10 Corporate Real Estate Influencers To Follow
Today’s corporate real estate leaders are navigating unprecedented disruptions, new opportunities to optimize their portfolio with flexible space, and emerging technology that’s changing the way they work.
At a time like this, it’s helpful to know where to turn when you need to get some perspective on it all. Our team has established relationships with many corporate real estate influencers through our Workplace Innovator podcast, monthly webinars, and events.
We also pay attention to others who post thought-provoking content on social media. If you’re looking to expand your corporate real estate news sources, check out some of our favorite CRE influencers.
Corporate Real Estate Influencers to Watch
Barbi Reuter – Chief Executive Officer, Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR
Barbi began her career as Director of Property Management at Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR when the firm opened in 1986 and has been with the company ever since. After serving as COO from 2014 to 2016, and President in 2017, until Reuter was named CEO and chair of the board in 2020.
Previously named one of Arizona’s most influential women in real estate, she is currently a national board member for the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network. An early adopter of Twitter, she joined the social media site in 2009 and now boasts over 13,000 followers, with whom she shares updates on the latest disruptors in the CRE industry.
Coy Davidson – Senior Vice President, Colliers International
Based in iOFFICE’s hometown of Houston, Coy Davidson is a leader in the CRE space and one of the most well-known corporate real estate influencers. For over 20 years, he has been the Senior Vice President at Colliers International, a global CRE services organization that is consistently ranked highly in National Real Estate Investor’s top real estate brokerage firms.
His blog, The Tenant Advisor, has thousands of followers and features articles on tenant representation, healthcare real estate, and (of course) corporate real estate. In 2017, he was named the No. 1 CRE professional to follow on Twitter.
Dayann Charles Jeyamohan – Industry Analyst, Smart Buildings, Verdantix
Dayann’s team focuses on making buildings smarter and more efficient using IoT sensors and other proptech solutions. He has led and managed multiple consulting projects and developed market studies to inform reports around a variety of topics, including future office spaces and how the employee experience is evolving for the hybrid workplace.
He has also developed reports on edge computing and 5G, return-to-work strategies, and privacy concerns for firms.
Dayann recently co-hosted a webinar and podcast with our own Mike Petrusky on the future of the employee experience.
Matthias Grimm – Vice President, Head Global Real Estate & Facilities, SAP SE
For the past 19 years, Matthias Grimm has led the Global Real Estate and Facilities (GRF) organization within SAP SE. Its mission, according to Grimm, is to “be an innovative and trusted business partner that develops and drives world-class workplace and infrastructure solutions.”
Matthias believes a successful CRE strategy is one that focuses on the people who occupy the buildings, not just the buildings themselves.
This approach to CRE is what inspired CoreNet Global to name him Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year.
Jeremy Neuer – Executive Vice President, CBRE
Jeremy Neuer’s corporate real estate career spans more than two decades. A former Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield, he’s now the Executive Vice President at CBRE, one of the largest CRE and investment firms in the world. Neuer has represented both tenants and landlords in contract negotiations, and his client list includes Merrill Lynch, Sony Music, and ADP.
On his blog, Neuerspace (which boasts the tagline “Corporate Real Estate with Personality”), he shared industry updates and CRE tech news. Jeremy said his goal for Neuerspace was to offer junior brokers quick, engaging lessons about how to move forward in their real estate careers. Now, you can read his newest articles on LinkedIn.
Linda Day Harrison – Founder, theBrokerList
Linda Day Harrison began her real estate career in 1983, working as a property manager around Chicago. Since 2009, Harrison has focused on the technology side of CRE and enthusiastically encourages other CRE leaders to incorporate technology into their property management workflows.
In 2011, she launched theBrokerList, the first free online commercial real estate broker list. Harrison has over 5,550 followers on LinkedIn and more than 5,500 on Twitter, with whom she shares the latest insights about CRE and the modern workplace.
Vik Bangia – CEO and Founder, Verum Consulting
When it comes to CRE, Vik Bangia has been a part of almost every type of transaction, from relocations and mergers and acquisitions to small-scale and large-scale lease negotiations — even environmental remediation.
In addition to offering CRE strategic advisory services via his firm, Verum Consulting, Bangia is also an award-winning inspirational speaker. He has presented at some of the largest CRE conferences in the world, including the CoreNet Global Summit and IFMA’s World Workplace Conference. (You may also remember him as a keynote speaker at the 2018 iOFFICE User Conference.)
Fernando Martin – Smart Spaces EMEA Industry Lead, Tech Data
Fernando Martín is the Smart Spaces EMEA Industry Lead for Data Solutions and IoT at Tech Data, where he has a passion for innovation-oriented technology. That includes cloud computing, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and Industry 4.0.
He was a recent guest on the Workplace Innovator podcast, where he talked about how FM leaders can reimagine workspaces to create a more engaging employee experience.
He was also a presenter during a European-based conference called “Excellence in Corporate Facility & Real Estate Management”.
Lorri Rowlandson – Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, BGIS
Lorri has made a career of navigating real estate-related outsourcing and expense management solutions. As senior VP of strategy and innovation at BGIS, Lorri oversees product lines, key client accounts, and high-profile C-suite initiatives. The company is a global leader in facility management, project delivery, energy and sustainability, asset management, workplace advisory, and real estate services.
She also has certifications in change management, employee experience, leadership excellence, deal architect vested outsourcing, and a masters of corporate real estate from CoreNet Global.
On a recent episode of the Workplace Innovator podcast, she talked about the future of the workplace and how leaders can create an environment that encourages creativity and celebration.
Nikki Greenberg, founder of Real Estate of the Future
Nikki Greenberg is the Founder of Real Estate of the Future and Women in PropTech, where she is a futurist and corporate real estate influencer. She has been named among the top 25 CRE Innovators and among the top 100 Real Estate executives. She previously lead the marketing team of the Fortune-500 global developer Greenland Holdings in Australia, where she launched Park Sydney, a $1.2 billion mixed-use project in inner-Sydney. She founded Women in PropTech, the leading global PropTech education and networking organization, in 2018.
In a recent episode of the Workplace Innovator podcast, she spoke about the challenges and opportunities in the world of real estate and the workplace as we continue to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Which corporate real estate influencers would you like to see on our list? Let us know on social media!
In the meantime, get the latest CRE news and insights on our Workplace Innovator podcast.