Anthony J. LoPinto

About The Author

Tony LoPinto is the Global Sector Leader of Korn Ferry’s Real Estate Practice and founder of SelectLeaders. For the past 18 years LoPinto has been serving his clients with deep knowledge and perspective on talent needs and organizational challenges to public and private companies – knowledge gained from a 25-year career in real estate. Prior to his current position, he founded and served as chief executive officer of a boutique real estate executive search firm, where he oversaw offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has successfully led several high profile search engagements for chief executive officers, directors and a wide-range of executive level positions across all industries and sectors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history from Loyola University in Chicago.

  • National

    Tough at the Top

    November 13, 2018

    The median tenure for CEOs is five years for American large-cap companies, and declining.

  • National

    Grocerant

    October 30, 2018

    One can imagine that over the next decade the grocery store as we know it will become a historical curiosity.

  • National

    Requiem for C Malls

    October 16, 2018

    Sears is just one more example of the seismic shift that’s turned the retail business on its ear.

  • National

    Sugar High

    October 09, 2018

    The combination of lower unemployment and a dwindling skilled workforce has resulted in a phenomenon that some economists have coined a “sugar-high.”

  • King Kong

    October 02, 2018

    Icons earn their designations for reason. For one that survived being climbed by a 60-ton ape, even big competition is of little consequence.

  • Not the Same Game

    September 25, 2018

    There is an overwhelming amount of capital available to startups that are out to revolutionize real estate. 

  • The New Office Space Dynamic

    September 18, 2018

    Upgrades and redesigns don’t come cheap, and owners of older office buildings need to be nimble, flexible and creative to level to playing field.

  • Disrupting the World

    September 11, 2018

    The gaming-changing strategies that are being employed by Amazon.com are fascinating to behold.

  • Non-Compete Complications

    August 29, 2018

    Employers should be required to fully disclose the terms of a non-compete agreement in plain English.

  • National

    No Relo!

    August 22, 2018

    The days that US workers are willing to pick up, pluck their kids out of school and leave behind friends and family to relocate for their next job opportunity are fading fast. 

  • The Salary Surge

    August 14, 2018

    There is a crisis brewing on the global talent front: a growing shortage of highly skilled workers.

  • Career Development

    Quiet Skies

    July 31, 2018

    Over the weekend the TSA’s cover was blown by the Boston Globe when it reported that ordinary citizens are being followed onto flights and observed…

  • Kumbaya

    July 24, 2018

    Team play and collaboration are buzz words that have been the standard by which most companies have built their organizational strategy. Taken to an extreme, collaboration causes stress, frustration and inefficiencies.

  • Career Development

    CRE’s Emerging Drug Problem

    July 17, 2018

    Amazon’s long-rumored entrée into the prescription business recently became a reality. It’s clear that the real estate industry will soon find itself with a major drug problem.

  • Mixing Up the Melting Pot

    July 11, 2018

    Underlying the dramatic changes on the national political front are seismic demographic shifts that will continue to impact not only the political scene, but also social and business issues.

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    The Elusive Vacation

    July 05, 2018

    In today’s world of the Internet, smart phones and a plethora of devices to keep us connected, most executives are never really on vacation and go off the grid. 

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Timebomb

    June 26, 2018

    With Baby Boomers' retirement prospects in a shambles, they will likely stay on the job longer, limiting advancement opportunities for generations coming up behind them.

  • National

    The “Gig” Economy

    June 19, 2018

    The Gig Economy is among the many megatrends that will continue to unfold and impact business, along with our society.

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    A Stimulating Rise

    June 06, 2018

    Howard Schultz announced this week that he will be stepping down as the executive chairman of Starbucks. The two names are synonymous, but few know Schultz's interesting back story.

  • National

    Three Little Piggies

    May 30, 2018

    There's an amenities arms race among office landlords, who are aggressively changing the landscape of how services are delivered to their tenants.

  • National

    Career Advancement

    April 12, 2018

    Designed with an eye on both CRE’s present and future talent needs, the new Career Center represents the direction in which the industry is headed.

  • National

    Gee, GGP

    March 27, 2018

    GGP is likely to be the first of many shopping center and mall owners that are dismantled as fewer mega players drive the restructuring and pruning of the sector

  • Commentary

    Open Book

    March 23, 2018

    The reality is that your online posts can trip-up real-life job opportunities, so it is critical that professional cultivate a positive online persona.

  • National

    The Lost Art

    March 14, 2018

    We've been hiring young professionals with sterling educational credentials and high potential. The only wrinkle is that they cannot write. 

  • Commentary

    Succession Planning – Take Two

    February 28, 2018

    Last week we commented on Blackstone’s C-Suite move that positioned Jonathan Gray as the likely successor to CEO Stephen Schwarzman.  Well yesterday…

  • Asset Management

    Succession Planning

    February 20, 2018

    Last week, Blackstone announced that real estate executive Jonathan Gray solidified his role as heir apparent to CEO Stephen Schwarzman. Gray, who…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Success Story

    February 13, 2018

    What separates mid-career professionals who rise to the top of their game in a business environment? Is it the “primary” skills that include intellect,…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Oy, Am I Worried

    January 30, 2018

    As 2018 unfolds, top executives are worried about cybersecurity, disruptive technologies, and stiffer competition for talent, especially among some…

  • Capital Markets

    Apple Pie

    January 23, 2018

    The recent tax legislation reducing corporate income tax from 35% to 21% has begun priming the pump, big time. The most recent example is Apple, which…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Party Time

    January 16, 2018

    I am always careful to stay clear of politics as the Executive Watch is best when it is apolitical.  However, this week I noticed a report that a…

  • Economy

    Miserable, But Very Safe

    January 09, 2018

    I know of no executive who enjoys business travel. In the most recent move to make your next flight more miserable, you will be chagrined to learn…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Black and Blue

    December 12, 2017

    The new tax legislation is being trumpeted (no pun intended) as the new era of tax reform.  I am afraid that I beg to differ. It is, yet again, another…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    SALT and Red Pepper

    December 05, 2017

    Over the last few weeks we have witnessed the federal legislative process at its worst. The tax “reform” bill is nothing more than an ill-conceived,…

  • Economy

    Tidy and Spiffy

    November 21, 2017

    Fashion trends have evolved from suits and ties at baseball games and fine woolen suits in the board room, to frankly not so classy casual wear to…

  • Employment

    Cyber Willies

    November 14, 2017

    Every CEO has the willies fretting over whether there will be a cyber breach on their watch, knowing full well that their head will roll if it happens.…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Feeling Unloved

    November 07, 2017

    Working from home may not be the cat's-meow that it is chalked-up to be. The Wall Street Journal reported that according to a recent study by VitalSmarts,…

  • Asset Management

    Roberta the Accountant

    October 31, 2017

    The world is abuzz over new technologies such as driverless cars, drones, and a host of other technology that promises to transform the way we live…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Revenue Guru

    October 17, 2017

    With the leverage of real-time digital platforms and moment-to-moment connectivity to market moves and customer trends, the era of the Revenue Guru,…

  • Employment

    Over Board

    October 10, 2017

    Research firm Equilar recently released a report that stirred-up the investment community by virtue of its report that CEOs who serve on two outside…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Science 101

    September 26, 2017

    We thought that real estate is in the Jurassic Park when it comes to diversity, especially the shortage of women in the professional and executive…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Skimpy Pickens

    September 19, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the consulting firm of Aon Hewitt published the results of a survey that businesses are planning to keep budgets…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    The Big Bungle

    September 12, 2017

    Last week we got the news that everyone feared. Equifax, the consumer credit reporting agency that collects and aggregates information on over 800…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Appalling

    September 05, 2017

    In the days of our forefathers, excellent writing skills and strikingly beautiful penmanship were common, and second nature.  Why is it that great…

  • Acquisitions/Dispositions

    The American Dream

    August 22, 2017

    After World War Two, suburbia and single-family home ownership exploded onto the scene, setting the stage for the American Dream.  For the seventy-five…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Uber Stupor

    August 15, 2017

    Uber is unquestionably among the most brilliant adoptions of Internet and App technology in the new economy. It changed the landscape of transit in…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Honey, I’m Home

    August 08, 2017

    We reported here a few months ago that IBM decided to recall employees from their home office, shutting down the work-from-home policy that the company…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Shopping Carts

    August 01, 2017

    Notwithstanding jitters over Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods among grocery stores, investors are still chomping at the bit for grocery-anchored…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Slow and Steady

    July 05, 2017

    The pace of office-space leasing slowed in the second quarter, mostly because of sluggish activity in the country’s top five markets, according to…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Boomer Life Span

    June 20, 2017

    It is no surprise that Baby Boomers are working beyond 65, creating less upward mobility for the next generation who are chomping at the bit to take…

  • Commentary

    The Failure of Education

    June 06, 2017

    A high percentage of the students graduating today from our college and university system are woefully short on writing skills. Alas, a story hit the…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Man Caves

    May 23, 2017

    Last week IBM announced that it is eliminating employees' ability to work remotely, and indicated that if they did not move back to mother headquarters…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Watson vs. Alexa

    May 09, 2017

      I am sure that most of our readers have enjoyed IBM’s “Watson” ads trumpeting the artificial intelligence smart guy that IBM contends will…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Big Paydays

    May 02, 2017

    Google reported yesterday that chief executive Sundar Pichai’s pay package doubled to $200 million last year, making him the highest paid executive…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Out to Pasture

    April 18, 2017

    There is a lot of hype surrounding the emergence of the millennial generation as a major factor in the workforce. In 2015 millennials comprised 34%…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Job Hopping

    April 04, 2017

      The Baby-Boomer generation is working longer and skipping over the historical retirement age of 65.  The question is, why and how. On the why…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Bottom Fishers

    March 28, 2017

    We have commented over the past few months about the accelerating trend toward online retailing and its significant impact on the mall sector, especially…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Payday at the Top

    March 21, 2017

    The great recession is becoming a distant memory, but its effect continue to be profound.  Leaner organizations, tighter budgets, higher bars for…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Anchors Aweigh

    March 07, 2017

    This past weekend I was visiting Sarasota, FL, and on a drive from the airport to downtown I passed two shopping malls, both with Macy’s anchor stores.…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    One Big Blunder

    February 28, 2017

    On Sunday evening, the venerable PricewaterhouseCoopers, with just one tweet, was foisted from its standing as a trusted adviser, and a firm respected…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Retailer 3.0

    February 07, 2017

    Late last week it was reported that Hudson’s Bay, the Canadian retail conglomerate, initiated takeover discussions with Macy’s. Hudson’s Bay,…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    CEO in Training

    January 24, 2017

    It is probably valid to say that most CEOs and other senior executives are not sufficiently in touch with their business, focusing on shareholders…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Over the Hill

    January 17, 2017

    Conventional wisdom says that it is near impossible for later stage career workers who are north of 55, are often out of luck in a competitive hiring…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    Fueling the Fire

    January 10, 2017

    NEW YORK CITY—Members of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, otherwise known as AFIRE, were surveyed with good news for investors…

  • Byline Columns/Editorial

    I Miss Walter

    November 22, 2016

    When I was a kid I grew up watching the Evening News on CBS with anchor Walter Cronkite. Millennials may not know who Walter is, but the Baby-Boom…

  • Commentary

    Legal Bills and the Middle Class

    October 11, 2016

    For me, life before Executive Search involved a long and satisfying real estate career, with my last stop as Chief Financial Officer of a REIT.  Throughout…

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