About Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi is an accomplished real estate investor with more than 20 years of experience that spans a range of areas, including: investment management, real estate financing and hedge funds. Since 2010, Sonny Kalsi has worked as a partner-owner of GreenOak Real Estate, the independent real estate merchant banking platform where he is also a founder. Sonny's professional career also includes almost two decades of experience at Morgan Stanley, where he served as Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Investing in parts of Asia and in New York City. In an effort to share this wealth of knowledge and experience, Sonny Kalsi teaches at Columbia University as an adjunct professor in the university's Real Estate Development program. Connect with Sonny on Twitter at @SonnyKalsi_

One Business Across Many Time Zones

What does someone need to successfully start a real estate business across many locations? In other cities? In overseas markets? These are questions I often get, and there are no easy answers. Breaking into the real estate business is difficult even in the best of times, when investment opportunities (and the openings to seize such [...]

By | 2017-07-25T14:51:46+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Going abroad|0 Comments

Why Creative, Flexible Spaces are the Future of Financial Firms (and All Companies)

There’s something about concrete floors, unfinished ceilings, and unfurnished office spaces that excites millennials. My guess is that moving into these blank slates gives tenants the option to personalize and design their offices on their own terms. After all, necessity is the mother of invention. Creativity begins from the moment they move into their new [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Blog, Real Estate|0 Comments

To Improve Soft Skills, Work Abroad

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything,” writes Bill Bryson in Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe. “You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Going abroad|0 Comments

The Changing Face of the 10-Year Commercial Lease

To hear investors and landlords alike, it appears that the ten year commercial lease is done with–the latest victim of our disruptive digital age. Today, the argument goes, the ten year commercial lease has been killed by recent trends in the marketplace–specifically by startups and tech companies seeking shorter, more transient lease terms. But that’s [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Real Estate|0 Comments

The Case for Gateway Markets

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the times are changing, and fast. In light of economic disruption, such as the Great Recession of 2008 and the rapid growth of startups in unlikely places, it’s easy to think that the economic center of gravity has shifted from the coastal metropolises of the United States to inland cities. It’s [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Gateway markets, Real Estate|0 Comments

Thoughts on the Hirshhorn Museum

If there is one quality that’s universal to human cultures, it’s art. From the cave paintings of Indonesia to the prehistoric art of Lascaux, France, this cultural expression is something that transcends time and distance. After all, the art at Lascaux and Sulawesi are separated by nearly 15,400 years and many thousands of miles--and yet, [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Philanthropy|0 Comments

Why I Joined Room to Read

In each of my charitable endeavors, I’ve tried to share my resources where they can do the most good, in the communities and groups that need it the most. Like any good investor, I want to know that my donations are going to where they’ll make a difference. This principle has guided me toward some [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why I Support the AHRC

In my mind, you can tell a lot about a society by how it treats the most vulnerable among them, including the elderly, the poor, and those with the misfortune to be born with developmental disabilities. Though there has been a lot of progress made in recent years, most specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:34:24+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Blog, Philanthropy|0 Comments