ATLANTA (Oct. 14, 2014) - Duke Long's lists of commercial real estate influencers and thought leaders already are legendary. So, it thrills me to have made his 2014 list of Top 10 Most Influence Online Commercial Real Estate People.
Long's list has become the industry standard for measurement of those who effectively use social media and blogs to discuss, promote and debate commercial real estate and its critical place in the U.S. economy and beyond. This year's list is topped by Barbi Reuter, a social #CRE powerhouse who recently was promoted to the C-Suite of PICOR/Cushman & Wakefield in Tuscon, Arizona. This is the only (non-CREW-related) list in the male-dominated world of CRE topped by a female.
Others on the 2014 list include Coy Davidson (pictured on the right in above photo with Duke), perhaps the best-known CRE-blogger/social force; Michael Bull, who hosts America's Commercial Real Estate (Radio) Show; and ICSC social media guru Sarah Malcolm. And Michael Beckerman, who founded a real estate-focused PR firm, made the list as he works to change the way CRE news is deliver with The News Funnel.
A couple of people have asked how a PR guy (me) made the list of Most Influentiual Online Commercial Real Estate People. Pure and simple, it's my dedication to keeping up with CRE news, to breaking and making CRE news some at times and to promote the industry via social outlets.
Of course, as a PR guy with several major CRE clients, I'll work extra hard to help them make next year's list and displace me. I'm honored to follow in the footsteps of Mark Toro, who has made Duke's list several times himself.
Better yet, I'll let Duke explain it in his own words:
"Atlanta based and hardcore about it. He feels the news stories coming before they happen. Newspaper (remember those) reporter who turned into a PR pro. Twitter is his personal mouthpiece to the world. Reputation for being smart and quick witted. HUGE Tom Petty fan and quietly volunteering a bunch of his personal time to help push #CRE #RE and #PR forward."
So, I offer a big "TY" to Duke for the flattering words and inclusion on the influential list. I look forward to seeing you on the social CRE circuit and reading your blog.