By Bob Simons, managing partner, Hartman Simons

Welcome to the Hartman Simons blog! We are launching this new forum today as another way to engage with the business community — including you. With a focus on commercial real estate, including office, retail, industrial, multi-family, land, distressed assets, litigation and more, we have a unique window into the market, and we look forward to talking with you.

As our retail clients know, it’s always nice to have star power for a grand opening. Jovita Moore from WSB-Channel 2 came through with that dazzle to help us launch today’s blog! She interviewed me recently for a story about the impact that Borders closing a handful of stores in Atlanta will have on the retail landscape. At Hartman Simons, we represent many retail clients, both landlords and tenants, so we were able to provide her with good insight.  Check out the picture below of me posing with Jovita Moore! 

Jovita & Bob

Coming soon on the blog, Benno Rothschild will offer tips on how landlords, both in office and retail, can get more value out of leases as the economy starts to improve. Also on Friday, we will launch a regular “Four on Fridays” feature, in which we ask a client or friend of the firm four questions. This feature will provide insight into interesting deals and market trends — as well as a bit of fun.

At Hartman Simons, we take our work seriously, but not ourselves. We look forward to a lively, smart discussion with you here, as well as on our Facebook page and through Twitter.