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, 300+ 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 Earns Microsoft's Silver Partner Distinction

RealFoundations Earns Microsoft's Silver Partner Distinction

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February 2017 | Dallas, TX In 2016 RealFoundations earned the prestigious distinction of Silver Partner in the Microsoft Cloud Productivity program for our commitment to creating and delivering innovative customer solutions and services based on Microsoft technologies.  The competency requirements for Silver Partner include Microsoft customer references, Office 365 partners of record, Office 365 deployments and employing company-internal Microsoft Certified Engineer(s).

This accomplishment puts RealFoundations in the top 5% of the Microsoft partner ecosystem which currently consists of over 650,000 partners, vendors and service providers that build, sell or support solutions based on Microsoft products.

As a Microsoft Silver Partner, RealFoundations now benefits from:

  • First-hand knowledge and usage of Microsoft latest software licenses, including Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and Microsoft’s Demo Showcase with over 2,500 Of Microsoft solutions and products.
  • Online technical and business skills training from Microsoft Partner Learning Center.
  • Availability to show-case RealFoundations business services and unique expertise through Microsoft Pinpoint Online Marketplace and Partner Marketing Center.
  • Availability of Sales Incentives, Business Investment Funds, and Market Development Funds for use during sales cycle, in additional to direct Microsoft pre-sales support.
  • Dedicated Microsoft Advisors, technical support resources and communications.

This remarkable achievement in the technology world elevates RealFoundations to a new level of qualifications and tools to help provide Office 365 Cloud Productivity solutions and services to our real estate clients.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 300+ 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.

 

Dale Smith Promoted to Managing Director at RealFoundations

Dale Smith Promoted to Managing Director at RealFoundations

February 2017 | Dallas, TX —RealFoundations is pleased to announce the promotion of Dale Smith to Managing Director with the firm.  Dale has been serving the real estate industry for over 22 years by way of business process optimization, system implementation, training strategy development, change management, and consulting.  His experience spans all areas of real estate including retail, office, industrial, corporate, multifamily and homebuilding. 

According to RealFoundations’ Executive Managing Director Chris Shaida, Dale’s deep knowledge of industry practices have helped shape the success of RF’s Managed Services practice.  “We are excited about Dale’s progress as a leader, his consistent drive to deepen and widen his capabilities and knowledge, and his commitment to providing solutions that allow our clients to operate more effectively.” Dale currently manages the Technology Support Services team for RealFoundations Managed Services, and resides in Dallas, TX with his family.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 300+ 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 Directors Publish Data Quality Article in GRESB Insights

RF Directors Publish Data Quality Article in GRESB Insights

February 2017 | Dallas, TX - RealFoundations Directors Natalie Wilson and John Seaton published an article in GRESB’s online blog, Insights, describing the importance of data quality, noting problems that many companies face when preparing for reporting submissions or large-scale data projects.  In the article they identify common issues among three areas of structured data and give pointers for validating and monitoring reports to decrease risk and improve performance.

Read the full article here to learn more.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 350+ 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 Participates in EPRA Mentoring Programme

RealFoundations Participates in EPRA Mentoring Programme

January 2017 | London, UK - The European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) has developed a rapidly-growing mentoring program aimed at narrowing the gender diversification gap that is present at high-level management and boardroom positions of publicly listed European companies. By pairing talented females in the workforce with senior real estate executives, EPRA's forward looking program assists with guiding women in meeting their career goals.

RealFoundations Consultant, Irina Lenchuk, is an active member in the program whose dedicated work performance continues to impress her mentor, Rachel Lavine, CEO of Gazit-Globe and Vice-Chairman of Atrium European Real Estate.  

RealFoundations has been a strong advocate of promoting successful women within the workforce throughout its history and became an early adopter of EPRA's diversification program after its establishment in 2015. As stated by Andrew Carey, RF Managing Director, "[It] is part of our global culture programme to support diversity in the workplace and RealFoundations [is] extremely appreciative of the high-quality mentoring provided by the EPRA mentors to our staff." 

Read more about EPRA’s diversity program and Irina’s involvement here.

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 350+ 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 Founder David Stanford Serves on GLIO Advisory Committee

RF Founder David Stanford Serves on GLIO Advisory Committee

January 2017 | Dallas, TX  -  RealFoundations Founder and Executive Managing Director David W. Stanford now serves on the Advisory Committee of the Global Listed Infrastructure Organisation ('GLIO').  The GLIO was established in June 2016 to promote listed infrastructure companies to the global investment community - it is the global platform for company and benchmark information, capturing almost $2 Trillion in market cap.  Their information platform and network of investors, bankers, advisors, and listed infrastructure companies serve to promote the growth and awareness of the asset class while connecting investors with opportunities.

In his role on the global Advisory Committee, Mr. Stanford is responsible for setting the agenda and priorities for the organisation.  Immediate areas of focus include: growing the supporter base; building the profile of both the GLIO and listed infrastructure investment; and producing timely analysis and reports highlighting the key performance characteristics of the asset class.

"We see listed infrastructure as a much broader extension of our work in the real estate space – they are ‘natural cousins’ under the real assets umbrella," David said. "We will work with GLIO to promote the initiative to listed companies in North America."

The foundation supporters of GLIO are AMP Capital, CBRE Clarion Securities, Cohen & Steers, CenterSquare Investment Management, Deutsche Asset Management, EY, Kempen & Co, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, Nuveen Investments and RealFoundations.

Learn more about the GLIO here.

About RealFoundations

RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 350+ 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.

MBA Scholarship Endowed in Memory of Alumna, Civil Rights Advocate Renée Moorad

MBA Scholarship Endowed in Memory of Alumna, Civil Rights Advocate Renée Moorad

December 2016 | Norman, OK – An endowed scholarship is being presented to the University of Oklahoma Master of Business Administration program by Real Foundation, Inc. to establish the RealFoundations Renée Moorad Memorial MBA Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of beloved Sooner Renée Marie Moorad. 

“Our relationship with the University of Oklahoma and the caliber of graduates we have experienced through Internships and full-time employment have shown an exceptional quality of education and exposure to the real world-work environment that allows them to add value for us as soon as they walk in the door,” said RealFoundations Managing Director Dan Sterk.

Moorad was a dedicated student with a thirst for knowledge that her teachers described as insatiable. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health science from OU in 2007, a juris doctorate from OU Law in 2011 and was a member of the New York State Bar. She was pursuing her master of laws degree in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.   

Moorad was part of a cohort of young Arab-American activists whose importance it may take future historians to appreciate. In a post-Sept. 11 climate of crisis and confusion for Arab-Americans, Moorad, with the support of a tightly knit group of colleagues, acted on her frustrations, and moved to Washington, D.C., where she served in nonprofit civil rights advocacy. Moorad had high hopes, aspirations and dreams for all of humankind. She was a kind, compassionate, loving soul who believed strongly in, and fought for, justice and equality for all.  She was dedicated to civil rights at home and human rights abroad, especially in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

After fulfilling her goals as a civil rights advocate, Moorad moved to Dallas to enjoy extra time with her family and be closer to her Sooners. While in Dallas, she joined RealFoundations, an international real estate consulting firm whose mission is to help real estate companies run better.  During her short time with the company, she played a key role supporting projects across the world and developed close friendships with all her coworkers. 

Moorad was the epitome of a self-made, Sooner-born, Sooner-bred superstar. She always put others before herself and was the most loyal employee and friend. She was a driven professional whose passion for work motivated those around her. RealFoundations feels grateful for the time Moorad dedicated to the company and coworkers and would like to keep her caring spirit alive by establishing a scholarship that will help those who are looking to make a difference in the business world.

The scholarship will be awarded yearly to those students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as leadership by serving their community and/or peers in a manner that has positively impacted others and inspired change.  

 

About RealFoundations

RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 350+ 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 Sponsors Agape as a Challenge Match Donor on North Texas Giving Day

RealFoundations Sponsors Agape as a Challenge Match Donor on North Texas Giving Day

November 2016 | Dallas, TX - On September 22nd, 2016, Real Foundations participated as a Challenge Match Donor in the North Texas Giving Day online event, sponsoring Agape Resource & Assistance Center, Inc. and contributing to a total fundraise of $40,205 for the charity.

Agape is a non-profit organization in Collin County, TX, dedicated to providing shelter, sustenance and stability to women and children in the North Texas area who are experiencing crisis, many of whom have been victims of abuse or violence. Not only does Agape provide affordable housing to these 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.

In order to continue their mission, Agape relies heavily on sponsorship and donor contributions, participating in various fundraising events throughout the year which also bring awareness to the homelessness and poverty issues in North Texas.  “We believe the amazing community support through North Texas Giving Day is a heartfelt affirmation of the transforming work Agape plays in the lives of the homeless women and children we serve”, states Janet Collinsworth, Founder and Executive Director of Agape.  “Having RealFoundations step out boldly as a North Texas Giving Day Challenge Match Sponsor both this year and last says so much for the leadership of RF and their strong commitment to improve the communities in which RF works.  We believe the RF Challenge Match is a big reason why Agape was able to surpass our goal in 2016.”

In addition to event sponsorships and contributions, various non-monetary donations such as toiletries, baby products, office supplies, as well as gift cards to Wal-Mart and Safeway 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, 350+ 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.

Andrew Carey Joins Board of UK Apartment Association (UKAA)

Andrew Carey Joins Board of UK Apartment Association (UKAA)

August 2016 | London - At its inaugural board meeting this month, the United Kingdom Apartment Association (UKAA), the newly formed membership organisation that focuses on the 'build to rent' sector, appointed its board of directors, including Andrew Carey - Managing Director at RealFoundations.  The Executive Board is the leadership of the organisation, guiding, directing and influencing the direction of UKAA.

The UKAA, founded in April 2016, is the first membership organisation that brings together all stakeholders of the professional rental market and helps share best practice for this fast evolving sector. As well as providing a valuable platform for the industry, the UKAA will lead educational training, customer service delivery, study tours and provide a suppliers’ forum, market data and a range of resources to help deliver better services for residents. It will also share qualitative research and represent the sector's voice in Westminster.

The Association serves as a focal point for the professional institutional rental market that will facilitate differentiation from the amateur ad hoc rental service.  They professionalise and improve the service delivery of the residential rental sector in the UK by utilising best practices and knowledge gained from the USA model.

Members elected to the Board, alongside Chief Executive Michael Green, who was appointed in June, include Michela Hancock of Greystar as Treasurer and Neal Gemassmer of Yardi as Secretary; as well as Tim Swaddle of Roomservice by CORT, Michael Howard of Urban Bubble, Roger Southam of Savills, Matthew Howard of Hermes Real Estate, Andrew Carey of RealFoundations, Andrea Massey of Yieldstar, and Doug Culkin of the NAA.

Michael Green, Chief Executive of the UKAA commented: “The UKAA is just getting started and we have great plans and ideas to contribute to the success of this growing sector. With a very experienced board of directors now established, we can use their varied expertise to raise the benchmark of service within the build-to-rent market and raise standards across all aspects of the sector.”

RealFoundations is a founder sponsor of UKAA alongside Roomservice by CORT, Greystar, Yardi and YieldStar.  Regarding RealFoundations' involvement in the organisation, Mr. Green said, 'We are excited to bring the 20+ years of experience of RealFoundations' residential sector depth and experience in helping some of the world's largest owners, operators and investors to the UKAA.'

For additional information, please contact:

Andrew Carey |  +44 0 203 808 2141 | andrew.carey@realfoundations.eu

About RealFoundations

RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 350+ 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.