Leisa: Hello, I’m Leisa Holland Nelson and welcome to another edition of Women Mean Business, where we’re going to take you up close and personal with extraordinary women doing extraordinary things. My guest today is Sandra Porter, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Business Development for Hines, one of the world’s largest real estate investment companies. Sandra, welcome to Women Mean Business.
Sandra: Thank you Leisa, it’s so great to be here.
Leisa: We love having you. Tell us about Hines.
Sandra: Hines is one of the largest privately owned commercial real estate investment, management and development companies in the world. We are now in 21 countries, we just added another one. We have AUM – that’s assets under management – of approximately $100 billion and are in over 200 cities around the world. It’s a pretty phenomenal company, was started in 1957 by Gerald Hines. People here in Houston know him with the Galleria and Shell – One Shell – and Pennzoil downtown and numerous other developments around here. It’s a great company and I’m very proud to be associated with them. Actually today is my 10 year anniversary with Hines.
Leisa: Happy Anniversary.
Sandra: Thank you, I’m very deighted.
Leisa: What are Hines products exactly; tell us what the company does.
Sandra: Basically our umbrella business is investment management. So we’re an investor and we manage and invest with say pension funds, we have REITs, we have individual net worth. As I mentioned we are privately owned and privately traded. So we have two separate lines actually; so our business line is investment management is over arching and then we have our real estate services. So under real estate services it’s development, which we do about 50% development for our self and 50% for third parties.
We also do property management and facility management for our self and others; again almost a 50/50 split. And then again the investment side; Hines Securities has several REITs and then we have our capital markets group which again helps people target and do bespoke investments based on what their goals are. It’s a huge business. I’m constantly just blown away by how much this business had grown and we work with our regions in the U.S. and our international countries. And it’s just phenomenal the exposure that we get to different cultures and it’s a wonderful place to be.
Leisa: Thank you.
Sandra: You’re welcome.
Leisa: There you have it, another extraordinary woman doing extraordinary things. I’m Leisa Holland Nelson, Partner, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Astoundz, your one search, one click, all in one company resource for all things interactive, website search engine optimization and social media. You can find me at Astoundz.com for follow me on Twitter @LHNelson. We’ll be back again next week with another edition of Women Mean Business.
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