RF's Enterprise Managing Consultant John D’Angelo Joins CRE as Counselor

RF's Enterprise Managing Consultant John D’Angelo Joins CRE as Counselor

July 2017 | San Francisco, CA -  RealFoundations is pleased to announce John D’Angelo as Counselor of Real Estate (CRE). Becoming a Counselor with CRE is by invitation only and comprises rigorous application and interview processes, identifying candidates who outperform in areas such as Prominence in Profession, Expertise, Influence, Ethics and Experience.

Currently serving RF’s investment management and corporate real estate clients, Mr. D’Angelo’s industry qualifications include over 25 years of leadership experience in the homebuilder, multi-family developer/manager, and retail developer/manager markets. During his tenure with RealFoundations, John’s work has aided in developing trusted relationships with some of the most respected organizations in the world including Clarion Partners, GIC, JP Morgan Asset Management, Shorenstein, TIAA-CREF, Bank of America, Jones Lang LaSalle and Simon Properties. 

As Counselor of Real Estate, Mr. D’Angelo will be committed to providing significant guidance to leaders in various sectors of the real estate industry.  He will have the opportunity to collaborate with the other Counselors in a professional forum to share insights and experience, making decisions and providing direction to professionals that drive industry initiatives.

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to represent RealFoundations as a Counselor and excited to be part of an organization that counts so many of the best and brightest in the Industry as members.  The emphasis that the Counselors place on personal integrity, professional ethics, and thought leadership in Real Estate closely align to RealFoundations’ core values.”   - John D'Angelo

RealFoundations supports Mr. D’Angelo’s role as Counselor and looks forward to the great value he will deliver to real estate professionals, globally.

About CRE The Counselors of Real Estate was established exclusively for real estate professionals who provide advice, counsel or guidance which significantly affects real estate decisions, without personal bias or conflict of interest. Founded in 1953, the organization serves approximately 1,000 members worldwide, all of whom hold the “CRE” credential. CREs are linked to one another by their commitment to integrity, competence, community, trust, and service; and they adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice. The purpose of the organization is to be a community of expertise, talent, collegiality and camaraderie among practitioners recognized as leaders in real estate or real estate related counseling and advisory services.  Learn more about The Counselors of Real Estate here.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

 

RF Director Simon Parsons Co-authors "Intelligent Assets for Tomorrow's Infrastructure"

RF Director Simon Parsons Co-authors "Intelligent Assets for Tomorrow's Infrastructure"

July 2017 | Dallas, TX – RealFoundations Director Simon Parsons contributed to a recent report published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), titled “Intelligent Assets for Tomorrow's Infrastructure: Guiding Principles”.  Published on June 14th, this guidance paper is a collaboration between the Asset Management group of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Management Panel (of which Parsons is a member) and the University of Cambridge’s “Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction” (CSIC).

Drawing on both recent research from the CSIC and longer-term industry experience, the paper focuses on the concepts of smart infrastructure and intelligent assets, explaining what they mean in practical terms alongside examples of use in infrastructure asset management to gain efficiency and reduce waste.  In the article, the authors propose a maturity model to guide smart asset development and help managers select appropriate technologies, with an emphasis on using data to improve asset management (both during construction and operation) to save time and money while increasing the underlying value of the asset.  

Get the full report on the ICE website here.

About the Institution of Civil Engineers The ICE is one of the world's most respected professional engineering associations, formed almost 200 years ago. It has over 90,000 members in more than 150 countries. Its Expert Panels are made up of members who lend their expertise to help shape ICE's outputs across a range of different areas within the civil engineering industry.

About the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction The CSIC was founded in April 2011 to translate research into commercial application to transform the future of infrastructure. As a world-leading centre of excellence at the University of Cambridge, CSIC's key objective is to develop robust and innovative solutions to meet challenges in the infrastructure and construction industry and to accelerate and enable knowledge transfer and exploitation of these emerging technologies.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

RF Volunteers with Agape, Serving the DFW Community

RF Volunteers with Agape, Serving the DFW Community

June 2017 | Dallas, TX - On Saturday, June 24th, volunteers from RealFoundations partnered with Agape Resource & Assistance Center, Inc. to construct an on premise utility building at one of Agape’s housing facilities in Plano, TX.  Agape is a non-profit organization committed to providing shelter, sustenance and stability to women and children in the North Texas area.  The completion of this project, which also included new landscaping at the home, will allow future volunteers to provide bi-weekly lawn care maintenance for the current family.

"Agape is so honored and excited to have the hands and hearts of folks at RealFoundations support our work with homeless women and children", says Janet Collinsworth, Founder and Executive Director at Agape. "The shed the RF team built at our new Agape residential property will allow us to store yard maintenance equipment in a safe, easy to access on-site location so our wonderful maintenance volunteers can come weekly and easily keep the yards trimmed and tidy.  It is especially heartwarming to me to have friends and associates whom I value and respect in the professional realm work along side me to passionately support the vulnerable neighbors in our communities who desperately need help so they can work towards sustainable, independent living. The strong work ethic and social responsibility that makes RF a success as a professional organization are also benefiting our community for the greater good of all."

RealFoundations has been supporting Agape for many years through various contributions and sponsorship, including the North Texas Giving Day and the Caring Hearts Golf and Tennis Classic, as well as completing similar construction projects.  The RF team looks forward to their continued relationship with Agape, pitching in whenever possible and giving back to the community.

About Agape Not only does Agape provide affordable housing to single women and their children through the Housing 4 Hope program, but they also offer education, mentoring and counselling, ultimately helping families to become self-sufficient while bringing hope and empowerment to those in despair.   If you’re interested in becoming involved, financial contributions as well as non-monetary donations such as toiletries, baby products, office supplies, and Walmart & Safeway gift cards are also encouraged and highly appreciated.  Please contact info@hope4agape.com if you would like to contribute. More information related to Agape and Housing 4 Hope can be found at www.hope4agape.com

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

Managing Director Dale Smith Interviewed on Adapting to Tech Change in Real Estate

Managing Director Dale Smith Interviewed on Adapting to Tech Change in Real Estate

June 2017 | San Diego, CA — At the 2017 Realcomm IBCON Conference in San Diego on June 14th, RF Managing Director Dale Smith sat down with Eric Stromquist and gave his point of view on the “Market Response to the Accelerated Pace of Technological Change”.  During the interview, Dale described challenges faced by real estate companies who have been “historically slow to adopt new technology”, and how cloud technology, one-click applications, collaboration tools and the millennial workforce are accelerating that adoption rate.

See what Dale has to say about how RealFoundations and the market as a whole are adapting to change by watching the full interview here.

About RealFoundations  RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

RealFoundations Partners with Q Software to Deliver Cloud-Based Automated Audit Capabilities to Supported JDE Clients

RealFoundations Partners with Q Software to Deliver Cloud-Based Automated Audit Capabilities to Supported JDE Clients

June 2017 | Dallas, TX — Real Foundations has partnered with Q Software to offer an integrated security & audit solution to Managed Services clients in the Real Estate Industry.  The out of the box functionality offers both a cloud based auditing system and a set of tools which fully integrate with the JD Edwards ERP system, providing services and content tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Utilizing the QCloud Automated Audit and Audit Manager platforms allows RealFoundations to provide a full security audit without installing additional software. 

RealFoundations Managed Services clients using JDE also benefit from:

  • Reduction of external auditing costs
  • Prevention of fraud and prioritized security rework requirements
  • Summarized findings in critical areas including Master Data, Critical Programs and Data Security.
  • Customization of Segregation of Duties rules within JDE for Real Estate
  • Improved security inquiry and net effect of role changes and combinations
  • Drill down capabilities for investigative issues

JDE users in the REIT and Home Builder markets will find these tools immensely helpful in fulfilling auditor requirements and in preventing fraud on their system.  "Companies in the Real Estate market face particularly stringent compliance challenges, which are very difficult to satisfy with the native JD Edwards Real Estate software," said Mike Ward, Chief Executive Officer at Q Software.  "We are delighted to partner with Real Foundations to deliver tailored solutions based on common audit requirements identified by Real Estate clients and auditors."

About Q Software As an Oracle Gold Partner, Q Software’s Audit, Security Control, and Efficiency solutions help 300+ JD Edwards and Oracle E-Business Suite customers protect their businesses from fraud, whilst significantly reducing the cost, effort and complexity of managing risk and demonstrating regulatory compliance. www.qsoftware.com

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better. www.realfoundations.net

“Analyzing Energy Data – Does Your ERP Suffice?” – By RF Director Julius Caten

“Analyzing Energy Data – Does Your ERP Suffice?” – By RF Director Julius Caten

June 2017 | Dallas, TX — A new article has been published in GRESB Insights online, highlighting the importance of an efficient ERP System and how the effective capture, tracking, reporting, and cross-departmental sharing of energy related data within an organization can dramatically contribute cost savings and reduce energy waste.  In the article, RealFoundations Director Julius Caten outlines several capabilities of a standard ERP system, as they relate to energy data capture, providing the opportunity for a Company to take inventory of whether their current ERP fits the bill.  Read the full article here.

About RealFoundations  RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

RealFoundations Guides Successful Merger of Equity One with Regency Centers

RealFoundations Guides Successful Merger of Equity One with Regency Centers

June 2017 | Dallas, TX - Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE: REG) (“Regency”) engaged RealFoundations (“RF”) to provide guidance, planning, program management and data conversion services in the enterprise merger of Equity One, Inc. (NYSE: EQY) (“Equity One”) with and into Regency.  This merger integration formed a combined company with a total market capitalization of approximately $16 billion, resulting in inclusion into the S&P 500 Index.

The merger further established Regency Centers as the foremost national shopping center REIT with a high-quality portfolio of 429 properties comprising 59 million square feet of GLA. Including projects successfully transitioned during the merger, Regency now has over $500 million in developments and redevelopments. The effective and efficient integrations of the companies have already allowed Regency to realize the anticipated $27 million of G & A synergies. “We are extremely proud of how our merger integration has progressed and are very pleased with all the work RealFoundations has provided”, stated Lisa Palmer, Regency Centers President and CFO. “The combined Regency and RF teams made extraordinary progress integrating the companies in a very short period of time. It is hard to imagine us achieving these timelines without the benefit of RealFoundations.”

To manage the fast-paced merger, Regency and RealFoundations created a program of 24 projects within six work streams, with RF providing additional project management to help guide the Regency teams during the integration. The project management, meeting structures, prioritization methods, and cross-departmental communication RealFoundations facilitated allowed issues to be identified early and decisions to be made quickly. “The collaboration between the Regency and RealFoundations teams was the key to making our merger integration a success”, says Mike Mas, Regency Centers Managing Director of Finance.  “The formalized process RF brought to the table, supported by the Regency team’s prior experience with integrating real estate companies, allowed our personnel to maintain focus on key priorities and achieve our planned objectives.”

This merger proved to be one of the smoothest company integrations with which RealFoundations has been involved.  “The leadership from the Regency Executive Team and the professional dedication from the Regency team was instrumental in making this merger a success” commented David Srour, Managing Director with RealFoundations.

Within the Technology Asset Integration work stream, RealFoundations provided JD Edwards data-migration services to combine Equity One’s system with that of Regency’s.  In addition, RF also managed the projects needed to transition the entire Equity One infrastructure into Regency’s existing platform.  “With RF’s guidance, the overall merger and, more specifically, the integration of the two information technology platforms has gone very smoothly”, says Dale Johnston, Regency Centers’ SVP & Chief Information Officer. “We believe this to be the fastest REIT merger measured from announcement to close since 2011. Under that type of timeframe, we would not be where we are today without the expertise and assistance provided by RealFoundations.”

About Regency Centers Corporation Regency is the preeminent national owner, operator and developer of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Regency has developed 227 shopping centers since 2000, representing an investment at completion of more than $3.5 billion. Operating as a fully integrated real estate company, Regency is a qualified real estate investment trust that is self-administered and self-managed, and a member of the S&P 500 index.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

For additional information, please contact:   

Naomi Souza | +1 214 292 7086 | Naomi.Souza@realfoundations.net

"The Data Problem in Real Estate" - By Managing Director John D'Angelo

"The Data Problem in Real Estate" - By Managing Director John D'Angelo

May 2017 | Dallas, TX —Managing Director, John D’Angelo’s article “The Data Problem in Real Estate” has been published in the NAREIM Dialogues – Spring edition. In the article, Mr. D’Angelo articulates the challenges that both fund and plan sponsors face in gathering asset-level data, citing several common problems in the exchange of data and the costs and risks associated with each. Complete, accurate and timely data is critical to understanding risk and driving investment performance and the article describes the two common approaches to gathering this vital data and building a “solid information foundation”.  For the full article, click here.

About RealFoundations  RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

Acion, LLC Takes First-Ever RealFoundations Award at Baylor New Venture Competition

Acion, LLC Takes First-Ever RealFoundations Award at Baylor New Venture Competition

Dmitry Serov, Paige Harrison, and Chad Keinanen of Acion, LLC receiving the RealFoundations Award from David Stanford and Lauren Stokes.

Dmitry Serov, Paige Harrison, and Chad Keinanen of Acion, LLC receiving the RealFoundations Award from David Stanford and Lauren Stokes.

April 2017 | Dallas, TX RealFoundations was honored to participate in the 6th Annual New Venture Competition at Baylor University in Waco, TX, hosted by Baylor University’s John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship in the Hankamer School of Business.  On February 24th and 25th, twelve finalist teams met on campus and showcased their businesses to various industry professionals as well as Baylor professors, competing for both professional guidance, entrepreneurial coaching, and cash rewards to invest into their business models.

This year, RF’s Executive Managing Director and founder, David Stanford, along with Director Lauren Stokes – both Baylor alumni – were invited to participate in the competition, interact with the students and select a team to receive the first ever RealFoundations Award – a financial donation towards the winning team’s new venture.  The RealFoundations Award recipient was selected based on criteria including environmental impact, business process as a service, and operating platform sophistication.

Acion, LLC, a startup from the University of Louisville, was the first-ever RealFoundations Award winner.  “We believe that Acion is targeting a long overlooked operating problem with a unique solution that has the potential to lower both operating costs and loss claims in the residential housing space", says Mr. Stanford. "We were attracted to their singular focus and market opportunity."

RealFoundations sponsorship in the New Venture competition also includes the contribution of a significant number of in-kind professional service hours, focused on providing professional guidance to the recipient.  Acion received this award as well. "We were very surprised and honored to receive the RealFoundations Award at the Baylor New Venture Competition”, states Chad Keinanen, CEO of Acion, LLC.  “We are using the cash award for product development, but are even more excited for the opportunity to work with RealFoundations as we introduce our portfolio of products to residential and commercial properties."

RealFoundations will again participate as a competition sponsor in the upcoming 2018 and 2019 New Venture Competitions.  Read more about the 2017 New Venture Competition and individual competitors here.

About Acion, LLC Acion, LLC protects residential and commercial properties from water damage due to clogged air-conditioning drain-lines through a patent-protected device that connects to, and automatically delivers an environmentally-friendly biocide treatment into, an air conditioner’s (HVAC) drain line to kill algae before it clogs the line. Follow Acion on Twitter.

About Baylor Business  Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business provides a rigorous academic experience, consisting of classroom and hands-on learning, guided by Christian commitment and a global perspective. Recognized nationally for several programs, including Entrepreneurship and Accounting, the school offers 24 undergraduate and 13 graduate areas of study, as well as Ph.D. programs in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship and Health Services Research. Follow Baylor Business on Twitter.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on helping companies that develop, own, operate, service, occupy or invest in real estate make smarter, more profitable decisions. From the building itself to the way it’s developed, operated and capitalized, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations.  Follow RealFoundations on Twitter.

Women at RealFoundations Program Launches

Women at RealFoundations Program Launches

March 2017 | Dallas, TX  RealFoundations is proud to announce the 2017 launch of Women at RealFoundations (‘WRF’) – a voluntary, employee-led group established to promote professional development, build presence and encourage mentorship among the women at the firm.  Led by Justyna Brooks, HR Manager; Naomi Souza, Director of Presence and Assets; and Lauren Stokes, Director of Managed Services-Technology, WRF will serve as a resource for its members by fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace aligned with RealFoundations’ organizational mission, values, business practices and objectives via regularly scheduled activities throughout the year. 

As a kickoff event, on Friday, March 10, 2017, WRF brought together 30+ of the most tenured women within the firm to participate in a Women’s Leadership Workshop, facilitated by Felix Weiner Consulting Group.  Felix Weiner has provided presentation and leadership coaching to some of the most respected names in real estate.  The workshop focused on personal brand, presentation skills, networking tips, personal accomplishment stories, admiral leadership traits and unconscious bias.  The event gave participants the opportunity to reflect on traits and habits with an eye towards improvement. 

Momentum from this event is being carried forward with a series of quarterly firm-wide activities aimed at advancing short and mid-term goals of visibility, participation, presence growth and professional network expansion.  For additional information, please contact Justyna Brooks.

Tenured RF employees at the Women's Leadership Workshop hosted by Steve Felix and Liz Weiner of Felix Weiner Consulting Group.

Tenured RF employees at the Women's Leadership Workshop hosted by Steve Felix and Liz Weiner of Felix Weiner Consulting Group.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 400+ client-serving professionals and off-shore delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.