Episode 17 - Liz Holland

The Back to School Special.  Phil sits down with Liz Holland, the CEO of Abbell Credit Corporation and Abbell Associates.  Liz takes us to school on current retail real estate trends, what Amazon is going to do to compete in the grocery store market. She also discusses the under-utilization of the female workforce causing a limited economic growth environment, and the fight for sales fairness legislation (a/k/a the main street fairness act).  Liz explains the value of brick and mortar and how recent online retailers are transferring to them, creating a situation where the line is murky between online sales and in-store sales. 

Liz is the former chairman of ICSC (and currently serves on the board of trustees), an accomplished attorney, commercial real estate owner, an asset manager, and a renowned speaker.  Liz is able to identify current trends in the market and use her creativity and insight to provide value for real estate owners and investors alike.

Learn more about Abbell Associates here:  http://abbell.com/
Learn more about ICSC here:  https://www.icsc.org/
Watch Liz’s TedxTalk here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9YBCwgrwQA

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Episode 16 - Linda Day Harrison

Marketing!  We all know that we should be doing a better job marketing ourselves and our companies online.  But it is hard to know how to market oneself.  We had Linda Day Harrison, founder and CEO of theBrokerList, come on the podcast to describe simple tips and strategies to market yourself online.  Marketing is simply educating the public about who you are and what you can do for them.  Linda is passionate about helping people market and is generous with her time, energy and ideas.

We also asked Linda about theBrokerList, a commercial real estate network created to provide an online forum for brokers to share ideas, listings, contacts, and deals.  theBrokerList is a free tool and way to unite all of our commercial real estate organizations and the affiliated members to message and find each other or groups of our colleagues and save those lists for future reference.

You can learn more about the BrokerList here. http://thebrokerlist.com/

Connect with Linda here:  Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Group LinkedIn Profile 
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Follow-Up Call with Colin Laitner

Phil’s friend Colin Laitner (Deeter Investments / Metis Capital) comes back on the podcast as a follow up to Episode 4 to let us all know the resolution of his company’s real estate lawsuit between the Nook and the Westin regarding the Westin’s claim that the Nook’s awesome sound was infringing on its use and enjoyment of its property.  It is an interesting discussion of litigation strategy, finding common ground in a multi-dimensional negotiation, and realizing value in the midst of a contentious real estate litigation.   This episode is an experiment on using an Uber conference call to connect people across the country, and as such, please excuse the audio quality.

Check out the subject of this podcast, The Nook, here.  http://www.nookamphitheater.com/

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 15 - Dan McCaffery

Phil sits down for a cup of coffee with Dan McCaffery of McCaffery Interests.  Dan explains how he went from a college student in Canada to running a hugely successful real estate development and full service real estate firm in Chicago, Illinois, that has successfully completed over $2 Billion of commercial real estate developments.   Dan is a big picture guy who has made big developments his business, including the current development of The Lincoln Common in Lincoln Park, Illinois.   The Lincoln Common is the former site of the Children’s Memorial Hospital, and the project will cover a contiguous 6.04 acre area which includes 100,000 square feet of retail space, 538 apartment units, 40 luxury condominiums, a 5-story boutique office building, 850 garage spaces, and a 156 room senior living facility, with over 1 acre of open space and multiple swimming pools.  Dan explains how he and his team “imagineers” huge developments, his strategy for pricing the site while factoring in construction and other costs, and obtaining the vision to see the project completion and how it can transform a community.    Dan also discusses his developments in the West Loop and participating in the revitalization of that area, and how to build projects which are attractive to multiple generations including the millennial demographic.  McCaffery interests has been instrumental in pioneering the Strip District in Pittsburgh.  Dan’s story about the sale of the old Nike Town property exemplifies the attraction to real estate development and real estate property values.   Dan also explains why the retail sector may be a great opportunity for investment in this period of bad news surrounding retail.

It is readily apparent that what Dan values above all else is partnerships, and having partners that you can trust, and who share similar visions.  “Relationships over returns,” as Dan says.

McCaffery Interests Website:  http://www.mccafferyinterests.com/

The Lincoln Common Project:  https://lincolncommon.com/

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 14 - Jon Winick

Distressed Debt.  Debt buying is a multi-billion dollar industry that operates largely under the radar.  Phil has Jon Winick of Clark Street Capital come on to discuss the business side of debt purchases and sales, the industry, and how it all works.  As it turns out, all banks sell loans.  There are professional loan buying companies, private equity groups, and individual investors, out there that purchase loans to restructure (i.e. workout) loans and enforce delinquent debt.  Jon talks about the process and costs of loan management, the reasons for selling loans, the purchasers in the market, and the opportunities available for loan purchasers.  Jon also gets into the 2008 downturn, the consequences on the banking industry, and how that changed the loan sale industry. Clark Street Capital puts debt sellers and buyers together and creates a market for these transactions.  Their primary business is value management and sale of complex loan portfolios by selling loans and valuing loans.

Learn More about Clark Street Capital here.

Link to FTC report (The Structures and Practices of Distressed Debt Buying Industry) mentioned on podcast can be found here

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 13 - Sam Rosen

In order to learn more about the coworking phenomenon, Phil has Sam Rosen, co-founder of Deskpass, on the podcast.  Sam, a design and technology professional by trade, is a long time pioneer in the coworking space industry (former founder of the “Coop” in River North), and Deskpass allows users to dip their toes in the coworking atmosphere.   Sam discusses trends with the millennial workforce, the shift to the freelance workforce, and how companies are using creative strategies to attract top tier talent in urban areas.

Learn more about Deskpass:  www.deskpass.com.   At the 21:00-23:00 minute mark, Sam offers our listeners 50% of their initial month.  Call and mention that you heard about the deal on our podcast.

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 12 - Sleeping Bear Capital - Andrew Calcutt and George Freeman

First, Phil provides an ICSC RECON recap, and he shares his first experience at the storied conference in Las Vegas.   Phil then sits down with Andrew Calcutt and George Freeman, two long-time friends and business partners, who invest in 6-30 unit multi-family buildings in the south side of Chicago.   Andrew and George discuss their strategies, their challenges finding quality deals in the current marketplace, the lack of REO inventory, distressed debt purchasing, and their strategy of renovating challenged properties to provide affordable, quality housing in challenging markets.

Learn more about Sleeping Bear Capital here.

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 11 - Dee G. Coover - Mother's Day Special

Dee G. Coover.   MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL.  In this episode, Phil’s mother Dee G. Coover comes on the podcast to discuss one of the most complex real estate deals one can imagine:  The DeKalb Public Library Expansion project.   As (now happily retired) director of the DeKalb Public Library, Dee embarked on a 9 year, $25 Million Dollar, journey to renovate an existing historical structure, build a new structure which merged with the historic structure, purchase multiple parcels, change the zoning laws, build public support, obtain government approvals, and finance the project through a combination of public funds, private donations, TIF Financing, loans from private banks, municipal bonds, and public grants.   It was an absolute pleasure having Dee’s on to discuss the public library.  Please support your local libraries, and have a Happy Mother’s Day.

Learn more about the DeKalb Public Library here.

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 10 - Bobby Goodman

Phil is joined by Bobby Goodman, one of the co-founders of Truss, which could revolutionize the commercial real estate industry with its new real estate tech company, Truss.  This company launched in January of 2017 and is already making waves in the community.   Truss provides a cloud based platform for office space and gives power to the tenants looking for office space in downtown Chicago and is expanding rapidly to new markets.   This company fills a hole in the marketplace and serves an underserved market where tenants can search the marketplace and take control of the process. The Truss company makes the information and pricing transparent, provides a rebate to tenants from the buyer’s broker commission, so much more. 

Learn more about Truss here.

DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests, SATC Solution Center L3C, or Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.

Episode 9 - Craig Nadborne - Q1 2017 Chicago Downtown Office Market Report

Craig Nadborne - Q1 2017 Chicago Downtown Office Market Report.  In this episode, Phil has Craig Nadborne, an office tenant rep broker and senior managing director at Bradford Allen, come on the podcast to explain the Bradford Allen quarterly report and describe the state of the office market in downtown Chicago.   Craig advises on the current rental rates, total inventory, the difference between A, B and C class buildings, current trends in new office buildings and renovating existing buildings, and what’s to come in future quarters.

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Learn more about Bradford Allen here.

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