Glenn Fischer is a founder of the Corporate
Realty, Design & Management Institute, and a creator of the
acclaimed Turning Green into Gold® educational program. His
career over the past 30 years has given him considerable insight
into the inner workings of the real estate and commercial
buildings industries. He also is heavily involved in the
healthcare industry coordinating educational programs for the
IFMA Healthcare Institute.
Prior to the founding of CRDMI, Fischer was Publisher/CEO of
MetroAmerica Office Guides, a Portland-based real estate media
company that grew to become one of the nation's top publishers
of commercial and industrial real estate guides. While at
MetroAmerica, he developed database systems that tracked office,
R&D, retail and industrial markets representing more than one
billion square feet of space. The databases became an inventory
of 8,300 buildings.
Similar databases and publications were subsequently developed
for the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, San
Diego, Phoenix, Detroit, St. Louis, and Omaha. Publications
under his direction were noted for their editorial excellence in
covering emerging trends in the design, construction and
operation of commercial real estate. Fischer is well known for
analyzing market conditions and presenting that much sought
after market data to BOMA members. He negotiated the sale of
MetroAmerica to Black’s Guide in 1995.
Key to Fischer’s success at MetroAmerica was the ability to work
through the various channels of the commercial real estate
industry. He worked with the steering committees for National
Association of Industrial & Office Parks (NAIOP) chapters in
Orange County and Inland Empire to organize the highly popular
bus tours of office, industrial and retail properties in those
fast growing regions. These annual bus tours drew hundreds of
major developers, real estate brokers, architects, and
contractors to see the latest trends in commercial real estate.
The Building Owners & Managers Association International (BOMA)
tapped his expertise for a task force that established
guidelines for describing office market conditions.
Both Institutional Real Estate, which covers real estate-related
activities of pension funds, REITS, and other institutional
investors and hosts educational events for that market; and
ASSETrac, a nationwide REIT tracking service, have used
Fischer’s consulting services.
Before working at MetroAmerica, Fischer headed his own marketing
consulting firm and developed marketing, advertising, public
relations, and market research programs for several real estate
brokerages, developers, and industrial corporations in the
Northwest. While at Pihas Schmidt Westerdahl Co. (PSW) in
Portland, he worked on development teams for several downtown
high rise, historic renovation, and suburban office projects,
and the beginning stages of Hawthorne Farm which grew into one
of the Northwest’s premier industrial/hi-tech parks.
Fischer is a Past President for the National Association of Real
Estate Editors (NAREE), the nation’s largest organization of
real estate editors and writers. As chairman of NAREE’s
convention committee he was responsible for NAREE holding its
1994 convention in Portland. Additionally, he was a founder of
the Real Estate Information Network (REI-NET), then the nation’s
largest association of independent real estate publishers and
real estate data suppliers.
Facilities Management Association (IFMA) member
Outreach Coordinator for IFMA HealthCare Institute
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) member
Session Selection Committee member for Healthcare Design
Advisory Board of American Academy of Healthcare Interior
National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) member
Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Fischer resides in Portland, OR and holds a
B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon.