I recently opened up a copy of the South Florida Business Journal which happened to include the annual list of the top 50 fastest growing firms in South Florida. As a commercial real estate broker, I am always on the lookout for fast growing firms and industries that are likely to need larger office and warehouse space and are excellent candidates for our Commercial Real Estate Services.
Quickly skimming down the list to number 40, to my surprise, there we were. Out of thousands of companies in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County Florida, Brenner Real Estate Group is the 40th fastest growing firm in the region.
South Florida is a highly entrepreneurial market and you’d expect to see more than our share of rapidly growing firms in the technology and healthcare fields. Touch Suite, a point of sale technology firm in Boca Raton was at the top of the list. Modernizing Medicine, a Boca firm which competes in the health care and technology arena was in the top five. There are also some technology recruiting firms on the list which is a sign that tech firms are once again hiring. So how did a 27 year old Commercial Real Estate Brokerage and Management firm make the list?
We see two primary reasons. First, Commercial Real Estate has bounced back. After some lean years from 2008 through 2011, leasing activity is increasing and properties are selling. Our strategy of focusing on our relationships in the banking and legal fields has positioned Brenner Real Estate Group to take on key leasing, sales, management and receivership assignments which have involved turning around troubled properties.
Second, as an independent regional firm, we are able to rapidly shift our focus to better serve the needs of the marketplace. As the market stabilizes, we are again positioning ourselves to capitalize on emerging trends. As we expect the market’s improvement to continue, there won’t be as many turnaround opportunities. We will therefore focus on our relationships with property owners to manage their cash flow, with investors to identify value in the marketplace and with businesses to lock in rental rates before they increase any further. We also remain committed to helping our people to adapt their use of technology to the changing ways that business gets done. This includes our recent training sessions with Costar and The Lipsey Company.
Sam Zeitz, CEO of Touch Suite, number one on the list attributes his success to his firm’s “constantly introducing new disruptive technology that replaces previous models of older business tools.”
At Brenner we strive to combine the tried and true methods that have worked and continue to work in our industry. But we also continue to apply the new disruptive technologies to give us a head up on our competition. You can teach an old dog new tricks and that is why Brenner Real Estate Group is 27 and still growing.