In 2015, Highrise launched as an exclusive network of top-level professionals. Over time and with the valued input of our Members, we have evolved into something much greater – a vertically integrated Mastermind Organization. We now tap the full potential and collective experience of the Group Members to create opportunities, share ideas, solve common issues and develop relationships that ultimately turn into business. The industry diversity represented in our typical Group gives each Member unparalleled access to knowledge, resources, advice, and connections from senior-level experts.
The design philosophy behind Highrise has four fundamental aspects. First, we wanted to keep it exclusive, so we limit Membership to partners and upper management only. Second, we wanted the groups to be collaborative with many professions represented – so we only allow one member per specialty. Third, we wanted to do deeper dives at the meetings and help Members execute on opportunities and overcome challenges – so we implemented a mastermind format at group meetings. Fourth, understanding how valuable time is to senior level people, we knew the groups should be within a tight radius of a given location to allow Members to easily get to and from meetings. As it turns out, many of our Members can simply walk a block or two to their meetings. Interestingly, our model is also supported by research that shows that physical proximity and face-to-face meetings are major keys to business success.
Forrest Blake is the Founder and CEO of Highrise Networks, which connects B2B top-level executives in high-rise buildings by leveraging real estate into creating a strong personal network. An expert in commercial real estate strategy, he also specializes in tenant representation and investment sales. Known for his work assisting corporate real estate clients, he has worked with Warner Brothers, Blue Shield, Texaco, and Hertz, among others. As a national keynote speaker, Forrest is a thought leader specializing in leadership, networking, developing connections, relationship building, and growing businesses. He frequently speaks on leadership and various issues facing corporate and small business leaders. Forrest is one of the top 50 Amateur Golf Players in the State of California.
Mark Scanlon, Co-Founder and COO, has over 25 years of corporate strategy, operations, finance, marketing and team-building experience in a diverse range of industries as a principal and an advisor. He has founded multiple technology companies and is currently the Founder of Infinity Ventures, a holding company with ownership interests in leading-edge internet companies. Mark also founded two boutique consulting companies focused on helping grow companies in the retail, technology, e-commerce, commercial real estate, finance, consumer products, manufacturing and renewable energy industries. Mark’s finance background includes experience in turnarounds, takeovers, roll-ups, venture capital and private equity. He also has significant CRE finance experience and is active in the California start-up landscape. In his free time,
Mark Coulter is a small business owner and tenured sales professional with a wealth of experience in business development, account management and relationship building. He possesses a long standing reputation for his partnering and sponsorship programming as it relates to growing clientele, as well as his contributions to customer engagement, retention, and dedication to improving the overall experience. He is an accomplished professional who has been a part of several turn-around, growth driven, and aspirational teams. He has a depth of experience, holding Director and Management positions within ClubCorp, American Golf, Heritage Golf and several high net worth owners of exclusive and prestigious membership clubs.
Gregory Hack interviews prospective Members, offers onboarding sessions so New Members can make the most of their Membership, attends monthly Group Meetings in various markets, and handles Membership renewals. A consummate professional, Greg helps Members accomplish their objectives by staying one step ahead of a rapidly changing market. He also has significant experience in residential real estate and has helped clients in engagements ranging from investment acquisitions to home purchases and sales. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Greg held executive-level roles in two SoCal businesses. Greg is also a proud member of the Professional Golfers Association. He started playing golf late at the age of 25 and turned professional at the age of 26. After his golf career, Greg went into residential real estate with Keller Williams and was part of a top producing team.
Siera Shoemaker has over ten years of experience in corporate banking and wealth management. Siera spent a number of years quarterbacking credit and treasury management relationships in the Wells Fargo Oil & Gas space for large domestic and international clients. Her experience highlights her ability to bring people together to solve problems and generate successful business. She is a natural connector and enjoys finding the perfect Highrise group for new members coming aboard. Siera was born and raised in Houston, TX but fell in love with New Orleans and moved to the city in 2018. She volunteers with a Hogs for the Cause cookoff team, one of the nation’s leading fundraisers for pediatric cancer. Siera also enjoys playing tennis, traveling and enjoying all the great food New Orleans has to offer.
Steve is a sales professional with over 15 years of experience. In his most recent role he was a branch manager for a major financial institution in his area. His primary areas of focus were customer satisfaction and client growth and retention. In this role, he helped clients find solutions to obtaining their financial goals through the use of in-depth, needs based conversations. He was also fortunate enough to interact with heads of corporations and business owners to help them achieve their long term financial objectives. As a VP of Membership, Steve is responsible for interviewing prospective Members and finding the group where they can bring the most value, and receive the most benefit. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, and the occasional round of golf.
Pam Vetter is a marketing expert. An award-winning journalist, she launched one of the first professional Celebrant businesses in Los Angeles counting celebrities and well-known business leaders as her clients. Pam marketed the Celebrant movement nationally and internationally through storytelling, outreach, press releases, social media, and newsletter marketing. She has provided marketing services to law firms, e-commerce sites, membership sites, international speakers, book authors, and entrepreneurs. She has worked with Fortune 500 C-Suite executives and recruiters by writing and editing CVs, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles. Pam has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, NBC, MSBNC, Pacific Standard Magazine, and Lancaster Newspapers, among other documentaries, newspapers, magazines, nonfiction books, publications, radio interviews, webinars, and podcasts across the country. She has also worked at 20th Century Fox and HBO Films.
Courtney has joined the Highrise Networks team as Marketing Manager after working as a sole proprietor for 12 years. She brings to the team more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, graphic design, and brand development, offering a mix of analytical skills and creativity with a passion for developing intentional processes in marketing efforts. In her career she has worked mostly with business owners and C-suite executives in a wide array of companies across the U.S. and beyond from innovative start-ups and small businesses to education entities and national organizations. Courtney’s work experience has been focused on a combination of marketing strategy development and the design of print and digital assets needed to help promote businesses in the marketplace. Her work has reached across a wide variety of industries including Healthcare, Technology, Legal, Architecture & Construction, Manufacturing, Finance, Real Estate, and Non-profits.
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