Michael J. Siegel
President | Corporate Realty
Top Real Estate Influencer
Corporate Realty, Inc. is a commercial real estate company with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and licensed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. As president and director of office leasing, Michael Siegel leads a team of experienced professionals who specialize in retail, office and investment brokerage, as well as property management, lease administration and accounting. In business for more than 30 years, some of Corporate Realty’s more notable assignments include representing Tulane with its major lease in the Charity Hospital development, providing services to the convention center in its redevelopment of its 47-acre upriver site, and serving as landlord representative for five Class A office buildings in the CBD. Additional major assignments include leasing responsibilities for the Feil office building portfolio in Metairie and many major retail clients in the local market, including Aldi, Costco, TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Chipotle.
What are you most excited about in the coming year? Corporate Realty’s relationship with the Benson organization [who purchased Corporate Realty in December, 2021] and what opportunities this will afford us going forward. We have enjoyed great success since our inception, and we have amazing clients. Our relationship with the Benson organization is going to allow us to expand the services we offer, the markets we serve, and the overall depth of our team. These additional services and market penetration will allow us to better serve our clients and the community.
What is the biggest challenge facing your industry today? It is easy to identify challenges in New Orleans. Crime, the condition of our streets, and garbage pick-up come to mind. Notwithstanding these issues, New Orleans remains a place that people want to live, work and visit. The biggest challenge and opportunity I believe we face is our ability to pursue, procure and retain white-collar jobs. A strong tax base in New Orleans allows us not only to address some of our day-to-day challenges, but makes our city more vibrant, more interesting and more welcoming to our citizens and our visitors.
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