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Grafton Milne of Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate has achieved the SIOR office designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®.

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Tempe, AZ, April 25, 2018–(PR.com)–When Grafton Milne joined the commercial real estate industry fresh out of college a decade ago, he looked for ways to push himself to continually improve. At the top of the list was achieving the SIOR designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. This month he turned that goal into a reality.

“I have always tried to apply Stephen R. Covey’s Principle of ‘Sharpening the Saw.’ I am always looking for ways to become better in all aspects of my life. Obtaining the SIOR designation was a perfect way to push myself professionally,” Milne said.

SIOR, which boasts of having just 3,100 members across the globe, is the pinnacle of achievement for anyone desiring to become one of the top brokers in their city. The exclusiveness means that these brokers are considered the most ethical and trustworthy professionals in the field.

“I have always looked at local SIOR’s as being the ‘cream of the crop’ in our market,” said Milne.

Milne started his real estate career working alongside his brother Tanner. In the summer of 2007, they worked together for a commercial developer, and as the Phoenix market began to decline that year, Milne took a gamble and followed his entrepreneurial-minded brother and started Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate in October 2008. Since then, Milne has been involved in hundreds of real estate sale and lease transactions. One notable transaction was the sale of the former Phoenix Memorial Hospital in downtown Phoenix.

“It is an absolute honor to be welcomed into such an elite group of professionals. Not only are SIOR designees known for being the top producers in their markets but they are also market-tested, ethically driven, and respected in the industry,” Milne added.

Since the organization began, SIOR members have completed over 78,000 transactions. The average SIOR member has sold a million square feet of space for a total dollar volume of 31 million spread across 30 transactions. Members can hold specialty designations in industrial, office, sales manager, executive manager or advisory service.

Milne is not the first member of the Menlo Group team to obtain the SIOR designation. His brother Tanner achieved the coveted SIOR office designation roughly one year ago. He believes more will follow. Many of the brokers at Menlo Group already hold the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and are encouraged to take the next steps in progressing toward their SIOR designation.

In their new corporate office completed last year, Menlo Group has the following quote from Thomas Edison posted on the wall for the entire office to see, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Hard work is required to become an SIOR with its stringent qualifications and certifying expertise. This aligns perfectly with the core values at Menlo Group.

To congratulate Grafton on his great accomplishment, please contact him at grafton@menlocre.com.

About SIOR

SIOR is the leading global professional office and industrial real estate organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation, based on achievement, knowledge, accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry’s top professionals qualify for SIOR. Today, there are more than 3,400 members in 42 countries. For more information, visit www.sior.com.

About Menlo Group

Menlo Group is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. We specialize in buyer/tenant representation, seller/landlord representation, investment services, real estate consulting, property management and project management. We exist to support clients, advisors and employees in their professional objectives through effective real estate strategies. Our credentialed team of commercial real estate advisors is just one factor that sets Menlo Group apart from other brokerages.

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