Top People in Commercial Real Estate You Need to Connect with on LinkedIn

Whether you are already active on LinkedIn or you are considering getting started, it is important to know the top people in commercial real estate to connect with to further your goals. Below, we take a look at some of the top performing and most well known people in the industry with a presence on LinkedIn.


Ken Ashley

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As the executive Director for Cushman & Wakefield, Ashley serves as an advisor and advocate for companies leasing or owning real estate. He has served in the industry for more than 19 years assisting business leadership in taking strategies to effective solutions to boost profits and cut costs. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Ashley is frequently one of the top 100 producers at C&W and has been a Phoenix Member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® Million Dollar Club for 17 years. In 2011, Ashley was awarded the Deal of the year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Jim Baker

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A commercial real estate broker, Baker has been a REALTOR® since 1977. During the course of his career, Baker has achieved the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation and the GRI (Graduate, REALTORS® Institute) designation. Licensed in several states, he has also served as past president of the Southern Indiana REALTORS® Association and past chairman of the Commercial Investment Committee for the Indiana Association of REALTORS®.


Walt Arnold

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Walt Arnold, who serves as Managing Director for Sperry Van Ness®/Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage, Inc., specializes in the sale and lease of industrial and office buildings. Arnold first began his real estate career in 1989; however, prior to his career in real estate, Arnold spent several years playing for the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and Houston Oilers. Today, Arnold is an active member of the commercial real estate community, having served as past president of the New Mexico Certified Commercial Investment Member. He is also a member of the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. In 1998, CARNM named Arnold "Realtor of the Year."


Pierce R. Neinken

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The West Region Solutions Director for CBRE, Neinken specializes in developing corporate real estate outsourcing solution for select large organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Among his specialties is program management, portfolio analysis, and pricing development. Along with being licensed as a real estate sales associate in California, Neinken is also licensed as a real estate sales associate in Florida.


Mike Nelson

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An Associate at Muller Commercial Real Estate, Nelson specializes in locating industrial, retail, and office commercial properties for tenants and buyers in Orange County, California. In that role, Nelson assists clients in reviewing current space needs, negotiating lease/buyer language, project future requirements, and analyzing operating expenses in order to identify potential savings. Nelson also provides clients with an in-depth level of knowledge regarding retail, industrial, and office sub-markets.