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Robert-Scheer

“Do you remember the guy who gave up? … Neither does anyone else” ~ Unknown Having worked in sales for over 30 years, I’ve learned that one of the key ingredients for success is tenacious goal setting. While I constantly work towards achieving specific, long-term goals,......

Many of us have a “bucket list”, a list of things we want to complete before we “hit the bucket”. However, looking at this list can be daunting. It can be seemingly impossible to get everything on a bucket list completed in a lifetime. This......

Even more in today than ever before there is a drive not only to “keep up with the Joneses”, but to “be the Jones”. Trying to make one more sale, develop one more innovation, and do whatever is necessary to “close the deal” while chasing......

40 years ago, businesses traditionally increased employee productivity through either monetary reward (high salary) and/or reprimand (fear of job loss). The 21st Century business philosophy for increased employee productivity is vastly different than it was back then. Today, productivity is thought to be motivated by......

The area of North Rockville has gone through cycles of being an active and thriving market to the highest sustained vacancy rate in suburban Maryland. Nonetheless, it is still the nexus for a highly skilled workforce, and offers convenient access to exploding developments and prime......

As Montgomery County moves forward with new development projects, 2016-2017 is on record as seeing prodigious expansion for Bethesda with major projects that will unfold over the next two decades. The Bethesda Master Plan was approved by County Council and made headlines with announcements such......

Last week, GSK announced a $139 million investment to expand its Rockville manufacturing site to meet anticipated demand for its lupus drug. The expansion would allow the company to boost bulk production of a substance used in several of its drugs, including Benlysta, by about......

The National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion funding boost over the next five months, under a bipartisan spending deal reached late Sunday night in Congress. The agreement marks a sharp rejection of President Trump’s proposal to cut $1.2 billion from the medical research agency in the......

In this bright future you can’t forget your past.      Bob Marley   Trends: Reflecting on the Past As much as we focus on the day-to-day political and economic crises, we need to remember that it is trends that dictate how business operates and reacts. Trends......

As the White House slowly settles down, and with the recent release of President Trump’s budget blueprint, we are beginning to see a possible direction the new administration may be taking.  Key word being possible. But what about commercial real estate-what could be next?  Here......

The open houses for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) have begun in Montgomery County last week.  Which means that slowly but surely BRT will be coming to our county—and it could not come faster in my opinion.  BRT will help connect businesses, provide transportation options,......

Compensation is important for employees, but after an initial hire the source of motivation tends to shift. While financially rewarding high-performing employees is important, there are other ways to retain your best team members. Your company’s culture is critically important. As a leader, it’s up......

“I did not vote for Donald Trump.” – My Nov. 9 blog post   After writing a brief post on our presidential election, I had several people ask why I took a public stance on a controversial issue. Historically, CEOs don’t often weigh in on......

“It’s lonely at the top, but the view’s not bad.” Often dismissed and rarely discussed, many CEOs are plagued with feelings of isolation. In fact, a survey from Harvard Business Review found that half of CEOs report feeling lonely. And while lavish salaries and corporate......

There comes a time in every organization’s life when you’ve outgrown your space. It could be new contracts, new revenue, new opportunities.  Whatever the reason, you need to hire people. And, people need space to work from. But when is the right time to move?......

Unconventional thinking means looking at the world through an inquisitive, investigative lens, like you did as a child. And this perspective should not be limited just to your work, but permeate your general outlook on life. After all, some of the greatest inspirations and most......

In the next couple of weeks, we are going to be bombarded with 100-day plans, 100-day plans for the  Country, 100-day plans for the new administration, 100-day plans to meet your new year’s resolutions, and the list could go on and on. But how can......

This week, we moved our offices.  We survived the packed boxes, moving of computer servers, and most important, moving of our most important asset—our people.  What we really learned was a traditional office for one business is not necessarily the perfect design for another.  Breaking......

I did not vote for Donald Trump. I watched the election return at a friend’s house. As the evening progressed, we were surprised at the ongoing results. When, I left around 10 pm, I still felt the odds were substantially in Hillary’s favor. After watching......

The end of the quarter is always a reflective time for our team. We take a look back on market activity, examine completed transactions, and look to the future. Montgomery County remains open for business and we are seeing efforts leading to economic results.  Creating......

A few weeks ago, there was an interesting article in The Washington Business Journal about how small businesses thrive in Virginia and basically fail (let’s call it a high failure rate) in Maryland.  I was stunned.  Stunned because I started a small business in Maryland,......

With a quarter of a million vehicles choking I-270, it’s a traffic nightmare for commuters.  The gridlock is choking the corridor and possibly preventing economic growth in the County. More than hour-long commutes to locations within Montgomery County should not be the norm. This summer,......

For the last couple of weeks, my team has asked me whether we should publicly weigh in on the election and the possible market impacts.  We have had lively discussions on the election here at our offices.  I am sure you and your teams have......

Since the start of the year, workforce development has been at the top of conversation in the county. In order to sustain a vibrant economic position, Montgomery County needs healthy and robust workforce development efforts. Over the past six months, business leaders and elected officials......

With one vote, the United Kingdom opted to depart the European Union in 2018, saw its six-year prime minister announce his resignation and created enough uncertainty to send global markets into a freefall. There are myriad concerns from the industry about what Brexit will do......

The region is at a great point for opportunity—and with that opportunity comes great discussion on who the region is, what the future of the region holds, and where the region should focus on. In order to shape those conversations further, a few things we......

Over the last 25 years, I have worked with 100’s of CEOs. In reflecting on what great business leaders have in common, following are some of the key leadership characteristics: Desire. You have to really want it! There are a lot of easier ways to......

Over the last week in Montgomery County we have seen workforce development rise to the top of conversation—from maintaining the funding for the science center at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus to the activities of the MDBio Foundation. Montgomery County needs healthy and robust......

2016: Starting Off on the Right Foot In terms of commercial leasing and sales, we are off to a strong start, considering how we ended 2015. We are encouraged by recent developments by Montgomery County leadership, as well as Governor Hogan’s recent budget updates.  All......

On Friday, February 26th, community leaders, business leaders and children will be coming together to celebrate the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. Last year, I was honored to be named the Man of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater......

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a landlord is whether you should hire a property management company. Let’s review a couple of reasons why you should hire a property management company, a company like Scheer Partners. Although hiring a property management company has......

As the owner’s representative, the construction manager (CM) oversees the subcontractors, making sure that that the work is done correctly, follows the plan, stays on schedule, and is on budget with minimal or no change orders and other upcharges. The construction manager is the owner’s......

The supply and demand dynamics of the lab market 2015 created a crazy year. We started the year with almost 1,000,000 square feet of lab space on the market and saw that cut in half by December. The market demand was driven by a variety......

Mark your calendars for January 12th at 2 PM and join our team for Montgomery County previews and predictions. We will dive into some of the county’s leading industries, as well as look at specific markets to examine trends and make predictions. As a preview,......

In 2016, Scheer Partners will celebrate 25 years of business. And I have always headquartered my firm in Montgomery County because in the region, entrepreneurs and growing businesses thrive here in the county. Montgomery County has invaluable assets that make it one of the most......