Turner turned his passion for finding solutions for global occupiers into a mission, forming his technology company in order to best serve tenants’ needs. With more than 15 years of tenant rep experience at JLL and CBRE, he was an early adopter of BI/analytics in the commercial real estate space. RefineRE’s Portfolio Intelligence platform allows occupiers and their brokers to leverage big data into big deals. “Every company is in the real estate business even if it isn’t their core product or service,” he says.
“It’s the largest industry in the world and a company’s No. 2 expense.” To that end, Turner aims to amplify his Fortune 500 clients’ siloed internal data with a unique blend of economic insights based on AI and machine learning. In the past year, it’s certainly proven successful. The company, which currently employs 11 team members, doubled its revenue by three times in 2019. By building a platform for “the companies that pay the rent,” Turner has reached an untapped market. “My job is to remove obstacles, to make it easier for our customers to buy our solutions, and to help our team build the right products by staying out of their way,” he says. “At RefineRE, we free up companies’ own data and empower them to use it themselves instead of being beholden to legacy systems and industry norms that continue to be proliferated because that’s just that way we do it.”