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The best leaders create leaders

By: Frank Lonardelli Published: January 16, 2017

When I first established the Arlington Street Foundation Scholarship (ASFS), I did so with the goal of empowering a new generation of leaders. To me, the most important quality of an effective leader is recognizing and encouraging leadership qualities in others. Over the holiday season, our 2012 scholarship recipient Almaz Aschalew demonstrated this quality in

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Zen and the Art of Entrepreneurship

By: Frank Lonardelli Published: October 31, 2016

Finding your passion and doing something with it is — to me — what defines an entrepreneur. But with that passion comes risk. We start businesses because we are passionate about something, but there is always a risk of getting bogged down in all the other details that go along with running a business and

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Redefining the Alberta Advantage

By: Frank Lonardelli Published: October 24, 2016

The Alberta Advantage is often associated with Alberta’s boom years. When the price of oil is high, people flock here from all over Canada, employment skyrockets, construction multiplies and people become more affluent. The west becomes a place where you can make a name for yourself. It becomes a little bit wild. In many ways,

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Building Vibrant Cities

By: Frank Lonardelli Published: September 15, 2016

The trends in Calgary real estate have changed a lot over the last couple of decades, as have the trends for most metropolitan cities across North America. While at one time, everyone wanted larger houses and acreages on the outskirts of town, now, we are beginning to see a very clear return to the city

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The Power of Paying it Forward: The Arlington Street Foundation Scholarship

By: Frank Lonardelli Published: May 11, 2016

Almost 30 years ago, when I walked across the stage at Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, I received several awards and university scholarships — all related to sports — and an empty envelope that should have contained my high school diploma. The day after, I found myself sitting at my desk, trying to

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Frankly Speaking: Learning the Value of Preparation and Communication

By: Frank Lonardelli Published:

Although I’ve not been an elite athlete in the professional sense, I was a strong athlete when I was younger and that’s really shaped me personally to be a successful entrepreneur. Out of that very unique experience, the best lessons I’ve learned – both for business and, I think, for life – were the value

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Frankly Speaking: Selecting the right real estate investment size

By: Frank Lonardelli Published: April 21, 2016

Entering commercial real estate development, and more specifically, working to build my commercial investment firm, Arlington Street Investments, has to be one of my most challenging and at the same time most enjoyable things I’ve done in my professional career thus far.  I came into commercial real estate development from the residential real estate industry,

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Frankly Speaking: Here’s why project partners are so critical

By: Frank Lonardelli Published:

In twenty years of entrepreneurial experience, I’ve discovered one very basic but very crucial business principle: nothing of significance will ever get done without teamwork.  Now, of course, that may be a bit of hyperbole – I’m sure certain important business tasks can be achieved through solo efforts.  But, when we’re speaking about developing and

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Frank Lonardelli’s intuition for his community’s needs

By: The ASI Team Published:

Being successful in the commercial development business clearly takes more than just a lot of capital.  It takes patience; it takes an understanding of the trends in the commercial real estate market; and it takes a keen understanding of the growth patterns of the given urban area one is working in, this latter skill being

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The current state of the exempt market

By: The ASI Team Published:

It’s well-understood and well-documented that the Canadian exempt market suffered an enormous and widespread failure in 2008, one that left those in the market in a raw state of introspection amidst the loss of investment dollars and loss of confidence.  As many people in the exempt market now agree, the market’s failure stemmed from a

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