Jeffrey Mosher speaks with Matthew Fenster, Birmingham, MI, President, Paragon, of Royal Oak. Matthew reviews a bit of his career trajectory and how his experiences have led him to now write a book about how to start a business.
How To Start A Business is a step-by-step guide and overview on how to start a business. He shares more details like who the book is geared toward (the first time entrepreneur to help them through the process). Then Matthew goes into how the book is peppered with his experience, insight, advice and anecdotes to help bring the process to life.
Listen to Matthew and Jeffrey talk more about his story and this book launch in Michigan!
About the author: Matt Fenster has been involved in commercial real estate development, operations, leasing and management for more than 26 years. He has been responsible for the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and management of over 10 million square feet of office, industrial, and retail space in the Midwest.
Matt started his real estate career as a tenant rep and leasing agent in 1991 and soon started to represent some of the nation’s largest corporations and institutional landlords in their real estate activities. In 1998, he left his position to start Paragon in an effort to realize his vision on real estate investment and development. Over the past 21 years Matt has represented such institutional clients include New York Life, Titanium Real Estate Advisors, First Place Bank and Great Lakes REIT as well as corporate clients such as AT&T, Henry Ford Health Systems, Crittenton Hospital, Dayco Products/Mark IV, LLC, Cengage Learning and MGIC.
In 2012, Matt merged Paragon into Etkin Equities to provide a better platform to service its clients. Etkin is a full-service commercial real estate firm engaged in the management, acquisition, development and marketing of office, industrial, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties. Formed in 1982, the company is also selectively involved in fee-based property management and development services on behalf of third party owners. Etkin has developed more than 60 high-profile properties consisting of over 9.5 million square feet of commercial space in Michigan.
Today, Matt Fenster is Etkin’s Leasing & Business Development Manager and is responsible for providing leasing and management support for Etkin’s third-party management portfolio as well as procuring new third party management and leasing assignments.