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  • Posted by Brad Umansky on June 07, 2018

What Advice Would You Give to a New Retail Broker?

Can you imagine attending the ICSC RECon conference in Las Vegas just one week into the business?  Well that’s exactly what Progressive Real Estate Partners’ newest hire and Retail Apprentice, Renae Giacopuzzi, did this year. Renae recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business Management and is following in the footsteps of...
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  • Posted by Brad Umansky on December 14, 2016

Greg Bedell’s CCIM Journey

As President of Progressive Real Estate Partners (PREP) one of my main goals has been to create an office culture where continuous learning is valued and knowledge is priceless.  In addition to our in-house training and coaching, I encourage our brokers to take advantage of other educational opportunities such as attending industry sponsored classes, obtaining...
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  • Posted by Brad Umansky on February 04, 2016
  • Broker, CCIM, Commercial Real Estate, Investment Sales, Retail

What Spinning Class Has Taught Me About Leading Brokers

Not only is spinning great exercise (and an incredible calorie burn), it’s also a perfect example of the benefits of being part of a group with the same goals versus trying to achieve those goals without the comradery of the group. As I was pedaling away on the bike the other day, I realized that the...
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  • Posted by Brad Umansky on December 02, 2015
  • Brad Umansky, Progressive Real Estate Partners

Paying it Forward

As owner of Progressive Real Estate Partners one of the most rewarding parts of my job is I get the opportunity to “pay it forward” and use my experience and connections to mentor young brokers developing their career in CRE. I find having a diversified team of retail brokers including both industry veterans AND young...
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  • Posted by Brad Umansky on November 04, 2015

It’s All Good — 3rd Quarter Inland Empire Economic Overview

It’s no secret that Southern California’s Inland Empire (IE) economy has made an incredible come back from the recession. The region is experiencing record growth and shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s a recap of why the IE is at the top of its game: 1. A $134B Economy: The IE has the 24th...
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  • Posted by Brad Umansky on September 30, 2015

Retail ROCKS at ICSC Western Conference

Last week, the Progressive Real Estate Partners brokerage team was out in full force working the San Diego ICSC Western Conference looking to build relationships, attract retailers to their projects, acquire knowledge, and get a pulse on today’s retail landscape. The conference theme, “Retail is Back in Black” with a rock n roll spin was...
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  • Posted by PREP on May 27, 2015

My Six Takeaways from ICSC #RECon15

The Progressive Real Estate Partners (PREP) team just returned from the ICSC RECon15 convention and what an amazing show! Attendance topped 36,000 and the excitement and energy amongst the attendees was contagious. The jam-packed four day event included networking, educational sessions, inspirational speakers (including Peyton Manning and John Maxwell) and numerous receptions and parties. The...
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  • Posted by PREP on February 17, 2015

Top 5 Reasons Why Being a CRE Broker is a Great Career

By Progressive Real Estate Partners 5. CRE is a Revolving Door Too often, people are bored with their 9-to-5 paper pushing jobs; probably because they stopped learning—and as soon as they stopped learning, they stopped growing. In the commercial real estate world, the education train never stops. Whether it’s learning about an emerging (or submerging)...
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  • Posted by PREP on February 04, 2015

China is Where China is!

By Brad Umansky I attended the RealShare Inland Empire event last week and it was really a treat to be in a room of people interested in the Inland Empire, but who were not strictly retail focused. As a guy whose entire working life has involved living and breathing retail, I sometimes forget about the...
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