For the last episode of season 1 of Stages to Success, I respond to questions posed by a faithful listener since episode 1, Joe from the Carolinas. Joe wants to go deeper into the mind and motivations of the performer, on the concert stage and in the commercial real estate sales office. Drawing on some of the interview material from season 1, as well as some off air discussions, I reflect on Joe’s questions. Join us for Season 2 of the podcast, scheduled for October.
Today’s guest, Chicago real estate attorney Jim Hochman, began his legal career in the Navy, working his way into the J.A.G. Hear how Jim began his legal career before he even attended law school, rose to prominence as an in-house counsel at CBRE, and was pivotal in creating the statutes that protect collection of commission for brokers in 34 states in the U.S.
Ray Volk, of Jenkins and Huntington in Chicago, has one of the most important jobs for high rise commercial buildings, but on a transactional level, you’ll probably never meet him. Just what is it that he does that’s so behind-the-scenes? Listen to Ray talk about his career and projects, and meet yet another kid from off the farm who makes it big in the big cities.
As told by Julien’s first business partner, Mike Solomon, hear how young Julien and his family escape the Nazi blitzkrieg across Europe, and make their way to New York. Hear how this enterprising teenager, without a formal high school education, builds a career and company from a walk up small apartment into the Studley juggernaut that, after his retirement, sold to a publicly traded company for a quarter billion dollars. Replete with fascinating details along the way, enjoy the story of a titan of commercial real estate, Julien J. Studley.
Episode 5 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Jonathan Zimmerman, Managing Broker of Willard Jones Real Estate in Chicago. Jonathan dominates the niche of Class C landlord representation in Chicago. He’s a life-long Chicagoan who started his own company, after decades listing properties for Rubloff. Jonathan’s humble, consistent, and honest brokerage, working with the lowest lease rate buildings in the city are a benchmark for fair dealing. Listen to Jonathan’s tale, from his inauspicious start, representing an unoccupied office building, to his prominence in this sector today.
Episode 3 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Goldie Wolfe-Miller of Millbrook Properties. Follow Goldie’s amazing biographical arc, starting as a refugee to the United States, success in her first career after college, a switch to commercial real estate, and her meteoric rise to prominence in the commercial real estate industry. Hear how she’s now established a vehicle for other young women in the industry that will carve paths for them, far into the future.
Episode 1 of “Stages to Success” is an interview of Vern Schultz of Colliers International in Chicago. Vern is a top producer in industrial and office real estate, over a span of 5 decades. He’s a life-long Chicagoan who has led commercial real estate groups for many of the greatest brand brokerages. He’s been developer, landlord representative, tenant representative and revered expert in all aspects of commercial real estate brokerage and finance. Listen as Vern’s story takes you on a journey of his business life from school days working in the family business to transacting in staggering volume and dollar amounts.