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.

Preparing U.S. Industrial Real Estate for a Manufacturing Renaissance

The phrase “manufacturing renaissance” has enjoyed regular resurgences in business media in response to various market conditions over the years. However, the term has become little more than a catchy buzzword in most of these cases, as most American businesses who kept their production assets overseas chose to leave them there. Typically, the varying economic and political volatility fueling the desire to return to U.S.-based manufacturing has tended to resolve itself before businesses could lay the groundwork for reshoring. Now, however, the COVID-19 pandemic ... Read More

New Details Surface of Recent Land Sale in Gateway Business Park

As Published by Beloit Daily News BELOIT—New details have emerged regarding the plan to develop a 56-acre property in Beloit’s Gateway Business Park following a land sale approved by the Beloit City Council. As previously reported by the Beloit Daily News, the council took action to approve the sale of 56.27 acres at 1901 Gateway Blvd. in the business park to Milwaukee-based Phoenix Investors LLC for $562,700. City of Beloit Economic Development Director Jennifer Hall said on Monday the company will build a 500,000-square-foot, ... Read More

How Your Site Selection Process Impacts Your Ability to Hire

Few industrial businesses have escaped the labor shortage currently happening in the United States. A lack of available workers has limited capacity at factories, warehouses, transportation operations, and more, ultimately hurting profitability at these facilities and contributing to broader supply chain disruptions. With workforce issues now top of mind for business leaders, it has become more critical than ever before to consider labor as a vital component of any site selection process. Finding a Location with a Viable Labor Pool While particular labor needs will ... Read More

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