Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate
01.22.18Columbia Development Partner Offers a Take on the Mixed-Use Sector

Article submitted by Sean Marcantel, Sales and Leasing Agent for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

Written by Donna Mitchell | January 18, 2018

After a strong holiday shopping season, plus the passage of a tax reform bill expected to boost personal spending, industry experts are looking forward to an improved environment in the retail real estate sector in 2018.

Mixed-use centers are expected to be among the better-performing assets in the sector, as the industry moves away from shopping centers and enclosed malls and to properties that combine office, hotel and retail elements.

NREI recently caught up with Ron Pfohl, partner and director of leasing at Columbia, S.C.-based Columbia Development, a diversified commercial real estate developer. Pfhol offered insights into how the company is leveraging the current environment and why mixed-use properties are well-positioned to handle the changes in the industry.

This Q&A has been edited for style and clarity.


Sean Marcantel joined Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in October of 2016.  He attended Louisiana State University at Eunice (LSUE).  He has been in Business Sales in the Greater Baton Rouge area for over 15 years.  Sean will be pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation through the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.  Sean’s professional memberships include the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID) and the Louisiana CCIM Chapter.  Sean’s commitment in the Baton Rouge Community is apparent through his service on the BREC’sPlanning & Parks Resources Committee.  He has been involved in several church, civic, and networking groups throughout his sales career.  Some of the groups include The Baton Rouge Ancient Athletes Society, several Chambers of CommerceBetter Business BureauBusiness Network InternationalSt. Vincent DePaul, as well as Junior Achievement.

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).

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