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Weekender: On The Connect Media Trail

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Connect Media covered the nation this week. Seriously, the team logged thousands of miles, rode countless elevators to meetings and attended a full slate of CRE events (and we’re still all “geeked up” and ready for ICSC’s big gathering next week in Las Vegas).

Here’s a photo recap of where you may have bumped into a member of the Connect team in New York, Texas, Colorado and California recently. We look forward to connecting with you in your neighborhood soon.

Connect New York Launch – Next Generation Luncheon
Connect Media’s NY launch event featured a blend of stimulating panel conversations and serious networking among NY’s up-and-coming stars and industry giants. Connect may be relatively new to NYC, but we definitely know how to make a big entrance, even in the Big Apple.

Connect Media’s New NYC digs


Texas Power Breakfast

Connect Media’s Liz LeDoux attended the Houston Business Journal’s Power Breakfast: Women Winning in Business. She is pictured (left to right) with Thor’s Anna Deans.

TechSpace Houston Grand Opening
Connect Media joined the grand opening festivities for TechSpace Houston. Pictured (L to R) Dean Realty’s Blaire Moreland, Connect Media’s Liz LeDoux, Charter Title’s Shelley Carroll and Texas Gulf Bank’s Mia Hinojosa.

NAIOP SoCal’s 27th Annual Night at the Fights
More than 1,000 CRE professionals converged on Hotel Irvine for what is the undisputed heavyweight client appreciation gathering, and elite-level industry networking event in SoCal. The black-tie night featured competitive boxing entertainment. Below is Night at the Fights committee chair Zach Niles (center, seated) with committee members.

The pinnacle of the evening was undoubtedly the eagerly-anticipated grand finale Main Event, the first-ever Real Estate Rumble featuring two CRE brokers. Marcus & Millichap’s Andrew Irvine (on left in blue) and Lee & Associates’ Chuck Campbell fought three rounds, with Irvine declared the winner.

Connect Media was on the road to the ring with the fighters, capturing the training, press conferences, as well as pre-fight staging. Here’s a link to the fight promo video produced by Connect Studios.

NAIOP SoCal presented $10,000 to the Building Block Foundation Fund from event proceeds. NAIOP SoCal President Lance Ryan made an official check presentation to Building Block representatives Brian Airth and Bob O’Neill in the ring.


Connect San Francisco

Connect San Francisco brought hundreds of CRE professionals to the SPUR Urban Center for an afternoon of panels and an evening of networking and cocktails. The discussions covered such topics as major mega developments shaping the skyline, investment in the Bay Area, and the creation of communities. Here’s our conference recap: Millennials, Boomers and Airbnb.

Connect Media made a quick stop in Denver for BOMA’s Medical Office Buildings & Healthcare Real Estate Conference. Connect Media is launching a new healthcare initiative. Look for more details soon. While the Coors Field baseball stadium isn’t exactly a medical facility, the air in the Mile High City was cleansing.

Allen, Texas EDC Luncheon

Connect Media’s Joni Margotta attended the Allen Economic Development Corp. luncheon, where Hines unveiled plans for a 135-acre mixed-use development in Allen, TX.

NAIOP North Texas Broker Awards
Connect Media’s colors were also flying high at the NAIOP North Texas Chapter’s Broker Awards at Royal Oaks Country Club.


Connect Media Opens Texas Office

It didn’t take long for Connect Media to set up shop in Texas. Since launching our daily news covering all the big Texas markets in 2016, we’ve been busy building a team of CRE folks from the Lone Star State. We now have a place to officially call our Texas home. Connect Media’s office is in Houston’s CityWestPlace at 2101 CityWest Blvd. Feel free to contact the Connect Media team including: Joni Margotta, Director of Sales, [email protected], or Liz LeDoux, Conference Producer [email protected].

NAIOP SoCal’s YPG Leadership Summit

Connect Media was there to capture highlights of NAIOP SoCal Young Professionals Group’s (YPG) first-ever Leadership Summit. The gathering for CRE next-gen professionals included a keynote address by big wave surfer and entrepreneur Laird Hamilton.

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About Dennis Kaiser

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.