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Next Generation Honoree: NKF’s Sample Brings Silicon Valley Insight to Bay Area CRE

NKF’s Michael Sample brought his technology company experience from Silicon Valley to the world of commercial real estate in 2011. The former corporate sales executive now represents tech and venture capital firms in their regional and national space searches, bringing first-hand knowledge to understanding his clients’ location and recruitment needs.

That’s just one of the reasons we chose Sample 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.

Sample quickly established his CRE acumen upon joining NKF, becoming one of the firm’s fastest-rising stars in the Bay Area. He was NKF’s Rookie of the Year in 2012, and in 2013 he became a Top Five Producer in the San Francisco office. The following year, NKF named him to its national list of Rising Stars.

This Next Generation Award winner brings a consultative approach to aligning his clients’ real estate requirements and business objectives, while leveraging market knowledge to secure creative/collaborative environments for their businesses. His clients, which include Brandon Capital Partners,, Talkdesk, HoneyBook and GreatPoint Ventures, appreciate his professionalism, attention to detail and ability to keep their interests a top priority.

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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).