, director of ESG and real estate at GRESB, a leading sustainability benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments across the globe, details how environmental, social, and corporate governance initiatives differ in Europe and North America for commercial real estate. She also outlines how ESG will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CRE Tech Solutions in a COVID-19 World with Michael Beckerman, CEO of CREtech

Michael Beckerman, CEO of CREtech, a leading event, data, and content platform focused on tech in commercial real estate, discusses how technology can help the industry respond to our rapidly changing world. He also shares how the staggering effects of the coronavirus pandemic may actually accelerate the adoption curve for new technologies and boost investment in potential solutions.

Coronavirus and Its Impact on CRE with CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway

In this special episode of the Commercial Investment Real Estate podcast series, CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway discusses the pandemic, how CRE practitioners can weather the storm, and how to future-proof new investments. For an edited excerpt of this episode, read the Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine online exclusive article.

CBRE’s Chairman of Americas Research Spencer Levy on Rent Control in Multifamily

Chairman of Americas research and senior economic advisor for CBRE, Spencer Levy examines rent control measures and their impact on the multifamily market. He outlines how efforts to control price inflation often limit supply and discourage capex. The real solution, Levy argues, lies in updating zoning to accommodate more affordable housing.

CCIM Institute Instructor Alec Pacella on Industrial Growth, Giving Back

Managing partner at NAI PVC in Cleveland and CCIM Institute's 2019 Robert L. Ward Instructor of the Year, Alec Pacella, CCIM, breaks down the industrial sector, the resurgence of Rust Belt cities, and the importance of giving back to the CRE industry.

Skender's CTO Stacy Scopano on Modular Construction, Lean Manufacturing

Chief technology officer with Skender, a Chicago-based construction firm, Stacy Scopano discusses the growing market for prefabricated construction and how to optimize lean manufacturing to save time and money.

Diversity Is Profitable with B+E's Camille Renshaw

CEO and co-founder of B+E, a modern CRE investment brokerage firm, Camille Renshaw, CCIM, outlines how diversity can produce tangible results for a business in this session from the 2019 CCIM Global Conference in San Diego.

Gensler's Darrel Fullbright Talks CRE Impact of 5G and Autonomous Vehicles

The principal and design director for Gensler, a leading global design and architecture firm, Darrel Fullbright, AIA, LEED® GA, discusses how 5G, smart homes, and autonomous vehicles will impact commercial real estate.

2020 CRE Capital Markets with CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway

CCIM Institute chief economist and director of research and corporate engagement at the Alabama Center for Real Estate, K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE, examines the capital markets for 2020, including five pro tips for commercial real estate professionals. Read the full 4Q19/1Q20 Commercial Real Estate Insights report online.

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