A fine example of practicing what you preach

My big sister, Ruth Culbertson Samuelson, died last week. She had been battling stage 4 ovarian cancer, and our family had been preparing for this moment. When Ruth passed, she was at her home with her best friend, Connice Dyar. Ruth’s husband,...


The Commodity of Culture in Charlotte

I am fresh in from “Art Basel” in South Beach, Florida, and I can report to you that South Beach is nothing like South Charlotte and South Florida is nothing like North Carolina. Their Villas may make me feel that I live in Piker-Ville, but I am...


Broker vs. Consultant

Real estate is a business where, not only is it legal to trade with insider information, it is expected. Now, the degree of complexity of this type of insider information ranges broadly. And over the past 20 years – for reasons associated with...


Charleston: Nothing Antebellum about this Industrial Boomtown

In the 1970s and ‘80s, South Carolina clung to its southern roots as the rest of the South was busily wooed by and won huge investments from companies finding the “New South” a great place to do business. Understanding that the old “bars and...


It's That Time of Year - Complain or Be Thankful

The holidays can be a trying time of year, especially this year if you consider the recent turbulent, challenging and stress-filled campaign season. It’s also at this time of year that one has to make a fundamental decision: complain or be...


A Smarter Way to Work: Let the VA Do It

For the past five years, I’ve been experimenting with using virtual assistants (or VAs) for a wide range of things I want to delegate but don’t have people immediately around me to delegate to. Being a firm believer that I should stay...


The Power of a Board Appointment

Every election season talk turns to change. Those running for office promise all the ways they can improve the economy and generally make society better and people happier. And the country great, again. Sure, those who hold elected office hold a...


Broken windows and broken hearts: The stickiness of the Charlotte riots

It’s become apparent to me during the past week just how deeply I feel about Charlotte. Watching my native city take center stage on the media with the violent protests that occurred after the police officer-involved shooting on Sept. 20 made...


How can Charlotte attract a convention hotel?

Hotel development is hot in Charlotte, which is benefiting from an ongoing hotel construction boom. But the Queen City is missing one big jewel in its hospitality crown: A hotel large enough to draw mega conventions and popular events such as the...


I love learning new things...

One thing I love about being in the commercial real estate industry is you’re allowed to be a lifelong learner. In fact, I’ve found the most successful real estate professionals have an insatiably curious approach to life and an...