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Photo: Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

After Hours: Wheelin’ and dealin’ Rob Martensen

Photo by Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

Photo by Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

Colliers International Senior Vice President Rob Martensen has been involved in more than 600 transactions, including industrial sales, leasing, build-to-suits and land sales, but when he isn’t making a deal he is in the driver’s seat.

How did you get into off-road racing?

I just grew up going to the races and got the opportunity to do it myself when I was in college and have been racing ever since.


What type of racing do you do?

I do desert racing mostly, which includes races like the Baja 1000. I have raced in 10 Baja 1000s and those are long-distance endurance races. I also race in short-course, off-road racing where there are cars all around you, flying over you and under you, flipping and crashing right in front of you. But, those races only last 14 laps, so 20 minutes and you are done. In the long races, you are in the truck for 10 to 12 hours at a time.

What is it like being in the driver’s seat?

A lot of people who played competitive sports when they were young will understand. There is a feeling you get inside before you hit the field; it is a nervous energy kind of a feeling. Most people after they graduate from high school do not get to experience that feeling again. Sure, there are pockets of adrenaline if you are going after a big deal or something you get kind of excited about, but nothing like that feeling you got before you stepped on the field. Racing is one of the ways to get that feeling again and I think that feeling keeps you young.

Is racing similar to business?

They are very similar, especially desert racing. You are out in the middle of the desert and if you have a problem with the truck or crash or something, you have to overcome that without anyone’s help. The biggest thing in desert racing is no matter what, you just always try to get to the finish. If your transmission breaks, you figure out how to get it fixed. If you get a flat tire, you change it. If you get stuck, you figure out how to get yourself out. You never give up. The Baja 1000 is like a real estate deal: you are excited at the beginning and then you start getting into it and you run into problems and work through those problems and when you get to the finish line, like when you close a deal, everyone is happy.

What is your best business advice?

Have fun doing what you’re doing. I like to mix my business with my fun. It is a lot more work to throw a big event at a race, but if I get one deal out of this the whole event pays for itself. If I don’t get a deal out of it, I still had a great time and I have given people an experience they probably would never have had. Mix business with pleasure and just have fun!

Boe Bergeson, RJM Construction at C2 Tactical. Photo by Mike Mertes, AZ Big Media

RJM Construction’s Boe Bergeson is at home on the range

Boe Bergeson is a managing partner and developer at RJM Construction, but in his spare time he owns and operates C2 Tactical gun range in Tempe. Bergeson said the gun range is a great way to stay connected to the community in the East Valley and helps support the gun community. Bergeson’s gun range also came with the idea for the phone app “Zombies in Phoenix.” C2 Tactical offers several zombie packages for a unique twist on the gun range experience, and the app offers consumers the ability to simulate those experiences. In addition to real estate and shooting, Bergeson’s adventurous interests include skiing, scuba diving and fly fishing.

What did you think you’d be when you grew up?
I had a pretty active imagination as a kid and still do. That said, when I do grow up I will let you know. In my younger years, I always had an interest in development/construction and always wanted to own my own business. I feel fortunate that I have the ability to do both at this stage in my life with RJM and C2 Tactical.

What is the best business advice you’ve been given?
There is an opportunity in every situation and every business dealing. The key is to find it. Try to see that opportunity. Don’t dwell on the problems. Find solutions, look to capitalize on that opportunity for you and your business, partners and project team(s).

What made you want to get involved with C2 Tactical?
I knew from our ownership and involvement in Caswells (shooting range) in Mesa that the East Valley was ready for new indoor shooting experience. I wanted to take all the great things we do and are able to do well at Caswells and add in the elements that we could not offer — such as corporate events, parties and the simulator experience — and package that into a new facility in a great location. To date, the response we receive from our customers has been great.

Why are you passionate about C2 Tactical?
It’s a great business that creates opportunity for people from all walks of life. I enjoy the development side of what we do, and I have fantastic business partners, great managers and employees that execute our mission within the business operations. It’s exciting to create a new facility the supports an industry and way of life that we are passionate about while creating jobs for people and a great experience for firearm enthusiasts (new and old, male and female).

Tell us about the phone app inspired by C2 Tactical.
The inspiration for the new game app comes from a few unique features and things we are doing at C2:
• One of the great things about C2 Tactical is its fun nature, culture and commitment to being a friendly family environment. We wanted to continue that trend in a very real and active environment on individuals’ phones. Our ability to take our brand to an app for phones and tablets lets folks enjoy a fun extension of C2 Tactical during their day when they cannot be at the range.
• We also wanted to be able to tie some of our in-store offerings into a game application that keeps our current and future customers excited about their next trip to C2 to enjoy the indoor shooting experience (out on the range with a zombie package or in the simulator with a zombie scenario).
• We also like the ability of our game app users to be able to play online, accumulate points and redeem those points for in-store value on real goods and services. We’re excited to be able to reward our customers for their time investment they have spent with us online.

Jerry Thomas (Right)

After Hours: Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas
Superintendent, Wespac Construction
Years at HINES: 11

Jerry Thomas handles on-site supervision of day-to-day construction activities, including quality control, material delivery, subcontractor schedules, daily reports, safety meetings, detailing, project closeouts and project meetings for owners, architects and subcontractors. After a long day of work, though, Thomas puts in a few extra hours at the gym to train for extreme activities, including one of the most eccentric and challenging races in the country — Escape from Alcatraz, which he completed last April.

What did you think you’d be when you grew up? 

Fireman or police officer.

Of what personal or professional accomplishment are you most proud?

I’m most proud of a Wespac project I did in Central Coast, Calif., The Clubhouse at Trilogy Monarch Dunes. This elaborate and one-of-a-kind clubhouse won a Gold Nugget award.

Best business advice you’ve been given?
Always put your family first and no matter how hard you work, it will always be there tomorrow.

Advice you’d share with people early in their real estate career?

Location, location, location.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love old-time movies and musicals, including Turner Classics.

One of your hobbies includes extreme racing. Why did you register for the Escape from Alcatraz race?

During Christmas time, I was surprised over dinner by my 10-year-old godson, Bennett Curran, who told me he was escaping Alcatraz and swimming to shore with his swim team. I thought he was crazy, along with his parents, for letting him do this. However, he explained that he is on a team that supports F.A.S.T. (Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training), which encourages kids saving kids. His excitement was contagious and inspired me. The more I thought about it, I thought this is a great cause and a way to get into shape, so I decided I’d like to join and swim with my godson. Of course, then everyone thought I was crazy — my wife even increased my life insurance benefit. As it turned out, Bennett was one of the youngest and I was one of the oldest to swim with F.A.S.T. and escape Alcatraz. What an experience!

What was your experience like?
It was harder than I originally thought, especially once we started training. This consisted of jumping into Bartlett Lake every week in the middle of winter. The water was 50 degrees, which was rough. It was difficult to support one another and, at times, we definitely had second thoughts, but we both hung in there, toughed it out and kept training. During the actual Alcatraz swim, when we were all jumping off the boat, I ended up swallowing half of the San Francisco Bay thanks to another little swimmer who accidentally jumped on top of me in his excitement to escape. After choking for a long while, we were guided to a different and farther route to swim because of the changing rip tide currents. The sea was very choppy, but in the end we both went on to finish in 1 hour 17 minutes and swam just under two miles. We ended the race tired and cold but very proud. We celebrated with everyone at Ghirardelli Square over a gigantic ice cream sundae called the “Earthquake.”

Have you competed in any other extreme races or have any similar adrenaline-rush activities/hobbies?

I parachute, scuba dive and am a mono ski racer. I am looking forward to swimming with Bennett again next year to support F.A.S.T. 2015 at Alcatraz, as well as swim under the Golden Gate Bridge. We also recruited Bennett’s brother, Jonathan, so it’ll be another exciting year.

How much time to do train every day/week?
After work, I swim three to four times a week and work out at the gym two to three times a week. It’s definitely difficult to balance extreme sports training with a work schedule and personal life, but it all was worth it and very rewarding in the end. I proudly display my medal at my home to keep me motivated.

Bill Olson

After Hours: Meet William M. Olson


YEARS AT COMPANY: 1; in commercial real estate development industry: 31 years

HIGH SCHOOL: Scottsdale, Ariz.
UNIVERSITY: Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Dual General Contractors Licenses
AZ Real Estate Broker’s License
Several professional certifications

SPORTS: Hockey, golf, football
MUSIC: Too numerous to list
LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Hike, bike, climb, motorcycles and sculptures

A medical doctor

Father of my daughter

Work hard, be genuine and finish what you start.

Find a firm where you can have a mentor that will help show you the ropes and work you tail off.

I do metal and stone sculpture.

I started welding go-karts in Michigan as a kid and then spontaneously tried some metal work and it took off from there.

Infrequently today, but it’s best when I have a person who has a need and I can design the piece to the space they need/want it.

Metal, stone, wood, patina solutions for color and special effects.

No. Once I start selling, it becomes work.
I do it for creative outlet and for people I care about.

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After Hours: Stephen Kovach

Vice President
Kovach Building Enclosures, Chandler

With Kovach for 15 years

Born and raised in Tempe

Graduated from ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction

Wife Drew; 2 children ages 2 and 4

Strategic direction of the company, preconstruction and product development


Music — Anything that’s clean with a good beat. Big music fan!
Destinations — My family is full of travelers. I like to see a new place each year, off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps
Activities — Snowmobiling, exploring new terrain, scuba diving and playing with my kids

What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

I have been all about our family’s business since I was a kid. I grew up around construction and always wanted to be a part of new construction projects.

What accomplishment are you especially proud of?

If being a dad is considered an accomplishment, I would say that’s No. 1. On a professional level, problem solving construction methods is a lot of fun

What would people be surprised to know about you?:

I can walk on my hands.

Giving back:

The company is involved in various Arizona-based charities such as ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods), which included donating the metal roof, metal walls, canopies and all associated labor for the project, while also volunteering personal time from the leadership team.


Given — Listen before you speak.
To share — Plan for the long term and enjoy the people you work with.

September/October 2012

AZRE Magazine September/October 2012

AZRE Magazine September/October 2012

More face time for people in the industry

Peter MadridSpectacular structures and beautiful buildings dominate the images that grace the pages of AZRE magazine. However, we can never forget that the real superstars are the people behind all those projects.

That’s why you will see more (familiar) faces in this issue, with a twist on two of our regular features.

  • I am finding that many of you commercial real estate professionals do some pretty cool things when you’re off the clock. With that in mind, we will now feature two people in After Hours. Check out page 28.
  • With business picking up, firms are promoting from within and hiring more people. Those announcements, which filled the Newsmakers page, are now being posted on azbigmedia.com. In its place is a new feature, Executive Q&A. Each issue will offer a glimpse of four top decision makers in the various industry sectors. On page 26.

Starting with this issue and beginning on page 30, AZRE magazine unveils its inaugural Big Deals awards. We recognize the top brokers and brokerage-related firms in 20 categories. Helping make the selections were our staff, votes cast on our website, managing directors from the top brokerage firms and a handful of Arizona’s commercial developers.

Our three supplements also include member profiles and a Q&A with the respective “head honchos.”

You will find a lot of smiling faces in this issue — present company included.

Editors Letter Signature

Peter Madrid, Editor

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