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ITRA Global Announces

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Missouri Partnership Will Sponsor Symposium for Corporate Executives

CHICAGO—(February 22, 2012)—ITRA Global, one of the largest real estate organizations devoted to the representation of corporate tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate worldwide, has announced the Missouri Partnership will be a sponsor for the ITRA Global 2012 Corporate Real Estate Symposium that will be held on September 12, 2012 in London, England.


“Doing Business in the Americas,” a premier all-day event with two panel discussions for European corporate executives and decision makers, will provide vital information to European companies considering expansion or relocation in the Americas. Debra Stracke Anderson, Chairman of the Symposium Committee, says the event will be a valuable resource for company executives who must navigate a global marketplace dominated by economic uncertainty and ever-tightening budgets.


Companies expanding to the Americas often leave millions on the table because they simply don’t have enough information to make critical locational and logistical decisions,” she explains.  “Our symposium will ensure that they understand how to create competition for their business and how to achieve the maximum in financial incentives that will directly impact their bottom line.”


Christopher Chung, Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Partnership, says the Symposium provides his nonprofit economic development organization with a unique and highly desirable opportunity to interact with executives from around the globe who influence relocation and expansion decisions.


“Thanks to the work of Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri General Assembly in further strengthening our state’s business climate, Missouri is an optimal location for new facility investment in the U.S.,” he explains. “With an increasing number of global companies turning to corporate real estate advisors to help them decide where to expand or relocate their operations, it makes perfect sense for The Missouri Partnership to participate with ITRA Global to showcase Missouri’s business advantages directly to an influential audience of corporate executives.”


The Corporate Executive Panel will include Dr. Ronald R. Pollina, a Geo-economist based in Chicago, Illinois. His firm, ITRA / Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., annually publishes the highly regarded Top 10 Pro-Business States study. Top corporate executives will join Dr. Pollina to address issues such as facility availability, build-to-suit and leasing vs. ownership. The Economic Development Panel will also include Dr. Pollina and economic development executives from government agencies in the Americas who will address facility and location factors along with financial incentives provided by various jurisdictions for companies moving into their regions.


ITRA Global is an organization of corporate real estate advisors specializing in representing companies in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of office, industrial and retail facilities. With coverage in over 80 major markets around the world, ITRA Global is one of the largest organizations dedicated to representing tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate.  Clients benefit by having experienced professionals as their trusted advisors, providing conflict-free representation with total objectivity.


For more information about the Symposium, please contact Beth Wade, ITRA Global Executive Director, at 706.654.3201 or email   To learn more about conflict-free representation and the worldwide representatives of ITRA Global, please visit

Customized Real Estate Services (CRES) has gone global!

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HOUSTON, TX. November 9, 2011. Customized Real Estate Services was selected as the Houston Affiliate Member of the prestigious International Tenant Representative Alliance (ITRA) Global and now can offer Exclusive Tenant Representation services worldwide.

CRES was chosen because of their long-term leadership in the Houston market and the advantages their credentials as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) can bring to ITRA members worldwide. As an affiliate member, CRES participates in an enhanced collaboration with the network of ITRA Global members to share best practices, leverage expertise, and resources while collaborating on contracts within the network of over 90 global locations in the industry.

Connie Rankin, President of Customized Real Estate Services, states, “We welcome the opportunity to become an affiliate member of ITRA Global, and are well-positioned to exchange services with this elite group of professionals. We can now offer our services not only in Houston, but to international companies establishing offices and other facilities worldwide.

About Customized Real Estate Services

CRES was founded in 2001 by Connie Rankin after a lengthy career with PM Realty Group, which is the largest national third party management and leasing company in the country. CRES offers 30 years of diverse experience in property management, leasing, and sales and acquisitions of commercial property. CRES also holds numerous diversity certifications, such as WBE, HUBZone, WOSB, HUB, and DBE, along with professional certifications, such as LEED AP, CPM, and Texas Real Estate Broker. CRES has represented large companies, including Shell Oil, Swift Technologies, PEMSA, and United Space Alliance, as well as many medium and small businesses.

About International Tenant Representative Alliance Global

ITRA Global is an organization of real estate professionals specializing in representing tenants and buyers in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of office, and industrial and retail facilities. With coverage in over 90 major markets around the world, ITRA Global is one of the largest organizations dedicated to representing tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate. Clients using ITRA benefit by having an experienced professional as their trusted advisor who provides conflict-free representation with total objectivity.

For more information about Customized Real Estate Services and our ITRA Global affiliation, please visit


Contact Information
Ileana Leija
Customized Real Estate Services, Inc.
650 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E, Ste. 108
Houston, TX 77060

CRES Debuts Website Offering a Sustainable Real Estate Alternative

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HOUSTON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The emphasis on sustainability doesn’t stop with the architect and owner of commercial spaces. Tenants are now looking for sustainable buildings to provide a more environmentally friendly workplace for their employees. Customized Real Estate Services is the first woman-owned LEED AP of a commercial real estate company in Houston. Their new, informative website ( has just been launched to offer a sustainable office alternative to fill the gap and foster this important trend.

From tenant representation to sustainability, CRES was started in 2001 byConnie Rankin to provide tenant representation to commercial tenants. When she recognized the importance of the sustainability movement she strongly felt that access to sustainability measures to tenants of various sizes was critical. She received her LEED AP certification in 2008 and now is fully qualified to not only find space in environmentally friendly buildings, but also to help tenants carry the sustainability forward into their work environment.

The new website informs tenants of the potential for developing sustainable environments without sacrificing quality or cost-control. It also showcases CRES’ commercial tenant representation services for mid- to large-sized companies. Thirty years of commercial real estate brokerage experience allows CRES to offer in-depth information about leasing or purchasing commercial real estate while becoming more sustainable. Their new website includes a blog containing the ten most-asked questions that outlines anything and everything you need to know about real estate.

The new website features a dynamic, timely blog, video of sustainability-focused listings and other features to educate tenants on commercial real estate and the environment.

Connie Rankin, President of ITRA Global / Customized Real Estate Services, describes her enthusiasm about the new website: “We are thrilled with the functionality, the ease of use and just the total amount of information we are able to put out there. Our design firm, Discotoast, did an amazing job.” plays a vital role in business strategy, not only with their valued clients, but with other companies looking for reliable commercial real estate information globally.

CRES is a full-service brokerage firm and able to simplify and streamline the office leasing process. They also provide customized options on a global network of affiliate members in over 90 markets throughout the world.

“ is a great commercial real estate source for leasing or buying commercial real estate,” says Evalyn Shea, President of Shea Writing & Training.

Customized Real Estate Services, Inc. is a certified woman-owned company and an affiliate member of ITRA Global with over 90 locations worldwide. The company is known for its stress-free tenant representation services that save clients time and money while becoming more sustainable. They are the only woman-own commercial real estate company offering LEED certified real estate agents who can work with both office and sustainability requirements.

For more information about Customized Real Estate Services, please visit

Contact Information

Ileana Leija
ITRA Global / Houston
650 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E, Ste. 108
Houston, TX 77060