DENVER—“On the operations side, there is a major push towards new technology and the efficiency that technology provides. With that push, managers will face new leadership challenges that exist from out behind the desk.” That is according to Alex O'Brien, president of Cardinal Group Management.

O'Brien, who recently was chosen in sister publication, Real Estate Forum's, Fifty Under 40 listing, says that “Management is still a people business—both within the organization and with the resident—and it will be interesting to see how human interaction aided by technology will evolve.” Soft skills, he says, will still be the differential within young leaders.

From an industry perspective, he says, “there will continue to be strong demand for urban renters and a transition to smaller/micro units that fit this growing demand.”

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Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.