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Jean-Claude Goldenstein has more than twenty years of experience in commercial real estate. He’s the former executive director, global solutions for NAI Global and played a key role in the United States and in Europe for Ernst & Young, managing the start-up of the firm’s European marketing and planning group and co-founding its cross-border real estate consulting practice. Last year, he decided to build on what he said he’s learned about business relationships and the significance of networking.

He founded CREOPoint.com, a global online community for the commercial real estate industry. Goldenstein describes it as a group project, driven by the insight of about 20 CRE pros. He predicts the network “will make many milestones happen by inviting friends and useful business conversations.” In the first of a two-part series, GlobeSt.com caught up with Goldenstein to find out more about the online community and its founders.

GlobeSt.com: Where did the idea for CREOPoint originate?

Goldenstein: During my second around the world trip last year. Doing business in 10 countries in a row reinforced the idea that “Friends do business with friends” and “a friend of a friend is a friend.” In addition:

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