Next Generation Honoree: CBRE’s Meredith Bell Frese Digs Deeper into Strategies
A VP in the advisory & transaction services practice at CBRE, Meredith Bell Frese has been a constant learner and believer in the importance of understanding the full life cycle experience for office occupiers.
After spending her first two years with CBRE learning and contributing to all aspects of the industry, she became a workplace strategy consultant to dig deeper into delivering strategies to improve the office experience. These improvements have resulted in more than a 15% footprint reduction, while simultaneously improving employee productivity and satisfaction.
That’s just one of the reasons we chose Bell Frese to be one of the Chicago 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.
Although Bell Frese has been in several roles with CBRE—and successful in all of them—perhaps the most important position she currently balances with her brokerage is chairperson of the company’s Women’s Network in Chicago. In that capacity, she promotes the success of more than 450 women within the region.
“Meredith is a very collaborative leader—having developed a strong advisory committee for our Chicago Women’s Network,” says CBRE EVP Lisa Kozniecka, who founded the Women’s Network. “We are fortunate to have such a passionate leader at the forefront of one of our most important markets for the CBRE Women’s Network.”
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).