The national podcast “Leading Voices in Real Estate“, produced by Matt Slepin, Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Search Partners, released today its new episode with legendary developer-owner Gerald Hines, who built his company on a foundation of outstanding architecture and a focus on quality and integrity. Our discussion follows him from Gary, Indiana to Houston and onto the world stage, as he became one of the most renowned names in global real estate.
Upcoming Season Two interviews include Fred Tuomi, CEO of Invitation Homes; Ken Woolley, founder of ExtraSpace Management; Jane Graf, CEO of Mercy Housing, among others. Matt interviews real estate industry leaders who tell their personal career stories of business building and making a difference in our communities.
Developer and Visionary
Who else could say the word “quality” dozens of times in a session, and mean it without self-centered bravado? Gerald Hines demonstrates a high-concept in real estate about stretching to do the best work possible — with great teams, commensurate confidence and measured risk. After leaving the military, a friend asked him to build a 5,000 square-foot building. Some start. His namesake company now has a presence in 24 countries and manages over $110 billion. He’s hired top architects to do iconic projects from Pennzoil Place and The Galleria in Houston, to New York City’s Lipstick building and the Marche St. Germain in France.
Singer, Songwriter, Author
After growing up in a family active in small-town civic engagement, Dar Williams developed a successful singing career that took her to hundreds of communities she watched evolve over the years – and many she fell in love with. She says “Positive Proximity” is the understanding of how your life is better living alongside others who might have differences, not in spite of them. Her book “What I Found in A Thousand Towns,” highlights her unique perspective on how towns evolve into great communities.
CEO, Bedrock Real Estate
Most real estate professionals know property repositioning, but city repositioning? Detroit area native Jim Ketai is the CEO and Managing Partner at Bedrock Detroit, the company that has been at the center of revitalizing downtown Detroit. In today’s episode, we discuss how Jim co-founded Bedrock with his friend, Quicken Loan CEO Dan Gilbert, and how they transcended traditional real estate thinking with Bedrock’s pioneering investments in investment-abandoned downtown Detroit. New employers began moving in including Facebook, Amazon, Google and many more. And he has little fear of failure. “It’s okay to fail because that’s how we all learn and get better.”
President, Camden Property Trust
Keith Oden and his business partner, CEO Ric Campo, have taken Camden Property Trust from a Texas start-up to a nationwide apartment owner, with a distinctive approach. He explains the seminal move by Camden in innovating rent optimization software, how they’ve built a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and how they keep a sprawling organization humming.
Chairman, Equity International
Sam Zell has always had an entrepreneurial mind-set, attributing his real estate success to it. After getting his start flipping apartments as a law school student, he grew his businesses and helped transform what we know as the modern REIT.