Over 10,000 people a day start turning 65 this year…

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I was talking on the phone to a friend of mine today (he is 70+ years young and still working every day as a real estate broker/investor) and was stupefied by a statistic that he shared with me: over 10,000 people a day will be turning 65 staring in 2011.

Even more staggering is the fact that this wave of humanity will be turning 65 every day for the next 20 years! There are close to 80 million Baby Boomers that will live longer, work longer and be healthier than previous generations.

What have you done to prepare your business for this wave of consumers with dramatically different needs than their parents? I took a big step twenty years ago when I moved from my hometown of Buffalo, NY to Florida. I firmly believe that the Florida sun, beaches, year-round outdoor activities, great international airports, low taxes and low cost of living will continue to pull new residents to the Sunshine State.

Read the original article in the Denver Post.

Has the Facebookization of our Nation Destroyed the Relevance of Your Business Website?

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Does your company website really matter?

An interesting article from ZDNet suggests that what you and your company do on free social media platforms (especially Facebook) matters more than your company website that was built at a cost of a few thousand dollars to many millions of dollars depending on the scale of your enterprise. Facebook is the hub that connects all of the interactions on the Internet to a new generation of consumers. In the late 1990s a firm’s web presence was more important than their legacy “bricks and mortar”. In the second decade of the new millennium social media has replaced a company’s website as the focus of dynamic interaction with their customers. Companies will react to the new social media realities or perish.

My personal story is relevant to the discussion. I have been involved in commercial real estate investment, development, brokerage and finance since 1985. I make money only when transactions occur (an investor buys, sells or finances). When Lehman Brothers fell in September 2008 the global capital markets were shattered and transaction volume plunged 85-99% depending on what metrics you analyzed.  I realized that I needed to network with more people and expand my base of influence in order to survive the meltdown. If you would like to learn how I went from 20 social media connections to a vibrant network that connects me to over 14.2 million people  in under three connections follow this link to join the mailing list for my commercial real estate advisory business, Bison Financial Group. I will send you a secret link to my presentation, Building (and Destroying) Your Personal Brand .  I’ve applied these concepts to my personal business and ramped up a pipeline of commercial real estate opportunities starting from scratch to over $326 million in less than two years. Enjoy!

My LinkedIn network just passed the population of Cambodia


Move over Cambodia…

Today LinkedIn announced that they have over 85 million members. From time to time I like to click on the “network statistics” tab. This morning I noticed that I have 2,350+ first level connections and in less that 3 degrees of separation I can connect with 14,247,700+ people and growing every day. Stunning to think that in the Fall of 2008 I had less than 20 LinkedIn connections and today if my LinkedIn network if it were a country is now the 69th largest in the world. LinkedIn is a fabulous tool to network with folks that are primarily engaged in networking for business reasons rather than other platforms that encourage people to share stories and pictures of their cats eating cheeseburgers.

Here are a few of my social media links:




Bison Financial Group on Facebook

Loan4Biz on Facebook

If you would like to learn how I went from zero to hero in the world of social media networking follow this link to join the mailing list for my commercial real estate advisory business, Bison Financial Group. I will send you a secret link to my presentation, Building (and Destroying) Your Personal Brand .  I’ve presented this content at two national commercial real estate conferences and to numerous entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay area. Get it now while the content is still free. Enjoy!

Clearwater, Florida Singer/Songwriter Releases Christmas Song Destined to be a Holiday Classic

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My friend, David Cahalan, is a local singer/songwriter. Back in the 1970s Dave toured the world as a back-up singer for The Carpenters and had a successful career as an actor and studio vocalist. When it was time to settle down to raise a family he moved far away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and made a home for his wife and two wonderful daughters in sleepy Clearwater, Florida. Now that his girls are grown and out of the nest he is looking to make a comeback. I wanted to know if you would be willing to help us create a viral marketing miracle this Holiday Season?

In order to spread the word about his new Christmas CD featuring the hit song “Santa’s Last Stop” we created a web page with a simple “sign me up” box. To get more people to sign up and encourage people to share the site Dave cooked up a deal with a local travel agent… get this: anyone that joins his fan list gets a secret code to a FREE 3 day / 2 night cruise to the Bahamas. The only catch is that the guests need to register before December 31st and pay modest tax & port charges of less than $60 per person. Here is the link to our website and video:  http://cruisewithdave.com

I’m honored to share this with my friends because Dave is one of a kind. Back in 1996 he sang Ave Maria at my father’s funeral so well that 14 years later people still talk about it. I’m proud that he asked my oldest daughter to sing backup on two of his three sole albums and two of my three daughters were in his latest music video. We’re looking for a viral miracle to relaunch this wonderful man’s music career this Holiday Season. Please share this with everyone you know!

Top 50 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Follow on Twitter


Originally Created By CRE Guru @DukeLong  *

Well, here we are with another list. Just a few people,companies,or associations that I follow on Twitter. I thought that you may find some of them interesting, helpful or just fun.

[David Repka comment: Humbled to be included on the same list with this great group of professionals focused on #CRE. If you would like to view my one page White Paper: Is Twitter a Waste of Time (or Brilliant)? Follow this link.]

@BarbiReuter Barbi Rueter

@creGROW Dave Lewand

@johnreeder John Reeder

@BCCommercial Beth Ann Grib

@cbcworldwide CBCWorldwide

@rshall03 Richard Hall

@PBCkeith Keith Warner

@PrudentialCREFL Thomas Gola

@JLimonMM Jesse Limon

@IREM_info Institute of RE Mgmt

@NAI_NP_Dodge NAI NP Dodge

@epropertydata Carl Peterson

@Michael_MBA Michael

@DirtLawyer David Stejkowski

@WareMalcombCMO Ruth Brajevich

@NeilJohnsonCRE Neil Johnson

@LlenrockGroup Llenrock Group

@BoBarronCCIM Bo Barron, CCIM

@davidrepka David Repka

@JarrettSmith Jarrett K. Smith

@realcapital Real Capital

@khammargren Kris Hammargren

@rpliska Robt Pliska CRE, CPA

@garancommercial Garan Commercial

@RealStrat Andrew Zezas, SIOR

@FoxworthCRE Charlie Foxworth

@clamstorm Matt Fagin

@LisaPratsBOMA Lisa Prats


@JamesAEllis James Ellis

@ProLogis ProLogis

@hard6out Sean Broderick, CCIM

@Ned_Law Ned A. Steinman

@BrianDaltonCRE Brian Dalton

@BOMAChicago BOMA/Chicago

@rvabusiness Nathan Hughes

@RockyMackCRE Rocky Mackintosh

@Jfredrix Jeff Fredericks

@JAndersonCCIM Jerry Anderson, CCIM

@COMRE_ Commerce Real Estate

@GilesCommercial Mike Giles

@cityofcalgaryRE CityofCalgaryRE

@CREInsider Scott Pollock

@CRED_by_Crains CRED_by_Crains

@FloridaCRE Florida CRE

@infosam Sam Scott

@JayRickey Jay Rickey

@pffox Patrick Fox

@commsource NAR Commercial

@JoeStampone1 Joe Stampone

and these three just because….

@robhahn Robert Hahn

@ericbryn Eric Bryn

@mattdollinger Matt Dollinger

* original article is posted here: http://www.dukelong.com/trends/top-50-commercial-real-estate-people-you-must-follow-on-twitter

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Thanksgiving Blessing


Thanksgiving is a big deal for my family. Over the last few years my wife and I have assumed the responsibility of hosting Thanksgiving at our home rather than rotating it throughout the family. We have an open door policy and our friends and family typically bringing folks we’re never met before with the head count regularly topping 40-50+. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: “(Thanksgiving at our home) is like a box of chocolates… you never know (who) you’re going to get.” There is always way too much food with bountiful leftovers graciously shared at the end of the night. It is a wonderful time of year.

Since the feast is at my home I have the honor of bestowing the blessing. Here is my blessing from 2010…

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day gives us
a moment to pause and reflect on
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
healthy minds and bodies;
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
a well oiled car to get us to
school, work and soccer practice;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.

Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people gathered around our table today
who make our lives extra special.
On behalf of my wife and daughters we are grateful
that you joined us on Thanksgiving Day and most of all
we are grateful to have you as a
part of our lives the other 364 days of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy 235th Birthday, Marine Corps!

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The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps present a message for the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps.

The Marines’ Hymn

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

Our Flag’s unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we’ve fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

The Marines’ Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose in deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt; steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen.

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What is more important to get our economy back on track? Jobs or availability of capital?

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I think that this is a bit of a chicken and egg question, but I think that the answer is availability of capital. Hard for a company to expand, buy equipment, rent more space AND hire new employees if they can not get access to capital.

Since the collapse of the global financial markets in September 2008 I’ve focused my energy on building relationships with alternative capital sources (hedge funds, private equity groups & CRDs – Certified Rich Dudes). I’ve been searching for a simple, scalable, brainless program to represent and ramp up a focused pipeline. I found it!

My plan for creating a supplemental income stream in areas outside my core strength of income producing commercial real estate is to focus on the capital needs of small businesses that have been shut out from obtaining funding from traditional sources. The personal credit of many of these business owners has been decimated by the global financial meltdown. My focus is to connect people, opportunities and capital.

We are creating a small business lending platform under www.Loan4Biz.com and would love your feedback on the programs we are establishing:

  • Owner Occupied Commercial real estate loans (SBA & non-SBA funds)
  • Factoring Accounts Receivable
  • Unsecured working capital loans from $5-100,000 * (credit score from 500)
  • Unsecured working capital loans for from $50,000+  ** (credit score from 720)
  • Merchant Cash Advances against credit card receivables for companies that can not qualify for a working capital loan

My partner, Lyn Matteson, has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance with august lenders like KeyBank and Charter One bank responsible for over 250 business development officers.

Send me an e-mail or call 727-537-0330 if you see a potential strategic alliance (or if you need access to capital).

* Lyn has closed 31+ unsecured working capital loans with an innovative small balance lender. Sweet spot is loans in the $25-100,000 range. Simple, one page application and logical, repeatable process. Read more: http://loan4biz.com/loans/working-capital-loans

** Must have excellent credit and strong global cash flow. This is a wealth management product with no upper limit on the loan amount.