He visits the U.S. two weeks per year to
interact with the brokers responsible for
bringing those companies overseas.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of the real estate community in America, and the better brokers
were SIORs,” he explained. He joined after
discovering SIOR was similar to the U.K.’s
MRICS (Member of the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors) designation, which
he already had and exhibits similar credentials, code of ethos, and practices.
“It was fantastic to start from nearly zero
to build up something in Europe,” he noted,
crediting Steven Podolsky, SIOR, principal
Podolsky | Circle based in Illinois, as one of
the driving factors in getting more international members involved.
As membership grows, SIOR chapters have
been established to serve the needs of the
members within. The European chapter
began in 2009, followed by the Mexico
chapter in 2013. Today, the U.K. boasts the
most members of any country, followed by
Mexico; brokers from Argentina and Costa
Rica are the newest SIORs to join.
2) You Can Grow Your
Schneider noted he has done multiple
deals in India over the past six years with
Mumbai-based Sanjeet Narain, SIOR,
MRICS, CRES, TRC managing director
of Narains Corp., whom Schneider met
“I work for a company that doesn’t have of-
fices around the world, so we rely on good
partners in those markets to deliver our
capabilities and services,” he explained.
“SIOR gives us the assurance that their
services will be great. It’s akin to subscrib-
ing to a good insurance policy.”
JLL Managing Director Zach Cheney, SIOR,
CCIM, based out of Bogotá, Colombia,
agreed. “If I need something in a geography
where I don’t have a partner, yet there’s a
SIOR network in place, I know I can trust
the other person to get the deal done with
a high caliber of service,” he said.
3) It Introduces High
Standards and Strong
Ethics to your Business
Capita director Andrew Smith, SIOR, FRICS,
MBA, based in London, joined SIOR in 2009
after noticing how different it was from
other company affiliation networks available at the time. “It was individually led as
opposed to company, and therefore based
on your own individual merits,” he said.
As head of National Offices for Colliers
International in London, Mark Taylor, SIOR,
MRICS, interacts with American corporations seeking to do business in the U.K.