David Marks

David M. Marks

David Marks is the President and CEO of Phoenix Investors, a national real estate firm specializing in industrial real estate based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as trustee, key officer, director, and manager for all its affiliated entities, a role that he has held since 1994. Mr. Marks oversees all investments, with responsibilities that begin pre-acquisition and extend through ownership and disposition. Mr. Marks began his real estate career in the late 1980s while still an undergraduate, completing acquisition underwriting, portfolio analysis, and abstracting complex anchor tenant leases on a national basis. In the early 1990s, Mr. Marks worked on national acquisitions, underwritings, and financings, highlighted by assisting in the creation of Wall Street’s first retail commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transaction. Today, he oversees one of the largest private industrial real estate portfolios comprised of 46 million square feet, spanning 28 states. Mr. Marks and his wife Rachael are active supporters of various charitable organizations, with a specific focus on Jewish charities in Southeastern Wisconsin. He received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Can Industrial Real Estate Handle the Safety Stock Boom?

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers started to run out of inventory, and manufacturers ran out of raw materials to make more. As a result, stockouts among U.S. retailers jumped from 14% in 2019 to 35% in May of 2020. Nearly two years later, many retailers continue struggling to keep goods on the shelves in the face of increased demand. Many manufacturers still can’t get the essential components they need, such as semiconductors, steel, wood, and much more. These ongoing inventory shortages have ... Read More

What Does the Labor Shortage Mean for Your Supply Chain?

A talent shortage continues to create problems for American businesses across all industries. While the pandemic gets the brunt of the blame for ongoing supply chain disruptions, the logistics and transportation labor shortage makes it increasingly difficult for companies to mitigate supply chain risk. The truck driver shortfall hit 80,000 drivers in 2021 and is expected to grow to 160,000 by 2030. Meanwhile, 61% of respondents to a Peerless Media survey reported they are hiring warehouse workers to address materials handling, logistics, and supply chain ... Read More

Warehouse Hoarding: Is Industrial Real Estate the New Toilet Paper?

Remember the first half of 2020 when our biggest fear was running out of toilet paper? It was something we all needed, and there wasn't enough to go around. That realization caused consumers to panic-buy as much toilet paper as they could before it ran out, further contributing to the growing toilet paper shortage. The industrial real estate sector is seeing a similar trend right now with warehouses. Warehouse capacity remains at record lows across the United States, while demand keeps rising. As projections for ... Read More

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