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Next Generation Honoree: Ross Stores’ Dan Franz Masters Retail Deal-Making

Just 26 when he joined Ross Stores two years ago, Dan Franz is already well on his way to becoming a retailing veteran. This second-generation real estate professional has been in the sector since college, when he did deals on behalf of Kirkland Home Décor.

Franz then went onto stints with Five Below and Total Wine & More, bringing the latter into the Denver market among the 23 leases he executed there. For Ross Stores, he’s involved in everything from leasing and site selection, to legal, construction and property management in five Southeastern territories.

A range of experience at a young age is just one of the reasons we chose Franz to be one of the National 2019 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

An industry colleague provides insights into how Franz operates, based on working with him as a service provider: “He is patient and listens and always tries to find a ‘win-win’ solution for both sides. He shares information and travels nationally seeing what is happening in different trade areas and regions, and how that relates to his clients’ business and how best to position them for the future. He understands how to read the markets, and isn’t afraid to be a pioneer and get a more favorable deal.”


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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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