Writing the Next Chapter

Millennials are known for frequent shifts from one job to another. A recent LinkedIn study found that members of this generation have, on average, changed employers—and, often, industries—four times during their first decade out of college. That’s a faster pace of change than Generation X managed during the same life stage, let alone Baby Boomers, […]

How to Build Leaders

How to Build Leaders The large business schools—Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, Chicago Booth, MIT and others—all have executive development programs in one form or another. But after a student graduates and is in the real world, do companies continue that type of laser focus on leadership planning? The answer is mostly yes, but the methods vary. […]

THE HIRING SQUAD: How Talent Can Help Create an Enduring National Real Estate Company

In this executive Q&A, Jana Turner, principal at RETS Associates, a leading national real estate recruiting firm, and Melissa Labor, Director of Human Resources and Culture at Granite Properties, a privately held real estate investment and management company, discuss the process of unifying a firm of five offices through its people. Labor shares details on […]


NEWPORT BEACH, CA—Real estate companies can learn a lot from employees during exit interviews and satisfaction surveys to determine if they’re doing all they can to retain talent, RETS Associates principal Jana Turner tells GlobeSt.com. Turner says real estate talent is so scarce right now that hiring companies are struggling to secure new hires even with market-rate compensation packages. In […]

Population And Job Growth Lead To More Industrial Sales

FORT WORTH—Strong population increases, job growth, residential development and a pro-business climate continue to drive the market’s industrial sector. Properties with large footprints, fully leased to credit tenants are the norm, leading to a substantial increase in investment sales throughout the DFW metro. Two such examples are typified in the recent $70 million sale of […]


Commercial real estate hiring is back in a big way, according to RETS Associates principal Kent Elliott (second from the right). While the industry struggled during the credit crisis and the Great Recession, current market conditions make talent a precious commodity. The 20-year veteran of recruiting and real estate called the current labor situation an […]


DALLAS—With baby boomers retiring and CRE professionals leaving during the last downturn, there are fewer people in the industry and it has created an environment that is feverishly searching for key players. Kent Elliott at RETS Associates recently discussed this issue with GlobeSt.com and how it has resulted in firms acting more quickly to hire […]

THE HIRING SQUAD: Investment in Talent is Up!

In this edition of The Hiring Squad, Kent Elliott, principal of RETS Associates, a leading national real estate recruiting firm, shares hiring and compensations trends in commercial real estate that evolved over the first quarter of 2016. Investment in Talent Is Up Just as property investments have continued to increase, the cost of acquiring and […]

It’s An ‘Employees Market’ for Commercial Real Estate

The current market for talented commercial real estate professionals is crazy hot, according to RETS principal Kent Elliott (shown here with the director of the company’s Seattle office, Berkeley Davis). RETS is a real estate recruiting firm that has been in business for 15 years. Last year was the company’s best year ever, and Q1 […]