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Jon Rosenberg’s Journey to the Top

Valley CRE expert Jon Rosenberg went from college intern to president and co-founder of his own firm

Jon-RosenbergMARCH-APRIL 2017 – AZRE – BY DAVID MCGLOTHLIN – Before he was 23 years old, Jon Rosenberg was actively leasing, selling and managing properties all over Arizona.

He earned his real estate license while still in school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, which was also when he began his commercial real estate career, training at both CBRE as well as Tucson Realty and Trust.

Rosenberg says learning all the different aspects of the industry at once was “light drinking water from a firehose.”

He learned quick though, and eventually ventured out on his own at the ripe age of 25, and co-founded LevRose Commercial Real Estate with Robert Levine.

“I had the entrepreneurial bug from an early age,” says Rosenberg, president and designated broker for LevRose Commercial Real Estate. “At LevRose, we pride ourselves on being a longtime local firm in a sea of national firms, yet we hold our own and continue to grow.”

From a single folding table in a one room office, LevRose has grown to include more than 40 employees and is currently handling over 200 listings in the Valley. Last year, the firm did more than $100 million in total transaction volume.

Today, Rosenberg has accumulated over 20 years of experience in asset management, receiverships, commercial leasing and sales, consulting and training.

“I’ve been the player, owner, coach and general manager,” he says, reflecting back on his career in commercial real estate. “I’ve been a little bit of everything.”

Rosenberg’s expertise is often sought out by prominent industry leaders in the Valley like Bill Gray, the longtime owner of the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business, who hired Rosenberg to broker the sale of the school about a year and a half ago.

Others include Elliot Pollock, well-known economist and real estate consultant, and Danielle Casey, the Scottsdale economic development director.

“I very much feel that relationships are everything,” says Rosenberg. “I found with this or any industry that there’s nothing stronger than staying in touch.”

Rosenberg stays in touch with the community in a variety of ways including as a member of several boards and entrepreneurial groups.

He was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Arizona Small Business Association. He serves as Membership Integration Chair on the Board of the Arizona Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization. He’s also an active member of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP and the Jewish Federation.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from helping,” he explains. “Satisfaction is not always so much the commission earned but the relationships built.”

At this point in his career, Rosenberg says, “I’m in the give back phase.” He wants to pay it forward and give back what he’s learned to the next generation, which is why he’s currently mentoring a couple up-and-coming business professionals.

Looking into the future, he says, LevRose will continue to have a very strong focus in office and retail, but is starting to do more in the industrial, medical and investment markets.

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