“MBAs 50 years out have acquired so much talent, experience, and accomplishment, it's a terrible waste to put them ‘out to pasture’.”
- Jack Smith, Wharton MBA ‘52
I've had a multidisciplinary 50 year career, including
Deer Bay Advisors is a consultancy with over twenty years of experience in developing sales and marketing programs, and specific niche expertise in development of environmental management programs in the tire and rubber industry.
CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Members
Recognized Leaders in Commercial Real Estate
Andrew Carnegie, the great 19th Century industrialist, said:
After a long corporate career, I came to CCIM in 1999, and earned my designation in 2006. My version of Carnegie’s advice has been to make "Giving Back" my focus, as I ease towards retirement. To that end, I have willingly and generously given of my time and skill:
A place for "Not Knowing", and a place for thinking differently
I read Chris Kutarna's book, Age of Discovery, in 2018 - and said to my wife, "This is the best book I've read in Fifty Years!"
Just as the development of the printing press reduced the cost of communication and so sparked the Renaissance, the rise of Social Media has dropped communications costs again -- so get ready for another Renaissance!
But in order to navigate the new world, we need new maps!
And in order to climb a mountain, you need to start with a Basecamp!
Basecampers are a diverse group of intelligent people with open, questing minds.
Commercial Real Estate
2005 – 2019
Licensed by the Real Estate Council of Ontario as a Real Estate Sales Representative, my focus from 2006 to 2019 was exclusively on commercial real estate transactions and support analysis. I worked in a number of Brokerages, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. I network extensively with other commercial real estate professionals, and have close friends in the industry throughout North America, the Caribbean, Central and south America.
Life Member, CCIM Institute
2020 - present
Life membership in the Institute is granted to CCIM Designees for service to the Commercial Real Estate industry, both within the Institute and in Organized Real Estate at the local level, over a significant period of years.
Regional Vice President, Region 12
January - December, 2017
CCIM Region 12 is comprised of the two Canadian CCIM Chapters. As RVP, I served as the conduit for information flowing both up and down between the CCIM Institute and the CCIM Chapters in Western and Central Canada. I worked closely with the two Chapter Leadership Teams, assisting them with Strategic Planning and other programs.
Member, Designation Committee
2013 – Present
The Designation Committee is charged with maintaining, improving and enforcing the 'rules' for granting the prestigious CCIM Designation to qualified Commercial Real Estate Practitioners. A special Work Group of the Committee is charged with revising the Handbook which guides Candidates who are about to submit a Portfolio of Commercial Real Estate Experience, one of the requirements to achieve the CCIM Designation. I also serve on the team which Reviews and Evaluates the Portfolios submitted by Candidates wishing to write the Comprehensive Final Exam.
Member, Regional Activities Subcommittee
January 2015 - December 2017
The Regional Activities Subcommittee is comprised of the Regional VPs and the Regional 1st VPs.. Through regular telephone conference calls, and in person meetings twice a year, Regions share their best practices, initiatives and ideas for further development.
Member, Chapter Activities Subcommittee
– December 2011
The Chapter Activities Subcommittee is part of the Member Services Committee. The President's Cup work-group revised, improved and streamlined the process whereby CCIM Chapters across North America report on their activities for the previous year, and submit their applications for the President's Cup competition
CCIM Central Canada Chapter
Chair, Candidate Guidance
2007 - 2016, 2017 - present
As Chair of Candidate Guidance, I work closely with Candidates as they prepare for the final Comprehensive Exam to achieve their Designation as CCIMs - Certified Commercial Investment Members. The CCIM Designation is recognized globally as the pinnacle of Commercial Real Estate Education and Achievement. One of the steps where I play a critical role is to review and endorse, on behalf of the CCIM Central Canada Chapter, the Candidate's Portfolio of Commercial Real Estate Experience. Having been a Portfolio Grader, I know what the Graders look for, and endeavor to ensure that there are 'no surprises' in the Portfolios submitted by "My Candidates".
Chapter Leadership Team
I've served on the Chapter Leadership team in various roles - Board Member, VP/President-Elect 2008-2009, Chapter President 2009-2011, Past President 2011-2012, The Central Canada Chapter of the CCIM Institute covers all of Canada east of the Ontario/Manitoba border. Although the Chapter is headquartered in Toronto, there are CCIMs in Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Eastern Ontario, and in Ottawa, Montreal, and the Atlantic provinces.
Deer Bay Advisors
Deer Bay Advisors is a general and strategic management consultancy. Deer Bay also has specific expertise in scrap tire management programs.
Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Member, Member Communications Committee
– June 2013
Member, Government Relations Committee
July 2007 - June 2010
Member, Commercial Division
August 2005 - July 2013
The Toronto Real Estate Board, with over 50,000 members, is Canada's largest Board
Ontario Tire Stewardship
Managed the initial phases of development of the Ontario Scrap Tire Management Program. Administered a major RFP to engage consulting team to develop a proposal for program detailed development and administration
Goodyear Canada Inc.
1980 – 2004
"The most flexible and adaptable staff resource in the Company" - able to scoot up a learning curve faster than anyone else!
Corporate Planning, Economic Forecasting, Marketing Research, Environmental Affairs and Real Estate were some assignments successfully executed over 24 years with he Company.
The Haughton Group
Acted as the primary interface between sales and production, especially with regard to production scheduling for customer satisfaction. Profitability analysis of custom production orders, which resulted in developing a new price estimating manual for use by sales representatives.
Brockhouse Canada Ltd.
Researched new applications and new customer channels for roll formed steel profiles.
1973 – 1976
Responsible for all Sales and Marketing efforts for the Company's newly-developed line of chipboard partition packaging products. Tripled sales, reduced both raw material and in-process inventory, turned the new venture from an unprofitable start-up to a viable, ongoing business
Consumers Glass Co. Ltd.
Pricing and profitability studies, management of design development process for new glass containers.
Graduate, Jay W Levine Leadership Development Academy 2010 - 2010
Activities: Was one of 18 Cadets selected to attend CCIM Institute's Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy, Awarded the Susan J. Groeneveld Scholarship.
CCIM Designee: Commercial & Investment Real Estate 2000 - 2006
The CCIM Institute awards the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Designation to Candidates who have fulfilled the education requirements, submitted an approved Portfolio of Commercial Real Estate Experience, and passed the Comprehensive Final Examination.
Certificate in Environmental Management 1992 - 1996
The Certificate Program in Continuing Education comprises 8 full courses at the advanced undergraduate level.
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
MBA International Marketing 1967 - 1969
Wharton used both lecture and case study methods - in contrast to HBS, which was exclusively case study. As Jim Gillies, the Dean of the Business School at York University said to me - "if your business experience is limited, then Harvard's case method would be like trying to learn Bridge by playing in tournaments." Wharton suited me better.
Activities: * International Business Society, 1967 - 1969. * Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society, 2015 to Present
University of Toronto
Bachelor's Degree French and German 1963 - 1967
Activities: University Collere at UofT, Inter-Faculty Water Polo Team
University of Toronto Schools
1956 - 1963
UTS was founded in 1910 as one of the first "Lab Schools" in North America, dedicated to the education of students with high academic potential, and also serving as a location where students in the Faculty of Education could gain valuable classroom teaching experience.
Neel Surendran CCIM
Broker of Record at Cityscape Real Estate Ltd
EXCELLENT COMMUNICATOR AND PRESENTER. HE HAS SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED THE CONCERNS OF THE CANADIAN CCIMs TO THE HEAD OFFICE IN CHICAGO. HE HAS ALSO PROVIDED LEADERSHIP FOR THE CENTRAL CANADA CHAPTER IN ORGANIZING USEFUL SEMINARS FOR THE COMMERCIAL PRACTIONERS
Mississauga Real Estate Sales Representative and Team Leader of The HeartNHomeTeam at Keller Williams Realty Solutions
David was the Director in our Commercial Division, Keller Williams Real Estate Associates. David was a trusted resource for our commercial realtors - he is a wealth of knowledge and a person of high integrity - I would absolutely recommend David!
Linda Loftus CCIM SIOR CIPS MRICS
Broker, Real Estate Succession Advisor - Sutton Group Incentive Realty Inc., Brokerage, Independently Owned and Operated
David is one of the people I use to illustrate 'it's never too late'. David received his CCIM designation later in life and after his many years of personally heading up the real estate department for Goodyear Tire in Canada. David reminds us all, it isn't where we have been that is the story, it is where we are going. A very conscientious leader and a fan of people, a great gentleman to know and to work with.