Tarah Hamman joins Iconic Design Studio

Tarah Hamman joins Iconic Design Studio

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      PHOENIX, ARIZ. (November 20, 2017) – Iconic Design Studio, a full-service, woman-owned interior design firm, has announced the addition of a new team member. Tarah Hamman joins IDS as a senior interior designer/project manager consultant, according to CEO/Principal Kelli Berry.

Hamman will be responsible for space planning; furniture and fixtures specification; and design document/construction document development.

“Tarah brings the experience of professional level construction document execution and exceptional design application,” Berry said. “I am thrilled she is joining our team.”

Hamman has worked as an interior designer in both residential and commercial interiors as well as in commercial architecture as a project manager. She has successfully completed more than 500 retail projects and more than 100 construction documents for permit, including restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, commercial office spaces, and multi-use facilities.

A native of Phoenix, Hamman attended the Art Institute of Phoenix. She holds a BS and Council for Interior Design Accreditation in interior design.

Hamman is actively involved with industry groups IIDA, USGBC, and SMPS Arizona. She is a LEED Green Associate.



by Nov 20, 2017
‘Tis the season to avoid scams, or don’t let holiday cheers become holiday tears

‘Tis the season to avoid scams, or don’t let holiday cheers become holiday tears

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As we head into the holiday season, it may be a challenge to stay aware of how you can avoid being a victim of various scams and schemes to separate you from your hard-earned money.

While the topics covered may be insurance-focused, you can apply many of these cautions to other kinds of consumer transactions.


Headlines this year have been dominated by the saga of computer system hacks, made more harrowing by the Equifax breach. Insurance companies often consider consumer credit reports to determine whether you are insurable for auto and homeowners/renters insurance.

The best monitor money can buy is your own action to check your credit report on a monthly or quarterly basis. There are a number of free “credit check” report services that report on all three credit reporting organizations: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.

Since most companies accommodate insurance payments on mobile devices, take care where you conduct these transactions.  If you use a public or unsecured Wi-Fi service, you may be unknowingly sharing information with others who will gladly use it to access your information. Use your home Wi-Fi, or a password-protected system that you know has updated security. Avoid using public computers or public Wi-Fi.

Watch your email

One of the easiest ways for your information to be accessed by the “bad guys” is to allow the bad guys into your computer files and past your password-protected firewall. This is called phishing and may occur from what appears to be an innocent and safe email sent to you.

Phishing occurs when “friends” or “companies” that seem familiar to you send email messages but have odd/unfamiliar email addresses, company logos that do not match the email, etc.  As a reminder, neither a respectable company nor a governmental entity will contact you to solicit your personal information without you contacting them first.

Any email that asks or insists that you change your password or personal information through an emailed link should be avoided. If in doubt about an email request, contact the company or governmental agency to confirm that it intended to send you the message.

Too good to be true

These kinds of scams generally deal with special deals or “free” money. Based on a recent search, insurance-related scams have included:

  • Phishing scams related to the recent Anthem insurance cyber attacks and involved “free” credit monitoring if the recipient would provide personal and confidential information.
  • Consumers contacted by contractors who provide “special” discounts to help you navigate insurance claims to recover payment for damage related to recent fire and flood disasters.
  • Fake insurance brokers offering “special” discounted insurance rates. They promise insurance coverage and pocket the premium paid by those deceived into paying.
  • During healthcare insurance open-enrollment periods, a caller or door-to-door salesperson will use the enrollment opportunity to start a conversation that may result in an elder or vulnerable person disclosing credit card or banking information.

If it sounds fantastic, it is probably someone else’s fantasy. Consider some basic steps to protect yourself and your family.

  • Take the time to research. People conducting scams want immediate action to keep you from researching who they are or information about their organization (If it exists). The “special” never existed if you are required to “act immediately.”
  • If you are not sure if a company representative is who they say they are, do your own research to call and confirm that the “offer” is real.  An insurance company offering free credit monitoring because of a breach will have this notice on its website. Operators can also confirm whether the service is available.
  • Confirm the status of any contractor’s license with your local licensing office or your state’s attorney general’s office. Even if the contractor is licensed, ask for references and look at the work if possible. Check with the insurance company handling your claim to see if it has any past dealings with this contractor.
  • Don’t put personal information on public online forums. Information about your birthday, your travel plans, recent purchases (large items) and other personal information provides opportunities for identity theft and phishing.
  • Insurance brokers and agents must be licensed in the states where they do business. If someone is selling insurance, check with your state insurance department or commissioner’s office to confirm that the person is authorized to handle the transaction.
  • Know who you are adding to your social media circle or connection.
  • If you think you are a victim of a scam seek help immediately. There may be a chance to limit the harm or recover money, and you want to discourage others from falling for the same scam.

A word about travel plans

If you plan to travel during the holidays, take a few minutes to secure your residence and its contents. Some travel plans may seem to require travel insurance. You may be interested in this notice from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) before deciding which travel insurance policy to purchase.

The NAIC also has a handy one-page document to address auto rental insurance policies. Even if you have auto insurance coverage, you may find it worthwhile to take a minute to review this information.

By staying diligent and a bit skeptical, we can increase our opportunities for a happy holiday season.

Yvonne R. Hunter is a licensed attorney and the Principal Consultant for YH Strategies, LLC, in Phoenix, Ariz. She serves as a panel member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) handling consumer arbitration issues and as a mediator for similar matters. After a stint with the Arizona Department of Insurance, she learned that many consumers remain unaware of some of the issues associated with insurance products. This blog reflects her opinion and should not be regarded as legal advice. She encourages consumers interested in learning more about their own insurance experience to contact their state department of insurance or insurance commissioner or seek advice from an attorney. If you would like additional information on matters dealing with consumer insurance products, you can reach Yvonne at yrhunteraz@gmail.com

by Nov 19, 2017
BOMA Greater Phoenix elects new officers, board for 2018

BOMA Greater Phoenix elects new officers, board for 2018

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     Phoenix, Ariz. (Nov. 16, 2017) — BOMA Greater Phoenix, the industry group that advances the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence, and knowledge, elected its 2018 officers and board members via electronic vote of its membership.

Darwyn Harp, General Property Manager with Hines, was elected President. He is joined by Vice President Robert Vincent, Cordia Capital Management; Treasurer Jayme Bartholomew, Development Services of America; and Allied Chair Tim Barber, Maintenance Mart.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected as BOMA Greater Phoenix’s next President,” Harp said. “BOMA has vibrant energy, and I want to capitalize on it. My goal is to reach out to prospective members and share our story of the great work BOMA has accomplished and will continue to do.

“With a focus on public policy advocacy, networking, and education, I renew my desire to make BOMA’s name synonymous with excellence in commercial real estate and be the go-to entity for building owners and managers,” Harp said.

Board members for 2018: Colleen Leblanc, ATI Restoration; Gina Rouban, Edge Building Services; Michael Chadwick, ViaWest Group; Julie Martens, CBRE; Melissa Scott, Sunbelt Holdings; Maricela Nunez, LBA Realty; Nate Williams, ProServ; Toni Covington, ABM; Chris Vetter, Transcend Security; and Bruce Coomer, Dircks Moving & Logistics.

BOMA Greater Phoenix wrapped up the year on Nov. 3 by hosting The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards. Each year the TOBYs recognize outstanding performance in buildings and reward excellence in building management.

by Nov 16, 2017
Terracon partner of award-winning project honored by ENR Southwest

Terracon partner of award-winning project honored by ENR Southwest

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     TEMPE, ARIZ.  (November 14, 2017) – The local office of Terracon was a partner of the team that won an ENR Southwest Best Projects Award of Merit for 2016-2017.

McCarthy Building Cos. won the Award of Merit in the Energy/Industrial category for the APS Red Rock Solar Facility. Terracon completed a geotechnical study, pile foundation design, and materials testing for the project.

The presentation was made at the annual Engineering News-Record Southwest awards lunch Nov. 8 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel.

Terracon employees associated with the project were Jesse Huston, PE, who managed the geotechnical study, pile embedment, and soil mix design process; and   Tracy Grover, who managed the materials testing and the production pile testing.

“Terracon has provided design support services and construction oversight on hundreds of solar projects around the United States,” said Grover, Regional Manager for Material Services at Terracon. “It’s always an honor when your project receives an award. We appreciate the opportunity to work with McCarthy and look forward to more award-winning projects in the future.”

The Red Rock facility is APS’ largest solar plant, totaling 400 acres in Pinal County near Casa Grande. The $90 million plant is capable of generating 40 megawatts of power. Arizona State University and PayPal have agreed to purchase renewable energy from APS in an amount equivalent to the energy generated by Red Rock, according to APS.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon has been providing quality engineering services in Arizona since 1992. Terracon currently ranks 30th on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.

by Nov 14, 2017
Industrial sale, State Bar office leases highlight NAI Horizon deals

Industrial sale, State Bar office leases highlight NAI Horizon deals

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (Nov. 13, 2017) – The sale of a Phoenix industrial property and two long-term leases at the State Bar of Arizona building highlight transactions closed recently by NAI Horizon professionals.

Sales transactions:

Jeff Adams negotiated the sale of a 21,400 SF industrial property, representing the buyer, Thronson Enterprises, LLC, for $1.772 million. The property is located at 3324 E. Atlanta Ave., Phoenix, AZ. The seller, 213 Leasing, LLC, represented itself.

Tom Bean, CCIM and Stan Matzinger negotiated the sale of a 7207 SF office property, representing the seller, Cedar Group, LLC, for $775,000. The property is located at 1310 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ.  Kyle Seeger with JLL represented the buyer, TNR Realty, LLC.

Sharon Reeves negotiated the sale of a 3,200 SF retail property, representing the seller, GPVG, Inc., for $540,000. The property is located at 10820 N. 71st Pl., Scottsdale, AZ. Mark Phillips with Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort represented the buyer, Karen Thompson Designs, LLC.

Tom Bean, CCIM and Stan Matzinger negotiated the sale of a 2,956 SF office property, representing the seller, Durkees and Company, LLC, for $457,000. The property is located at 1125 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Wendy Mattern with Keller Williams Commercial, KWRP represented the buyer, Thomas R. Pomeroy and Maria Pomeroy.

Tyler Smith, Troy Giammarco negotiated the sale of a 4,238 SF office property, representing the seller, BHH V, LLC, for $400,000. The property is located at 8801 W. Union Hills Dr., Peoria, AZ.  Monica Kane with United Real Estate Success represented the buyer, Byron D. and Yvonne J. Short.

Sharon Reeves negotiated the sale of a 1,527 SF office property, representing the seller, Perna Properties, LLC, for $300,000. The property is located at 8151 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ.

Lease Transactions:

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the tenant, PF South Mountain, LLC and the landlord, Vahik Sahakian & Sons, LLC, in a 240-month retail lease for 20,350 SF at 2456 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the tenant, JEG-FIT Bell & Reems Rd, LLC in a 120-month retail lease for 27,059 SF at 15569 West Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ.  Brian Gast with Velocity Retail Group represented the landlord, 15601 Bell Road, LLC.

Laurel Lewis and Tom Bean, CCIM represented the landlord, State Bar of Arizona and the tenant, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education in a 10-year office lease for 4,962 SF at 4201 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ.

Tyler Smith represented the landlord, Pacifica Palm Valley Center, L.P. in a 64-month office lease for 3,879 SF at 1626 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ. Tim Whittemore represented the tenant, First American Title Insurance Company.

Tyler Smith represented the landlord, Sunrise Holdings, LLC in a 64-month office lease for 4,000 SF at 14823 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ. Mark Anderson with My Home Group Real Estate, LLC represented the tenant, Driggs Title Agency.

Laurel Lewis and Tom Bean, CCIM represented the landlord, State Bar of Arizona, in a 63-month office lease for 2,878 SF at 4201 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ. Jack Stone with JMS Commercial Real Estate Services represented the tenant, Weight Watchers of Arizona, Inc.

Matt Harper represented the tenant, SRX, LLC in a 75-month retail lease for 2,492 SF at 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., Glendale, AZ. Jeff Teetsel with Development Manager represented the landlord, The New Westgate, LLC.

Tom Bean, CCIM represented the tenant, LyfeBeast in a 38-month office lease for 3,200 SF at 7400 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. Jonathan Leaman with The Mitchell Group/My Home Group represented the landlord, H&S International.

Tyler Smith represented the tenant, Ottawa University and the landlord, Sunrise Holdings, LLC, in a 62-month office lease for 3,687 SF at 14823 W. Bell Rd.

Laurel Lewis represented the tenant, Horizon Home Health Care, in a 40-month office lease renewal for 2,633 SF at 7500 N. Dreamy Draw Dr., Phoenix, AZ.

Tyler Smith represented the landlord, WAM Surprise Limited Partnership, in a 63-month office lease for 1,600 SF at 12691 W. Smokey Dr., Surprise, AZ.  Aaron Kuhl with Medical Office Brokers represented the tenant, Rise Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, LLC.

Matt Harper represented the tenant, Bill’s Custom Frames, LLC, in a 63-month industrial lease for 1,650 SF at 1711 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ. St John/Scott/Moroney with Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Gateway PBP UNI I, LLC.

Rick Foss represented the landlord, Friedman Anthem, LLC in a 38-month ­­­industrial lease for 3,400 SF at 42302 N. Vision Way, Phoenix, AZ.  Arnold Hickey with Re/Max Professionals represented the tenant, DeZaio Productions, Inc.

Laurel Lewis represented the landlord, Damfro, LLC in a 12-month office lease for 2,733 SF at 840 E. McKellips, Mesa, AZ. Luke Walker with CBRE represented the tenant, B + T Group.

Matt Harper represented the tenant, Right Ride, LLC in a 36-month office lease for 1,123 SF at 4480 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale, AZ. Greg Marek with Cobe Real Estate represented the landlord, Guglielmo Family Limited Partnership.

Matt Harper represented the landlord, Robert and Arlene Thatcher, in a 13-month retail lease for 1,550 SF at 4740 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ.

Matt Harper represented the landlord, Puchhi, Inc. in an 11-month retail lease for 1,240 SF at 9501 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ


by Nov 13, 2017
NAI Horizon, NAI Martens negotiate $2.05M Kansas self-storage sale

NAI Horizon, NAI Martens negotiate $2.05M Kansas self-storage sale

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    PHOENIX, ARIZONA (November 9, 2017) – NAI Horizon Senior Vice President Denise Nunez partnered with Kris Wessel, a commercial specialist with NAI Martens, in negotiating the $2.05 million sale of Budget Storage and U-Haul in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Nunez and Wessel represented the seller, Budget Storage Development, LLC, of Wichita, Kansas. Jerome Castillo of Titan Realty, represented the buyer, WC Capital, LLC, also of Wichita.

“Mr. Wessel and I had previously represented the seller,” Nunez said. “The off-market sale represented an opportunity for the seller to exit an asset that was not strategic with his other real estate holdings and allowed him to 1031 Exchange into a more advantageous deal.

“The seller was very pleased with the ease of the deal and the pricing which was achieved,” Nunez said.

Budget Storage sits on three acres at 2511 17th Ave., in Hutchinson. It is the largest self-storage property in Hutchinson, Kansas, and comprises 53,700 square feet with more than 320 units. It is located between the Hutchinson Municipal Airport and the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

Nunez specializes in self storage, offering localized expertise in Arizona and national representation working with NAI offices throughout the United States.


by Nov 09, 2017
Suzanne Kinney Named President of NAIOP Arizona

Suzanne Kinney Named President of NAIOP Arizona

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     Phoenix, Ariz. (November 7, 2017) — The Arizona chapter of NAIOP, a prominent commercial real estate voice in the state, has named Suzanne Kinney as its new president.

     Kinney joins NAIOP Arizona after a stint as interim manager for the Arizona Mining Association where she managed operations and activities of the statewide trade association for the mining industry. Prior to that, she was CEO and founder of Southwest Business Policy, a public policy and communications consulting firm, and served for eight years in senior leadership positions with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

     Kinney brings extensive experience in public policy, advocacy and communications to her new role with NAIOP Arizona. Areas of public policy expertise include economic development, international trade, health care, education and natural resources.

     “I’m honored and humbled to be leading an association of such prominence in our state,” Kinney said. “I look forward to working alongside some of the most influential leaders within the commercial real estate industry and continuing to advance the initiatives of the organization.”
From 2005 to 2013 Kinney helped lead the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry through her roles as both Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Founder/Executive Director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation.

     “We couldn’t be more excited to have someone of Suzanne’s caliber coming on board to lead our organization,” said NAIOP Arizona Chairman Larry Pobuda of The Opus Group. “Suzanne’s depth of experience and visionary thought leadership will serve our membership well.”

      In 2002 Kinney served as a senior management research analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. Prior to moving to Arizona, she was an associate at a management consulting firm in Chicago.

      A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kinney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy (major) and Spanish (minor) from Tulane University in New Orleans. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in international relations with emphasis on international trade policy from the University of Chicago.

      Kinney was named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2009. She has served on the board of directors for several Arizona-based non-profits, including the Institute for Mental Health Research, the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, and the World Affairs Council/Global Ties Arizona.

      Kinney has also served on advisory committees for Expect More Arizona, the Flinn Foundation’s Arizona Bioscience Roadmap, and the Arizona Technology Council.

by Nov 07, 2017
NAI Horizon negotiates sale of building that will serve as new headquarters for Phoenix Animal Care Coalition

NAI Horizon negotiates sale of building that will serve as new headquarters for Phoenix Animal Care Coalition

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    PHOENIX, ARIZONA (November 7, 2017) – NAI Horizon negotiated the $3.1 million sale of building in Phoenix that will serve as the new offices, adoption center, and no-kill shelter for the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PCAA911).

The NAI retail properties team of Senior Vice Presidents Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega, and Associate Patrick Anthon represented the buyer, the Virginia B. Jontes Foundation of Phoenix.

“It was a privilege working with an organization that is doing great things for animals in need of care and getting them adopted,” Gerow said. “I can’t say enough about the organization and people involved.”

PACC911’s new Village Animal Center, located at 600 N. 40th St., in Phoenix, will also offer affordable veterinary services. The property sits on 5.16 acres of land.

PACC911 brings together more than 100 animal welfare organizations throughout Arizona to create a potent animal rescue community that works together under a unified umbrella.

The seller, RS Tree 40, LLC, of Mesa, Arizona, was represented by Rick Breuer of Presidio Southwest, LLC.

by Nov 07, 2017
CoreNet Global Arizona, IFMA Greater Phoenix present thought leadership forum on real estate and facility management technology

CoreNet Global Arizona, IFMA Greater Phoenix present thought leadership forum on real estate and facility management technology

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      PHOENIX, ARIZ. (November 6, 2017) – Technology is having an ever-increasing impact on the real estate and facility management professions. Tools can significantly help deliver efficiencies and cost savings and are creating new ways of conducting business.

CoreNet Global Arizona and IFMA Greater Phoenix are joining forces at a forum which will provide perspectives on technology, discuss the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT), and discuss best practices in implementing technology.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, at Wells Fargo Bank, 2800 S. Price Rd., Chandler, Arizona. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The event wraps up at 12:30 p.m.

Panelists are from some of the largest employers in Metro Phoenix as well as special guests representing large global firms and technology specialists. They include Ed Buckley, Shared Services, CRE, Facilities and Operations Leader, Ericcson; Calvin Crowder, Vice President of Global Real Estate, GoDaddy; Dhaval Gajjar, Construction Manager, Harkins Theatres; Kim Castle, Assistant VP, MetLife; Leo Bauman, VP and Manager, Wells Fargo; Marcie Rhodd, Western Region Facilities Engineering Manager, Fiserv, Inc., Brent Fuller, Director of Real Estate and Facilities at Apollo Education Group; Philip Grossberg, VP, Global Real Estate and FM; and Guy Messick, Director, Design Intelligence, IA Interior Architects.

“The CoreNet Global Arizona Chapter is excited to be partnering with IFMA Phoenix to deliver exceptional content to our combined membership,” said Simon Davis, President of CoreNet Global Arizona and Sales Director at Saltmine. “The power of the two associations to attract an exceptional quality of speakers and industry experts will provide for a highly educational half day of content.

“Technology is a core driver for both the real estate and facilities management professions. We see a need to deliver exceptional systems to support our building occupiers as well as the adoption of technology that can help enable strategic corporate objectives, whether they be cost savings, employee attraction, and retention, or improved productivity and collaboration. We are excited that we have expert views from thought leaders including what will be a powerful keynote on ‘Smart Cities, Wellness and The Future of Work,’” Davis said.

In addition, the event will feature local and national corporations; service providers including Cushman & Wakefield and IA; tech innovators such as Serraview and Draw Alert; and education and government representatives from the University of Arizona and the City of Scottsdale.

Registration fee is $70 for the entire program. Click here to register.


by Nov 06, 2017
Dr. Peter Linneman: ‘When will the good times end?

Dr. Peter Linneman: ‘When will the good times end?

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REIAC Southwest brings nationally recognized economist to Phoenix Nov. 15

       PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 30, 2017) – How will Phoenix fare in the next downturn? Can values sustain as interest rates rise? Has national politics undermined growth? Will online sales wipe out bricks and mortar?

These and other questions will be discussed on Nov. 15 as the Southwest Chapter of REIAC presents “When

Dr. Peter Linneman

will the good times end?” – an afternoon with Dr. Peter Linneman at the Arizona Country Club, 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane in Phoenix.

“Metro Phoenix is highly sensitive to growth in the U.S. economy.” Dr. Linneman said.
“This fact is often overlooked. The area has great long-term growth fundamentals and the rise of Arizona State University will serve the MSA for many decades.”

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Linneman’s presentation begins at 4 p.m. Gary Linhart of ViaWest Group will interview Dr. Linneman beginning at 5 p.m. The afternoon concludes with a networking reception at 5:30 p.m.

For more than three decades, Dr. Linneman has been a critical influence in driving the professionalization of real estate capital markets and the commercial real estate industry. He is the author of the “Linneman Letter,” a highly-regarded quarterly publication for commercial real estate investors first published in 2001.

The founding chairman of the Wharton Real Estate Department, Dr. Linneman taught real estate and finance at the Wharton School of Business for more than three decades. The “Linneman Letter” is an extension of his lectures and teaching style.

This event is open to the public. Registration fee is $125. Register at www.reiacsouthwest.org/event-2572683.


by Oct 30, 2017