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Next Generation Honoree: Hines’ Drew Huffman Builds a Portfolio

Drew Huffman joined Hines’ Orange County office upon graduation from USC in 2011. At the time, the Orange County office had five employees and a 450,000-square-foot portfolio. Over the past seven years, beginning at the bottom of the current cycle, he has worked alongside senior managing director Ray Lawler and the Hines Orange County team to build the portfolio to as large as four million square feet and a team exceeding 40. Due to his business acumen, initiative, reliability and quick development, Huffman was promoted to associate in 2014, and to director in 2017.

Those are just some of the reasons we chose Huffman to be one of the California 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.

Huffman was a member of the 2014-15 NAIOP SoCal Young Professionals Group (YPG). From his class of 35 young leaders, he was singled out by his peers for the John B. Parker Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the program, and for embodying the leadership traits demonstrated by industry icon John B. Parker. He remains a strong YPG advocate, holding numerous leadership roles. Throughout his time leading and serving on YPG committees, Huffman’s priority has been to analyze each focus area and implement greater efficiencies and improvements.

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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).

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