359 episodes

The Fort is an entrepreneurship podcast.
Here, we uncover the proven strategies, insights, and inspiring stories of today’s greatest leaders in the worlds of business, real estate, entrepreneurship, and investing. Each episode’s mission is to help you to level up your entrepreneurial game by hearing directly from the men and women in the arena. Chris is able to uniquely uncover things not commonly discussed because he is an entrepreneur himself. We not only cover business, but we also cover the personal side of entrepreneurship.
The Fort began in 2018 as a way for Chris to publicly explore the fascinating world of entrepreneurship. Since he was a child, he’s been characterized as obsessively curious about the world around him. 
The Fort has now been downloaded over 2M times, across more than 50,000 unique listeners.
Each week features conversations with entrepreneurs, Founders, CEOs, and Executives from some of the leading companies in America. Past guests have represented companies such as JLL, Hillwood, S2 Capital, Chick Fil A, Morning Brew, Founders Podcast, Tiny Capital, Permanent Equity, Fort Capital, Matthews REIS, Bonobos, and ConvertKit.

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The Fort - An Entrepreneurship Podcast Chris Powers

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The Fort is an entrepreneurship podcast.
Here, we uncover the proven strategies, insights, and inspiring stories of today’s greatest leaders in the worlds of business, real estate, entrepreneurship, and investing. Each episode’s mission is to help you to level up your entrepreneurial game by hearing directly from the men and women in the arena. Chris is able to uniquely uncover things not commonly discussed because he is an entrepreneur himself. We not only cover business, but we also cover the personal side of entrepreneurship.
The Fort began in 2018 as a way for Chris to publicly explore the fascinating world of entrepreneurship. Since he was a child, he’s been characterized as obsessively curious about the world around him. 
The Fort has now been downloaded over 2M times, across more than 50,000 unique listeners.
Each week features conversations with entrepreneurs, Founders, CEOs, and Executives from some of the leading companies in America. Past guests have represented companies such as JLL, Hillwood, S2 Capital, Chick Fil A, Morning Brew, Founders Podcast, Tiny Capital, Permanent Equity, Fort Capital, Matthews REIS, Bonobos, and ConvertKit.

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    #359 - Michael Levy - CEO @ Crow Holdings - 2008 GFC Stories, Restructuring, View on 2024 RE Market, Life at Crow, A Man of Commerce

    #359 - Michael Levy - CEO @ Crow Holdings - 2008 GFC Stories, Restructuring, View on 2024 RE Market, Life at Crow, A Man of Commerce

    Today’s episode is full of incredible career stories and deep market insights as we enter the second half of 2024. 
    Michael Levy is the Chief Executive Officer of Crow Holdings where he is responsible for leading and overseeing the Company’s overall business strategy and activities. The firm’s operations include real estate investment management, real estate development, renewable and traditional energy exploration, and securities management.
    Before joining Crow Holdings in 2016, Michael had a longstanding career in real estate finance and investment management at Morgan Stanley. He was a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and held a number of leadership positions including COO and Head of Distribution for the Investment Management Division, Head of Traditional Asset Management, COO and CFO for Real Estate Investment Management, and co-head for Real Estate Investment Banking. 
    We discuss:

    Michael’s career at Morgan Stanley during the DotCom crash and GFC

    The experience working for Crow Holdings

    Analyzing the state of the market, asset classes, and looking to the future of real estate


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    Topics:
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:03:10) - Days on Wall St.
    (00:05:47) - Experiences during the DotCom Crash and the GFC
    (00:21:02) - Advice for someone going into a restructuring
    (00:24:49) - The worst assets to be in during the GFC and Michael’s time with Morgan Stanley
    (00:30:44) - Being a man of commerce
    (00:31:57) - Joining Crow Holdings
    (00:38:38) - Texas Vs. New York
    (00:42:25) - Crow Holdings business units & development structures
    (00:53:57) - Thoughts on the market
    (00:57:16) - 2008 vs. 2024
    (00:59:20) - Interest rates
    (01:03:58) - Oil and Gas
    (01:06:05) - Office
    (01:14:10) - Data centers
    (01:17:51) - MF & Industrial
    (01:23:23) - Acquisitions
    (01:25:00) - Development challenges
    (01:27:10) - Capital markets
    (01:31:26) - What are you most proud of from your time with Crow?
    (01:33:50) - Solar
    (01:36:48) - Looking at the future of RE

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    #358 - Phillip Huffines - Co-Founder @ Huffines Communities - The Art Of Building Award-Winning Master Planned Communities

    #358 - Phillip Huffines - Co-Founder @ Huffines Communities - The Art Of Building Award-Winning Master Planned Communities

    Continuing a practice of three generations of business and community work in the Dallas area, Phillip and his twin brother, Co-Owner Donald, have developed their Land Development and Land Investing legacy by creating superior master-planned communities and multifamily community living styles. The firm has developed over 15,000 single-family homesites, and 2,800 multifamily units in the DFW metroplex, and invested in thousands of acres of land. The Huffines name has become widely esteemed within the industry and the State of Texas. Huffines Communities has assembled over 100 limited partnerships, created hundreds of jobs in North Texas, and generated billions in asset values. In 2021 alone, Huffines Communities invested over $120 MM in land.

    We discuss:

    How Huffines creates incredible Master Plan communities

    City/state incentives 

    Design, architecture, and amenity strategies after 30 years of building communities


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    Topics
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:04:10) - Getting kicked out of military school
    (00:08:47) - Master Plan communities
    (00:16:00) - Phillip’s secret sauce
    (00:20:11) - Finding a site for a community
    (00:24:24) - State and city incentives
    (00:29:47) - Establishing school districts
    (00:34:03) - Experiences during the GFC
    (00:36:28) - Entitlements
    (00:39:50) - Entrance design & amenities
    (00:43:13) - Community events
    (00:45:51) - Planning
    (00:53:52) - Thoughts on the market
    (00:57:20) - Home builders and the DFW market
    (01:02:19) - Nearly going bankrupt in the 80’s
    (01:07:53) - Does anything concern you in the macro right now?
    (01:11:10) - The importance of profit

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    #357 - Dov Hertz - Founder @ DH Property Holdings, LLC - The Greatest Land Assembler New York City Has Ever Seen

    #357 - Dov Hertz - Founder @ DH Property Holdings, LLC - The Greatest Land Assembler New York City Has Ever Seen

    Before founding DH Property Holdings, Dov was the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions of Asset Management at Extell Development Company. During his 13+ years at Extell, Dov negotiated and supervised the acquisitions of over $20 billion of New York real estate. Dov was directly responsible for sourcing some of the most notable transactions over the last 10 years, including The Ring Portfolio, One 57, Nordstrom Tower, and One Manhattan Square.

    We discuss:

    Stories from Dov’s career assembling iconic NYC sites

    Pivoting to Class B Industrial

    How to Negotiate in RE


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    Topics
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:01:56) - Dov’s early career 
    (00:05:02) - Land assemblage and zoning in NYC
    (00:13:12) - Tenant risks
    (00:16:06) - Assembling Central Park Tower site
    (00:27:21) - Assembling 1 Manhattan Square site
    (00:32:45) - The Ring portfolio
    (00:48:19) - Hiring Japanese actors to finalize a deal
    (00:56:42) - Venturing into Class B Industrial
    (01:13:58) - How would outsiders perform in NYC trying to assemble land?
    (01:15:00) - The power of negotiation

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    Dov in The Real Deal
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    #356 - Larry Brogdon - Partner @ Four Sevens Oil Company - Tales From The Barnett Shale

    #356 - Larry Brogdon - Partner @ Four Sevens Oil Company - Tales From The Barnett Shale

    Larry Brogdon is a geologist and Partner with Four Sevens Oil Company with over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been involved in developing several major oil and gas plays, including the Barnett Shale. 

    We discuss:
    - The early days of the Barnett Shale
    - The impact of horizontal oil wells
    - The role of natural gas in the world and predictions for the energy industry

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    Topics:
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:02:07) - Larry’s entry into the oil business
    (00:05:00) - George Mitchell & the Barnett shale
    (00:19:07) - Capitalizing on the success of horizontal wells
    (00:26:32) - Building and exiting the business
    (00:33:21) - The role of natural gas in the world
    (00:39:55) - Larry’s investing thesis
    (00:45:40) - 10-year predictions

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    • 49 min
    #355 - Michael Fishman & Michael Baum - Shareholders of Global RE Practice @ Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Legal Best Practices & The Egoless Partnership

    #355 - Michael Fishman & Michael Baum - Shareholders of Global RE Practice @ Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Legal Best Practices & The Egoless Partnership

    In today’s episode I sit down with Michael Fishman & Michael Baum are Co-Chairs of Global RE Practice @ Greenberg Traurig, LLP - one of the world's largest real estate practices. Their practice focuses on real estate, real estate finance, private equity and real estate fund formation.
    Their clients include institutional investors, investment advisors, public and private real estate companies, REITs, and financial institutions. They’ve worked to form domestic and cross-border real estate funds and joint ventures and regularly represent lenders on real estate projects throughout the United States and globally. In addition, their experience with mezzanine finance, mortgage finance, lease finance, and loan defeasance transactions. They regularly advise clients with regard to the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and management of multi-family, industrial, office, retail, and hotel properties in the United States and globally.

    We discuss:

    Fishman and Baum’s cross-border PE work

    The future of the law profession

    The state of the RE market


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    Michael Fishman
    Michael Baum

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    Topics:
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:02:38) - The egoless partnership
    (00:12:51) - The process of doing business in Mexico
    (00:17:27) - What makes a great lawyer?
    (00:28:17) - Is it fair that most situations could be resolved without litigation?
    (00:31:46) - Making the jump to Greenberg
    (00:42:08) - Cowboy ethics
    (00:45:11) - What does your team look like today?
    (00:50:23) - Thoughts on AI’s impact on the legal profession
    (00:58:21) - Are young people wanting to be lawyers?
    (01:03:42) - What are you seeing in the real estate market?
    (01:20:43) - Data Centers
    (01:22:09) - Is there any Federal legislation on the horizon that listeners should be aware of?
    (01:26:15) - What is the biggest real estate risk people take without knowing?

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    #354 - Don Tepman (@StripMallGuy) - Strip Malls, Creating Value, Leasing Strategy, X/Twitter, Charlie Munger

    #354 - Don Tepman (@StripMallGuy) - Strip Malls, Creating Value, Leasing Strategy, X/Twitter, Charlie Munger

    Don Tepman runs a real estate fund that focuses on buying neighborhood strip centers throughout the United States and also runs the 'StripMallGuy' account on X and LinkedIn. Mr. Tepman started his career in 2002 and led his first strip center purchase in 2006. He has completed 40 purchases and raised over $150M in LP capital.

    We discuss:

    Don’s career and mentors

    What makes a successful strip mall acquisition

    Building @stripmallguy and the future of the brand


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    Topics
    (00:00:00) - Intro
    (00:04:56) - Don’s upbringing and career background
    (00:08:40) - The dynamics of suburban retail
    (00:12:42) - Don’s mentor & learnings
    (00:21:25) - Restaurants in strip centers
    (00:26:35) - Tenant mixes
    (00:30:20) - TI
    (00:35:41) - Where do folks waste money on exteriors?
    (00:37:18) - Drive-thrus
    (00:38:36) - Don’s hold period strategy
    (00:42:39) - Why do you stick to smaller deals?
    (00:45:26) - What is your approach to entering a new market?
    (00:53:02) - Why does Price per foot matter so much?
    (00:53:44) - Leasing
    (00:59:41) - Taxes and insurance
    (01:01:19) - StripMallGuy
    (01:08:45) - Working a deal through the system
    (01:12:44) - Thoughts on the market
    (01:18:22) - Luxury retail
    (01:19:53) - Meeting Charlie Munger
    (01:27:08) - Plans for SMG in the future

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    • 1 hr 30 min

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