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SIOR Names Robert Thornburgh Its New CEO

SIOR has named Robert Thornburgh as its new CEO. Based out of Los Angeles, the industry veteran was selected out of a number of highly qualified candidates and comes to SIOR from Kidder Mathews, where he was a shareholder and regional president of brokerage for many years.

During much of his professional career, Thornburgh served as CEO at Heger Industrial, a prominent real estate firm with a 60-year legacy in the Los Angeles market. Additionally, he has served as SIOR Global President and sat on the SIOR board of directors.

“It is with immense pleasure that I accept the role of SIOR chief executive officer,” said Thornburgh. “Being an SIOR has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career, so I am thrilled to have this unique opportunity to contribute in forward-thinking ways to this amazing organization and the broader commercial real estate industry that I care so deeply about.”

Thornburgh holds four of the most respected designations within the commercial real estate industry: SIOR, CCIM CPM, and FRICS. It’s a distinction that less than 1% of all global commercial real estate practitioners have achieved.

SIOR Global President Mark Duclos said, “While our search was exhaustive, Robert’s knowledge of the industry, passion for this organization, and commitment of integrity and innovation will guide us toward a prosperous future. No one will work harder, and be more dedicated to our organization, members, and staff. He has already proven to be an excellent mentor and role model to myself and so many others, and I look forward to where this organization is headed with him at the helm.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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