Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


Executive Networking Event

Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Breakfast to provide an opportunity for Chicago business leaders to build new, meaningful connections and discuss topics relevant to running a business.

During one of April’s Executives Breakfasts, attendees were prompted with the question, “What are your tips for managing time?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Bill Himmelstein, Founder & CEO, Tenant Advisory Group – Prioritize what’s important, and schedule everything you can. Delegate what you’re not good at to focus on what you enjoy most and are best at.

Vickie Rock, Principal & CS/RPR, Victoria Legal + Corporate Services – Schedule what’s important. Utilize time blocking.

Trisha Daho, Founder & CEO, Empowered – 1. Be fully engaged in whatever you are doing at the moment. 2. Only check your email 3x a day max. 3. Time blocking- get 3 blocks of 50 minutes a day to work on things that matter most. Create absolute boundaries and walls around those increments.

Pradeep Kandimalder, CIO, Cvent – Focus on a mission and vision for a day. Group things to organize your email.

Carl Utz, Director of Sales & Sr. Account Manager, Andromeda Technology – You can’t do everything yourself.  You need to delegate to people who can do the job better.

Brian Black, Relationship Development Manager, Tenant Advisory Group – Everyone is busy but are we getting things done? Time batching has been huge. Be intentional on how you want to feel at the end of the day.

Dr. Ari Levy, Founder & CEO, Shift – What are the metrics that matter? Personally and professionally. How are you spending your energy? Are you showing up for what matters? That which you measure improves. Your mind and body seeks to create patterns. Be ruthless about your weaknesses and be open to asking for help. Learn how to embed the right habits that get the right results.

Craig Evans, President, Precision Healthcare Consulting- Know when to get away from work to recharge your batteries.

Greg Topel, CBO, Tanvas – Every moment is precious. In the first stages of being an entrepreneur I was a servant to everyone. Ask yourself: Is this something I can do later — do I need to do it right now? Fold that into priorities of what absolutely needs to get done today.

Cathy Jama, Executive Vice President, Tenant Advisory Group – You need me time. For me, Friday is admin day.  It’s important to look ahead and plan ahead, so I minimize how often I look at emails.

Terry Hush, CEO, Roji Health Intelligence- I’m a huge delegator.  I used to do it all myself and then had an awakening when writing the company blog.  I went from scheduling days and goals on spreadsheets and became the email deletion queen. I cultivate leadership rather than managing.

Paul Detlefs, President and EOS Implementer, The Prestwick Group, Ltd. – I do not allow technology in sessions. You have to control the technology rather than it controlling you. Also, have a quarterly or at least annual planning pulse-  for your business, departments and personally for your long term vision and plans. Weekly planning discipline is critical. Get an assistant so you can elevate yourself to your unique abilities that you enjoy doing and are good at.

 

TAG Executives Breakfast Guest List

Paul Detlefs, President and EOS Implementer, The Prestwick Group, Ltd.

Terry Hush, CEO, Roji Health Intelligence

Cathy Jama, Executive Vice President, Tenant Advisory Group

Greg Topel, CBO, Tanvas

Craig Evans, President, Precision Healthcare Consulting

Dr. Ari Levy, Founder & CEO, Shift

Brian Black, Relationship Development Manager, Tenant Advisory Group

Carl Utz, Director of Sales & Sr. Account Manager, Andromeda Technology

Pradeep Kandimalder, CIO, Cvent

Trisha Daho, Founder & CEO, Empowered

Vickie Rock, Principal & CS/RPR, Victoria Legal + Corporate Services

Bill Himmelstein, Founder & CEO, Tenant Advisory Group

Here’s When You Should Walk Away From a Deal


Here's When You Should Walk Away From a Deal-min

Negotiating a deal for an office space, home or retail space is a delicate art that takes thoughtfulness, precision and a clear idea of what you want. Walking away from a deal is not only the best leverage to get everything on your list of asks, but can also be necessary if the deal is headed in a direction that’s not in your best interest. Here’s how you can determine when it’s time to walk away.

When You Lose Focus of Your Original Goal

When looking for a new office space, it’s not uncommon to get caught up in a particular space or location and get lost in the idea of it. For instance, perhaps you’re on the hunt for a new office space in an attempt to shorten the commute for your employees. In the process, you happen upon an office space you love at a reasonable price, but it’s nowhere near where most of your employee base is located. If the original goal was to alleviate the commute for your team, and you end up looking at a potential office space that isn’t in alignment with that, no matter how nice it is or how many amenities it may boast, it’s best to take a step back and reevaluate why you decided to search for a new space in the first place. This is also the type of thing that can happen when you are looking to save money by reducing your square footage, but then start looking at nicer and higher class properties than you were in before. If the per square foot price becomes higher than you were paying before, you may end up taking a smaller space without any real cost savings.

When the Risk Far Exceeds the Potential Gain

Searching for the perfect location can be exhausting, especially when you have a large list of necessities. After a few less than impressive viewings you might be tempted to start to lower your standards. If you find yourself in a position where there are a laundry list of maintenance issues or you’re not 100% comfortable with the lease term the landlord is insisting on, it’s better to err on the side of caution rather than taking a risk that may negatively impact you in the end.

When It’s No Longer a Win-Win Scenario

If a potential landlord is using your interest in the property as a bargaining chip in their favor, rethinking the deal and even walking away from it could be in your best interest. For example, if the person on the other side of the negotiation gets emotional, is making threats, or is lying to you, this should tell you that you do not want to get further involved with these people even if the property you found hits all of your wants and needs. Remember, this will potentially be your landlord for years to come. In this situation it’s also beneficial to work with an experienced broker to ensure that you aren’t being taken advantage of in the negotiation process or setting yourself up for a frustrating leasing situation.

At the end of the negotiation process, you should feel good about the deal you signed, and by utilizing your ability to walk away, you can ensure that your lease and space are both tailored to your exact needs.

Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


Executives networking event with TAG

Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Luncheon to provide an opportunity for Chicago business leaders to build new, meaningful connections and discuss topics relevant to running a business.

During one of March’s Executives Luncheons, attendees were prompted with the question, “What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made and how did you overcome it?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Jeff Asperger, Partner, Meltzer Purtill & Stelle LLC: I gave too much credence to people and was being too nice. Don’t let people take advantage of you.  Be slow to hire and quick to fire. Be polite and respectful and compliment when appropriate, including adversaries.

Bill Bast, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti: The biggest mistake I made was to start my own business. I did it too young and went home to PA to do it. Don’t give 100% at the office and have nothing left to give others like your loved ones.

Stefanie Jenkins, Director of BD, Vault Innovation: I have the tendency to over promise. No matter what you’re doing in family, business or life, figure out what you bring to the table and be that person. Your mission is to create and connect so that other people are empowered.

Lee Travers, CEO, iammoney: Not being present.

Tim Roach, Co-Founder & CEO, Lendr: You have to understand how to fail fast, recover and understand the process of how to recover. Define what success is to you. Knowledge is power and so is having core values as a company. Live them. Understand vision. I utilize 5 year plans. Not 10 year plans. Profitability is key.

Muhammed Azfar, Managing Partner, Auctus Group INC: Hire people with values that align with yours. Be slow and methodical about hiring and quick to fire. Hire for value. Values train for skill and strategies train for choices.

Tim Schumm, Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners: I went from leading a team of 10 to leading a team of 70. I brought the same approach to all the team members and when I individualized my approach, I had much better results. Always put yourself in other people’s shoes.

Kate Winston, Agency Lead, Strategy & Growth, envisionit: I said no to a big ad agency and was the right hand person for owner of the agency. I was told “Sometimes a C+ is just fine.”- that offended me, but she was right. Know when it needs to be an A and know when it can be a C.

Erryn Cobb, Founder & CEO, Fetch IMC: Don’t wear too many hats. Invest in key team member’s professional development sooner. I followed my dad’s example: There’s no gray between right and wrong. Set a standard to live by.

Bernie Dyme, President and CEO, Perspectives LTD: I didn’t allow myself to make mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Gratitude is very important. Teach your children gratitude.

Daniel Porcaro, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Porcaro Stolarek Mete Partner, LLC: I left a lot on the table when I sold my first large business. I could have grown it larger myself. 25% of customers provide 90% of revenue. Last 50% of clients provides less than 4% of revenue. Fire bottom 50% of clients. With extra time, over serve the top 50% of your clients. Then you care about A clients and A prospects.

Jonathan Rothstein, Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank: Delegating needs to happen and you need to focus more on your team and sense of urgency. Be slow to promote and manage expectations of employees. Life work balance. Never ask anybody to do something you wouldn’t or couldn’t do yourself. Everyday try and do a kind gesture and leave the world a better place.

Paola Meinzer, Partner, Manning Silverman & Co CPA: Working in corporate America I did not keep a balance in my life. I gave all my time to the company. Be yourself. Don’t try and be anyone else. Embrace who you are.

Jerry Doorhy, Partner, J.J. Doorhy & Associates: My biggest mistake was waiting too long before going on my own. You’re never too important to mop the floor. You get more bees with honey.

Morrie Elstein, President, MorrieCONNECT: Start understanding how valuable the people you know are. Pay it forward. You never know what’s going to come back.

 

TAG Executives Luncheon Guest List

Erryn Cobb, Founder & CEO, Fetch IMC

Jonathan Rothstein, Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank

Jeff Asperger, Partner, Meltzer Purtill & Stelle LLC

Barbara Best, Founding Partner & Principal, Capital Strategies Investment Group

Daniel Porcaro, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Porcaro Stolarek Mete Partner, LLC

Ruth Minnick, Global Business Development Manager, Client Executive, Unispace

Morrie Elstein, President, MorrieCONNECT

Stefanie Jenkins, Director of BD, Vault Innovation

Bernie Dyme, President and CEO, Perspectives LTD

Tim Roach, Co-Founder & CEO, Lendr

Paola Meinzer, Partner, Manning Silverman & Co CPA

Kaitlyn Hedger, Associate General Agent Assistant, Midwest Legacy LLC

Terri Crittenden, CEO, Fredman Design Group

Kate Winston, Agency Lead, Strategy & Growth, envisionit

Jerry Doorhy, Partner, J.J. Doorhy & Associates

Lee Travers, CEO, iammoney

Bill Bast, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Muhammed Azfar, Managing Partner, Auctus Group INC

Tim Schumm, Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners

 

 

How to be a Better Negotiator


Commercial Real estate agent and customers shaking hands together celebrating finished contract after about home insurance and investment loan, handshake and successful deal. 5 Reasons to Work with a TAG Broker

The negotiation process can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be if you go in with the right attitude and information. Whether you’re looking to increase your salary, restructure part of your lease or save money on that new car, follow the tips below to get what you want and feel good doing it.

Know the market. When negotiating, specificity is key. Hone in on exactly what you want, and then provide reasons why you should receive it. For instance, when negotiating a higher salary, look up standard industry salaries for your position and take note of how your salary reflects that. Hard statistics strengthen why you deserve additional compensation. From there, put together a comprehensive list of your accomplishments, any projects you’ve managed and any initiatives you’ve been part of within your company, as well as any relevant outside qualifications you have. Use your hard work as leverage. A negotiation is never a time to sell yourself short.

Don’t be afraid of no. Ideally in your negotiating process you’ll get exactly what you walked in for, but the best negotiators also already have alternatives in mind. It’s essential for you to go into your meeting under the impression that you will receive your requests, but also find a few alternatives to your original offer that you would be happy with. For example, if you’re buying a home, but the realtor is not willing to budge on price, try asking for some repairs or upgrades to be covered instead. No matter what you’re negotiating, having a counter offer prepared will help ensure a successful negotiation.

If your boss doesn’t want to raise your salary and the conversation is stagnating because neither party will budge, you can offer up other ways in which you can be compensated. Try requesting benefits such as extra PTO, a gym membership or an end of year bonus. When you look at your total benefits and re-frame your requests from that perspective, your odds of a successful negotiation are much higher.

Listen. When the person you’re negotiating with is speaking, listen carefully. By asking open-ended questions and utilizing active listening, you’re setting the stage for an actual discussion instead of just a bargaining match. The more time you take to listen rather than just waiting to reply, you can get a better understanding of where the other party is coming from, and you can adjust your negotiating tactics accordingly.

The best way to successfully negotiate is to be mindful throughout the entire process – from the time you take to properly research before the meeting to the meeting itself. With the proper information and a good attitude, you’ll be able to take on any negotiation confidently and successfully.

Juna Network interviews Bill on networking, sales and delivering on your Promises


Where businesses and highly-networked individuals connect to monetize referrals.

Our CEO, Bill Himmelstein, talks about his daily routines and how to become a pro at networking with Juna Sales Network.

One question that was asked is what daily routines or habits can help your days to be more productive? Bill responded with:

“Networking events need to be valuable, especially if they are taking time from your morning or evening. Try to bring the people you want to meet with you to the event. This way you can ensure the networking will be productive and worth your time.”

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Pre-Listed New Retail Space Available in Skokie (Off Market)


E&M Strategic Development Skokie Property

 

Description: Here is an opportunity to lease in the base of the new Homewood Suites Hotel in Skokie on the prominent corner of Oakton & Niles. The space is divisible to possibly 2 – ~5,000sf restaurants and a 2,130 retail use. It’s adjacent to a new residential development site with plans to build 92 loft style dwellings.

Expected delivery date: Summer/Fall 2020

Size: 12,150sf

Demographics

2018 total Population:

1 mile – 25,796

3 mile – 159,591

5 mile – 640,941

Median HH income:

1 mile – $63k

3 mile – $78k

5 mile – $69k

Average age:

1 mile – 41

3 mile – 42

5 mile – 39

Traffic: between 9,000 – 16,000 cars a day

Location: Oakton & Niles Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077

 

 

How to Create a Chicago Center of Influence


Making connection and Growing Your Network

Due to an influx in technology, Chicago is awash with small to midsize businesses trying to make their mark on the city. These companies may have great reputations in their home cities, but doing business in Chicago is its own beast. The key to setting yourself apart as a business owner in Chi-Town is to go the extra mile. Not only should you be providing top-notch services, but you should also be a center of influence. The longer you spend in the Windy City, the more you’ll begin to realize it’s a city founded upon community, tight-knit neighborhoods and personal recommendations. With all of that in mind, here’s how to get down to business the Chicago way.

Build an authentic network. Your network is a direct representation of you and your business, so it’s important to cultivate your professional circle with care. But how do you build an impeccable network? Make it personal. It’s obvious when someone is networking just to add another connection to their LinkedIn profile. Chicagoans build networks on authentic relationships which is why you need to not only take a vested interest in a person’s business, but also them as a person. When your intentions are genuine, your network will begin to fall into place.

Offer up your network. The first step in creating lifelong working relationships with a client or someone in your professional circle is to provide the best service within your industry. From there, you set yourself apart from your competitors by offering up the impeccable professionals you have in your network. Identify people in your circle who are great at what they do and refer them to people who need those services. In Chicago, the best way to get business is to send business, but you have to be intentional. Creating a solid reputation for you and your business is a marathon not a sprint, and there’s no better way to create a lasting impression than making a thoughtful introduction.

Show up.  Connections continually need to be maintained. Like we mentioned above, you won’t get anywhere in Chicago by creating surface-level relationships. Keeping a strong professional circle is more than just referring business to each other — you have to make yourself available. Represent your brand by looking up events and places your network is attending or hosting and show up. If you become an active supporter of your network, you can expect that same support to be reciprocated when you need it.

Utilize these tips to make the most of your business’ presence in Chicago, and if you’re in need of a new office space to get your move started, let us know how we can help.

Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


Executives networking event with TAG

Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Bruncheon to provide an opportunity for Chicago business leaders to build new, meaningful connections and discuss topics relevant to running a business.

During March’s Executives Bruncheon, attendees were prompted with the question, “What do you to do build stronger relationships?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Atish Doshi- I send articles that help me connect with people. I also try and remember how I met each person.

Dave Norris- I approach relationships differently depending on the person. I will ask for a receipt of a family dinner or upgrade a team member on the airplane. You have to keep employees involved. For clients, start with providing a good service, but it’s also important to spend as much time as possible with them, ie a round of golf.

David Wiers- I’m a fan of lifelong learning and challenging teams to grow and learn both personally and professionally. I also do the same for my clients.  I focus on culture and taking care of my people internally and externally.

Bill Himmelstein- With meeting 8-10 business owners every week, I had to do something to stay in front of everyone while adding value and not being salesy. I created the monthly executives bruncheon and luncheon as a way to bring the best people in my network to meet each other and learn through a topical discussion.

If you’re a business owner with 20+ employees and interested in attending future TAG events, please email Bill Himmelstein at Bill@TagCommercialBroker.com.

TAG Executives Luncheon Guest List

Carl Utz, Partner, Andromeda Technology Solutions

Martha Bell, Principal, Tilton, Kelly + Bell

Joel Wilcoxen, Former CFO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago

Atish Doshi, President, Founder, Black Sheep

Brad Farris, Founder & CEO, Anchor Advisors

Liz Tilatti, CEO, ZipFit Denim

Mike Perich, CEO, Sewing Supplies Division of Bernina International

Mike Levin, Owner, Total Insurance Services

Dave Norris, COO, RedRidge Finance Group

Scott Glickson, Partner, McGuire Woods

David Wiers, Founder & CEO, Satori Energy

Brian Stumm, Partner, Stumm Insurance

Andy Mack, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, SnapMobile

Daniel Wang, CEO, Jexet Automation

Jon Wunderlich, President, Nyco Products Company

Kim Stapleton, Founder & CEO, The Network Effect

Alicia La Hoz, Founder & CEO, Family Bridges

Emily Lonigro, CEO & Founder, LimeRed

Lucas Ward, Co Founder & CTO, Kin

Jill Kerrigan, Founder & CEO, JAK Creative Design

Jamie Horn, CEO, Horn Design

Sherrin Ross Ingram, CEO- International Center for Strategic Planning, Vistage Chair, Chairman of the Board- DuPage Housing Authority Of Counsel- Tressler LLP

Tenant Advisory Group/Rightsize Penthouse Soiree!


Tenant Advisory Group/Rightsize Penthouse Soiree Networking Event

We want to thank all those who were able to attend our soiree last week. We’re pretty sure we can speak for everyone when we say a good time was had by all! Even more importantly, some wonderful connections were made. It’s amazing what can transpire when you fill up a room with such incredible people.

We are honored you took the time to spend the evening with us and hopefully it was well worth your time. A special thank you is reserved for our event sponsor, Mason Awtry of Rightsize Facility. He is a wonderful partner and worth getting to know.

In addition, all guests are entitled to a free custom made shirt from Gentleman’s Cooperative. All you need to do is schedule an appointment with Mike Berntsen so you can select the material and design and they will fit it to you perfectly! Thank you Mike for your generous offer!

I have included the guest list below in case any connections were missed. We are always thrilled to put great people together.

TAG would be honored to serve as a commercial real estate resource for your business or someone you may know. We always enjoy meeting like-minded people who run businesses.

Thanks again for coming!

Guest List:

Atish Doshi
President & Founder
Black Sheep

Bob Domenz
CEO
Avenue

Jim Kales
CEO
Aspire

Zak Dabbas
Co-founder
Punchkick Interactive

Pat Emmons
Founder & CEO
DragonSpears

Rob Bisceglie
CEO
Action for Healthy Kids

Bob Berland
President
Berland Communications

Mark Rickmeier
CEO
Table XI

Jim Chakires
Managing Partner
Apex CPAs & Consultants

Josh Haid
Founder & Managing Partner
Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group

Josh Strauss
CEO
Pekin Signer Strauss Asset Management

Liz Tilatti
CEO
Zipfit Denim

Manny Flores
President & CEO
SomerCor

Roy Chomko
President
Adage Technologies

Chris Gandy
Founder/ President
Midwest legacy Group

Kirby Atwell
CEO- Green Vet Homes
COO- Bunker Labs

Leah Caplanis
CEO
Social Sparkling Wine

Mike Perich
CEO
Sewing Supplies Division of Bernina International

Bruce Billmeyer
Partner
BCU Risk Advisors

Anna Maria Viti-Welch
President
Guy Viti Insurance

Dr. Lori Ann Halvorson
Founder & CEO
Lake Forrest Hearing Professionals

Muhammad Azfar
Managing Partner
Auctus Capital Partners

Sandy Marsico
CEO
Sandstorm Design

Zach Ziliak
Managing Partner
Ziliak Law

Kimberly Anderson
Managing Partner
Anderson & Boback

Adam DeGroot
President
Degroot Logistics

Anil Ahuja
President
CCJM Engineers

Charlie Norwesh
Principal
Norcon

Andrew Balster
Managing Partner
Cannon Design

Ted Weitzel
VP Finance & Operations
G2 Crowd

Josh Herz
President
Associated Agencies

Marc Bushala
Managing Partner
MAB Capital Management

Jacob Babcock
President/ CEO
NuCurrent, Inc

Randy Rich
President
Vortex

Andy Priester
President
Priester Aviation

Tom Pryblo
CEO
Anchor Building Services

Darell Butler
Managing Director and Founder
Billow Butler & Co

Mason Awtry
President
Rightsize Facility

Executive Networking with Tenant Advisory Group


Executives networking event with TAG

Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Luncheon to provide an opportunity for Chicago business leaders to build new, meaningful connections and discuss topics relevant to running a business.

During February’s Executives Luncheon, attendees were prompted with the question, “What new technology is disrupting your industry and how do you plan to adjust or take advantage of it?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Olivia Nelligan, CEO, Nasco: Education has not progressed with the tech times. On the health care side many problems and mistakes can be attributive due to lack of communication. Developing AI to help with communication. Many point to tech as the underlying problem but oftentimes it might be the business itself.

Jordan Katz, President, JR Katz: Tech has been elusive to the insurance industry. Now some tech in underwriting to speed up the process and make better predictions. Need tech to accelerate the process.

Stephanie Jenkins, Director, BD of Vault Innovation Group: AI and machine learning is big disrupter. Is there an ROI to build AI into their app or technology.

Barbara Best, Founding Partner & Principal, Capital Strategies Investment Group: Technology is disrupting financial services as it creates lots of criminals. It’s also pushed down margins to make things better and cheaper. Indexing now popular as it changes the way people invest. Now people can be more efficient, optimize a portfolio and protect against making bad decisions.

Mike LaVista, CEO, Caxy Interactive: Machine learning and AI has been the opportunity. It’s almost always hype. Everyone wants blockchain. Every 3 years something comes along that changes the way we do business. Used to do mobile app development and now everything is web based.

If you’re a business owner with 20+ employees and interested in attending future TAG events, please email Bill Himmelstein at Bill@TagCommercialBroker.com.

 

TAG Executives Luncheon Guest List

Ann Brennan, Founder, Brennan Executive Benefits

Thomas McMenamin, Vice Chairman, Masuda Funai

Kimberly Anderson, Managing Partner, Anderson & Boback

Mike Black, Mortgage Advisor, Michael Black Group

Olivia Nelligan, CEO, Nasco

Jordan Katz, President, JR Katz

Andy Hulett, Founder & Partner, EmPowerHR

Erryn Cobb, Founder & CEO, Fetch IMC

Geoffrey Waguespack, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

Stefanie Jenkins, Director of BD, Vault Innovation Group

Dave Stolarek, Partner, PSM

Paola Meinzer, Partner, Manning Silverman & Co CPA

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