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The Propcast

Nov 19, 2020

Summary: In this episode The Propcast speaks to Charlie Hobey and Mikki Ward from EQ Office about the evolution of office space technologies. 
The Propcast by Louisa Dickins, Co-Founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruiter brought to you in partnership with UK PropTech Association, The UK PropTech Association is a membership organisation to drive the digital transformation of the property industry. This show will focus on connecting the Proptechs, real estate funds and VC’s globally…and get everyone talking about innovation of the build to rent environment.
About Our Host
Louisa Dickins 
Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).
About LMRE
LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the right place at the right time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.
About Our Guest
Charlie Hobey
Charlie is the managing director of production operations for EQ office. He is a real estate executive with over 25 years of experience, who is responsible for all facets of property management, engineering, construction, and product development for 50 office properties comprising approximately 23 million square feet of office space across the US today supervisors about 100 product design operations professionals. Charlie has over 25 years of experience in real estate, strategic consulting, and various operational fields. He also holds an MBA from MIT, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.
Mikki Ward
Mikki is responsible for developing and advancing EQ Office's use of AI, automation and data analytics across the portfolio with a focus on customer and tenant services, automating for the future of work, security/access control, data acquisition and monetization, multimedia and experience design and more. Mikki is a member of EQ senior leadership team where her focus is on customer and tenant services. She's currently involved in automating for the future work security and access control data acquisition and monetization, multimedia, multimedia and experience design.
Resources mentioned
LMRE website
UKPA website
EQ Office website
Insights From This Episode
  • EQ are “co-creating spaces for greatness”, providing flexibility for humans to do their do their best work Charlie Hobey
  • It's really about listening to our customers, but also observing how they work and what tools and technologies they need to succeed Charlie Hobey
  • When we have people approach us, the things that are most important to me are just a company that's very real Mikki Ward
  • We've accelerated our outdoor workspaces, which ties back to optionality but also health and wellness, the ability to get outside Charlie Hobey 
  • I think with COVID, I think that will accelerate and people will be willing to give up a little more of what they perceive as losing some of their privacy in order to have that secure touchless option – Mikki Ward
  • How you design a space and layout of space, and program a space, we think is going to evolve – Charlie Hobey
  • What I look for is a company that genuinely has a good technology behind them, even if they're small they have the ability to grow and listen to us, and partner with us to find the right technology that suits us – Mikki Ward
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