The Future of Industrial Real Estate Investments Amidst COVID-19

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Amidst COVID-19, industrial real estate sticks out as one of the bright spots in commercial real estate.  Hear our experts discuss which types of industrial assets are the most attractive, what factors have fueled investor interest in the sector, and how new technologies will revolutionize the industrial real estate space going forward. 


  • What are the short-term and the long-term expectations in terms of deal volume and valuations in the industrial real estate sector? Has the due diligence process changed at all amidst COVID-19?
  • Are there specific geographical markets that are more attractive than others?
  • Which types of industrial assets are the most attractive –last-mile facilities, distribution centers, multi-tenant industrial properties, production facilities, etc.
  • What macro trends are having the biggest impact -- surge in ecommerce, changes in global trade, supply chain disruptions, an influx of new investors who are seeking shelter from harder hit real estate sectors?
  • What new technologies have the biggest impact in revolutionizing the industrial real estate space?




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Jim serves as CEO where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction, planning and performance across North America.


James G. Martell


Logistics Property Company

Jim has 43 years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including leasing, management, acquisition, development, construction, financing, and disposition. Over the course of his career, Jim has been involved in office, retail, multi-family and industrial development throughout North America. Since 1995 he has completed several billion-dollar development projects. Jim began his real estate career as a commercial real estate lender and then worked for a regional general contractor for nine years. Moving to Chicago in 1986, Jim joined the Shearson Lehman Brother’s Balcor Company as a portfolio manager ($9.0 billion in NAV). Following Balcor, he worked for the Prime Group until he formed Ridge in 1995. In 2003, Ridge formed several REITs with Prudential Real Estate Company. Selling the assets of the Pru Ridge REITs in 2014, Ridge formed Ridge Development Company, LLC (Ridge) with Transwestern. In 2017, Ridge wrapped up its joint venture with Transwestern and formed Logistics Property Company, LLC (LPC) with Macquarie Capital Real Estate Investments (MREI).

Jim serves on the Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A. Board of Directors.

Jim received a Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI and Master of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Pendleton P. White, Jr. is our President and Chief Investment Officer and one of our directors. He has served in these positions since the formation of the company.


Pendleton White, Jr.

President & CIO

Plymouth Industrial REIT 

Along with Mr. Witherell, Mr. White actively participates in the management of our company and is primarily responsible for its overall investment strategy and acquisition activities. Mr. White has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, serving in numerous capacities including investment banking, property acquisitions and leasing. From November 2008 through March 2011, Mr. White was engaged in the formation of Plymouth Group Real Estate. Prior to that, Mr. White was Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Scanlan Kemper Bard (SKB) from September 2006 through November 2008, where he ran SKB's East Coast office and managed the funding of SKB Real Estate Investors Fund I. From March 2002 through September 2006, Mr. White was employed as an investment executive with Franklin Street Properties Corp., a publicly traded REIT, and its subsidiary, FSP Investments LLC. During that time, Mr. White was involved in the acquisition and syndication of numerous structured REITs throughout the United States. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. White was Principal and Director of North Shore Holdings, a family-owned real estate investment firm. From 1993-1997, Mr. White was Co-Director of Investment Sales at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services (now CBRE) and was responsible for overseeing the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties throughout New England. Mr. White also was Vice President at Spaulding & Slye (now Jones Lang LaSalle) from 1991-1993 and Senior Sales Consultant at the Charles E. Smith Companies (now Vornado), in Washington, DC, from 1987-1992 and was responsible for property leasing and investment sale transactions. Mr. White began his career at Coldwell Banker in 1982. Since then he has been involved in over $1 billion of real estate transactions either serving as a broker, investor, consultant or investment banker. Mr. White received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and is a member of several real estate organizations. Mr. White was selected as a director because of his extensive knowledge and insight regarding industrial properties and detailed knowledge of our acquisition and operational opportunities and challenges.


Scott McKibben is Chief Investment Officer, Co-Founder and a Managing Principal at Brennan Investment Group. He oversees the acquisition, development and disposition of primarily industrial properties throughout the United States.


Scott McKibben

Chief Investment Officer, Managing Principal

Brennan Investment Group

Brennan Investment Group has acquisitions offices in Chicago, Tampa, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Houston, Denver, San Diego and Atlanta.  While at Brennan Investment Group, Mr. McKibben has assisted in the acquisition, development and disposition of over $4 billion in transactions totaling nearly 50 million square feet of transactions in 30 different states.

Prior to joining Brennan Investment Group, Mr. McKibben was the Co-Founder of Madison Partners Realty, which purchased, managed, and leased over 5 million square feet of office and industrial buildings in primarily the Chicago and Milwaukee markets. During his career as a principal of Brennan Investment Group and of Madison Partners Realty and as the Vice-President of Acquisitions of Prime Group Realty Trust, Mr. McKibben completed the acquisition and development of over $7 billion in office and industrial properties. 

Mr. McKibben earned his bachelor’s B.S. in Finance in 1991 from DePaul University, his M.S. in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis in 1994 from University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business and his Juris Doctor in 1994 from University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. McKibben has been an Illinois and Wisconsin licensed attorney and real estate broker.



Sean Fitzsimmons

Senior Vice President of Development - Eastern Region

Broe Real Estate Group



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