2020 Next Generation Honoree: CREXi’s Michael DeGiorgio Fills CRE Market Void
CREXi’s Michael DeGiorgio saw a void in the marketplace in 2014 and since then has worked to fill that need. He developed Commercial Real Estate Exchange, Inc. (CREXi) in 2015, at the age of 29. CREXi has emerged as a leading platform advancing the trillion-dollar commercial real estate industry by supplying users with innovative technology to simplify, expedite, and ultimately democratize the entire transaction process for brokers, buyers, and investors.
Through two seed rounds and both Series A and Series B funding, CREXi has raised more than $55 million as of January 2020. CREXi works with in excess of 1,500 brokerage shops representing industry leaders such as Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, CBRE, Marcus & Millichap, and JLL.
The success of the firm has been anchored on DeGiorgio’s ability to identify the need for an end-to-end digital marketplace within the industry ahead of top industry players, which continues to propel the future of CRE forward with CREXi. After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2010, he had joined Auction.com, also known as Ten-X, in 2011, where he played a major role as Vice President until 2014.
Today, he leads a team of more than 125 employees with trust and grit, making a particular effort to ensure the team feels connected, sharing in this common goal and mission, and accountable to each other while transitioning to a completely remote environment.
These are just some of the reasons we chose DeGiorgio as one of the California 2020 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s fourth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.