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Next Generation Honoree: Sergi Creates “Incubator” Portfolio at Clear Height

Dominic Sergi is the founder, president and CEO of Clear Height Properties, a company he launched in 2010 to bring synergy and a common strategy to property acquisitions, after disposing of a family-owned portfolio that lacked cohesiveness. Since 2010, he has led his team to acquiring and developing over $200 million in assets with the participation of outside investors. Sergi also oversees all aspects of the company’s integrated platform of management, leasing and construction. In the process, Clear Height has grown to 12 employees, and continues to grow and expand.

Those are just some of the reasons we chose Sergi 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.

At the outset, Sergi established Clear Height’s acquisition theme: primarily multi-tenant office and industrial properties aimed at the middle market of small- and mid-size users. These buildings weren’t the most highly sought-after properties; in fact, people questioned the rationale for assembling such a portfolio.

But Sergi recognized that these buildings, in part, serve as incubators for companies to grow and expand—until they need larger facilities. In hindsight, it was a fortuitous acquisition philosophy, one that has helped to distinguish the company.

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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).