|Jan 19 2016|

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Power Player makes one think of the big names, the influencers, and the old vets that have been through the thick of it and come out the other side still innovating, and still profiting. There’s another kind of power player, however, the upstart, the fresh meat that comes into the market with blazing ideas that work, and that put people to work. We’ve got both kinds of power players on this list, some you will know, and for the rest – it won’t be long until you do.

This list is in alphabetical order.

 

Andrew Florance

Andrew FloranceFounder, CEO – Costar 

Andrew Florance, founded  CoStar, and created the largest, most heavily trafficked site in the CRE industry. After acquiring Apartments.com, it’s clear that Florance is far from finished dominating the real estate information and data industry. 

 

Ash Zandieh 

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Founder, CEO – RE:Tech, Falkon

The founder of RE:Tech, “the leading real estate research marketing platform to discover emerging trends, innovative, and technology.” Zandieh later launched Falkon, a free iOS app that allows users to access information about every building in New York City.

 

Ben & Dan Miller 

Dan and Ben Miller

CO-Founders, FUNDRISE

The brothers, real estate developers, and entrepreneurs believe that “everyone should be able to invest in real estate.” With Fundrise, they’ve made a platform for average people to invest in local real estate directly, cutting out middle men, and keeping fees low. 

 

Ben Osgood

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The Tenant Advocate

Blogging at The Tenant Advocate, Ben Osgood is also a Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Senior VP of Tenant Representation Services at Dunhill Partners West, Chairman, USGBC San Francisco, Board Member, Prospera, and a Board VP, San Francisco Opera’s BRAVO! Club.

 

Brandon Weber

Brandon Weber

Founder, Hightower

CEO & Founder @Hightower. AK born, WA bred, NY based. Climber & skier. Weber’s company, Hightower aims to modernize your leasing business by integrating products for landlords, tenant reps, and agency reps on one platform. 

 

Carl Muhlstein

Carl Muhlstein

JLL Los Angeles

#RealEstate Broker Provocateur Transacting in #SoCal‘s @SCurveLA#CRE #Entertainment #Media #TechSpace. Carl has served in senior positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Cushman Realty Corporation, Insignia/ESG Capital Advisors and Tishman Speyer Properties. 

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Blogger, CREOutsider

“As an information/technology consultant I’ve been involved with website development, databases, social networking, [and] SEO [. . .] On CREOutsider, I write about commercial real estate tech related topics based, in part, on consulting work I’ve done for a regional brokerage in upstate New York.”

 

Coy Davidson

Coy Davidson

Broker, Blogger The Tenant Advisor

Senior Vice President at Colliers International. He assists office occupiers and healthcare providers with their corporate real estate requirements. Davidson’s blog, The Tenant Advisor is one of the most respected and widely-read in the industry.

 

CRE Console

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CRE Console is a web development company which builds cutting-edge software for commercial real estate investors, brokers and owners. As a sales investment platform, CRE Console aims to increase accuracy, transparency, and efficiency for every user in the CRE industry. 

Daniel Ceniceros

Daniel Ceniceros

Founder & President, Connect Media

Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate branding, media, advertising and events. His focus has been on creating technology experiences for news delivery, data and analytics, and marketing for commercial real estate owners, developers, investors, and brokers.

 

Dave Eisenberg

Dave Eisenberg

CEO Floored

Co-Founder & CEO of Floored. Partner at Red Swan Ventures. Ex-Bain, Bonobos, TellApart, Accel EIR. Eisenberg’s company, Floored, creates interactive 3D graphics and technology that helps CRE professionals map spaces more quickly and effectively than ever before. 

Duke Long

Duke Long

Blogger, Broker/Owner The Duke Long Agency

“Commercial real estate writer w/ opinions, attitude, and occasional F-bombs. People ask me to talk. Look for me next to the food. I used to be soooo pretty.” Long’s direct, abrasive-yet-funny style have propelled his blog to become one of the most widely read in the industry. 

Evan Gentry

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CEO, Money360

CEO of Money360, a Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending for commercial real estate—a revolutionary approach to commercial real estate finance with major benefits to borrowers and investors. Gentry also serves as CEO of G8 Capital, a real estate private equity firm he founded in 2007.

Haim Perski

Haim Persky

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Co-Founder, CEO, Pointgrab

Bringing innovative machine-learning sensors to building and home-automation. Driven by the pressure to save energy, reduce operational costs, enhance business performance and improve tenants comfort, home and building automation have become one of the most demanding areas for innovative solutions.

 

Heather Goldman

Heather Goldman

Co-Founder, Capstak

President and Co-Founder at Capstak, Inc. She serves as Managing Director at Brookfield Investment Management Inc. Ms. Goldman served as a Global Head of Marketing and Business Development at Brookfield Investment Management Inc. from 2011 to 2013.

 

Jason Freedman

Jason Freedman

Co-Founder, Camp Director – 42Floors

Freedman blogs at humbledMBA, and is the co-founder of 42Floors, an online platform that makes finding office space easy. He previously founded Flightcaster, a Y-Combinator funded startup capable of alerting users to a delayed flight up to six hours before the airline. 

Jeff Finn

Jeff Finn

CEO – RealNex

Founding Partner in The Pavonis Group and President & CEO of RealNex, an integrated suite of market-leading solutions that provides a better, more complete toolset for the real estate industry. Former President and CEO of NAI Global.

 

Jilliene Helman

Jillene Helman

Co-Founder – RealtyMogul

Jilliene is the CEO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com, responsible for the company’s strategic direction and operations. Jilliene, who sits on RealtyMogul.com’s board, has underwritten over $5 billion of real estate and was previously a Vice President at Union Bank.

 

Jonathan Wasserstrum

Jonathan Wasserstrum

CEO – TheSquareFoot

“At TheSquareFoot, we provide you with two things – technology to allow you to browse commercial space all across the country, and an experienced, bright member of our Broker team to walk you through the process of leasing space.”

 

Jonathan Schultz

Jon Schultz

Co-Founder, Onyx Equities

“I am the co-founder of Onyx Equities and passionate blogger about #CREtechnology.Serial investor and advisor to many industry startups, Jon has quickly positioned himself as the “go-to” investor and mentor for many startups.”

Justin Hughes

Justin Hughes

Co-Founder – RealtyMogul

Justin is the CTO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com and a licensed real estate professional in California. Justin, who also sits on the company’s board, previously ran an independent consultancy in Los Angeles managing on-line communities and building web presences.

 

Linda Day Harrison

Linda Day Harrison

Blogger, Founder – The Broker List

Linda Day Harrison founded theBrokerList.com in an effort to create efficiency and streamlined operations for the commercial real estate industry, property and facility management, leasing and brokerage. She also founded ManagerLabs and is developing web applications to solve some complex processes in CRE.

 

Mark Gilbreath 

Mark Gilbreath

Founder & CEO – Liquidspace

LiquidSpace is the network for office space where startups and growing teams connect directly with real estate owners, operators and companies that have space to share. The LiquidSpace network transforms the entire commercial real estate process.

 

Michael Bull

Michael Bull

Host of The CRE Show, Founder – Bull Realty

Michael Bull is a writer, speaker, trainer, consultant, business coach, radio show host, and active commercial real estate broker. He has been involved in $4 billion in sales and lease transactions over a successful 30 year career.

 

 

Michael Mandel

Michael Mandel

Founder, CompStak

CompStak uses a crowd-sourced model to gather real information that is hard to find, difficult to compile or otherwise unavailable. Our first product is a marketplace for the exchange of commercial lease comparables. Users add the comps they have to find the comps they need.

 

Michael Schnabel

Michael Schnabel

Co-Founder – Capstak

Michael is an entrepreneurial real estate professional, who over a 25 year career has founded and worked in a diverse collection of firms in brokerage, development, investment banking and direct investment. He serves as CEO + Co-founder of Capstak, a market network for the commercial real estate industry.

 

Nick Romito

Nick Romito

Founder – VTS

Nick runs a 20-person team of young innovative professionals determined to change a very large industry—Commercial Real Estate. He started his career as a broker at Murray Hill Properties, working on both Tenant Rep and Landlord Rep assignments where he learned the ins and outs of CRE.

 

Pierce Neinken

Pierce Neinken

Founder – CRE // Tech Intersect

CRE // Tech Intersect’s mission is to create a larger conversation about how technology is changing the commercial real estate business. This global symposium brings industry leaders together to discuss and learn about innovative technologies.

 

Richard Sarkis

Richard Sarkis

CEO – Reonomy

An avid entrepreneur, Rich has launched and run numerous businesses including an international arbitrage textbook company, a college marketing network, and an offshore technology outfit. Most recently, Rich was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company specializing in Financial Services.

 

Riggs Kubiak

Riggs Kubiak

CEO – Honest Buildings

Riggs co-founded Honest Buildings in 2012 after ten years in the commercial real estate industry, including more than five years working at Tishman Speyer in acquisition, asset management and global sustainability.

 

Robert Refkin

Robert Refkin

Founder & CEO – Compass

Prior to Compass Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as Chief of Staff to the President & COO following five years working in the firm’s private equity arm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Company.

Roy Abrams

Roy-Abrams

Founder – RealConnex

Roy Abrams has spent years building RealConnex, a platform where real estate capital, investments and services connect so professionals can close deals faster and smarter. It is the world’s first online business-to-business marketplace for the entire real estate industry.

 

Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff

CEO – Zillow

Spencer Rascoff is the CEO of Zillow Inc., the leading real estate information marketplace. Under Spencer’s leadership, Zillow achieved record Web and mobile traffic, record revenue and record profitability. Spencer was recently named Ernst & Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Stefan Martinovic

Stefan Martinovic

Founder – Create

Real estate tech entrepreneur, enthusiast of all things urban and technology related. Create provides one click property, zoning, and real estate data – bringing together hundreds of data sources in one place, making it fast and easy to get the full picture on any property.

 

Vijay Mehra

Vijay Mehra

Founder & CEO – REthink

REthink Real Estate CRM revolutionizes the way brokers and agents buy, sell, lease, and manage properties. Built on the most popular CRM Cloud Computing platform- Salesforce.com, REthink Real Estate CRM is the #1 web-based real estate software for commercial real estate brokers.

 

The people on this list are changing the game. They’re affecting their marketplace, innovating new technologies, and cultivating the landscape of the future – and if that’s not a power player, than we don’t know what is. 

 

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