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Next Generation Honoree: Goby’s Trainor is a Sustainability Thought Leader

Over the past two years in the ESG (environmental, sustainability, governance) field, Brian Trainor has demonstrated a commitment to developing a knowledge base about sustainability and real estate operations beyond what is generally expected from one so early in his career. Colleagues say he’s incredibly dedicated and passionate about these topics, and that he has gone above and beyond the parameters of his role as a data analyst, both within Chicago-based Goby and outside it, in his efforts to further his own knowledge and assist in reducing the environmental impact of the built environment.

Those are just some of the reasons we chose Trainor to be one of the Chicago 2018 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s second annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

Since beginning his CRE career at Goby two years ago, Trainor has become a subject matter expert as a consultant, a sought-after speaker and a thought leader in his field. Described as a force to be reckoned with, he has shown an ability to find connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. That ability and his dedicated research have revealed new opportunities for Goby, its partners and clients to reduce environmental impacts, save costs and increase returns, and expand the ways sustainability data can be used throughout CRE.

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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 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).