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Leading Voices in Real Estate

This is a podcast series of interviews with leaders in the world of real estate, with host Matt Slepin. We discuss their work, their contribution to the built environment and their career paths in leadership.

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Sam Zell | Building an Empire With Fearlessness and Drive (Rebroadcast)

Sam Zell has always had an entrepreneurial mindset, attributing his real estate success to it. After getting his start managing student apartments as a law school student, he grew his businesses and helped transform what we know as the modern REIT.This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

54mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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Gerald Hines | Industry Legend, Developer, and Visionary

Gerald Hines, Founder of Hines Development, is renowned for his groundbreaking work creating iconic buildings and partnering with the world’s best architects.

43mins

14 May 2018

Rank #2

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Leading Voices in Real Estate: Sam Zell

Sam Zell has always had an entrepreneurial mindset, attributing his real estate success to it. After getting his start managing student apartments as a law school student, he grew his businesses and helped transform what we know as the modern REIT.

53mins

5 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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Leading Voices in Real Estate: Mary Ann Tighe

Mary Ann Tighe didn’t know what commercial real estate was until she was 36 years old. With a successful career in the Carter/Mondale White House before launching the A&E network, she recognized her knack for deal-making and is now one of the country’s most prolific brokers.

45mins

13 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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Leading Voices in Real Estate: Tom Geddes

A chance meeting on a playground led Kevin Plank, Under Armour’s founder, to ask Tom Geddes to oversee his private investments. Tom’s leadership is enhancing Baltimore’s waterfront and how the public experiences the city.

38mins

16 May 2017

Rank #5

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Dr. Peter Linneman | Founding Chairman of Wharton’s Real Estate Department

This week’s conversation dives into Dr. Peter Linneman’s experience, from his perch at Wharton where he learned from and then counseled the then giants in the industry on this transformation as well as trained the future generation of leaders in the business.

56mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Bobby Turner | Principal and CEO of Turner Impact Capital

Bobby Turner is the Principal and CEO of Turner Impact Capital, one of the country’s largest social impact investment funds, and previously the leader of Canyon’s real estate investment platform. He shares how his careers have taught him how to balance impact and profit, and the importance of pursuing social good through the lens of business.Thanks to JLL for sponsoring this episode.

1hr 4mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Ron Terwilliger (Part 1) | Risk, Intensity, and His Journey Leading Trammell Crow Residential

In today’s episode, Ron Terwilliger, a great influencer in the apartment sector and dedicated philanthropist, shares part one of his story: his leadership at Trammell Crow Residential and how he literally spawned the next generation of the apartment business.This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

1hr 7mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Leading Voices in Real Estate: Alicia Glen

A lifelong New Yorker, Alicia Glen serves as the city’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development. Why did she leave the private sector for public service, and what are the challenges for New York given one of its own is entering the White House?

38mins

24 Jan 2017

Rank #9

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David Brickman | CEO of Freddie Mac

David Brickman was appointed CEO of Freddie Mac in July 2019. He has been with the company for over two decades, previously serving as a longtime leader of its multifamily division. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Freddie’s sister GSE, have both been in government conservatorship for eleven years and there finally seems to be a feasible pathway back to private status.

49mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Leading Voices in Real Estate: MaryAnne Gilmartin

MaryAnne Gilmartin defies many conventions in the real estate world. She wears high heels to construction sites of major New York City projects and has achieved the top leadership position in a family business where she has no relation.

48mins

22 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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Bill Bayless | CEO of American Campus Communities, the Only Publicly Traded Student Housing Company

Bill Bayless is the co-founder and CEO of the only publicly traded student housing company, American Campus Communities (ACC). One of the true pioneers in the student housing business, Bill initially conceived of ideas that are now part of ACC’s mission when he was an undergrad at West Virginia University, recognizing that both students and their parents were being underserved.This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

1hr 2mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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Ben Harris | CEO of Link Industrial Properties

Ben Harris, CEO of Link Industrial Properties, Blackstone’s industrial sector operating platform, joins us for this week’s episode of Leading Voices in Real Estate. In the episode, we dive into the drivers of the robust industrial sector, especially how the overall secular changes in retail, logistics, and distribution are driving a re-make of the industrial real estate business.

1hr 3mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Amy Price | Managing Partner, Co-Head of U.S. at BentallGreenOak

Our first episode in 2020 features Amy Price, Managing Partner and Co-Head of the U.S. business for BentallGreenOak. After the recent merger between Bentall Kennedy and Green Oak, which she helped orchestrate, the company has grown to become a $48B real estate investment manager with a global footprint. Amy is a senior female leader in the real estate investment management business.

55mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Paul Smithers | CEO of Innovative Industrial Properties

This week, Matt speaks with Paul Smithers, CEO of Innovative Industrial Properties, the first and only NYSE REIT serving the cannabis space. It’s hard to imagine that this type of business would exist even a decade ago, but with the changing landscape of real estate investment groups and the legalization of marijuana across the U.S., Innovative Industrial Properties tapped into an industry with huge growth potential.

49mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Gilda Perez-Alvarado | Leading the Hospitality Division of JLL

Gilda Perez-Alvarado is the CEO of JLL’s Hotels and Hospitality Group, Americas. Gilda shares her career journey, the opportunities, challenges, and evolution of the market in the hospitality sector. From Costa Rica to Cornell and further, Gilda has extensive global experience which has led her toward her position of leadership and success in real estate.This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

51mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Chris Rising | CEO of Rising Realty Partners and Host of The Real Market

In this episode, Chris and Matt talk about the lessons learned from hosting their podcasts and their experiences interviewing leaders in commercial real estate. You’ll also learn more about their journeys as they swap questions in this joint interview. This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

1hr 4mins

6 May 2019

Rank #17

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Ron Terwilliger (Part 2) | From Leadership in Market Rate Housing to Affordable Housing

In today’s episode, Ron Terwilliger, a great influencer in the apartment sector and dedicated philanthropist, shares part two of his story: his philanthropic and policy-driven role in affordable housing and education.This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

48mins

24 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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Leading Voices in Real Estate: Scott Cowen

How does one prepare for an unexpected crisis? Scott Cowen managed to lead Tulane University through Hurricane Katrina, strengthening the student body and city of New Orleans in the process by strategically integrating the two.

41mins

5 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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Lucy Billingsley | A Natural-Born Real Estate Leader

You might say that innovation, passion, and real estate are in Lucy Billingsley’s blood. As the only daughter of real estate legend Trammell Crow, Lucy wanted to make her own name for herself and co-founded the Billingsley Company with her husband. The firm has been developing and creating spaces full of dynamic energy in the Dallas area for years.This episode is made possible by our sponsor JLL. Learn more at jll.com/voices.

52mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #20