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Real Estate Strategies





The economic climate is forcing companies to make changes to the way they do business and to the way they approach their workspace and real estate needs.

On July 14th, the Los Angeles Business Journal hosted a free digital virtual event panel discussion titled “Real Estate Strategies.” The event featured two digital panels comprised of some of the region’s leading authorities, thought leaders and experts. The pair of discussions, one of industry trends and the other an analysis on today’s market, was designed to help c-suite leaders, business owners, managers, and professionals get a pulse on all issues impacting our workspace environments in 2021 and beyond.


Event Polling Results:



Today’s Market with Real Estate Leaders


Kasey Garcia
Senior Director, Southwest Region Lead

“The office innovations with the greatest impact will likely be those that support the “hotelification” of space. Given the near certainty of a more flexible future, many companies will seek to motivate rather than mandate an on-site presence. That means they need to provide a differentiated experience at the office.”


Ray Haj
Senior Vice President and Region Manager

“As an employee-owned company, we demonstrated to ourselves that we can adapt, be more flexible, come out even stronger and are able to maintain a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Now we ask ourselves how do we sustain such a sweet spot and keep our employees and clients happy?”


David Jalaty
Alpha Omega Contractors

“We are about to experience several years of uncertainty in construction and labor costs. Partnering with a trusted construction team who keeps a finger on the pulse of new trends and supply/demand factors will be vital to building high-performing office spaces.”


James R. Kruse
Chief Executive Officer
DPI Retail

“It is starting to feel pretty good again. It ain’t over. This is a time to be cool, clinical, and kind. Listen deeply. Get understanding. We are all a bit wounded, but we want to work. Let’s get after it. Depend on yourselves.”


Industry Trends with Real Estate Advisors


Phil J. Bond
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Farmers & Merchants Bank

“At Farmers & Merchants Bank we are first and foremost real estate lenders. The commercial real estate markets that surround us are something we are very attuned to with particular attention to values and emerging trends.”


Jason Grinnell
Partner, Real Estate
Thompson Coburn LLP

“As one of the real estate partners in Thompson Coburn’s Los Angeles office, I help our clients in a wide range of matters, from office and retail leasing to construction loans. We add value by monitoring legal trends and advising our clients how they may be affected.”


Kofi Nartey
Chief Executive Officer

“In many ways, real estate and development are evolving with greater velocity than ever. This requires future planning for design and technology with adaptable elements that cater to the buyer of tomorrow, not today.”

Paul Rosenkranz
Managing Partner

“As a CPA with nearly 40 years servicing clients with significant real estate assets, I believe I can bring, along with the other professionals at my firm, creative solutions to seemingly perplexing tax problems. Working with my clients’ other advisors I have often been successful helping my clients maximize their after-tax cash flow.”

Inside This Supplement

Five Tax Moves for the Real Estate Sector
Tax changes from Congress at the end of 2020 and 2021 continue to bring significant opportunities for commercial real estate developers, managers, and operators… Read More

Commercial Real Estate Operating Conditions Improve Despite Challenges
Although business conditions have improved for commercial real estate, according to the most recent COVID-19 impact survey conducted by NAIOP, 86.6% of developers now report delays or shortages in construction supplies… Read More

Outside the Box Lending Sets This Unique Bank Apart
Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank provides white-glove service to clients in offices from San Clemente to Santa Barbara. Four generations of family management have honed a foundation of values – honesty, integrity, the home… Read More

Reimagining Commercial Space: Renovation Enhancements that Drive Landlord Revenues
With over 40 years of combined experience, the Alpha Omega Contractors team specializes in providing general contracting and construction management services for commercial properties throughout Southern California. The team brings a top level of quality to projects in the medical, life sciences, commercial, and industrial space… Read More



View last year’s webinar recording here.

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