Storm Division Inc. and Storm Kiosks Inc.
We had no time to waste and were slightly stressed out trying to find space for our technology/marketing companies, when Jeff approached us.
We were very skeptical. However, very quickly, Jeff gained our trust. He listened carefully to our requirements.
I am reaching out to let you know how much we appreciated your services to Storm Division Inc./Storm Kiosks Inc. over our last three office leases. My business partner and I had initially engaged a real estate broker that didn’t work out. Unfortunately, we had provided our requirements to that broker, and in the 3 months we worked with them, they could not find a suitable space. As you can imagine, this experience did not instill confidence in any broker being able to help us find space.
We had no time to waste and were slightly stressed out trying to find space for our technology/marketing companies, when Jeff approached us. We were very skeptical. However, very quickly, Jeff gained our trust. He listened carefully to our requirements. Within the same day of meeting Jeff, he found the perfect furnished place for our business.
As both of Storm’s businesses have been constantly evolving and expanding, soon after we settled into our new space, we needed extra office space. And, most recently, we needed a specialty space. Looking for space X 3 times on our own is time consuming, and a daunting task.
And, frankly, leasing space wasn’t our primary focus. Jeff assisted us at every step: for our initial space, then space expansion, and now to find specialty space. CORE ensured that the leasing process was easy and painless, so we could continue to focus on our expanding business. Jeff demonstrated a high level of professionalism, was very attentive, thorough and prompt. His customer service was top notch and he worked hard to ensure we received the best deal possible.
I highly recommend Jeff Thomson and CORE Commercial Real Estate. Thank you Jeff.
Nathan Mackenzie, Co-Founder & Director, Storm Division Inc./Storm Kiosks Inc.
Reality Engine Inc
Finding our office space was more than a transaction. We sincerely enjoyed working with the CORE team of Lori King and Jeff Thomson. CORE listened and demonstrated that they cared about us as clients.
From the first conversation with Lori who was very professional, articulate and purposeful to watching Jeff as a skilled negotiator, we managed to get a very good deal on our space. CORE listened to our corporate requirements and understood what would work for the landlord. This helped facilitate the best deal possible.
I would personally recommend the CORE team for commercial office space.
Bruce Symbalisty, Strategic Director, Reality Engine Inc
3P Learning Canada Limited
Recently, our business grew, and Calgary became the North American Centre of Excellence for our education business – Mathletics. We desperately needed more office space. Over the last 2 years, we added 20 more people! Our culture required a very collaborative work space. My team’s happiness was paramount to the space we would select.
Lori listened carefully to what was important, and she observed our culture to really understand our needs.
Approximately 3 years ago, I worked with Jeff to renew our lease for our existing office space. While it might seem a “no-brainer” and an easy thing to do, it wasn’t. The landlord updated the renewal lease and there were clauses from the original lease that were onerous. Upon review and guidance from Jeff, there were items that needed to reflect what our growing needs were, and clauses that we took out. We renewed for another 4 years with a better lease.
Recently, our business grew so much more, and Calgary became the North American Centre of Excellence for our education business – Mathletics. We desperately needed more office space. Over the last 2 years, we added 20 more people! Our culture required a very collaborative work space.
My team’s happiness was paramount to the space we would select. We also required demo rooms to train many teachers on-line as we perfected our remote training model for schools and districts across North America. Being highly-cost sensitive coming from the education marketplace, we had a trailing lease obligation that had to be factored into a new lease too.
Moreover, another lease in another country had to be resolved prior to our search to begin. These requirements made it difficult to start looking and to find the perfect space. And, with one more complicating factor of a Global Head Office that was on the other side of the world. There were new requirements and misunderstandings popping up over the course of our search for new space that spanned 1 full year.
The CORE team patiently and politely assisted us over the course of our ever-changing requirements. Jeff’s style was one of helping, and not just getting a ‘deal’ done. Lori listened carefully to what was important, and she observed our culture to really understand our needs. I had to have the ‘perfect space’ and there was a lot of pressure to get this right! The good news is that Lori was able to read between the lines of what we were saying, and was able to convert those requirements into our newly signed lease agreement.
We grew from 1742 sq. ft. to an amazing 6408 sq. ft. We are very happy with the outcome. We know that we had complex and ever-changing requirements. Ongoing and excellent communications were very important to us to lessen our stress and ensure our needs were being met. The ‘extras’ including 2 fridges and a dishwasher were built into the lease. An aggressive timeframe of completing a full demolition, design and rebuild of the space was facilitated by CORE to make our move easy. Our cost considerations were negotiated through CORE to the landlord. We got a deal that worked for our business.
I highly recommend the entire CORE Team when it comes to your office space needs. I would use their services again without hesitation."
Rene Burke, CEO, 3P Learning Canada Limited.
BitFury Technology Inc.
Gary McKelvie and Jeff Thomson were very confident they could find us a great space. They provided in-depth explanations of how the process would be conducted.
Each spot toured was a good alternative for our business needs. It was obvious that they listened to our requirements because the choices presented to me were great options.
We learned about CORE through word of mouth as they were known to be very helpful and knowledgeable.
I met with Gary McKelvie and Jeff Thomson. They both were very confident they could find us a great space, and they provided in-depth explanations of how the process would be conducted. Their knowledge of the Calgary market - and all the properties - was extremely helpful as they toured me through several alternatives for office space.
During the search for our ideal location, the CORE team was extremely prompt to respond to my emails (generally, my questions were sent in the morning and I received responses in the afternoon). Each spot toured was a good alternative for our business needs. It was obvious that they listened to our requirements because the choices presented to me were great options. CORE asked the landlords difficult questions on our behalf. If the answers did not suit our requirements and CORE was not confident we would be happy ‘there’, we quickly eliminated that option. We didn’t waste any time on options that were not ideal.
As this was my first time looking for office space, the CORE team provided information and education that was relevant to assist me to make a great decision. We found our ideal office space and are happy with the negotiated terms. And, as we are very busy working on the business, Gary and Jeff took the stress out of finding properties to consider. They did their research, ensured the terms in our lease were acceptable and saved me considerable time. They even provided guidance on ‘other’ services that may be needed to make our office complete. Always helping me at each step of the way!
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jeff Thomson, Gary McKelvie and CORE Commercial Real Estate for any commercial real estate needs.
Lee-Anne Motsi, Financial Analyst, BitFury Technology Inc.
Senaltek Engineering Group Ltd.
Senaltek Engineering Group Ltd. worked with CORE Commercial Real Estate at the beginning of 2018 to find new office space.
Our requirements were to find great office space quickly with flexible lease terms and the ability to expand within the same building at a point in the future.
Before finding CORE, I was given many options for available office space through another leasing firm. Unfortunately, most of the options did not match my requirements, including size and budget. As a result, and because time was of the essence, my network recommended CORE Commercial Real Estate and Gary McKelvie to assist finding office space.
My requirements were very specific. I needed a location close to a sister-company, in a ‘good’ building and with room to increase my footprint within the foreseeable future. It didn’t make any sense to immediately take on more space than what was required. No sense in incurring these costs until absolutely necessary! However, it was critical to have the option to gain more space as our company grows.
Sounds almost trite, however, Gary acted quickly. He gathered my requirements and in short order, provided a list of acceptable options to view. Gary’s knowledge of the buildings, the occupancy rates and the building owners helped to secure good office space in short order.
I would like to thank Gary McKelvie and CORE Commercial Real Estate for making the process less stressful. The office space works for our needs and we can get on with building the business. I will continue to reach out to Gary for any questions for my existing office space, as well as lean on him as our business expands.
Mike Piper, President, Senaltek Engineering Group Ltd.