My Brand New Podcast

Cardinal Insights – the Podcast is rolling and my guest will be no other than the real estate pioneer, Clay Grubb. Funny name – great guy. Clay is CEO of Charlotte-based Grubb Properties. Founded in 1963 by his late father, Robert...


How Gratitude Rocks

Thinking back over the past year, I am struck by how fortunate I am for the incredible new business connections formed in 2019. Truly, I am humbled by the many things I have to be grateful for. I have worked with and am working with people and...


Pop Quiz: How Many Employees Work in Uptown?

I’m working with a client on a headquarters relocation. Uptown Charlotte is an option, so we visited with Michael Smith at Center City Partners. Michael met my client and me at his offices. The presentation was impressive! Here are the...


"Is Sherwin Williams moving its HQ to CLT?"

Dear El Cardinale, I heard that Sherwin Williams is considering moving its Headquarters to Charlotte. What do you make of it? – Painting the Town Dear Painter, Cleveland has been the home of the Sherwin-Williams Company for more than a...


Tips For Faster Growth and Exceptional Quality of Life

When I was in my 40s, I participated in the Strategic Coach program. When I turned 50, I pulled out the journaling that I did as a part of the program. It took a week to distill everything down to its essence. I then used this information to...


Education: It's the one thing that can't be taken from you

My family has always been a big supporter of public education. When my dad served on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education in the early 1970s, he stood for the right for all Charlotteans to have the opportunity to get a quality...


"Do People Ever Get Mad At You?"

Dear El Cardinale, After reading your newsletters, I sometimes wonder what the people you have written about think of your pieces. What kind of feedback do you get from your sources? Has anyone ever been mad at you? – Freddie Feedback Dear...


Rare Trust-Worthy Advice on Capitol Hill

I headed up to Washington, D.C. last week for a new assignment. The trip was for a family office client I have who pulls me in from time to time. For over 20 years I have consulted on wide-ranging topics for them. Everything from warehouse...


My Top Productivity Tips For You

Small business is clumpy. My father says that it’s a series of “soaring victories and crushing defeats.” Days are often a mix of loneliness and being super busy. I have a full plate between work, home, social and civic...


The Kaiteki Approach to Real Estate Solutions

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately in Virginia real estate markets. I’m consulting on the sale and redevelopment of a large parcel owned by a Japanese chemical company. I’ve learned a lot not only about this market but also...