CRE News Hour 5/17/2019

On the first episode of the Commercial Real Estate News Hour, stories (clockwise from upper right) feature: Chicago-based SkyPan International, aerial photography company celebrating its 30th anniversary; Jimmy Hanson from The Hampshire Companies, Jeff Sica from Circle Squared Investments; and Michael Walters of NAI James E. Hanson about retail CBD stores.

In the first episode of The CRE News Hour, we’ll launch our new radio-news style coverage of the people and the stories moving commercial real estate markets across the country.


Featured in this episode:

  • Jimmy Hanson of the Hampshire Companies about a new public private partnership redeveloping an urban environment in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Gene Preston of Dermody properties will bring us up to date on Dermody’s new industrial spec build in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Jeff Sica of Circle Squared Investments will discuss his preference for direct investments instead of REITs
  • Michael Walters of NAI James Hanson will explain the pitfalls of locating retail stores for sales of CBD oil and other marijuana related products.
  • Mark Segal of Chicago-based Skypan International will talk about the company’s 30th anniversary providing dramatic aerial photography for real estate clients.

About the Author

Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at