When I joined Real Estate Forum nearly four decades ago, I was simply answering a newspaper ad for an assistant editor position. Yes, that’s how you found your job opportunities in 1979. There was no Apple or Google, no Internet and no LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.
I never expected the journey to last 38 years, but during the course of my career I was fortunate to meet and work with some
of the most talented, respected and influential leaders in the industry.
Despite the fact that real estate now is corporate, mainstream and driven by instant gratification, make no mistake: this
industry has always been, and always will be, one based on relationships. And together we have gone through successful—and
not so successful—transactions, as well as marriages, births, death and divorce.
Working together, we have persevered through depressions, severe nationwide recessions, overbuilt commercial markets,
dried up financing, mergers, wars, September 11, the 2008 financial crisis and much more. We’ve also seen this industry grow
both in size and in recognition to become a leading asset class among investors
around the globe.
In addition to Real Estate Forum, which celebrated its 70th Anniversary last
September, I’m grateful for having the opportunity to work with a brilliant REM
team to launch seven regional publications (May they rest in peace!), GlobeSt.
com and the RealShare Conference Series.
As I leave this thrilling, frustrating, rewarding, maddening, entertaining position, I recall that someone once told me that Real Estate Forum is a voice of
reason in a “real estate mad” world.
New kinds of competition, sophisticated and readily available data and the globalization of business and finance, along with events taking place on Wall Street
and thousands of miles away, have dramatically revolutionized the real estate
industry. These changes are both vast and specific to our businesses. They are
global issues, but they also touch each real estate company on an individual level,
either directly or indirectly.
The past 38 years have been beyond anything I could have
imagined and I am honored to have served our audience through the myriad changes for which real
estate industry will always be known. I’m particularly proud that we have been able to continue to grow
our company and nurture our greatest asset—our people—while staying true to our core principle: to
produce journalism that provokes, informs, entertains and educates.
There is no doubt that Real Estate Forum, GlobeSt.com and the RealShare Conference series will
continue to create superior content that appeals to and engages a growing audience with rapidly changing media consumption habits. The following team members will be able to able to assist with anything
you may need going forward for events, advertising and editorial matters, respectively: Jonathan Levin,
Director of Group Events (212-457-7761, email@example.com); Kristi Procopio, Senior Director, Integrated
Media Sales, Real Estate Division (858-775.7297, firstname.lastname@example.org); and Sule Aygoren, Editor-in-Chief (212-457-9659, email@example.com).
It has been a pleasure working with you and I continue to wish you and your associates great success. I
hope only that your REM experience under my watch was as special for you as it was for me.
I’m also very excited about the next chapter. To all my great colleagues who have embodied what it
means to work on a team, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you.
Thank you all!