Rob Coulson is an entrepreneur, trusted advisor, and partner to investors, owners, and managers of real estate and capital assets; as well as an investor and founder in the PropTech sector. His expertise spans the asset life-cycle covering portfolio analysis and strategy, development, and asset management. Mr. Coulson’s experience in the built environment began in residential and commercial construction. After graduate school, he worked for management consulting firms Booz Allen Hamilton, BearingPoint and Deloitte before becoming an entrepreneur.
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As an advisor, Rob has partnered with organizations to analyse investments and develop actionable strategies that enhance returns. He has worked with corporations and governments to plan and implement construction and asset management programs, build sustainable portfolios, improve operating efficiencies, and optimize cost structures.
Rob develops strategies that prioritize capital spend, improve operations, and divest non-performing assets. He has shaped asset life-cycle requirements and reengineered business processes; taking a lead role in organizational change, enterprise asset management programs, and cost optimization strategies. In risk management, he has led efforts to reduce instances of claims, violations, and cost loss.
He also has experience in large scale development and portfolio management, including transportation infrastructure. He has advised clients and worked with partners on design, construction and financing of special economic zones and mixed-use business parks collectively representing over eight billion dollars in total development costs.
Rob’s experience in emerging markets includes location analysis, construction management, public-private development, investment due diligence, and market entry analysis and strategy.
Recent Advisory Experience
> 1.5 million sq ft, $250 million portfolio transformation. This multiyear effort included:
organizational design; change management; policy development; business process; technology; market analysis; site selection; lease advisory; design requirements; design-build oversight.
> Capital projects planning and budgeting for a $440 million construction and asset management program.
> Workplace strategy, leasing, and market analysis advisory for a 300k sq ft headquarters relocation.
> Portfolio optimization analysis of leased assets.
> Property reuse/development advisory in Rwanda.
> Public-Private Partnership development structuring for transportation and real estate projects in Ghana.
> Software development as co-founder; developing technical requirements, designing user interface, creating algorithms.
Professional Affiliations and Education
> Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
> Member of The Counselors of Real Estate
> Master of Corporate Real Estate
> LEED Accredited Professional
> Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst
> Harvard University, AMD ‘17
> Wake Forest University, MBA ‘04
> University of South Alabama, BS ‘99