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Dec 14 2015
Medical Retail for an Aging Society
As most people in the United States know, Medical care in this country is one of the most important social and financial issues of our time. We’ve seen historic change, for better or worse, with the passing of Obamacare in March of 2010, mandating health insurance for all Americans. The stimulus for change was partially rooted in the fact that we have an aging society with the baby boomers moving into their late 50’s and 60’s, and an unsustainable burden of Medicare and Medicaid on the US health system. But even before that, there seemed to have been a large boom in hospital network expansions in most regions of the country.

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Dec 07 2015
Life is Good in Downtown Minneapolis
The Twin Cities are back in a big way. Healthy job growth, increased gross domestic product and one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates (3.8%) have contributed to a rapid post-recession recovery. Minneapolis–St. Paul takes the cake, figuratively, for the healthiest major city in the country, and Forbes recently named the city #1 in the country for the highest quality of life. So how have these economic drivers impacted downtown Minneapolis, and how has the active and vibrant economy affected downtown retail?

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Nov 10 2015
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times… creating and sustaining strong relationships is an essential part of any successful team. As you grow as a person you realize this holds true not only professionally, but personally as well. And if you’re fortunate enough, you’ve developed strong enough relationships that many times tie both together.

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Nov 02 2015
Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
I recommend that everyone, especially those in real estate, watch the documentary “Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” by Jim Bruce. For someone, such as myself, with little prior knowledge of The Fed, I now have a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the entity's power.

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Oct 20 2015
Milwaukee’s Downtown Renaissance
For the last century, Milwaukee’s image to the outside world has revolved around beer and manufacturing. While these are still major industries embedded in the backbone of our economy, Milwaukee has since grown to be much more than Laverne and Shirley. Throughout the last two decades, the city has begun to make strides in revitalizing its neighborhoods around Downtown that used to house Milwaukee’s economic engines.

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Oct 12 2015
Resources for a Real Estate Mind
Given the dynamic and fluctuating elements of real estate, if there is one thing that everyone can agree is a key facet of the industry it is the word change. In order to keep up and adapt to the ever-changing market trends, you should immerse yourself in knowledge and read blogs that have an array of characteristics from varying sources.

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Sep 24 2015
The Experience of Shopping
One of the reasons I got into the retail commercial real estate business and have stayed here for over 10 years is because I have a love for shopping. I love physically walking into a store and combing the racks to find that perfect gift for someone or for myself. I find it therapeutic and an instant mood lifter. Since the option for online shopping became available, there has been the question of its impact on traditional brick and mortar retail stores.

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Sep 17 2015
Destination... Rochester, Minnesota?
The city of Rochester, Minnesota has long been synonymous with the world renowned Mayo Clinic. Over the next 20 years the city will be synonymous with one word: GROWTH. This is due to Destination Medical Center or as it is more commonly referred to DMC.

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Sep 14 2015
2015 Urban Grocery Study
I recently completed my biennial Urban Grocery Study that I launched in 2009. The purpose of this study of local and national grocer penetration was not only to aid my existing grocery client in their market knowledge, but also to put some basic supply and demand numbers to this critical driver of our industry. The results and trends in two year increments are always fascinating, and while the study only covers my specialty of “Urban” Chicago (+/-3 million people and +/-1 million households), its fairly representative of Chicagoland grocery landscape as a whole.

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Aug 17 2015
Working Next to Bob Sugar
Success for some people depends on being able to have full concentration, complete silence and absolute attention to detail. The ability to go into your office and... work! Well lucky for me, I’m not one of those people. You see, at Mid-America Michigan, those of us that are situated at the east end of the office are treated to a much different work environment. I thought I’d share with you what it’s like to work in the office adjacent to Jack Uhazie. Or – when he’s really trying to impress someone on the phone – Bob Sugar.

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Aug 04 2015
Commercial Real Estate - An Industry of Reputations
Over the years, I’ve come across my share of disreputable brokers and “used car salesmen” that fit the cartoon’s description. But for the most part, and a big reason why I’m still in this business, is because of the quality people and strong relationships I’ve developed over the years with clients, fellow brokers and tenants.

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Jul 28 2015
Winning the Game of Retail
The retail environment can sometimes seem like the audience at a game who is either cheering for your victory or booing you off the playing field. As retailers struggle to stand out in a recovering post-recession market place it has become more important than ever to understand who your customer is and what drives them to make a purchase.

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Jul 21 2015
Chipotle’s New Southeast Asian Concept
Steve Frishman and I (as well as fellow Mid-America brokers Tony Schmidt and Adam Drier from Michigan and Wisconsin, respectively) recently attended a Chipotle Development Conference for two very sunny days inside of a large dark conference room at The Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, FL. Chipotle Mexican Grill was kind enough to invite sign vendors, general contractors, food suppliers, architects, engineers and, most importantly, their real estate brokers as a token of their appreciation for our combined efforts to help make them arguably the most successful restaurant company in the United States. And, on many levels, one of the most successful restaurants in the world.

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Jul 14 2015
Wisconsin – Health & Wellness (& Happiness) Initiative
As part of the Wisconsin office’s goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle, we decided to partake in an organized, office-wide 5k run. Every year, Milwaukee hosts Bastille Days which opens with a Thursday night “Storming of the Bastille” that includes 5,000+ participants making their way through downtown Milwaukee via a 5k run or 2-mile walk.

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Jul 01 2015
A Half Marathon Once a Month For One Year
At least three days every week, I attend a gym on Lake Street in Bloomingdale, owned and run by Dan Luif. I am Dan’s very first customer and for a little while, I was Dan’s only customer. Now he has every unit in the tiny strip mall except the end unit. No…we don’t manage it. Dan enjoys motivating me (by motivating, I mean bugging) with remarks like, “you never challenge yourself!”, “you only work out so you can eat more!”, “you’re making me look bad!” and other whiney stuff. In an attempt to silence him, I impulsively signed up for a half marathon each month, for twelve months in 2013 and began my training.

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Jun 24 2015
5 Things Retail Consumers Unknowingly Teach Us About the CRE Industry
Within the last few years of working in the commercial real estate industry, I’ve grown accustomed to the blank stare and lack of follow up questions when talking to friends and family (aka the consumer) about my job, the current events in my industry, and my daily “deal dramas”. It’s certainly not because of a lack of intelligence, but it’s hard to be genuinely interested or ask the appropriate follow up question when you don’t think you understand an industry you don’t work in.

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Jun 18 2015
An Unforgettable Experience
In 1971, the first Starbucks café opened its doors in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It was a local one store outfit that would later evolve into the mammoth company we know today.

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Jun 10 2015
GM to Invest $1 Billion in Detroit-Area Tech Center
The GM Tech Center, an iconic facility that has long served as one of the auto industry’s storied hubs of car design and engineering, has been approved for a $1 billion makeover. Currently, the campus is home to more than 19,000 employees. General Motors has announced that they will invest $1 billion in its Warren, Michigan Technical Center campus, creating approximately 2,600 new salaried jobs to support future business growth at the National Historic Landmark site.

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Jun 03 2015
Don’t Forget About the Relationship
It seems as though we rarely experience a day where there is not an announcement about new technology being introduced into the business place. From cell phones that used to be the size of a small carry-on bag to units that now contain high resolution digital cameras, email and a host of other applications to make our lives more interactive, we have become ever accessible and in many ways more responsive to our customers. However, while these tools have served to allow us to increase our productivity, in many instances they have drawn our attention away from one of the cornerstones of our industry – relationships.

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May 27 2015
2015 RECon Recap
This year’s RECon seemed to be a lot more like 2007 than any of the recent years’ shows. All three halls were busy and filled with landlords, brokers, retailers and restaurants moving from meeting to meeting working on their next deals.

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