Do you need a motivational speaker to come in and energize the troops or are you conducting an industry seminar and need a professional on a panel to discuss present job market trends and impacts?
Our founder and CEO, Kipp Gillian, is a Mechanical Engineer that has spent almost ten years as a Project Manager and Owner's Rep for a top ENR Construction Management Firm and Developer. His 10 years as one of the industry's top performing recruiters has made him one of the most respected voices in his field. His passion for the working spirit has made him an ambassador of motivation to the Real Estate Development world.
If you'd like Kipp to speak at your next meeting or seminar please feel free to call. Some examples of past speaking/panel/moderator engagements are shown below.
April 28th, 2010
Gillian Executive Search's President, Kipp Gillian, moderates a talented panel of up and coming retail executives and fields questions from MBA student's past and present from University of California Irvine and Chapman Colleges.The program was a joint effort by ICSC and UCI and is a part of ICSC's NEXT GENERATION program. The event focused on retail development, acquisitions and construction and what graduates looking to enter the field today and in the near future can expect.
Searching for the Bottom at the Home Builders' Show
Posted by: Chris Palmeri on November 14
I visited the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s annual trade show in Long Beach, Calif. yesterday. This is the big show for Southern California homebuilders, where suppliers of everything from appliances to Astroturf pitch their wares.
Folks tried to inject a little fun into the event. The Hooters girls were meeting and greeting at one booth. A company called Universal Truss was handing out Nerf dart guns (Hari Kari anyone?) But the most popular booth was one from Suncoast Framing which had a working bar set up. The theme for the show was “Setting the Stage” for a recovery. Drowning your sorrows was more like it.
In one of the conference rooms, Lisa Grobar, a professor of economics at Cal State Long Beach, predicted the recovery would come next year. Foreclosures will peak in the first half of the year, she said, but not before a second wave of people loses their homes, due to unemployment, not toxic mortgages.
Steve Johnson, of the research firm Metrostudy, made a convincing case that the California market must be bumping pretty close to a bottom. The number of new houses starting construction, for example, is just 13,000. That’s about 20% of what they were two years ago. The state hasn’t seen this little new construction since the 1950s. “We have virtually turned the engine off,” Johnson said.
That wasn’t news to the panelists at an afternoon session on “Surviving a Down Market.” Of the four panel members, three had either changed or lost their jobs just since the show program was printed. The only one who was still at the same company was real estate executive recruiter Kipp Gillian who said he’s gone from getting a 100 resumes a month to 100 a day. Brandon Clements, who recently got laid off from builder Toll Brothers, says he’s been using the free time taking classes to get licensed as a real estate broker and a construction contractor.
Mike Hunter, a land acquisition specialist, said this was now his fifth down cycle in Southern California real estate since he got in the business in the late 1960s. During one he said he didn’t collect a commission check for four years. He had these words of encouragement for those in the audience. “Every single downdraft I’ve been in, we’ve come back better than the previous one.”