Since its launch eight years ago, a key differentiator for D CEO Real Estate has been its team of more than 100 contributing editors. These thought leaders provide on-the-ground insights and share perspectives as experts in their fields. At a recent party celebrating the site’s anniversary (see photo recap here), we counted down the top blog posts of the past 12 months, based on web traffic from June 2018 through May 2019. They represent a range of specialties and reported on diverse topics but show the strength of the local market—and the professionals who are driving activity within it.
- Coming in at No. 12 is a post on the five simple lessons … learned the hard way. Written by CBRE’s Blair Oden, it provides exceptional advice for young professionals who are hoping to have a career in the industry.
- Ranking No. 11 is a thought-provoking piece entitled, “What Does Your Brain Think About the Modern Workplace.” It was written by Corgan’s president, executive managing principal, and interiors market sector leader, Lindsay Wilson.
- The 10th most-read blog post of the year makes the case for zero-energy buildings. It talks about how energy efficiency is not only good business, but also good global citizenship. It was written by Dan Noble, president of HKS, one of the country’s largest architecture firms.
- Coming in at No. 9 is a post that offers tips on how to succeed in retail. The customer experience is and always be king, writes Jennifer Pierson, managing partner of STRIVE.
- Ranking No. 8 is post written by someone who consistently ranks in the top 10, year after year: Jo Staffelbach Heinz, principal and workplace leader at DLR Group | Staffelbach. In this column, she writes about how a work environment helps determine how agile and competitive today’s law firms can be.
- The year’s seventh-most popular post generated a ton of traffic. It was an in-depth outlook report on the construction industry that highlighted where the greatest opportunities lie. It was written by the president and CEO of MYCON General Contractors, Charlie Myers.
- Ranking No. 6 is a post that was written by one of the region’s top office tenant rep brokers, Steve Thelen of JLL. He drilled down on market fundamentals and explained why DFW is on most investors’ “buy” list.
- Our fifth most-popular post was written by ARA Newmark’s Vice Chairman Brian O’Boyle, an industry expert who has his finger firmly on the pulse of the region’s multifamily market. In this column, he covers why there is so much investor interest in DFW apartment properties.
- Our No. 4 blog post vaulted to the top echelon, despite being published just a few weeks ago. It was a report on the intersection of sports and commercial real estate and talked about the movement to position buildings as brands. It was written by Ryan Hoopes, a director at Cushman & Wakefield.
- Ranking No. 3 is a post that takes a look at the evolving role of women in the male-dominated field of construction. It’s an exceptional piece that’s rich in detail, written by Carla Gallardo, project manager for McCarthy Building Cos.
- Our second most-read column looks at the downtown Dallas market and how it’s coming into its own and solidifying its place as the nucleus of the metro. It was written by downtown’s biggest cheerleader, Kourtny Garrett, the president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc.
- Drumroll please … the No. 1 blog post at D CEO Real Estate for the past year was by Jon Altschuler of Altschuler + Co., who wrote about working with millennials in commercial real estate. “Come on, admit it,” he says. “They’re not much different from what we were like at their age.” He has some funny stories to share … and he names names.
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