In this episode we kick it with Kieran Bowers, President of Swire Properties. After graduating from Oxford, he began his professional career as a management trainee at Swire Pacific where he has been for 25+ years. Kieran spent most of his career in Asia, starting with Cathay Pacific Airlines. He has lived in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Karachi, Sri Lanka, Riyadh, Amsterdam, Beijing and now Miami. We talk about the similarities and differences between the airline and real estate industries and Swire’s approach to sustainable demolition and construction. We also talk about how Swire got involved with the development of Brickell Key 40 years ago and how Swire integrated Brickell City Centre into the urban fabric and what’s next for phase 2 for Brickell City Centre.
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From valet parking cars in Miami during the Cocaine Cowboy days, to brokering deals for CBRE for 20 years, we dive into Jay’s career path which eventually led him to becoming an accomplished real estate developer. Jay is a humble and frugal entrepreneur that believes in giving back to his community. He is the outgoing Board Chair of the University of Miami ‘s Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism program and he is also on the Board of Directors of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
From his lush “demonstration garden/treehouse” at his Coconut Grove design headquarters, we chat with landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The sculptor of spaces revisits his youth through stories: inspired by his love for nature in childhood, to his chance encounter with Burle Marx (his eventual mentor), we learn about how these events led him to a career as one of America’s most vaunted landscape architects. From Rio de Janiero, Antigua, Key West & Miami; his evolution as businessman and creator. His principles: maximizing biodiversity, creating self-sustainable gardens, selecting plants that work well together, both aesthetically and with regard to their individual DNA. Raymond tells us what inspires him: the power of oak trees, Flamengo Park in Rio & Central Park in NY. He leaves us with the mission of “spreading the word of love of nature.”
All the way from Paris, France Nico is a serial entrepreneur who exited his first company at 18. On his journey trying to purchase a house in Miami he realized there had to be a better way. In 2020 he founded Beycome, a flat-fee MLS listing service that is disrupting residential real estate by helping people buy or sell homes without a real estate agent. We talk about his journey building the company, how the company works, and what’s next for Nico.
Lots of laughs with Anthony as we talk about the state of the real estate market, and how he started and became the CEO and Chairman of Integra Realty Resources, the largest independent appraisal company in North America. We cover everything from what’s going on in new construction, macroeconomic conditions, and if/when real estate prices are ever going to calm down. Anthony is a wealth of information and we had a blast learning from him.