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Bisnow Innovators: The People Who Refused To Let A Crisis Go To Waste

One of the great paradoxes of the coronavirus pandemic is that while the home-tied public might appreciate more than ever the social power of place, there is no way of knowing how people will actually behave once the global crisis fades away. 

That dynamic will be studied and hotly debated for years ahead, but one thing that cannot be argued is that some segments of the commercial real estate industry are prevailing in one key area: innovation.

Since March 11, 2020, when the pandemic took hold of the world, commercial real estate has been in the throes of massive socioeconomic upheaval. While some quarters are betting that things will go back to normal, others are adopting and inventing new ways to thrive, preparing for new orders of how to conduct business and making good on promises to evolve technologically, socially and culturally. 

If these men and women have been frightened by the turbulence of the last year, their actions are not evidence of it. They are persevering and building a new future — unwilling to let the opportunity created by the crisis pass them by. At Bisnow, we're pleased to introduce you to these innovators and celebrate their achievements made through unprecedented adversity.


Mark F. Bonner

Editor-in-Chief, Bisnow

March 7, 2021
Photo: Unsplash

The Retail Lease Pioneer

March 14, 2021

Legal & General +

The Solar-Powered Social Impact Investor

May 5, 2021

548 Capital founder A.J. Patton +

The Virus Zapper

March 17, 2021

Integrated Viral Protection and Medistar Corp. CEO Monzer Hourani +

The One Leveling Up Virtual Work

April 11, 2021

Walkabout Workplace CEO Toni Portmann +

The Gig Guru

March 24, 2021

Bullpen CEO Tyler Kastelberg +

AI Meets Appraisals

April 28, 2021

Apprise +

The Pioneering Construction CEO

April 21, 2021

Clayco Executive Chairman Bob Clark +

The CEO Diversifying With Metrics

May 31, 2021

BentallGreenOak's Sonny Kalsi +

The OZ Crowdfunder

March 10, 2021

Jackson Dearborn Partners +

The One Evolving Business Travel

May 16, 2021

Ernest Lee +

The Rent Rescuer

March 29, 2021

Till Inc. +

The Next Step For Coworking

April 4, 2021

Shervonne Cherry +

The Slow-And-Steady Coworking CEO

March 7, 2021

Industrious CEO Jamie Hodari +

The One Tracking And Supporting The Return To Work

March 21, 2021

Kastle Systems +

The Private Equity Maven Connecting Latinx CRE Pros

April 18, 2021

REĀL founder Ada Arevalo +

The Investor Savior

March 9, 2021

Dealpath CEO Mike Sroka +

The Blockchain Believer

May 26, 2021

RedSwan's Ed Nwokedi +

The Biological Building Tech

March 31, 2021

BrainLit +

The Rainmaker

April 14, 2021

T. Dallas Smith & Co. CEO T. Dallas Smith +

The Brick-And-Mortar Believer

May 2, 2021

FlagshipRTL +

The Company Servicing The Bottom Of The Office Pyramid

May 9, 2021

Localworks +

The Harvard-Powered Restaurant And Retail Activator

May 13, 2021

Zone 3 +

The Landlord Uniting Communities During The Pandemic

April 25, 2021

Codina Partners +

The Quick-Pivoting Architect

April 7, 2021

Sasaki Principal Victor Vizgaitis +

The Networker

March 7, 2021

Black Commercial Real Estate Network's Dustin Sutton +

The RTOData Analyst

May 23, 2021

RefineRE +

The Mobility Data Mensas 

May 19, 2021 +

The Marketer Who Saved Retailers

June 9, 2021

Weitzman's Leisa Barger +

The Booster

June 6, 2021

Suffolk Technologies +

The Proptech Acquisition Machine

June 2, 2021

Building Engines CEO Tim Curran +

The Co-Living Survivor

June 13, 2021

Common's Brad Hargreaves +