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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…


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. …


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…


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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…


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

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…


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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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…

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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