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Next Generation Honoree: Melina Cordero’s Star Rises Quickly at CBRE

Melina Cordero is regarded as one of the foremost global authorities on retail and real estate. She was recently promoted to lead CBRE’s retail capital markets in the Americas, making her one of the company’s youngest (if not the youngest) executives leading a national business line. She leads a team of more than 130 retail professionals who specialize in the sale, debt and structured finance placement assistance, and recapitalization of retail properties in the Americas.

The promotion was a testament to the knowledge, insight and innovation she brought to CBRE’s retail business in her research role. Cordero helped define the retail research role (at the time a new role) at CBRE, providing not only thought leadership and reports but also helping shape the company’s point of view on transformational market dynamics like omnichannel retail, placemaking and food & beverage.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Cordero 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.

Cordero has advanced quickly in all organizations at which she’s worked. She began as a consultant at Path Intelligence, and within three years was promoted to director of analytics. At CBRE, she was promoted in two years from Americas head of research to global head of research.


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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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