The FORT Podcast: Terry Montesi

As founder and CEO, Terry Montesi has led Trademark Property Company through 26 years of innovative, community-focused development. Under his leadership, Trademark has developed more than $3.4B and 14.6M square feet of some of the most stakeholder-centric retail and mixed-use properties from coast to coast. He and Chris sit down to discuss Terry’s journey of founding companies, the current state of mixed-use retail spaces, what they see for the future of retail, and more.

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01:54 — How did your career guide your entry into the retail world?
05:47 — Is there anything you learned at Blockbuster that is still relevant today?
08:52 — Do you and your team have to determine the trade area?
09:29 — Was there a moment you turned from being scared to being optimistic about the buying process?
12:49 — What was Trademark doing in 1992? How does that compare to today’s focus?
18:51 — What triggered the change in consumers and the value of physical retail spaces?
24:38 — What makes a great public space?
33:46 — What is so valuable about your focus on mixed-used public / retail spaces?
45:33 — Is there a reason you would tell an institution “no”?
49:07 — What do you think about CloudKitchens?
49:53 — How do you know if you’ve found the right person for the job?
52:30 — If you had to give your 21-year-old self advice, what would it be?
53:15 — What is your bold prediction for the future ten years from now?