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.

Handling Inventory Management in a Post-COVID World

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, stockouts were the norm as overseas shipments halted, retailers ran out of goods, and manufacturers ran out of materials. Skip to 2021, and businesses were trying to find the balance between Just-in-Time and Just-in-Case methodologies. Another year beyond that, companies struggled to optimize bloated inventory levels resulting from high levels of safety stock. Here in 2023, much effort is being spent on purging unsaleable inventory in favor of more valuable goods. Pre-pandemic inventory priorities centered on ... Read More

Phoenix Investors Teams Up with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin to Bring Mobile Food Pantries to Southeastern Wisconsin Neighborhoods

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is thrilled to announce a new partnership with local commercial real estate firm Phoenix Investors (“Phoenix”) in which Phoenix will sponsor mobile food pantries in areas of high need throughout southeastern Wisconsin. “This initiative provides meals for kids during a critical time for many,” said Patti Habeck, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin President & CEO. “Our pantry partners see an increase in need over the summer once schools let out. Summer hunger is real, and we need the help of our ... Read More

Four Considerations When Siting a Smart Factory

Reshoring has become an effective method for improving a company’s supply chain resiliency. As U.S. businesses decouple from Asia and bring their production operations and supplier sourcing back to American soil, they will need viable industrial real estate properties that can handle the varying needs of modern manufacturing. One of the biggest changes facing these reshoring operations is labor, which is more expensive and less readily available in the United States.  As a result, many new U.S. factories must rely heavily on automation to ... Read More

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