60 episodes

The FORT host, Chris Powers, talks with leaders of businesses across real estate and a variety of industries. As the Founder of Fort Capital, Chris brings a unique perspective and style that allows for a meaningful conversation that dives deep into ideas and topics not regularly discussed. Chris covers each guests story and explores in detail the critical moments that led to success, failure, growth, and confidence. Chris also strives to ask questions that provide practical wisdom that all listeners can learn from – not just in business, but in our personal lives. Thank you for listening!!

The FORT with Chris Powers Chris Powers

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9, 82 Ratings

The FORT host, Chris Powers, talks with leaders of businesses across real estate and a variety of industries. As the Founder of Fort Capital, Chris brings a unique perspective and style that allows for a meaningful conversation that dives deep into ideas and topics not regularly discussed. Chris covers each guests story and explores in detail the critical moments that led to success, failure, growth, and confidence. Chris also strives to ask questions that provide practical wisdom that all listeners can learn from – not just in business, but in our personal lives. Thank you for listening!!

    #60 - Chris' 60 Day Update on Commercial Real Estate

    #60 - Chris' 60 Day Update on Commercial Real Estate

    On this episode of The FORT, Chris provides a 60-day COVID-19 update where he'll touch on topics like the reopening of capital markets and the effects we are seeing in the multifamily & industrial sectors. Chris also shares the latest changes and updates happening at Fort Capital such as their property management integration and new software tools built by the team. Enjoy! 
    Learn more about Fort Capital and Chris at www.FortCapitallp.com
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    00:49 — Capital Markets Opening Back Up
    02:10 — New Deals in the Multifamily & Industrial Space
    03:36 — Update on the State of Texas
    05:35 — Rents & Reliefs
    08:14 — Industrial Sector in Texas
    09:04 — The Fort Capital Portfolio & The Rush to Texas From The Coasts
    10:55 — Multifamily & Industrial Collections
    12:05 — Construction is Still Booming
    13:41 — 'Work From Home' Becoming the New Future
    15:57 — Fort Capital's Buying Plan
    18:00 — What Fort Capital Has Done the Last 30 Days Operationally
    19:28 — CORE in Fort Capital’s Culture
    21:08 — Construction Costs & Predictions for Oil & Gas
    22:12 — Fort Capital Property Management
    23:38 — Fort Capital's Use of the FOS Platform
    26:41 — Go Watch 'The Last Dance' on ESPN
    The FORT with Chris Powers is produced by Straight Up Podcasts

    • 29 min
    #59: James Hill - The Borrower/Lender Relationship 101

    #59: James Hill - The Borrower/Lender Relationship 101

    James Hill is the Chief Strategy Officer / Fort Worth Market President at Access Bank. He has 12+ years of expert banking experience, specializing in commercial and real estate lending. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, James is a graduate of the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin as well as TCU, receiving his MBA in the Accelerated Program. He is currently adjunct faculty in the finance department of the business school at TCU and was elected to the Tarrant Regional Water District Board in May 2017. 
    On this episode of The FORT, James and Chris dive deep into the world of banking, lending, and the importance of having a great relationship with your banker. Chris also touches on how the pandemic brought him to James for an in-depth "Banking 101" class in order to be as informed as possible when navigating the future. They also answer some questions from Twitter! Enjoy. 
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    02:26 — James’ Background 
    03:53 — Not Being the “Prototypical” Banker
    05:40 — Relationships Are Important During COVID
    07:13 — How do you view your relationship with borrowers and how should borrowers think about their relationships with their bank? 
    10:25 — How do banks set their reserve methodology?
    12:30 — If a loan is going into default, are the banks the first to lose out but also make interest?
    13:11 — How does the bank approach a potentially bad situation?
    15:59 - What happens when you have a good relationship with a bank but you're about to be in a default situation?
    21:02 — If a bank has a lot of bad loans on its balance sheet, does that affect its ability to borrow from the Federal Government?
    21:44 — If you have personal recourse on a loan, and the delta was not met, how do they figure out how it's paid out over time?
    23:55 —   How do non-recourse loans work?
    28:28 —  Should I move everything over to one bank or should I use multiple banks?
    29:33 — When were you notified about the idea of PPP, what did the process of implementing it into your daily life look like as a banker?
    32:36 — Question from Twitter for James: “To what extent does the reputation of the borrower matter?
    34:37 — What are the 'C’s' in your credit program? 
    35:14 — What might change in banking coming out of the crisis?
    36:57 — What does it mean for a bank to be more well-capitalized now vs. during the ’08 crash?
    38:24 — Foreclosure Protocols Across Different States
    40:34 — Pinpointing Value In This Climate
    42:05 — If I have a loan maturing in the next 4-5 months, how does one evaluate whether to extend their loan?
    48:21 — Given the current environment, when are banks suggesting is a good time to buy again?
    50:55 — How do you start a bank and how much liquidity do you need to get one up and running?
    53:07 — Where is the banking industry headed over the next decade?
    The FORT with Chris Powers is produced by Straight Up Podcasts

    • 58 min
    #58: Adam Blake - Starting, Scaling, and Exiting Ventures

    #58: Adam Blake - Starting, Scaling, and Exiting Ventures

    Adam Blake is a real estate and technology entrepreneur that has started, scaled, and exited multiple ventures and private equity-backed companies. He and Chris met early in their studies at Texas Christian University as they developed their own real estate careers.  Adam has played a huge role in Chris's life as he served as the inspiration and provided the mentorship that led Chris to make his first real estate purchase during his freshman year at TCU.  They have since held a close relationship over the

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #57: Brent Beshore - COVID-19: Impact on Small Businesses

    #57: Brent Beshore - COVID-19: Impact on Small Businesses

    Brent Beshore is the Founder & CEO of Permanent Equity, a family of companies investing in family-owned companies.  Permanent Equity invests with no intention of selling and with little to no debt.  Brent published "The Messy Marketplace" in 2019 as a resource to "demystify the buyers, the process, and the inevitable emotional journey that is selling a company".  Permanent Equity has been a leader providing valuable content and resources to small businesses all over - especially in the

    • 40 min
    #56: Cullen Aderhold - COVID-19: Capital Markets & Lending Trends

    #56: Cullen Aderhold - COVID-19: Capital Markets & Lending Trends

    Cullen Aderhold is the Senior Director of Capital Markets at JLL. JLL is a global commercial real estate service across all major asset classes.  JLL provides tenant-rep/leasing solutions, property management, project design/management, capital markets solutions, and technology/it solutions to companies across the globe.  In this episode, Chris and Cullen discuss the most recent trends in capital markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lender strategies, private fund structures vs. REIT structure

    • 42 min
    #55: Matt Lasky - COVID-19: Changing Lender Attitudes

    #55: Matt Lasky - COVID-19: Changing Lender Attitudes

    Matt Lasky serves as Managing Partner and Senior Vice President of Equity Velocity Funds. He has advised clients nationally on over 1.3 million square feet of retail, mixed-use, and medical property since 2011. At Equity, he leads a team whose focus is on providing customized analytics and financial solutions to market strategy and capital markets clients nationally. The team brings deep experience in both multi-unit rollouts and acquisition/disposition work. In today's episode, he and Chris discuss lender

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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82 Ratings

82 Ratings

mstaral ,

Not only the best CRE podcast...

As someone who is new to Commercial Real Estate, I have found this podcast to be so informative! Chris structures his interviews in a way that makes so much valuable information easily digestible. But the podcast goes beyond just CRE, it’s a must listen for anyone interested in Fort Worth, data/technology or entrepreneurship!

Clark ThomThomp ,

Life Changing

These episodes have helped encourage me to start a business. Chris’ ability to create meaningful episodes that offer amazing learning opportunities is a gift. Thank you for doing the work, Chris!

Glenn R T ,

Phenomenal Podcast!

I was never really into podcasts. But since the COVID 19 emergency quarantine, I've spent much more time listening to podcasts.

This is a go-to for me. Almost to the point where I would rather listen and learn with Chris Powers and his guests than watch television. I will continue to follow this Podcast and view it as taking an hour out of my day to better improve my knowledge of many complex industries.

Nice job Chris and Johnny!

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