1. 28. Betting Big On Retail Real Estate w/ Philip Block And Robert Levy Aspen Funds 40:17

Though headlines touting the apocalypse of retail real estate have been frequent over the past few years, our guests today take a contrarian view. With the long-term impact of e-commerce changing consumers’ buying preferences, to the more recent impact COVID had on brick and mortar retailers, this area of real estate has been particularly challenging to navigate. Philip Block and Robert Levy of LBX Investments discuss the trends occurring in the retail real estate landscape, and where they are finding opportunities. Our guests cover the surprising, positive influences of the lockdown’s effect on retail real estate, what the best retailers are doing to thrive, and even why brick-and-mortar real estate isn’t going anywhere in the digital world. Lastly, they dive into inflation’s impact on retail real estate and their investment strategies Moving forward.

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Prior to Aspen, Mr. Fraser was a commercial lender at First Business Bank specializing in government backed loan originations (SBA & USDA), for one of the top SBA lenders in the nation. Prior to that he was a commercial credit underwriter for Crossfirst Bank, personally responsible for underwriting over $125MM in C&I and CRE loans across a variety of industries.

Prior to that, he worked for Tortoise Capital Advisors, a boutique asset management firm in energy infrastructure investments, and helped grow their institutional managed accounts from ~$3BN AUM to ~$7BN AUM. Ben was responsible for responding to all institutional RFPs from interested institutional investors.

Ben completed his MBA from Azusa Pacific University, and his B.S. in Finance from the University of Kansas, graduating magna cum laude.