The FORT Podcast: Ari Firoozabadi

Ari Firoozabadi has a simple philosophy: clients are best served by a tightly-integrated, collaborative, and conflict-free platform. This philosophy defines Greysteel and ensures all interests are aligned so full resources and relationships of the firm and its professionals are leveraged on each engagement. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Firoozabadi is responsible for defining and implementing Greysteel’s strategic vision as well as overseeing the company’s operations.

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01:40 – Life Before Greysteel
08:34 – What makes Greysteel different from your competition?
13:24 – How long did you spend building the Greysteel platform?
15:41 – How did you handle another company trying to ruin you?
21:05 – What advice were you given that prepared you for “going up against Goliath” in this litigation?
24:41 – What does it take to be a top producer in the industry for a young person just starting out?
28:19 – Did you have a mentor to teach you about working to be this knowledgeable or was it your natural instinct?
29:19 – What was your first deal?
32:19 – How do you think about going into a new market? How do you get culture from a place like Washington D.C. to Fort Worth if the office has never visited?
40:00 – How did you build everything you needed for Greysteel?
42:05 – How do you think technology will impact the brokerage industry over the next ten years?
44:20 – What does your job consist of today?
46:00 – Do you have a favorite interview question?
48:25 – Do you have an in-house content development team?
48:25 – Is there someone that comes to mind when you think about the beginnings of Greysteel?
50:30 – Are there certain qualities that make the best real estate investors?
53:09 – What are some of the biggest reasons deals fall apart?
56:17 – If you had to bet on one asset type for the next five years, what would it be?