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Blair Oden

Blair Oden


As managing director of occupier services for CBRE, Blair Oden is responsible for setting and deploying the local business strategy for global corporate services, tenant representation, retail, and corporate relationships. Prior to joining CBRE in 2008, Oden was vice president of leasing and development at Duke Realty, senior vice president at Transwestern, and director of leasing at Macfarlan Real Estate Services.

Stories by Blair Oden


Blair Oden: Dallas—A World Class Shopping Destination?

What makes a city a “world class” shopping destination? Is it high-street retail, the number of pedestrian-friendly retail environments, the entertainment venues, or the breadth of retail opportunities a city has to offer? However you define it, Dallas is poised for great things.

Blair Oden: A “Bridge to the Future”?

I’m still figuring out how I feel about the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The hope is that West Dallas will benefit from the increased traffic, resulting in renewed interest. But traffic alone won’t create economic development. And that’s when I remember what the hoopla is all about—redeveloping the Trinity River Corridor.
Commercial Real Estate

Blair Oden: Who Has the Guts for Spec?

In the next 12 months, North Texas will only have three or four very large Class A buildings available, and another two or three such spaces that may be coming back to the market (i.e., tenants vacating). With no speculative projects under way, regional distribution users that need 600,000 square feet or more will have just a few Class A options on the ground from which to choose.

Blair Oden: Honor Our Vets—Give Them a Job

National holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day give us an opportunity to take special time to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty and to those who have risked their lives defending our country. But there's another way we can honor these individuals—and that is to hire them.
Commercial Real Estate

Blair Oden: Inside CBRE’s Monthly Tenant Rep Meeting

At CBRE's most recent monthly tenant rep meeting, I asked the group what they thought the rest of the year would be like from as user’s perspective. From there, the discussion took off. A resounding response from the team was that we are definitely in a recovery mode and have a strong pipeline of business.