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Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers
9 minutes | 5 years ago
Ep 37 - Featured Episode 4: Top 10 lessons learned from CRE Elite
Through my podcast Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers, I’ve spent a year talking to some of the best and brightest commercial real estate brokers in the country. To date, I’ve interviewed over 35 top men and women in the industry sharing best practices, techniques, resources, stories and more. And as an active commercial real estate broker, I realized that I just took a year of graduate studies with the best professors in the country. One of my last guests, Bo Baron, challenged me to come up with a top-10 list of lessons. I thought that was a great idea and spent some time revisiting each episode. So here are my personal top-10 lessons from a year studying the craft through the country’s Elite (and one Canadian Paul Eric Poitras).
38 minutes | 5 years ago
Ep 36 - North Dakota: Cutting out the "noise" with Jill Duemeland
In this week's episode of Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers I visit North Dakota and talk to Jill Duemeland, a fourth generation of Duemelands Commercial. At Duemelands, Jill specializes in tenant and landlord representation and sale and leasing of industrial, medical, and retail properties in Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota; South Dakota; and Minnesota. Jill earned her CCIM designation at the age of 26 and is also an active member of NAR and ICSC. In 2009, Jill was invited to become a member of Vistage International, a chief executive organization. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in real estate from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and is licensed in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. In 2010, Jill received the honor of being listed as a Rising Star by CCIM Institute and in 2009 Jill received the distinction of being listed in North Dakota Business Watch's List 40 under 40. And i first learned about her through Rod Santomassimo's great book Broker's Who Dominate. I am extremely impressed by Jill. She obviously has the business in her blood. But she also took great strides to create her path. In fact, she promotes moving away and working outside of the family at the onset of her career as one of the best things she did starting out. She also stresses delegation when trying to balance between brokerage, firm presidency and mostly maternity leave! What struck me most in this interview is Jill's efforts to "cut out the noise". Our business is all about focus and she shares several techniques and anecdotes on the importance of this concept. We also touched upon pushing your clients respectfully but confidently as we are the market expert, not the client. Among a lot of other great tips, she also suggested tracking lessons learned from each deal and discussing them as a team or firm. Jill is a talented and hard working broker. I enjoyed this talk and hope you do as well.
36 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 35 - New Mexico: Valuing the small deals with Dave Hill
In this week's episode of Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers I visit New Mexico and talk to Dave Hill the Director of NAI Maestas & Ward in Albuquerque. Dave is a rare story in that he transitioned into CRE relatively late after 13 years as a sales engineer for a large corporation. Interestingly, from there, he got his start at a small boutique CRE shop. And in the course of our talk he is able to, in hindsight, explain the positives and negatives of that opportunity. But one absolutely vital thing he did when he switched gears was 100% commit. He quit his job and worked like an animal to make his brokerage career work. And it paid off. He was able to leverage a great mentor relationship and over the years has become one of the most respected brokers in his market. In fact, he was named the 2013 New Mexico Commercial Realtor of the Year. Dave and I really connected when we discussed the benefits of cooperative brokerage and networking within the brokerage community as hard as you do outside of it. And we moved on to discuss the importance of community involvement, and finding a niche that you genuinely will enjoy. It resonated with me as I'm struggling with taking on too much of late. I need to cut what I'm not truly passionate about. One of the most important takeaways from this interview, for me, was Dave's emphasis on valuing the small deals. You can grow with the smallest of clients and you never know what a business can become. There are some really great nuggets of advice in this interview, I hope you enjoy it.
39 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 34 - Kentucky: "Moving the needle" with Bo Barron
In this week's episode of Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers I visit the great state of Kentucky and talk to a fascinating CRE expert in Bo Barron. Bo's got a pretty cool story. He served five years in the Marine Corps and then rolled into the business as a 3rd generation commercial broker in his market. He spent over 10 years in the field as a broker, owner, and corporate executive with Sperry Van Ness. He then transitioned into commercial brokerage coaching through The Massimo Group who's founder, Rod Santomassimo, I had the pleasure of interviewing in CRE Elite Episode 22. The passion Bo has for coaching comes through loud and clear in this talk. And I appreciated his comment about how too many brokers approach this business like a hobby. This work deserves to be treated like what it is, a business. Your own business. We then spent a bit of time talking about Bo's experience working with his father and how, as a new broker, what it was like to be "afraid of the phone" and the lessons he learned in humility and truly earning the title of an expert. Bo mentioned "moving the needle" a couple times in this talk. And that's what he's all about, focusing on best practices and figuring out ways to impact the market and do your job the right way. Maybe I've said this before because I just get so excited about each of this interviews, but this is such a valuable talk. And towards the end of the interview Bo dropped one of my absolutely favorite lines since starting this show. He said, "Emotions dropped out of school in 3rd grade and they're stupid". Listen to it in the context of our talk and you see how wise that comment is and how you can apply it to your own practice. Anyways, I'm obviously a fan so I hope you enjoy this talk as much as I did.
38 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 33 - Michigan: "The big picture" with Kurt Kunst
In this week's episode of Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers I visit Grand Rapids, Michigan and talk to Kurt Kunst a broker and partner at NAI Wisinski. Kurt began his real estate career in 1997. He is a SIOR and a CCIM designee that, having explored those programs on this show and in real life, I can tell you makes him an expert in the field. Kurt’s got a pretty cool story in that he took a very roundabout way towards his commercial brokerage career. In fact, he made the “leap” with 2 young kids in tow and little to no experience or background in CRE at the age of 24. So it was certainly an interesting journey. Kurt and I cover a lot of interesting ground in this talk including “roof-top marketing”, prospecting ideas, a best practice on your listings, the importance of having structure to your days and a tip on referral partners. Kurt also tells a great story about encouraging his client to focus on the big picture when closing a deal. It stuck with me because I’m going through something similar right now where we’re fighting over a measly $15,000. I need to push all parties to focus on the long-term benefits of the deal, not on the present value of $15,000 on a near-million dollar deal. And, I just have to say, that I asked Kurt what is the most important personality trait a successful commercial real estate broker, and the answer he gave is genuinely my favorite one I’ve heard so far and something I will endeavor to implement myself. Listen guys, this is a fun episode I hope you get a lot of out it, I sure did…
31 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 32 - Nebraska: "Try one more time" with Bryan Hartmann
In this week's episode of Commercial Real Estate Elite: Broker to Brokers I visit Omaha, Nebraska and speak with Bryan Hartmann the Senior Vice President of NAI NP Dodge. Bryan has over 15 years of experience in real estate. His experience includes residential and commercial land development, commercial development, investment sales, and office leasing. Bryan earned the distinguished title of Top Producing Broker at NAI NP Dodge in 2011, 2012 and 2014. I was particularly interested in speaking to Bryan given his extensive experience in land sales and development. A recurring theme on my show this year has been a lack of inventory and Bryan and I discuss just that. The lack of building over the last 10 years has led to a dramatic strain on available space in certain markets and sectors. I've seen it locally here in Maine and Bryan's going through the same thing. People think low vacancy rates are a good sign for the economy and maybe that's so. All I know is that it's actually inhbiting deals as I struggle to find new and larger locations for my clients. Bryan and I also discussed how he's leveraged his past experiences as a developer in understanding his clients needs as well as lenders, he explains the importance of not trying to "dabble" in residential or commercial real estate (do one or the other - tough to do both), and I was thrilled to hear Bryan's highlighted marketing tip - personalized newsletters. It's something I've implemented successfully in Maine and found very effective. We also covered the importance of persistence. In his words, "Try one more time" on that tough deal. Lastly, I drop a nugget about why I love when my competition forwards my emails... Enjoy guys!
40 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 31 - Canada: "To list is to last" with Paul-Eric Poitras
Bonjour everyone, in this week's episode of Commercial Real Estate Elite because we’re going international, all the way to Montreal, Canada. I was referred to an incredibly passionate and talented commercial real estate broker named Paul-Eric Poitras. I don’t usually quote company bios, but I liked this one and based off my talk with him, it really describes Paul-Eric well, “Paul-Éric is an industry veteran, a man of action, and a devoted father. He has excelled in commercial real estate since 1990. Over the years, he has earned the respect of his clients, colleagues and collaborators thanks to his professionalism, leadership, rigor and efficiency. As soon as he finished his studies, he jumped in with both feet and let his passion for real estate lead the way. An accomplished athlete, he is always up for new challenges and actively seeks out opportunities to surpass himself—a quality that comes through in his work where he does everything he can to reach his clients’ objectives, and to do it quickly and efficiently. As Team Leader of the Poitras Team, Paul-Éric brings his in-depth knowledge of the market and its trends to all his clients. He loves what he does and is committed to offering his clients a smooth and unique real estate experience.” Now, about today’s show, Paul-Eric was an awesome quest. His energy and love of the industry just oozes in this interview. He dropped some incredible tips and his quote early on, “to list is to last” really resonated with me as that’s been my personal mantra locally for the last year or two. We cover how he advanced early on, best practices in marketing materials, what apple trees have to do with real estate, of course Wayne Gretzky get’s mentioned, we had some fun and just killed this talk. Paul-Eric shot me an email after our talk and said, “sorry, I get fired up about this shit” and I loved that. The dude loves the biz and got on a roll and I just let him go… Paul-Eric, no apologies necessary, Thank you sir and to my audience, enjoy this show as much as I did.
44 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 30 - Oregon: Andie Edmonds, not "one of the boys"
In this week’s CRE Elite, I visit the state of Oregon and talk to Andie Edmonds, a Partner and Principle Broker at NAI Aris out of Bend. Andie’s background in finance and real estate investing provides a unique combination of experience that enables her to offer thorough, on-target services for her clients. With a deep transaction history and a CCIM designation, Andie is a recognized expert in her market. Andie serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter of CCIM. Andie is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration-Finance. Andie is the Chairwoman of the Family Access Network Foundation Board of Directors and also spends time volunteering with Bethlehem Inn and Central Oregon Junior Golf Association. This was a fun talk and I was pleased to get right back in the swing of things, as it’s been a few months since I’ve conducted an interview. Andie proved to be a perfect guest and we cover a lot of ground. I really enjoyed her featured transaction story for which she was recognized by CCIM, it’s see why. I also appreciated her candor and perspective when I asked her about being a successful female broker in our largely male dominated industry. There’s a lot going on in this talk and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy!
4 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 29 - What's Up? A message from host Justin Lamontagne
“What’s Up?” is the the general question I’ve received often in the last few weeks and months. I greatly appreciate the emails and calls I’ve received asking why CRE Elite seemingly shut-down out of the blue in February. Well, there are two reasons....
25 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 28 - Oklahoma: Multi-family brokerage the right way with Melanie Richardson
In this week’s CRE Elite, I visit the state of Oklahoma and talk to Melanie Richardson, the Executive Vice President of First Commercial in Tulsa, OK. Melanie is a multi-family specialist with a background in Property Management and Customer Service. She assists Buyers and Sellers throughout the state of Oklahoma and several other mid-west markets. Melanie is very involved in her local REALTOR associations which we discuss and has chaired several state committees and has been recognized by here peers throughout the state as a result. I was interested in talking with Melanie for a couple of reasons. One, her standing as a well known and respected Realtor in her state. And two, her specialization in multi-families is something that I haven’t spent a lot of time on during my shows. It’s clear she does real estate the right way by leading with her clients interests first and foremost. I also really appreciate her focus on persistence. In fact, she gives a great quote towards the end “No really means not yet” is one of my personal favorites so far. Enjoy!
42 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 27 - Utah: Committing to "deliverability" and more with Mark Jensen
In this week’s CRE Elite, I visit the state of Utah and talk to Mark Jensen, the Senior Vice President of Investment Sales for the Newmark Grubb Akers office in Salt Lake City. Mark is a top producing investment broker with 10 years experience in the field. He is a member of the national Newmark Grubb Alliance Capital Markets Team and has closed over $350 million in commercial transactions since 2004. While he has experience and real time activity in all CRE sectors, Mark has sold over 2,000 apartment units in the past five years alone and that’s really his sweet spot. Mark has become a standout in the industry due to his focus on the best interest of his clients’ and he is fun to do business with and I really picked up on that during the course of our talk. We really had a lot of fun, ranging from his balance between work and family, to his investment sales strategies in marketing and networking, he describes what may very well be the “perfect” deal, he tells a great story about how he landed one of his most important clients, we spend some time talking about his own website where he features blogs, videos and white paper studies on his market. He highlights the importance of understanding the concept of an Exit Strategy and we break down a broker’s responsibility for “deliverability” and what that means. It’s an interesting discussion and concept and this whole show really delivered. It’s one of my longer episodes but well worth every minute. Enjoy!
38 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 26 - Iowa: Understanding your network's width vs. depth and more with Tyler Dingel
In this week’s episode I visit the state of Iowa and talk to a rising... actually... make that a risen star in Tyler Dingel of CBRE / Hubble in Des Moines. Tyler is recognized in the greater Des Moines community as a leading broker in the retail and investment markets. Over his nine year career at CBRE|Hubbell Commercial, he has been involved in selling and leasing of over $300 million in real estate transactions. He has also been recognized among the top 30 retail performers across the Americas as well as one of the top ten retail performers in CBRE’s central United States region. Dingel received the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association (ICREA) Broker of the Year award in 2013, Deal of the Year award in 2010 and Rising Star Award in 2008. Tyler and I dive into some really interesting things here – we go over good moves and bad moves as you’re just getting started, Tyler describes the difference between width versus depth of your professional network, which I really found interesting, we discuss family, some business resources and tell a couple cool anecdotes. This one’s got it all…. I hope you like it.
37 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 25 - Georgia: A talk with Michael Bull, broker and host of the CRE Show
In this week’s episode, I am honored to have Michael Bull join me. Michael is, of course, the host of the Commercial Real Estate Show - a top-ranked radio show and podcast. He's also an extremely successful broker and currently the CEO of Bull Realty based in Atlanta, Georgia. I was so excited about the opportunity to talk to Michael specifically about his brokerage career. He obviously wears so many hats as CEO, broker, coach, consultant and radio host I got a kick out of asking him to think back on his much simpler brokerage days. You can tell in this conversation it’s the love of the deal that still drives him, he is very much a broker at heart, despite his many other responsibilities. We covered a lot of ground in this talk as Michael shared some of the philosophies he’s built his firm around, some early missteps he took as a young broker, he shares some really interesting insight into what he’s looking for when hiring new brokers, we discuss his show and the many resources that come with that. His overall love of the industry we’re all so lucky to work within is really inspiring… and it got me pretty pumped up to close some deals! Anyways, this is certainly one of my favorite show’s that I ‘ve done. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
33 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 24 - Virginia: Telling your listings' "story" and more with Carter Byrnes
In this week’s episode, I visit Virginia and speak with Carter Byrnes. Carter is a First Vice President at Tyson's Corner CBRE office in McLean, Virginia. Carter has over 13 years of real estate experience in Virginia, he has specialized in both landlord and tenant representation and concentrates on several markets outside of the Beltway. He has negotiated over 2.1 Million square feet of lease and sale transactions with an aggregate value of over $340 Million dollars. Carter specializes in healthcare working landlords and physician groups in developing and executing real estate strategies designed to achieve their occupancy and management objectives. During our conversation, we cover a lot of great stuff here. He tells a couple really interesting transactional stories, he shares some incredible resources that I’d never heard of and we wrap up with some really strong advice for newer brokers. Enjoy!
34 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 23 - South Dakota: No substitute for hard work with Nick Gustafson
In this week’s episode I visit South Dakota and talk with an extremely talented and hard working broker named Nick Gustafson, a principal at Bender Commercial Real Estate in Sioux Falls. Nick is a ten year veteran commercial real estate broker. Nick started taking real estate classes in his final year at Augustana College and started his brokerage career upon graduation. Applying the phone skills he acquired at his college sales job with Gateway Computer, Nick made thousands of cold calls in his first year in the business, quickly becoming a leading tenant rep broker, honing his deal making skills on small to mid-sized office leases. Nick actively expanded his client base with repeat business and aggressive prospecting. Tenant representation deals led to listings and listings led to an increasing number of commercial building sales. Nick spends the majority of his time working on investment and commercial real estate sales transactions over $500,000. We have a lot in common in that we're both from small markets and started our careers at about the same time. I quickly realized that Nick is driven and focused. While his success, and any of our successes, have a lot of layers and reasons his starts and finishes with one thing... hard work. Enjoy!
33 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 22 - Featured Episode 3: A talk with CRE coach, author & broker Rod Santomassimo
In this week’s episode, I talk with Rod N. Santomassimo the founder and president of The Massimo Group. He’s a CRE broker, coach and author. Rod possesses over 25 years of commercial real estate industry experience, a solid financial background and a proven growth track record that has repeatedly led to increased individual and company revenue. Prior to creating the Massimo Group, Rod served a variety of roles in the commercial real estate industry including broker, owner, manager and executive level management for local, regional and national brokerage organizations. Prior to launching the Massimo Group, Rod was Executive Vice President of Sperry Van Ness where he was responsible the general oversight of the organization’s franchise operations and as well as their training platforms. During the course of this talk, Rod and I discuss his brokerage career, his transition to coaching, his book on CRE brokerage and a lot more. Rod really pumped me up and made me realize how lucky we are to be in our industry. Enjoy!
32 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 21 - Featured Episode 2: Tips from CRE broker and published author Pam Goodwin
Welcome to another Featured Episode of CRE Elite. Today, I have a chance to talk with Pam Goodwin, a CRE broker, owner of Goodwin Commercial Real Estate and published author from the state of Texas. Pam has spent the past 20+ years in commercial real estate working in areas of project management, leasing, tenant coordination, development, and construction. Pam is very active member and a former chair of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR) and Deals in Heels. During the course of our talk, Pam and I discuss the development of her career path, her experience in writing her most recent book, the barriers to entry for females in the CRE industry, and several great resources on the web and otherwise for brokers. Pam wraps up with one of the best pieces of advice I've heard for newer brokers and one that I actually pulled off myself.
39 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 20 - Illinois: Remembering an Elite broker and man with Jim Conrad
Welcome to what I can only call a very special episode of CRE Elite: Broker to Brokers. The state of Illinois lost Charles Wiercinski, a great CRE broker and man, a few weeks ago after a battle with cancer. What follows is my conversation with a broker Chuck mentored, Jim Conrad. Jim is now the managing broker for McLennan Commercial Properties in Park Ridge, IL, a Chicago suburb. Jim has been in the business since 2007 and was named the McLennan Companies Rookie of the Year. He's got experience in all sectors of CRE including property management, property leasing and sales. He was the winner of the '09 CCIM 101 Scholarship and is currently the sales and leasing broker for 25 properties totaling over 500,000 SF.
30 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 19 - New York: Manhattan CRE with Dana Moskowitz
In this week’s CRE Elite Broker to Brokers I visit the one and only Manhattan New York City. I talk to Dana Moskowitz, the President and Principal of Evo Real Estate Group. Dana is a CRE lifer getting started in the business through her dad and extended family. She’s been brokering deals since fresh out of college and, today, is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the company and oversight of the brokerage division. She recently spearheaded the rebranding of the company, the development of a new website, and the relocation of the firm's offices. In addition, Dana is the leasing agent for several properties in Manhattan and is responsible for overseeing capital improvement projects at those buildings. During the course of our discussion we talk about some marketing tips, her experience in leasing and acquisitions in the big city, her referall and networking sources, and she shares a great success story that I think anyone one of us would be proud of. Dana is a real pro and a wonderful guest. I got a lot of out of this interview and I hope you do to. Enjoy.
22 minutes | 6 years ago
Ep 18 - Massachusetts: Teaching CRE and more with Jeremy Cyrier
Today we visit Massachusetts and I talk with Jeremy Cyrier, the President of MANSARD Commercial Real Estate Services focusing on the Greater Boston market. Jeremy founded MANSARD on November 1, 2007. He is a CCIM designee and served as the President of the New England CCIM Chapter in 2011. He is also one of 85 commercial real estate instructors for the CCIM Institute (14,000 members world-wide) where he teaches both the Financial Analysis class and Market Analysis for Commercial Real Estate. This was a really interesting talk for me and I only wish we had more time. Like all my guests, time was tight and he had to hustle getting to an important property tour. But we covered a lot of ground including his thoughts on the importance of a concept called “positioning theory”, we discussed a teaching resource that he actually built, and why Jeremy compares our industry to the subprime lending market… just listen to the end and you’ll get what I’m talking about, it’s an interesting take. I really enjoyed this talk and I hope you do to.
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