Articles in the Society Columns Category

Situational Awareness
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Posted in Fall 2016, Society Columns on October 2016
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It is no secret among S.E.C.s that some of our Members enjoy tactical shooting: we sweat and roll around in the mud with rifles and handguns and see if we can outdo each other in different tactical situations, shooting hundreds of rounds of live ammunition. We spend time thinking of different scenarios about what to […]

Going Global at MIPIM
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Posted in Fall 2016, Society Columns on October 2016
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Is a Twitter Hashtag the Answer? Maybe.
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2016 on June 2016
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Over the years I, like many others who have attended real estate marketing meetings, have pondered this question: “How can we play a part in promoting the local, regional, and national groups where real estate equity marketing takes place? How can we make them more aware of the meetings that are currently taking place across […]

What is the Vision?
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2016 on June 2016
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Does our organization or our business have a good vision? I listened to a speaker this week who used an illustration for all organizations and businesses.  He told us to think about our business or group as a rope circle with all of our employees or members inside, but holding on to the rope.  The […]

Professional Sports Teams and Real Estate Investors
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2016 on February 2016
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While watching the National Basketball Association draft of college players recently, it occurred to me that there are a lot of analogies between professional sports teams and real estate investors. Both have inventory (players or buildings), an owner, a CFO (CPA), a general manager (attorney), and a director of player personnel (spouse). In order to […]

The Manly Thing to Do
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Posted in Fall 2015, Society Columns on October 2015
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Because the Society is about relationships, I want to share a life lesson with my Society friends. As Society members, we pride ourselves as being “family” and have developed close bonds with each other.

The Benefits of Becoming a Member of the Society
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Posted in Fall 2015, Society Columns on October 2015
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There is an old saying, “You get out of something what you put into it.” This usually means that if you put a lot into something, you will get a lot back, or if you put a little in, you can expect little back. But sometimes you can put a lot of effort into a poorly thought-out project and get nothing back.

My Most Challenging Transaction – the One that Taught Me the Most!
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2015 on August 2015
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In the late 1970s, I was a farm specialist and received a call from a former client. Pat then worked for a small-town feed company that was owner and manager of a 640-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation that he wanted to sell. Being a young broker, I was really proud of my new listing but never expected it to be as challenging as it was.

Lease with a Purpose – Not Just to Fill Space
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2015 on April 2015
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Whew, 2008 has come and gone! After a very rough period, landlords are finally seeing some great days in the retail game. About time! It could not happen too soon for those of us who own shopping centers. Most of the retail categories are seeing a lot of activity. However, brick-and-mortar retailers still remember 2008 too. Potential tenants are doing things much smarter this time around. We property owners must also be smarter about how we do things. Thus, the title of this article: “Lease with a Purpose, Not Just to Fill Space.”

Oil: the Fickle Mistress
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2015 on February 2015
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As some in the S.E.C. know, I had a prior life as an independent oil and gas producer. Energy, especially oil, can be very hard to live with — kind of like a mistress.