2020 Next Generation Honoree: SimonCRE’s Joshua Simon Adheres to “First In, Last Out” Approach
Joshua Simon, founder and CEO of SimonCRE, has accumulated 16 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. SimonCRE is a full-service national commercial real estate developer and owner based in Scottsdale.
The company has averaged nearly 45 project completions across the U.S. annually since its inception in 2010. SimonCRE has completed or acquired more than 180 projects across 22 states, totaling more than $365 million in total value, to date.
Simon is the type of leader that adheres to the “first one in the office, last one out” approach and is continually growth-focused. Outside of the office, he applies his energy and passion for the CRE industry by serving on a number of boards including Arizona State University Sun Devil Club and ICSC Four Corners as an Arizona co-chair. He also shares his insights often as an industry expert at conferences such as ULI Deep Dive and ICSC Next Generation.
SimonCRE has grown from just three employees to more than 30 today, in addition to a nine-member technology platform arm. His most recent accolades include Phoenix Business Journal’s “Most Admired Leaders” (2017), AZRE’s “People to Know” (2016), and Chain Store Age’s “10 Under 40” (2015).
The company has recently taken on revitalizing a 127,280-square-foot burned down grocery-anchored center by securing a national health and fitness brand as an anchor tenant, a public charter school, and more tenants. SimonCRE is also responsible for 100% pre-leasing a 10,733-square-foot multi-tenant center in an underserved area of Glendale, AZ with Dunkin’, Matt’s Big Breakfast, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Pinky Nails, Men’s Ultimate Grooming, and F45 Training tenants.
These are just some of the reasons we chose Simon as one of the Phoenix 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.