Next Generation Honoree: Swenson’s Josh Burroughs Looks to Build a Better Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley real estate development professional, leader and strategist Josh Burroughs is described as a community impact superstar. He brings deep family roots, a passion for service and an acute focus on redefining the skyline.
Those are just some of the reasons we chose Burroughs to be one of the five 2017 Next Generation Award winners for the California region. Connect Media’s Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
During his career, he’s entitled and approved more than 1,500 residential units in the Valley, primarily high-density, transit-oriented projects. He’s also secured approvals for Park View Towers Project @ St James Park in downtown San Jose, the North San Pedro Tower Project, and a more than 1,000-bed student housing tower near San Jose State Univ. Burroughs has brought several projects to fruition including NextSpace in downtown San Jose, and global European accelerator, Acceleration Business City, where WeWork is the largest tenant. He currently handles 20 Swenson projects.
His support of community involves helping to kick-start the Levitt Pavilion @ St James Park to the all-inclusive Rotary Playgarden in San Jose. But Burroughs’ dedication to giving the gift of mobility to individuals around the globe is remarkable. Since 2007, he has raised nearly $500,000 for wheelchairs and personally delivered them to those in need in Peru, Oaxaca, Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Slovenia, Nicaragua, Monterrey Mexico, and Panama.
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.
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