Case Studies Real Estate Development

Karen Diener

Between 2014 and 2015, internet pioneer AOL acquired mobile-ad giant Millennial Media, attribution marketing company Convertro, and Microsoft’s advertising business—all in the same 18-month stretch. For Karen Diener, AOL’s longtime senior director of real estate, the trio of deals presented a unique challenge. In a typical acquisition, the acquiring company will procure both people and […]

Jim Zuiderhoek – Risk Management Solutions

So how does one get into the profession of managing the physical facilities of a multinational? Nowadays, a university student so inclined might find specific courses on the subject. Then there are the old-school types like Jim Zuiderhoek, since November 2009 the director of global real estate and facilities services for Risk Management Solutions in […]

Karen Hodson – CM Group

From the moment Karen Hodson walked into CM Group’s former San Francisco office, she knew the vibe was all wrong. Conference rooms unnecessarily clustered in the center demanded the most attention, making the open-concept desks surrounding them feel scattered and sparse. Adding to the effect, the office was just too big for the number of […]

Lyndsay Bennett

Architecture is a complex, involved profession, but Lyndsay Bennett has been captivated by it since childhood. With her father working as a contractor, at an early age Bennett began drawing pictures of houses similar to those she saw around her neighborhood. “I was always looking at construction and home design magazines,” she says. “My dad […]

Matthias Muckle – Bayer

Growing up in the West German capital of Bonn, in the uncertain years before and after reunification, Matthias Muckle marveled at the city’s multicultural verve: the kaleidoscope of faces on every street, the mix of gothic and postmodern architecture, meeting families from foreign embassies on early evening strolls with his parents. Today, he still yearns […]

Jim Cornwell – Patoka Capital

A night at the movies calls for more amenities than in years past, and the same may hold true for breakfast the next morning at a restaurant. Today’s consumer can be more demanding, and for any company to be thriving tomorrow, it had better have its eyes on the future. Which is where Jim Cornwell […]

Gelson Da Silva II – Carta

He’s on to new adventures after a most eventful year and few months as director of global real estate and workplace services for Carta, a software platform for founders, investors and employees to manage equity and ownership, headquartered in San Francisco. But first Gelson Da Silva II plans to spend a few months with some […]

John Gioioso – Fresenius Medical Care North America

Ah, the cubicle. John Gioioso knows the model well: A square measuring a few feet by a few feet. Just enough room for a desk a computer and files. No natural light to speak of and identical row after identical row. Corporate America is made of these. But the future isn’t, at least not for […]

Lisa Landis – The Woda Group

It’s no statue, but it does have a connection to the past. The 86,000-square-foot, six-story brick structure was built in the 1890s and has been used as a grocery store, biscuit factory, wool exporter and warehouse. And there’s the most recent use: Nothing at all. For years, the structure stood vacant. Then, in 2015, the […]

Steve Bruere – Peoples Company

According to a 2015 Iowa State University study, 56 percent of all Iowa farmland is owned by those 65 and older. Though the numbers don’t exactly pop off the page, the implications are significant: With upwards of 85 percent of our foodstuffs sourced from within the United States, how—and by whom—will our future farms be […]

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