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Next Generation Honoree: Capital One’s Tim Smits Brings Insights and Leadership

Tim Smits is a key member of Capital One’s Boston Multifamily Finance office. He has overseen more than $2 billion in investments in a relatively short career.

This would have been impossible if not for several uncommon skills, colleagues say. First, Smits is able to cultivate relationships with a wide array of clients, ranging from small regional operators to large institutional funds. His insights into clients’ business goals and how those are impacted by changes in the market allows him to stay one step ahead. His leadership skills are apparent in the execution of his current role, as well.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Smits to be one of the Boston 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.

Smits has financed some student housing deals, which can be challenging as all parties involved weigh the proximity of the asset to campus, along with other factors such as amenities. On one—the Blake, in Savannah, GA—Smits saw early on that not only was it an attractive asset in a prime location, but it was also extremely well-run. He knew that the agencies would have an array of options for the borrower. In the end, this client met its goals, thanks to the opportunity that Smits saw.

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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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