Consulting | Project and Transaction Management

Decades of top-level leadership experience
at major public and private real estate companies

Sealy & Company

Chief Operating Officer

One of the largest real estate owner-operators in the Southeast United States.

  • Senior management team leadership
  • Management of key initiatives
  • Portfolio options & leasing personnel
  • Development of next generation leadership
  • Advisor to Chairman of the Board
First Industrial Realty Trust

Executive VP – Operations

NYSE listed real estate investment trust; top operations position in the company

  • All domestic and international property operations & personnel
  • 115 million sq. ft., 1,200 buildings, 3,200 tenants
  • P&L of national regional office network
  • Opened regional operations in 4 European countries
  • Standing member of the C-Suite team
First Real Estate Company

Operating Manager & Co-Managing Broker

Leading commercial brokerage & development company in West Michigan

  • Oversight of all operational functions
  • Transaction management - leases, purchases, sales
  • Supervision of brokerage personnel
  • Management of construction financing activities
  • Key relationship facilitation
$10 billion

Assets Managed

5,000+

Transactions Managed

42

Offices Managed

500+

People Managed

Consulting | Project & Transaction Management Services

What I See

Owners and tenants short change themselves because of how real estate decisions are made and implemented.

What I Know

Real Estate providers (brokers, property managers etc.) are mostly not equipped, not supported, to do things a different, better way.

  • "Decisions are made without a full assessment of needs and solutions"

  • "Transactions are “brokered”, versus strategically engineered"

  • "Fee structures are not fully aligned with client interests"

Reputation

“I have known Dave for about 20 years…[he] is widely recognized in the commercial and industrial real estate sectors as an exceptionally capable and reputable real estate executive…my recommendation of Dave Draft as a senior advisor and/or top-level leader at any organization – regardless of size and complexity – is made unequivocally and with the utmost enthusiasm…”

Scott Sealy Sr.
Scott Sealy Sr.Chairman of the Board
Sealy & Company

“…a reputation for interpersonal integrity and candor…as well as a skill set consisting of his ability to understand the full range of corporate functions, synthesize complex problems and articulate suggested solutions in a comprehensible, recipient-centric manner…in summary, Mr. Draft’s commitment to understanding and appreciating all aspects of a business organization, as well as his principled and dispassionate company-first orientation…has ensured that viewpoints and grievances haves been addressed, and either made their way up or out, for the right reasons…”

Howard Nagelberg
Howard NagelbergBarack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg
Best Lawyers In America (2006-2016)

“…during his almost 13 years with First Industrial, David has held several, senior-level leadership positions…his most recent position, which he held for over 5 years, was head of operations;  I know David to be very intelligent, thoroughly honest and exceptionally hard working…whatever his future career track, David will excel, and no doubt will lead others to do the same…”

Ed Tyler
Ed TylerInterim CEO
First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE: FR)

“Dave Draft did an exceptional job of representing my landlord client in a lease transaction that presented many significant challenges, including negotiations with an existing tenant which were to my client’s financial benefit.  He also negotiated reasonable business and lease terms under the difficult real estate conditions presented by this site.  Because of the number of parties with a vested interest, there were many ways for the deal to go off track.  In the end, Dave’s real estate skills, responsiveness and trustworthiness brought the transaction to a successful closing.  I was very pleased with the quality work he performed for my client.”

Robert A. Labelle
Robert A. LabelleWilliams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett
Best Lawyers In America (2016)

“Not many people in our industry have your ability or experience. In particular, I think you have a rare skill in interpreting a strategic plan and an even strong aptitude for executing on it. The years you spent with me in building First Industrial (FR) helped you hone that skill and I doubt you’ll run into anything more complicated, or far-reaching, than FR.”

Micheal W. Brennan
Micheal W. BrennanChairman and Managing Director at Brennan Investment Group