Stephanie Rodriguez started in industrial leasing at a time when few if any women were involved and nearly
every broker/tenant representative was male. Unintimidated, Rodriguez leased virtually every Duke Realty
industrial space that became available, either through development or acquisitions. In turn, Duke Realty has
grown its South Florida portfolio from 2. 1 million square feet in 2011 to 7. 7 million square feet in 2018. At the
end of 2018, Duke Realty’s South Florida industrial portfolio was 99.1% occupied.
In 2017 and 2018, Rodriguez earned salesperson of the year. She leased more than 1. 4 million square feet
and closed on the purchase of two future development sites in 2018. Rodriguez also became a member of the
Masters Club, a group comprised of the company’s top five leasing representatives that year.
In 2014, 2015 and 2017, Rodriguez was the dealmaker of the year, closing the most leasing transactions. She
was a NAIOP industrial broker of the year finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Rodriguez serves on NAIOP’s South Florida’s board of directors and chairs its Awards of Excellence committee. She also is president-elect of NAIOP, a member of its developers’ forum and a developing leaders’ mentor. Rodriguez is on the
board of directors of the Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida. She is a trustee of the Pompano Beach Chamber of
Commerce, a corporate investor on the Beacon Council and a business development board investor for Palm Beach County.
SEALY & CO.
Famously anecdotal, the humble yet innovative company began with an early
Sealy entrepreneur positioned outside distributing matchbooks with the real
estate company’s contact information. For nearly 75 years, Sealy & Co. has maintained a tradition much like the familial roots from which it originated.
This fourth generation company’s $1.5 billion+ portfolio is comprised of more
than 25 million square feet of industrial real estate spanning more than 20 markets
throughout the southeast, south-central, southwest, and Midwest regions of the
United States. Sealy & Co. has been successful in its return on its investments, sustainability efforts, and steadily increasing transaction volume and market presence.
In fact, for the past 30 years, Sealy has generated an annual average return on
equity for completed transactions of 23.9% and has a 20% average annual
growth rate. Sealy completed almost $400 million in total transaction volume in
the last year alone and manages a pipeline of more than $3.5 billion in investment opportunities. Included in this number is the volume of strategic dispositions executed: 23% of transactions in 2018 were dispositions, which triples the
disposition square footage of the previous year, signifying the growth of the
portfolios and the maturing of assets within the assets’ life cycles.
Environmentally, Sealy strives to provide cost savings to its tenants and reduce
carbon footprints by utilizing sustainability features that improve financial and operating inefficiencies. Notably, Sealy has updated more than 8. 5 million square feet of
lighting in an effort to reduce energy costs, and many Sealy-owned buildings have
energy-efficient cool roofs that offer higher solar reflectance, reduce heat transfer
and drastically decrease energy costs associated with fans and rooftop unit run times.
For more than seven decades, Sealy has utilized a disciplined investment
approach in acquiring and managing commercial real estate assets primarily in
the industrial sector. Today, Sealy & Co. acquires, develops and redevelops
regional distribution warehouse, industrial/flex and other commercial properties. In the last three years, Sealy has successfully closed on 100% of properties put under contract. This close rate, achieved on dozens of
transactions in this time frame, is a testament to the carefully designed strategies with which Sealy operates. The investment services team
spends weeks judiciously vetting, evaluating and sourcing deals on assets which align with its portfolio strategy.
As Sealy & Company continues to expand and acquire more properties, forming new portfolios was vital. With that, Sealy has strategically instituted multiple vehicles, marking continued portfolio diversification through market, property, tenant and lease term diversification. Moreover, the firm has made considerable investments in new technologies in the areas of financial technology, real-time market
and performance data, marketing integration, and security.
Scott P. Sealy Sr. is chairman and CEO of Sealy & Co. and oversees corporate governance, strategic planning, and corporate development. He joined the company in 1968 and is particularly recognized with respect to the acquisition, repositioning and ground-up development of industrial facilities. In 2018, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame and was
named a 2018 Junior Achievement Laureate for his work in the community. Scott Sealy holds a multitude of other distinctions and has
received numerous industry honors.
Mark P. Sealy is president of Sealy & Co. He joined the company in 1981 and currently oversees enterprise-critical functions through
the company’s chief operations officer and chief financial officer. Mark Sealy has extensive experience in real estate brokerage, acquisitions, ownership structuring, syndication, financing, land and building development, property management, asset management and
dispositions which have involved the capitalization of more than $1 billion into real estate syndications.
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