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In Search of Young Leaders in Commercial Real Estate

Not all leaders in commercial real estate can claim 20 or more years’ experience in the sector. Some achieve that status much earlier on, including the three 2017 Next Generation Award winners profiled in this article, all of whom are likely to remain influential for years to come.

We believe there are many other younger CRE leaders who are worthy of recognition, and we invite you to nominate one or more for this year’s Next Generation Awards. Last year, we spotlighted 25 of CRE’s best and brightest age 35 and under. This year, we’re looking for twice as many, across the four regions where Connect Media provides daily coverage as well as nationally.

To give you an idea of the caliber of young professionals that we recognized in 2017, consider Swenson’s Joshua Burroughs, the Taubman Company’s Carly Li and World Class Holdings’ Nate Paul. Within Silicon Valley, Burroughs is recognized as “a community impact superstar,” one who has entitled and approved more than 1,500 residential units and brought several other projects to fruition.

Li was early to recognize the importance of food and entertainment in the retail environment, which led to the addition of more authentic, fresh and new concepts. She’s helped pioneer the concept of experiential retail and placemaking, while incorporating outdoor and indoor space. On top of that, she is also a published author with two books to her credit.

Arguably America’s youngest self-made real estate billionaire, Paul began in CRE while still attending the University of Texas. He took advantage of depressed real estate values during the Great Recession, and has amassed more than 10 million square feet of commercial properties across 17 states, while also owning one of the nation’s largest self-storage companies.

If you know a CRE professional who can stand on equal footing with the three described above, then click on the link below to get the ball rolling. After considering your recommendations, we’ll choose this year’s honorees. We’ll begin announcing them in August.

Candidates must be 35 or younger on December 31, 2018.

Please return your nomination by July 13, 2018.

Submit Your Nominations

For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Paul Bubny


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About Paul Bubny

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 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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