Speaking up on Racism

LGC’s Building an Inclusive Chicago Event

On Friday, I had the opportunity to join with Chicago’s Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development Samir Mayekar in an important conversation organized by Leadership Greater Chicago for its 2021 Daniel Burnham Fellows cohort. “Building an Inclusive Chicago Part 1: Race, Equity and Economic Development” focused on how we can all pitch in to make our city a more level playing field for every Chicagoan, and I was happy to be a part of it. During our conversation moderated by Maria...

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

How we get our mornings started sets the tone for the rest of the day. There has always been a lot of interest in the benefits of establishing a morning routine by highly successful people. Successful leaders that I know share some common traits. Most insist on...

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...

Climbing Capitol Peak

Climbing Capitol Peak

My first recollection of being inspired by mountains was as a 10-year-old in elementary school seeing a documentary of Martin Luther King eloquently speaking of having been to the mountaintop. I think it was his last speech before his untimely death. Later, I...

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...

Business Lessons From Climbing Capitol Peak

Business Lessons From Climbing Capitol Peak

When I stepped past my comfort zone this September and summited Capitol Peak in Colorado, a dream of mine for many years, I realized that the skills I needed during the climb and the emotions I felt when topping out have often helped me in business. Capitol Peak is...

THOUGHTS

In Memory of Art Gensler

In Memory of Art Gensler

  Art Gensler was a true leader and a constant changemaker in the field of architecture, and his impact will never be forgotten. Over...

In Memory of Helmut Jahn

In Memory of Helmut Jahn

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend, Helmut Jahn, who passed away in a tragic bicycle accident. He was truly one of...

My Conversation with Bisnow

My Conversation with Bisnow

In this series, Bisnow highlights people and companies pushing the commercial real estate industry forward in myriad ways. Clayco is one...

Speaking Up

Speaking Up

Clayco and the Clark family are heartbroken and angry about the high number of outspoken, and seemingly welcomed, racist acts and comments...

Do Your Part

Do Your Part

I’m SHOT! And I’m asking you to get vaccinated as soon as you possibly can. DO your part to get us back in business and back with our...

My Conversation with Bisnow

My Conversation with Bisnow

In this series, Bisnow highlights people and companies pushing the commercial real estate industry forward in myriad ways. Clayco is one...

Speaking Up

Speaking Up

Clayco and the Clark family are heartbroken and angry about the high number of outspoken, and seemingly welcomed, racist acts and comments...

Do Your Part

Do Your Part

I’m SHOT! And I’m asking you to get vaccinated as soon as you possibly can. DO your part to get us back in business and back with our...

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

How we get our mornings started sets the tone for the rest of the day. There has always been a lot of interest in the benefits of...

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...