Steady as You Go.

Steady as You Go.

Last week, I attended a dinner hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. There was a good round of discussion during dinner with those in attendance, all sharing our individual thoughts and perspectives on current business and the economy. While none of this was necessarily deep analytical thinking, it was our “boots on the ground” [Read More]

Our Economic Life  (A couple of simple approaches)

Our Economic Life (A couple of simple approaches)

To me, newspaper coverage aside, the economic climate still boils down to what’s happening with the boots on the ground, to us. The big trends will be in the newspaper, and they are good national or global indicators. But this is really our neighborhood. Smaller companies make 99.7 percent of business transactions and 46 percent [Read More]

Economics: Where Fun Goes to Die

Economics: Where Fun Goes to Die

Last week, our CFO Del Allen attended a presentation by Mr. Kevin Kliesen, the Business Economist at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the person to whom we can credit the quote used for this post’s title. As most of us know, the recovery is a slow one. There is flat income growth and cautious [Read More]

Growth Presents New Challenges

Growth Presents New Challenges

The purpose of any businesses is to grow. The last few years have been tough in this department, but remember how it was in the good ole days of last decade?  We saw speed, revenue, market share and profit. Most business owners are wired with a desire to get “back to the future.”  Not so fast. For [Read More]

Office Space: Your Place or Mine

Office Space: Your Place or Mine

Lately, there has been much talk about the future of office space–its size, shape and relevance. In this semi-post-recession time, where technology makes connectivity possible from almost anywhere, is a physical office still necessary? On Monday, I visited with the head of property development for a major national company and the topic came up. What [Read More]

In the Long-Term, Losing Makes Us Winners

In the Long-Term, Losing Makes Us Winners

I think few would argue against the idea that America is a country obsessed with winning. As Robert Redford said, The slogan I was given as a kid playing sports was, ‘It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.’ That was a lie. Everything matters in this country. What an [Read More]

Reimagining Retail

Reimagining Retail

Since the big squeeze started four years ago, we’ve seen lots of retail companies go out of business, change locations or infill/ backfill. As survivors adjust to reality, innovative ideas continue to pop up. Two of these are on my radar at the moment: right-sizing big boxes and creative uses for excess second floor space. [Read More]

What’s Beyond the Horizon?

What’s Beyond the Horizon?

In the U.S. today, right now, we have more of everything than we need. More housing, more GLA of every type of space, more service providers, more developers and more building contractors. In order to survive this cycle, we’ve remained nimble, watched expenses and never forgotten what brought us to the party. Our goal is [Read More]

Trends Show Construction Industry Looking Up

Trends Show Construction Industry Looking Up

Our CFO Del Allen recently attended the Birmingham Aon/Smith Currie breakfast, where they presented a “state of the union” type look at the construction industry. Later this week, I will share 3 key issues effecting talent in the construction industry, but first I thought you might like to take a look at the stats. Many [Read More]

Job Seekers: Hints from a Hiring Manager

Job Seekers: Hints from a Hiring Manager

Times are getting better, but still tough. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal compared job seekers now–often isolated and searching online–to those who were looking for work during the Depression. In the 1930s, folks were more likely to call  in favors to friends and family or knock door to door asking for work. [Read More]