Summer Listening: Three Real Estate Sectors Featured in ‘Leading Voices in Real Estate’ Podcast: High-end Short-Term Rental Market, Detroit’s Downtown Resurgence, US Storage Industry Innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 26, 2018 – Three new guests on Matt Slepin’s “ Leading Voices in Real Estate” podcast make for illuminating summer listening:

— For Joe Fraiman and Andrew Kitchell, co-founders of San Francisco prop-tech start-up Lyric, one component of success is, “It’s about having passion and curiosity”. Lyric is transforming the future of rentals with its innovative vision, technology, and start-up culture — bridging the trust-gap between apartments and short-term rentals. With investors NEA, Fifth Wall Ventures, Barry Sternlicht, and Signal Fire, they’re growing a highly curated, well designed, professionally operated version of rentals where they have total control over the supply and experience of guests.

— Ken Woolley, Founder and now Executive Chairman of Extra Space Management shares how he built the country’s second largest self-storage company, leveraging his wide-ranging business background, professor-lecturer role in business at at BYU-Marriott and two degrees from Stanford.  He’s an insatiable entrepreneur, having partnered or started numerous other businesses that span a wide variety of industries and civic involvements.

— Jim Ketai of Bedrock Real Estate, Detroit, shares how his firm led the way in turning the Motor City from ghost town to a model of urban revitalization, all thanks to an innovative development strategy. The plan was audacious, Ketai said, “and there was no room for failure… It had to work”. Jim also shares insights from his career journey including being a young planner during Pittsburgh’s steel indistry disintegration to working within Seattle’s strict city boundary policies.

You can listen to all episodes at, and download other recent guests Gerald Hines, Sam Zell, Keith Oden of Camden Property Trust, A-P Hurd, president of Touchstone and author of “The Carbon Efficient City”, among others.

About Host Matt Slepin:

Matt Slepin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Search Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to the real estate industry. Terra Search Partners’ mission is to provide a highly consultative service, highly focused with expertise and passion in the real estate business, with both a client-centric and candidate-centric approach that ultimately leads to better results.

About Leading Voices:

The Leading Voices in Real Estate podcast series interviews some of the most successful, interesting, entrepreneurial people who shape our cities and the built environment. Host Matt Slepin gets to the personal side not often heard from these legends and visionaries, their career stories and advice, and their role in creating vibrant communities with character, beauty, and a high quality of life. Podcasts are available on ITunes, Stitcher and other services, or at

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