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.

What’s Driving Industrial Real Estate Demand?

Before 2020, the industrial real estate sector lacked the flashiness of other commercial real estate sectors, such as office space or hospitality. Due to various market trends and numerous pandemic-related activities, however, industrial has been the undisputed leader in commercial real estate for more than a year. Climbing rents and low capacity indicate that demand won’t slow any time soon. This article will discuss the driving forces behind the ongoing boom in industrial real estate. The e-Commerce Challenge While several different factors will contribute to ... Read More

Affiliates of Phoenix Acquire Campus in Alabama

An affiliate of Phoenix Investors (“Phoenix”), a national private commercial real estate firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, announced the acquisition of the Technicolor Campus in Huntsville, Alabama. The buildings are located at 4905 Moores Mill Road and span 1,378,000 square feet on approximately 161 acres. Located in the second largest and second-most populous city of Alabama, the Technicolor Campus has an established history of successful manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution fulfillment. The properties enjoy a centralized location with accessibility to both major highways and interstates or ... Read More

Building Environmental Sustainability Into Industrial Properties

As the industrial real estate sector strives to meet demand for an additional 1.5 billion square feet of space over the next five years, both new and existing industrial space will need to accommodate a growing desire for sustainable features. The ongoing impact of climate change has already begun to cause regular supply chain disruptions in the form of increased natural disasters such as extreme weather events and wildfires, inspiring many industrial operators to incorporate sustainability initiatives into their risk management strategies. Commercial, residential, and ... Read More

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