CEO Corner: Discussing Challenges Facing Commercial Realtors®

By Michael McGee | Dec. 9, 2020 | 2 min. read

My recent guest for CEO Corner was Joel Kreider, president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Society of Industrial and Officer Realtors®. SIOR is a professional designation that has represented commercial real estate professionals for more than 75 years, with more than 3,400 members in 686 cities and 38 countries.


Kreider, a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry, discussed some of the opportunities and challenges facing commercial Realtors®. He provided some fascinating insights regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected different segments of commercial real estate, from office, industrial, retail and hospitality.

Since the shutdown, large online retail companies have been acquiring as many e-fulfillment warehouses as possible, not only in Pennsylvania, but across the country in order to meet the growing demand for online purchasing. Kreider, who specializes in industrial real estate, said since earlier this year, Amazon has leased more than 4 million square feet of space in the Philadelphia region, from Berks County to Hagerstown, Maryland.

To hear more of our conversation, watch the interview.

Kreider said SIOR offers networking opportunities to its members, not only in Pennsylvania, but across the country and around the globe.

When asked why he became involved in SIOR, Kreider said, “I have always respected SIOR members as being at the top of the industry. Not only do members meet production requirements but we are required to take educational and ethics training in order to obtain the designation.”

To learn more about the SIOR Philadelphia chapter, visit

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