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Hybrid Lunch & Learn: Commercial Real Estate Q&A

December 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Life Post-OBI: My Very Own Lab and Office – YES! But Where Do I start??

Incubating in the warm comfort and embrace of OBI is a very special privilege and a largely straightforward, stress free experience. OBI works hard to insulate you from lease details, NNN charges and maintenance issues and generally keeping the lights on and hoods working. But the day may come when your company’s ambitions and growth trajectory leads you to need or simply want your very own private lab and office.

CBRE helps you navigate the whole process, start to finish, when taking that next step. Our CBRE partners Kristin Hammond and Ajay Malhotra are very resourceful and were tapped by AbSci founder and CEO Sean McClain, one of OBI/OTRADI’s most prominent graduates, to help them find their stunning global headquarters. Property surveys, proposals, Letters of Intent, leases, rental rates, security deposits, tenant improvement allowances, out-of-pocket costs, building amenities, renewal and expansion options are all demystified at this casual Q&A session where you can learn what to expect and who can guide you when you embark on this journey for yourself.


About the Speakers:

Kristin Hammond

Kristin is a Senior Vice President in the Portland, Oregon office of CBRE. She has over 20 years of experience working with leading firms in technology, life sciences/healthcare, education, utilities, financial services, food/beverage manufacturing and supply chain logistics. She advises companies ranging from start-up to publicly-traded, multi-national conglomerates. Her strategic guidance on requirements from major relocations, build-to-suit construction and economic incentive driven opportunities has made her a “go-to” advisor in the region. Kristin has distinguished herself as a knowledgeable professional who can deliver the ideal work environment for clients.

Some of her notable transactions in the area including Oregon State University’s 40,000 SF downtown Portland career center; 77,000 SF HQ for life sciences firm AbSci in Vancouver WA; 836,000 SF of warehouse space across the U.S. for OIA Global; 80,000 SF of relocation and expansion of a search engine firm in downtown Portland; and a major build-to-suit expansion of 195,000 SF for a semiconductor provider in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Ajay Malhotra

As a First Vice President at CBRE, the global market and brand leader in real estate services, Ajay serves companies with interests in Portland with custom tailored real estate solutions.

Ajay specializes in representing local, national and international tenants who require services such as:

  • Office & Industrial Real Estate Brokerage Services
  • Labor Analytics and Economic Incentives
  • Project Management Services
  • Datacenter Solutions
  • Workplace Strategy

With over 22 years of industry experience in high technology and renewable energy, Ajay is a deep domain expert and brings a unique perspective when crafting real estate solutions with pertinent, compelling advantages for his clients.

As a former senior executive at global brands, Intel Corporation and Cadence Design Systems, Ajay “worked on the inside” at large, publicly traded companies and has a keen appreciation for the myriad drivers of corporate strategy, talent recruitment and retention, hardware and software development and domestic and international growth.

Ajay also had lead roles at startups in business analytics software and clean tech in both Oregon and California. As a result, he comprehends the dynamics – and real estate requirements – of venture capital backed Silicon Forest and Silicon Valley startups seeking stability and sustainable growth as they expand their operations and footprint.

During his own career, Ajay has had extensive experience conducting business, managing and growing organizations not only in USA, but also across Europe and Asia, especially in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and also China / Taiwan, Japan, and India. This multi-cultural fluency enables Ajay to be an effective partner to companies whose business interests transcend borders.

Established and younger growth companies seeking a strategic, informed approach to their real estate needs will enjoy working with Ajay to strategize a real estate plan consistent with their corporate strategy.

Thank you to our sponsor, CBRE.

CBRE’s Portland, Oregon office has been serving clients since 1972, becoming a dominant player in the Portland commercial real estate market. From investment properties to corporate services and property management, we have earned a reputation as a respected leader in the local business community through our ability to track trends and build relationships. Whether facilitating the design, construction and move of a new corporate headquarters or strategically planning and negotiating complex lease agreements, we offer the most integrated array of portfolio services.

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December 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Oregon Bioscience Incubator
4640 S Macadam Ave, Suite 230
Portland, OR 97239 United States
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