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After 7.5 years, April 30th will be my last day at CBRE.

It has been an amazing ride since 2012 and the growth in the GWS business (GCS when I joined!) has been nothing short of phenomenal. It’s tough to believe our business grew from $1.5 billion revenue in 2012 to $13.8 billion revenue in 2019, reflecting an annual compound growth of 37%. We did this through organic growth as well as through acquisitions (plus some accounting changes along the way!), …


Today is my 40th birthday. Originally my wife and I planned a big hoopla to coincide with both her and my birthday (we were born about 5 weeks apart). We had an elaborate 80’s theme based on a numerical equation (40x2) and had a musician and venue booked. But alas and as with most of 2020, COVID-19 had other plans and we canceled the event.

I feel good to be 40. Things are never perfect, but I’m full of gratitude for the people that surround me and for the luck I’ve received. A wise man once said, “Luck is when…


This is part of a weekly series I’m publishing during COVID-19

I got distracted and busy this week and so I’m going to be lazy and just re-post one of my personal inspirations — a quote from Marianne Williamson.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve…


This is part of a weekly series I’m publishing during COVID-19

Just last year, we decided to procure, build and install a Little Free Library at the front sidewalk leading up to our home. The library itself is made of composite material and I didn’t like the round post it came with so I decided to go out to my local hardware store and procure the wood, bolts and cedar posts and make a stand myself. It was hot in the Texas heat but I recall digging a hole about 2 feet deep and filling it with a solid cement…


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The US Postal Service has been on a steady decline for decades as the internet and email has gained prominence along with a variety of technology-based solutions to old school mail (including Evite, Docusign and another number of other apps).

Recently, the USPS (a Federal agency by the way) has received criticism for mismanagement and political persuasion from President Trump. In short, the USPS is saying that they might not be able to deliver mail ballots in time for the November election. …


This is a weekly series I’m publishing during COVID-19

2020 has been a wild year. I started the year as a Corporate Executive within a Fortune 500 firm and I’ll end the year as a stay-at-home dad.

To understand the full scope, let me rewind a bit and give you a bit of context. In January, I got a new boss after my prior boss retired after 30+ years in the industry (what amazing timing he has!).

In February, I was working on a 5-year strategic growth plan for our company, devising numerous measures to extract more growth out of the business while also cutting costs; in effect, making…


This is part of a series I’m publishing each week during COVID-19

After months of research and back and forth, I finally initiated a life insurance policy yesterday.

Source: Pixabay

If COVID-19 has done anything, it’s reinforced the delicate nature of life and humanity. One moment, things are ‘good,’ sports are happening, and people are living their lives in relative freedom. Another moment, we find ourselves in an apocalyptic state, businesses are shuttered and people are isolated indoors. All in the span of 6 months.

While not totally indiscriminate, COVID infections and even deaths can appear random. We have all heard of the once-removed young person who got infected and ended up in the…


This is part of a series I’m publishing each week during COVID-19

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short…


This is part of a series I’m publishing weekly during COVID-19

Disney. Microsoft. Instagram. Uber. Slack. What’s App. Venmo. Airbnb.

What do all these businesses have in common?

They were all founded during a recession, many during the Great Financial Crisis in 2009 nonetheless.

Source: Pixabay

I’m starting a business during this down-cycle. While I can think of some reasons why now might not be the best time to start a business, I can also think of many reasons why right now is the best time to be launching a new venture, start-up, small business, or even side hustle.

I get it. This all sounds absurd. Who in their right mind would be…


Re-post from an interview originally published July 6, 2020 in Voyage Dallas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jimmy J. Tran.

Jimmy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Jimmy J. Tran and I’ve lived in Dallas for 20+ years. I first came to Dallas to attend SMU under the generous and prestigious Hunt Leadership Scholarship, which selects 20 students a year to receive a nearly full-tuition scholarship to attend SMU. …

Jimmy Joseph Tran

Husband, father and friend. Passionate about personal finance, fatherhood, fitness, faith and friends. Real estate investor and contrarian thinker.

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