As Director of Management Solutions at the Thomas A. Duke Company, John’s main objective is to partner with investment property owners to develop a customized strategic management plan for each property. He always starts by listening to the owner’s goals and objectives for the property; then he applys his analysis of all the relevant physical, financial, and market factors. The final plan balances the property’s income potential and its necessary expenses to create the best fit between owner and tenant—a balance that’s key to building a strong long-term relationship. His whole focus is to protect and grow an investment by keeping vacancies low and, most importantly, keeping owners informed.
John’s long career in real estate management has primed him for the opportunity to work with Thomas A. Duke clients. He’s had a hand in managing more than 13,900,000 square feet of property across the country, from a 4,600-square-foot shopping center to a one million-square-foot high-rise office tower—and everything in between. For all these properties he created sound management plans and then implemented them, including organizational, operational, financial, marketing, and asset management strategies that achieved the ownerships’ objectives. Prior to joining the Thomas A. Duke Company, John served as the Chief Operating Officer for Portfolio Property Management Global, a national property management firm. There he created and implemented all facets of the firm’s infrastructure, policies and procedures, and day-to-day management of its national portfolio of Class A office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties—management recognized as best in its class.
Before his COO position, John was a Senior Property Manager for Cushman & Wakefield, where he was responsible for the firm’s third-party management services in Michigan and Ohio. Clients included private, corporate, and pension fund advisors with assets in alternative energy facilities, life sciences research facilities, as well as Class A office properties. Earlier opportunities took John to notable real estate firms such as Great Lakes REIT, The Farbman Group, and Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc.
Across his entire twenty-six-year career, John has consistently created, implemented, and led operating initiatives that have yielded significant cost reductions and improved operating efficiencies for his clients. He accomplishes this in a number of ways—including implementing green programs—but primarily by being aligned with the investment objectives of his clients.
No surprise, then, that John was named one of the “Elite Eight” in commercial property management in 2000 by Commercial Inc. magazine and was a member of the Campus Martius Park task force. He continues to be a member of BOMA, IFMA, and the Institute of Real Estate Management, from which he has earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation.