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Luncheon Speaker Series: Industrial Sector Stays Hot, Creates Jobs in NEO

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

You may have noticed the industrial market finally getting some media attention over the past year in NEO because of its extremely low vacancy rates and need for space. With e-commerce on the fast track, the demand for space to hold product will only increase. This in turn has had a large impact on bringing jobs to NEO. This esteemed panel will discuss what the demand is really like and how this industry sector can bring jobs back to this region.

Moderator

Brett Neff, Senior Vice President & Director of Business Development |
R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc.

Mr. Neff is Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc., a major architectural, engineering, surveying and construction services firm located in Westlake, Ohio.  He graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1993 and has more than 25 years of experience in the planning, design, project management and construction of buildings and facilities, surface transportation, underground utility and land development projects.  Mr. Neff joined R.E. Warner immediately upon graduation and has served as a civil design engineer, resident construction representative, project manager, division manager and director of business development.  He was selected as a shareholder in 2000, Member of the Board of Directors in 2003, Vice President in 2007 and Senior Vice President in 2015.

Mr. Neff is active in numerous professional and civic organizations.  He was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of Greater Cleveland’s top “Forty Under 40” in 2007.  This is a diverse group of business, civic and political leaders from throughout the region, selected not only for their past accomplishments, but also for their future impact on the community. Mr. Neff currently serves as a Director on the Board of Gorman Lavelle Corporation, a Cleveland based HVAC, plumbing and Medical Gas Piping Contractor. Mr. Neff is also serving as a Board Member for the Cleveland Engineering Society, a non-profit professional development organization serving the needs of the engineering and technical professionals in Northeast Ohio.

Mr. Neff is a founding member of the Northeast Ohio (Cleveland) chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and has served as the Charter’s treasurer.  He has also served as chairman of the Marketing Committee of the Cleveland Engineering Society and is active in the alumni associations of Ohio Northern University and Walsh Jesuit High School.  Mr. Neff currently serves as a board member in the Solon Italian Club proudly supporting his heritage and the Italian American community in Northeast Ohio. Brett and his wife Jodi reside in Sagamore Hills, Ohio with their two children, Kyle, a sophomore Accounting/Finance major at Ohio Northern University and Alexis, a Junior at Walsh Jesuit High School.

Panelists

Terry Coyne, SIOR, CCIM, Vice Chairman  |  Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Terry Coyne is a Vice Chairman in the Cleveland office of commercial real estate services firm, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Over the past ten years, Mr. Coyne has been involved in the sale or leasing of more than 1 billion dollars worth of real estate; he specializes in large, complex, industrial and investment properties covering the northern part of the state of Ohio. 

Adam Goldberg, Vice President of Construction  |  Seefried Properties

Mr. Goldberg joined Seefried in May 2016 as Vice President of Construction. He is responsible for managing development and construction activities for Seefried’s build-to-suit and speculative developments throughout the United States from entitlements through construction completion. He recently completed an Amazon fulfillment center in Houston, TX and a two building speculative development in Buford, GA.  Currently he is managing the two new Amazon fulfillment centers being built in NE Ohio – North Randall and Euclid.

Prior to joining Seefried, Adam spent 11 years with ARCO Design/Build as a Senior Project Manager on industrial speculative & build-to-suit projects and cold storage facilities on the Eastern half of the United States for companies such as Whole Foods, Icelandic, Topgolf, Mando America, Vistar and American Tire.

Prior to ARCO, Adam spent 8 years at The Facility Group as a Project Manager on industrial and food processing projects across the Unites States and France for such companies as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Dairy Farmers of America, Randalls Markets and Meadowbrook Farms.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from The Georgia Institute of Technology and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Edward Asher, President of Business Development  |  Weston Inc.

Ed joined Weston in 1987, the first of the Asher brothers to join the corporation. He has since held positions in acquisitions, development, dispositions, property management, financing and leasing.

Ed has identified attractive acquisition and development opportunities to expand Weston’s footprint. He has worked on multiple complex debt and financing transactions including over $200 million of Federal and State Government loans, and conventional bank, insurance company and conduit loans and Port Authority Bond financings. He has also raised over $50 million from various equity sources including Federal and State Historic Tax Credits and private and institutional investors.

An active participant in the corporation’s Board of Directors, he has served on numerous Boards including The City Club of Cleveland, The Salvation Army, The American Task Force for Lebanon and the Aitaneet Foundation.

Ed received a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. A Cleveland native, he enjoys golf and curling.


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Event Location

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
When: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


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