Just Another Day in the Neighborhood: Remembering the Inauguration of 2009

My day started at 4:30 AM and a hike to get a ride. The roads were already bustling at 6 AM and masses of people were moving towards the Mall. The designated driver could not reach the hotel for the traffic and security perimeter, so I grabbed a cab. A small group of us met at a hotel near the convention center to gather instructions and go through security so that we could be swept before we arrived at the Capitol. At the appointed time, our group was whisked to the Capitol in a motorcade. I...

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

The FIVE AM Club is a real thing. 15 years before Robin Sharma’s genius book The 5 AM Club, my dad taught me to implement a practice that would change my life and the course of my business. One day, he called to ask me to meet him for breakfast. I had been in the...

I’m Getting the Vaccine and I Hope You Will Too

I’m Getting the Vaccine and I Hope You Will Too

One of my greatest honors is to serve as a trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. This has allowed me the opportunity to receive regular updates from some of the most respected medical and scientific professionals in the world. I wanted to take a moment...

Inspiring Trust — An Interview with Jason Hartman

Inspiring Trust — An Interview with Jason Hartman

As part of my series about the “Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times," I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob Clark. Bob Clark is executive chairman of Clayco, which he founded in 1984. The enterprise ranks among the top builders...

Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE

Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE

A couple of months ago, I was asked to join BisNow’s Webinar on Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE (commercial real estate). I was joined by four other industry leaders and pioneers in racial equality, including Damona Strautmanis who served as the...

The New, New Workplace

The New, New Workplace

My Design/Build company, Clayco, delivers approximately 4,000,000 square feet of class A office and call center space per year to Fortune 100 companies and other major employers. For us, creating productive work environments has always been second to the safety,...

Despite work-from-home hype, CEOs want employees in the office

Despite work-from-home hype, CEOs want employees in the office

Because of Covid-19, a vast number of companies and other institutions have been scrambling to put infrastructure in place for working from home. Although people have been somewhat pleasantly surprised that current technology has made it easier than they thought, I...

Thoughts on a Very Important Election

Thoughts on a Very Important Election

The health, social justice, and environmental crises that America is now facing have not only been difficult for many Americans,  but they have received a disastrous response. The economy is going to be choppy and it’s going to be impossible for it to maintain its...

THOUGHTS

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

The FIVE AM Club is a real thing. 15 years before Robin Sharma’s genius book The 5 AM Club, my dad taught me to implement a practice that...

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

A Habit for Success: The 5 AM Club

The FIVE AM Club is a real thing. 15 years before Robin Sharma’s genius book The 5 AM Club, my dad taught me to implement a practice that...

The New, New Workplace

The New, New Workplace

My Design/Build company, Clayco, delivers approximately 4,000,000 square feet of class A office and call center space per year to Fortune...