Location: Los Angeles & Washington, DC
Property Type: Newly Appointed Chief Executive Officer
Year Built with SIOR: 2009 (Member) & 2021 (CEO)
OVERVIEW - Why He’s the Real Deal
Robert Thornburgh, SIOR, a long-standing commercial real estate specialist and trailblazer based out of Los Angeles, Calif., brings more than 25 years of exemplary industry knowledge and leadership experience, with a strong focus on integrity and a transformational, service-oriented style of management. He was recently appointed SIOR’s new Chief Executive Officer. Prior to coming to SIOR from Kidder Mathews, he was a shareholder and regional president of brokerage for many years. He’s been an SIOR Global Past President as well. But let’s get to know a bit more about who SIOR’s new CEO is beyond the office.
HIGHLIGHTS - Get to Know Robert
SR: In three words, how would others describe you?
RT: Passionate, generous, but tough.
SR: What is your greatest accomplishment?
RT: Raising up my son and daughter the right way, helping guide them to become the amazing young adults they are today.
SR: What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
RT: The best purchase for me, not surprisingly, would always be real estate (and my wife’s wedding ring in case she reads this). The worst: a lotto ticket. I know the odds but when the jackpot really gets up there, it’s hard not consider picking one up. Maybe it’s the optimist in me. You have to be in it to win it, right?
SR: Tell me three pet peeves.
RT: Laziness, people who criticize from the shadows but aren’t willing to contribute to solving problems, and those new contacts you reluctantly accept on LinkedIn who immediately go for the sale.
SR: What’s your favorite holiday?
RT: Christmas. Much of this would be tied to my faith but for whatever reason, that period of the holidays just seems to bring out the best in people.
SR: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
RT: Carne Asada street tacos, jalapeno on the side please…no question.
SR: What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
RT: Join the military in some capacity. It’s definitely a regret of mine.
SR: If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?
RT: My wife would tell you garage organization. Gold medal hands down.
SR: Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
RT: Penn, North Dakota. Population 20. I spent time there with my grandfather and his close group of friends who were local farmers. They referred to themselves as the “roundtable of knowledge.” Hardest working group I have ever met.
SR: If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would you do?
RT: Travel back in time and give the younger version of myself a long list of information.
SR: What would be your personal motto?Each quarter SIOR goes beyond the transactions and the brokerage business to identify the true character and background that defines an SIOR. After all, it’s not what you are that truly matters, it’s who you are. SIOR Report digs deeper to find out The Real Deal behind its members.
RT: I always liked Shakespeare’s: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
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