There are countless reasons why we think commercial real estate is the best industry to make a career. Of course, we may be a bit biased. But even so, we clearly are not alone. Following are our picks for the annual 50 Under 40 awards—our list of rising young stars in the industry that we feel compelled to call out for their achievements. But while we think that CRE is the best industry to be in, we are under no illusions about what it takes to be No. 1. These men and women have all brought something unique to the table, to say nothing of hard work and a winning attitude, thus meriting their inclusion in this year’s list.
Commencing his industry career right out of high school by working at the front desk of RiverRock Real Estate Group, Austin Brown actively sought out opportunities to learn about all aspects of the field. He now serves as brand manager, where he oversees all aspects of the firm, manages its website and social media platforms and has expanded his role to oversee company operations. Brown is currently playing a vital role in leading the firm’s COVID-19 compliance by securing PPE for all employees, implementing an internal program across all 24 offices and preparing client buildings for re-occupancy.