Interview with Doug Simpkins


RN: Doug, you have been in commercial real estate (CRE) for a long time. How did you first gravitate to the industry, and who were your early teachers/mentors?

DS: I have been in commercial real estate for 51 years.  Initially, my first job out of college was with a real estate appraisal firm and then I worked for two commercial mortgage banking firms for 12 years. In 1981 we started our development firm. The appraisal and mortgage banking experience was invaluable as I learned the economics and financial aspects of a wide variety of commercial properties.

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