2021 was a successful year for Stream. In addition to opening new offices in Phoenix, Northern Virginia, and Nashville, the company launched a National Program Management Services platform, added hundreds of thousands of square feet to its industrial and office portfolios, and hired a host of new talent across the U.S.
All of our high-caliber professionals–now totaling more than 1,100–contributed to these achievements to create a distinct culture best summarized by our core values of smart, nice, honest, and passionate. When it comes to the latter one, some of our top producers of 2021 took some time out of their busy schedules helping clients to share their passion and purpose for their profession and our company. Each was asked why they love Stream, what they enjoy most about the commercial real estate business, and what they are excited about or looking forward to this year.
Michael T. Kent
Executive Vice President | Industrial | San Antonio
Why I love Stream: I love the culture and depth of opportunity. During my career here, I have never felt boxed in. I truly appreciate the broad range of opportunities that are coupled with a sophisticated, well-respected organization that can compete with any commercial real estate service business or developer in the country. I love real estate and don’t feel that I would be able to maximize my potential elsewhere.
What I enjoy most about the business: I have always enjoyed sales, as it rewards my ability to effectively communicate ideas and turn those into profitable opportunities. In commercial real estate, the ability for me to be able to use that skill to convert intel into new business provides a lot of job satisfaction. I am extremely fortunate to be in this industry.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: The industrial market. While I have several exciting deals that are falling into place in 2022, I am looking forward to the overall industrial market continuing to grow. I have spent my career building a foundation on the simple principles of hard work and creativity. That has led to some great wins. With the recent industrial market expansion, I can leverage that experience for even more exciting opportunities.
Managing Director | Greater L.A.
Why I love Stream: I love Stream because we are like a family. I was the SoCal region’s first hire in 2009, and we have come a long way since then. The support that we get and the talent that we get to work with (management, marketing, development, and support) are best in class. Stream enables us to look at transactions from a holistic approach and gives us more ways to be involved in deals.
What I enjoy most about the business: What I enjoy most about the business is the fact that every day is different. I enjoy executing on business and winning with my clients, who oftentimes become our friends. I like the fact that real estate is a knowledge and relationship business.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: I am most excited about watching our team mature and grow. I’m excited to win bigger assignments and gain market share. I’m excited to take on new challenges and grow and win alongside the people in our office.
Senior Vice President | Office Tenant Representation | Greater L.A.
Why I love Stream: When I joined Stream a little over two years ago, I was coming from a global firm. I was ready for a change to a company that truly values its people. Stream’s nimble, holistic, and entrepreneurial approach was one of the key factors in determining my move.
What I enjoy most about the business: I fell in love with CRE due to its highly competitive and extremely challenging nature–especially when tackling a market such as West Los Angeles, home to some of the most exciting companies in the world including Google, Netflix, Amazon, Amazon Studios, and Sony Pictures. While not for the faint of heart, with a ton of hard work and dedication, the rewards and benefits are second to none. To have the opportunity to compete in one of the top markets in the country and do so while representing Stream is truly an honor.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: With so much uncertainty these last couple of years, I am excited to see what the new landscape looks like when it comes to how office space is utilized. I do believe it has changed forever, but I think it was inevitable and will be for the better. Not to mention, 2022 is the year everyone comes back to the office, and all those deals that got kicked out a year or two ago should come to life. Either way, I am excited to keep working hard, as that’s the only thing I can control in this environment.
Senior Vice President | Office Leasing | Houston
Why I love Stream: Stream fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and allows employees to pursue their dreams.
What I enjoy most about the business: To be successful you must continually learn and adapt. Every day is a new challenge and adventure. The business never gets stale!
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: I am most looking forward to getting to know my newborn grandson better.
Managing Director & Partner | Office Division | Austin
Why I love Stream: I love Stream because of the entrepreneurial spirit embedded in the company. If you have talent and grit, there is nothing you can’t do at the company.
What I enjoy most about the business: That every day is different, and that the projects you play a role in have meaningful impact on your city and community.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: To wrap up RiverSouth and welcome clients and customers back to the office.
Senior Vice President | Industrial | Dallas
Why I love Stream: I love Stream because it’s a group of smart, good people who all love to chase deals.
What I enjoy most about the business: I enjoy creating and growing client relationships. I love it when I can instill such confidence in a client that I’m their first call, and that they know that they can call me for market intel or a candid opinion about a project or deal.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: I’m excited to expand my region to North Fort Worth and to work with the truly incredible team there!
Senior Vice President | Industrial | Fort Worth
Why I love Stream: I love Stream because leadership empowers each producer to be entrepreneurial and provides the needed resources to maximize our potential.
What I enjoy most about the business: Industrial is a very hot asset class with lots of runway left in Dallas/Fort Worth. I enjoy the ability to operate in different roles throughout the transaction and development process.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: I am excited for another year to work alongside my teammates both inside and outside of the office. I am looking forward to setting the bar higher than 2021!
Managing Director | Office Leasing | Washington, D.C.
Why I love Stream: Quite simply, the people. Stream has assembled a group of genuine, passionate, high-achieving people that inspire me and others to do great things. They also happen to be a lot of fun!
What I enjoy most about the business: It may sound odd, but I enjoy tackling “impossible” projects and finding and creating value that others might not have seen.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Spending more time in person with friends, family, colleagues, and business partners.
Vice President | Industrial | Atlanta
Why I love Stream: I love Stream because of the people. Every person on our team helped get these deals done, and all the challenges I faced during deals were solved collaboratively. I owe a lot to our open office environment, which serves as an incubator for learning and creative solutions.
What I enjoy most about the business: I love the business because every deal has a unique set of challenges. No one deal is the same, so it keeps you learning. Additionally, in a world dominated by technology, this is one of the few industries that your face-to-face interaction with the customer can make a meaningful difference. Whether it is cold calling or showing space, you usually have an in-person opportunity to impact a decision.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: I am excited to watch our team grow and continue to push our goals to the next hurdle. We are bullish about the future of industrial, so it will be exciting to see where investor and occupier demand can take Atlanta.
Senior Vice President | Industrial | Dallas
Why I love Stream: I love Stream because we have the ability to utilize our diversified skillsets within our vertically integrated platform. We have the capability to work on both office and industrial transactions–whether it is agency leasing, tenant representation, or buying or selling assets on behalf of our customers. Being well-rounded is our competitive advantage and essential in an ever-changing real estate environment.
What I enjoy most about the business: What I enjoy most about our business is touring our customers’ facilities and seeing firsthand exactly what it is that they do. Most people buy a case of water at Walmart. But I see a bottling plant, a warehouse that stores the finished goods, and a distribution center that gets the case of water to Walmart.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Although we had a phenomenal 2021 as it relates to production, we also spent an equal amount of time on business development and building our pipeline. I am excited to see those efforts come to fruition in 2022!
Managing Director & Partner | Industrial | Dallas
Why I love Stream: I love Stream primarily because of the culture we have all created–like I’m working with friends. It continues to provide freedom to pursue business of all types with full company support. In addition, it continues to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of each individual.
What I enjoy most about the business: Winning! You can’t replace the opportunity to compete in life in many places as an adult. This business provides that opportunity each day. This business also rewards people from all backgrounds and all intellectual capabilities based on their talents and their willingness to put in the work. What more can you ask for?
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: I’m excited most to see the continued expansion of Stream in other markets–growth for the platform and, selfishly, growth for the industrial tenant representation business. I’m similarly excited to see the growth of our people as they continue to succeed.
Managing Director | Industrial | Denver
Why I love Stream: First and foremost, I love the people and the culture. I would not be successful without all the support and collaboration from the talented folks that make Stream so special. Second, Stream “walks the talk” and truly embodies our core values: smart, honest, nice, and passionate. Lastly, Stream’s platform allows our team to be entrepreneurs. That freedom creates a “different voice in the room” which equates to success and fulfillment in this crazy business.
What I enjoy most about the business: Every opportunity has its own story and requires combining different skill sets of various team members to achieve a great outcome for customers and partners. This gives me a chance to learn from different people every day. I am grateful that every day presents an opportunity to learn and grow through constant problem-solving with talented people working together.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Moving the Denver office to new Class A space and growing the Denver team.
Managing Director | Industrial | Dallas
Why I love Stream: What I love most about Stream are the culture and the people. It’s a young entrepreneurial company with a ton of energy and smart people working together to grow organically. I don’t believe there is another real estate company like it, where an individual can work in so many facets of real estate with no red tape. Stream flows.
What I enjoy most about the business: Hands down the relationship building. Commercial real estate is probably best at promoting relationships and friendships. Without it, I wouldn’t have the relationships I have today. It’s a lot of fun meeting with and growing relationships with people from all areas across the country.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: In general, I’m most excited about Stream’s expanded growth. Stream continues to open new offices and grow locally throughout Texas with new divisions and people. You can feel the impact. More specifically, I’m looking forward to watching our industrial team’s growth, in numbers, clientele, and projects.
Executive Managing Director & Partner | Industrial Capital Markets | Houston
Why I love Stream: First, the culture is amazing. That might sound cliché, but it is true. Being at Stream for 13 years, I’ve closely monitored other companies–and they just aren’t the same. We operate as a cohesive team, have a free flow of information, incredible training, and team-first attitude. Some of my closest friends are coworkers, which is not something you often see. Second, the Stream model is structured so that no matter your age or experience level, you have an incredible opportunity to be successful if you put in the work and effort.
What I enjoy most about the business: The thing I enjoy most about this business is the fact that every day is completely different. I love the hectic days when there are 100 things happening at once. Our business and platform allow you to do many different things to create opportunities, income, and growth versus being one-dimensional like many other industries.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Getting to work with Seth Koschak and our Industrial Capital Markets team to enhance our service offering to clients. I love the challenge of getting to grow something. There is going to be an incredible number of opportunities to create value for our clients and team members across the company. I’m also excited to watch our Houston industrial team take things to the next level with me getting out of their way.
Managing Director | Industrial | Denver
Why I love Stream: It’s all about the people for me. Our Denver team consists of the finest, most honorable, and hardest-charging CRE professionals in the market. I am grateful to work with such a special group. I love the entrepreneurial spirit of Stream.
What I enjoy most about the business: The job is action-packed and full of surprises. Every deal has its own nuances, which help keep you sharp and in tune with the market. We are in the relationship business. If you focus on treating your clients like you have ownership interest in their business and real estate, the opportunities just continue to flow. Reputation is everything, so never compromise your integrity. One of my all-time CRE heroes once told me: Trust, friendship, and confidence–along with the professional execution of the commercial real estate business–are the recipe for success in CRE.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: The industrial market is thriving, and it is exciting to see it grow and gain momentum. I think our team is well-poised to gain significant market share and have a lot of fun doing it.
Executive Managing Director & Partner | Industrial Capital Markets | Dallas
Why I love Stream: Stream has proven to be a company that truly cares about its employees and employees’ families and creates ways to provide opportunity to its own so individuals have ways to grow and expand their careers.
What I enjoy most about the business: The people. We are blessed by the people in our industry and those we get to work with internally and externally, day in and day out.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: For the past few years, Stream has looked very different on Dec. 31 than it did 12 months prior on Jan. 1 of the same year. We are growing in all aspects of our business and company. I’m excited to see what Dec. 31, 2022, looks like compared to Jan. 1, 2022.
Vice President | Office Leasing | Carolinas
Why I love Stream: Above all, it’s the people. Coming to work every day and interacting with extremely talented people across the entire company is incredibly fun, motivating, and something that can’t be replicated. Beyond the people, it’s opportunity. We have a very unique and dynamic platform that, once tapped into and leveraged, will provide growth and potential that you can’t find at any other firm. Stream also puts its money where its mouth is and invests heavily in people and resources, as evidenced by our platform-wide growth over the past couple of years. It feels like we’re just getting started.
What I enjoy most about the business: What I enjoy most about the business are the friendships and relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to build through the years as a result of my time in real estate. Some of the most fun or memorable times I’ve had in the business have come from trading stories of deals, both good and bad, over a drink with friends. Like fishing tales, the stories always seem to get more exaggerated with time.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Our growth in the Carolinas during 2021 was astounding, and we laid the groundwork for an even better year in 2022. We have some exciting projects in the works that will be kicking off in the coming months, so we’re looking forward to this year being our most fun year yet.
Executive Managing Director & Partner | Nashville
Why I love Stream: The people. Their priorities. And, their commitment to success.
What I enjoy most about the business: Strategic solutions
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Growth with Stream in Nashville
Managing Director & Partner | Office Tenant Representation | Austin
Why I love Stream: The culture and quality of people I get to work with on a daily basis
What I enjoy most about the business: Being entrusted clients’ real decisions and then helping to facilitate the best outcome for those clients
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: Being in real estate in Austin and seeing RiverSouth be leased up and occupied by tenants
Vice President | Health Care | San Antonio
Why I love Stream: Stream is a place where everyone celebrates their peers’ successes and encourages each other to grow professionally and personally. The opportunities here are endless. There are no limits based on age, title, or tenure keeping you from chasing a deal that makes sense.
What I enjoy most about the business: In real estate, every day is a new day with its own set of challenges and opportunities. It is impossible to get bored. I enjoy that no deal looks the same and that I am continuously learning and growing. I also enjoy the direct relationship between hard work and professional success and achievements. The “eat-what-you-kill” mentality is incredibly motivating.
What I’m excited about/most looking forward to in 2022: It is always exciting to see what a new year will bring. You get a jolt of energy to start the year strong and set the foundation for success. This year, I am excited to see COVID somewhat in the rearview mirror and to have nothing holding us back from doing better this year than the last.
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