SHARPLINE COMMERCIAL PARTNERS
As founder and president of Sharpline
Commercial Partners, Barbara
Armendariz is one of very few minority
women in the industry have launched
her own brokerage firm. She began her
15-year career without mentors or con-
nections, relentlessly networking at
industry events, before starting at
Colliers and then eventually serving as
VP at CBRE. Desiring more opportu-
nity, Armendariz launched her Los Angeles firm in 2015, which
continues to grow in one of the most competitive markets in the
industry. She oversees all transactions, manages brokers, provides
comprehensive research all the while steadily growing her client
roster. She recently launched a property management division
and aspires to incorporate office and multifamily business lines to
create a full-service firm.
SMARTSTOP SELF STORAGE REIT
SmartShop Self Storage REIT directly
attributes its success to James Barry’s
hard work and dedication, which led to
his promotion to CFO at the age of 30.
Barry was integral in the negotiations,
calculations and communications for
the sale of SmartShop Self Storage Inc.
in 2015 for $1.4 billion, a return of
more than 15% to investors, in which he
negotiated $560 million in debt and
equity. Barry currently plans cash flow, raises equity and spear-
heads the data analytics and revenue team. He is involved in the
underwriting and reviewing of every acquisition at the REIT, as
well as exploring technology that can better improve processes
for the company.
STAN JOHNSON CO.
As the director of research and communications, Lanie Beck is devoted to
growing Stan Johnson Co. She bridges
the gap between operations and sales
platforms while overseeing corporate
marketing. She was quickly identified as
a rising star at the beginning of her
14-year career; someone eager to execute any challenging project. Beck is
known for putting others first and is
quick to offer mentorship. She never demands acknowledgement
and she often flies under the radar, however, she has won numerous awards for outstanding achievements. She consistently
acquires new skills, builds the corporate brand and drives research
and technology enhancements, while holding an unmatched
record of internal promotions.
Bryan Belk began his real estate career
in high school working for a retail
developer and learning the business.
Three years after college, Belk and his
mentor launched the Franklin Street
Atlanta office. He now sits as the senior
director at Franklin Street, handling
Southeast retail investment sales, consistently performing as a top producer
for the company. He has sold $260 million in retail properties within the past 12 months, while his team
has transacted more than $2 billion. Belk has received several
company awards for his work and actively serves as a mentor to
the firm’s brokers.
FTI CONSULTING INC.
As an acclaimed tax advisor, Stephen
Bertonaschi is often referred to as a
“REIT expert.” He was promoted to a
senior associate just one year after he
started his career in 2004, and is now the
youngest senior managing director at
FTI Consulting Inc. He works on countless trophy asset transactions with the
industry’s leading companies in the
nation’s biggest markets. He is deeply
invested in the real estate tax field and continues to educate himself on the ever-changing rules as well as teach courses. He speaks
at industry events, mentors aspiring CPAs, creates a networking
presence on social media and writes many articles on tax issues,
with hopes to teach graduate-level courses in the future.
Kristen Boike has become a force for
change in her Chicago neighborhood
as well as a welcome addition at
Honigman LLP, which she recently
joined as a partner in the real estate
department. Throughout her career,
she has guided clients on real estate
transactions, counseled companies and
universities, participated on multidisciplinary teams, represented landlords
and tenants and served as a formal mentor. She also works with
community leaders and stakeholders on various affordable housing, land use and safety and crime issues, while advocating for
developments and neighborhood improvements. Through her
partnership with the city, she identifies opportunities to shape the
areas where people live, work and play, while being a constant
resource to her clients.