Why You'll Be Seeing Me in a Tutu

I’m “tutu” excited to share some news – I’ll be Dancing with the Stars for the Charlotte Ballet this spring. The Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala pairs local business and civic leaders with the professional...


From China to Spartanburg - Watch for the Money to Roll In

I recently attended the SIOR conference and visited with some of the most active office and industrial brokers and investors in the country. We mingled and talked about the market and about what’s happening to transaction volume these days....


The Four Things That Matter

I have a bunch of work-related travel coming up next month. Perhaps like your industry, Fall is the time for Annual Conferences when groups get together to talk about the year. My most active affiliations are Counselors of Real Estate (CRE),...


From Bluz to Bezos - Charlotte bets on slam poetry to lure Amazon

I was lucky to be part of a small group that got an exclusive peek at a snapshot of the RFP response Charlotte submitted to Amazon last week. In short: Those of us who saw the video included in the RFP had our jaws drop at what we saw, as it was so...


Alexa: Where's Home?

I can’t get Amazon off my mind as the deadline looms closer for cities and regions wanting to land the retail giant’s second headquarters. And it seems the same way for many others in town as well. Last week, I met with dozens of other...


How to Prime the Amazon Deal in Charlotte's Favor

Efforts to lure Amazon’s newest headquarters are becoming nutty, according to media reports. In Georgia, the Stonecrest City Council has offered to de-annex some land and name it the city of Amazon; Birmingham installed gigantic Amazon delivery...


Working Hard? Quality vs. Quantity - My Best Vacation Hacks

  Verdery Kerr, a friend and former member of the Christ Church ministry team, once said to me that dealing with the phases of life is “adult stuff, it is not easy.” I am reminded of this as I gain perspective from the challenges I...


Head Outdoors to Learn to Lead

When I began in commercial real estate 25 years ago, the prevailing paradigm for young bucks was that of the “Man in Full.” Wall Street was the hot thriller and discussions about ethics in business were abound. To be an American male in business...


Why Industrial Has Long Legs

The industrial real estate markets are getting a lot of attention lately and I have been getting a lot of questions from people asking about our industrial activity at Brennan Investment Group. Last year, I aligned myself with Brennan and I have...


Unlocking the State's Best Resources (Including Prisons!)

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper has gotten slack this year for stopping the sale of some of the state’s prime properties. Our previous governor, Pat McCrory, began an ‘efficiency in government’ program during his tenure where he hired CBRE...