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Celebrating Dads and their Children in CRE

Watch the video above or scroll down to see all the fathers and kids.

Commercial real estate is an industry perhaps best characterized as a vast network of connections. Every day deals get done by professionals who contribute considerable effort and work relentlessly to refine their skills.

Connect Media commends and celebrates fathers who’ve dedicated their life’s work to building a career in the CRE industry. We asked the kids who have followed their CRE Dads into a career in the industry to submit a photo.

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Connect CRE Dads.


Pictured (left to right) Mitchell Moinian and his father Joseph Moinian, CEO, both for the Moinian Group.

Pictured (left to right) Jessica Sherman, Project Manager, Ben Levine, Executive Vice President of Finance and Acquisitions, and father Jeff Levine, Chairman, all for Douglaston Development

Pictured (left to right) Greg Smith (father), President, and Taylor Smith, Associate, both for JRT Realty Group

Pictured (left to right) Andrew J. Singer, father, Chairman & CEO, and Scott Singer, President, both of The Singer & Bassuk Organization.

Pictured (left to right) Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development Companies, Joanna, Vice President of Leasing and Property Management Operations at Simone Development, Patricia, President of Simone Management Group and Pat Simone, their father and Founder of Simone Development Companies.

Pictured (left to right) Robert Nero, Associate, and his father, Jedd Nero, Principal and Executive Managing Director, both for Avison Young.

Pictured (left to right) are sons Grant Dolgin, Vice President of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, and Joshua Dolgin, Executive Vice President, and their fathers, respectively, Neil and Kal Dolgin, Co-Presidents.


Pictured (left to right) Melissa May, Associate, and father Gregory P. May, Executive Vice President and Regional Managing Director, of Newmark Knight Frank.

Pictured (left to right) Claire Doney, Senior Business Analyst, and father, Todd Doney, Vice Chairman, both of CBRE.


Pictured (left to right) Chandler Larsen, Senior Associate, Kristi Larsen, intern, Jonathan Larsen, Principal and Managing Director, all of Avison Young.


 Pictured (left to right) Steve Core, and son, Parker Core, both of RiverRock Real Estate Group.


Pictured (from left to right) Dana Vargas, an associate at JLL, and her father, Joe Vargas, Senior Managing Director, of Colliers.

 Pictured (from left to right) Joe Chichester, Rick Chichester, and Tom Chichester, all of Faris Lee Investments.


Pictured (left to right) Ryan Lefton, COO, Cary Lefton, CEO, and Aaron Lefton, Acquisitions and Leasing, all of Agora Realty & Management.


 Pictured (left to right) Keith Wasserman and Steve Wasserman, both are partners of Gelt, Inc.

Pictured (left to right) Chris Rising, Founder and President, and Nelson Rising, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of Rising Realty Partners.



Pictured (left to right) Bill Byrd, and son, Ryan Byrd, both industrial brokers at Colliers in Houston.

Pictured (from left to right) Morgan Relyea Colt, Tim Relyea, Brooke Relyea Wommack, all of Cushman & Wakefield.

Pictured (left to right) Christy Thelen of Cushman & Wakefield, and father, Steve Thelen of JLL.

Pictured (left to right) Jerry Frey, Senior Vice President with CBRE’s Austin Office, and son, Burk Frey, an architectural photographer at J Frey Photography.

Pictured John Pruitt (center) Executive Vice President of JLL, and daughter, Hannah Pruitt (right) Leasing Coordinator at American Campus Communities.

Blaire Moreland, Vice President of Deane Realty with father, Will Deane, Executive Vice President of Urban Retail Properties.

John Duffie with Nelson Duffie Interests (right) with son Parker Duffie of CBRE.


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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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