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6/2020 – The Best Commercial Real Estate Books to Read Now

As part of the Rich Dad series, Coppola introduces the commercial real estate investing world to readers. The author digs deep into the different commercial real estate markets, how to weather downturns, and how to master brokering, leasing, and investing in commercial assets. Coppola begins with an extremely important and often neglected topic: goals. In this book, you’ll be given a step-by-step process to succeed in commercial real estate even if you’re a beginner. Click here to read more.

5/2020 – CCIM Deal Maker

Andrew Cheney, CCIM, Craig Coppola, CCIM, and Gregg Kafka, CCIM, with Lee & Associates represented RM Desert Ridge LLP in its $39.1 million lease of more than 35,000 SF of office space to Discount Tire in Phoenix. They also represented Planned Development Services in leasing 13,750 sf of office space in Glendale, Ariz., from Holualoa Arrowhead Executive LLC for $3.61 million. Click here to read more.

4/2020 – Medical innovation group leases space at SkySong

SkySong II leasing continues strong with a new lease signed by Banner Innovation Group, a department within Banner Health. The group leased 8,300 sq. ft. to expand operations, which will allow them to continue providing much-needed medical equipment. Click here to read more.

4/2020 – Connect CRE Top Broker Awards 2020

Craig, Andrew, and Gregg were honored as Top Brokers for 2020 by Connect Media. The awards recognized an elite group of commercial real estate brokers from around the country. During 2019, The Coppola-Cheney group closed $305.9 million in office leases and sales nationally, totaling more than 1.6 million square feet.  Click here to read more.

2/2020 – The 7 Rules Podcast

Craig was recently on the 7 Rules Podcast with Nick Raithel. Craig discusses How to Win in Commercial Real Estate Investing in this episode you can listen to here. Craig also discusses clarity, which he considers Rule #2 in living a fantastic life, which you can listen to here.

2/2020 – Phoenix Business Journal – Construction begins on office building north of Tempe Town Lake

The Coppola Cheney Team assists in leasing the soon to be constructed 999 Playa building.  Click here to read more.

1/2020 – AZ Big Media – WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing moving into Park Central

The Coppola Cheney Team assists in leasing Park Central to WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing.  Click here to read more.

1/2020 – AZ Big Media – SkySong 6 construction is scheduled to start in May

SkySong 6 construction is set to start in May 2020.  Click here to read more.


10/2019 – Commercial Property Executive – George Oliver Buys 2 Arizona Office Assets for $39M

Andrew is one of two exclusive leasing brokers for The Jonathan- a downtown Chandler property being completely transformed.  Click here to read more.

10/2019 – AZ Big Media – NAIOP Arizona experts: Here are the opportunities for 2020

Andrew speaks at a NAIOP round table about what’s happening in the Phoenix market, and how it compares to other markets.  Click here to read more.

7/2019 – AZ Big Media -Why Craig Coppola is a man with a plan

Craig shared his secrets on staying organized and achieving his goals.  Click here to read more.

6/2019 – AZ Big Media -Design for SkySong 6 unveiled as it enters pre-leasing

Big things happening at SkySong! Check out new renderings and the latest info on our listing at SkySong 6.  Click here to read more.

5/2019 – AZ Big Media -Brokerage team selected for Park Central leasing

The Coppola Cheney team was selected to manage the office leasing at Park Central.  Click here to read more.

3/2019 – AZ Big Media – On the move at Lee, Troon, Lewis Roca, M&G, Spencer Fane

Gregg Kafka’s promotion to Principal is announced.  Click here to read more.

3/2019 – AZ Big Media – How baseball has impacted Arizona business leaders

Craig reflects on how baseball impacted his life.  Click here to read more.

3/2019 – The Arizona 100 – Commercial Real Estate Advisors provide true value

Craig shared a short insight into why commercial real estate advisors are so valuable to business owners.  Click here to read more.

3/2019 – The 7 Rules Podcast

Craig was recently on the 7 Rules Podcast with Nick Raithel. They discussed his 7 Rules for Real Estate Investing.  Great podcast to focus you on the important issues when investing in Commercial Real Estate.  Click here to listen.

3/2019 – Going Commercial: Mentorship key to rising in Valley real estate sector

Craig spoke about the importance of mentorship in real estate and how he coaches his own runners to success in this article from The Phoenix Business Journal.  Click here to read more.


12/2018 – Is the Suburban Market Dying?

Andrew shared his expertise on suburban office markets in this article from SIOR.  Click here to read more.

11/2018 – CCIMS’ Top Deal-makers Secrets

Andrew spoke with CCIM about his biggest deal of 2018, giving insights into successful brokerage practices as well as a peek into what he believes 2019 will hold.  Click here to read more.

11/2018 – The Utility Player 

The Coppola-Cheney Group is proud to represent MindBody in their exciting expansion into Arizona and beyond.  Click here to read more.

11/2018 – NAIOP Arizona Year in Review

The NAIOP Arizona Chapter looks back on a great 2018, reflecting on events like the Best of NAIOP Awards, which was led by Chairman Andrew Cheney.  Click here to read more.

10/2018 – Sun Devil 100 – Craig Coppola

Craig joined the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2018, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of ASU alumnae and leaders around the world.  Click here to read more.

9/2018 – The Coppola-Cheney Group recognized again in CCIM Big Deals

The Coppola-Cheney Team was recognized as outstanding dealmakers for negotiating the $9.3 million sale of the Connexion building in Tempe, AZ.  Click here to read more.

8/2018 – The Coppola-Cheney Group completes two large deals

The Coppola-Cheney Group had not one but two successful deals in the August 2018 CCIM Magazine:  the more-than $19.6 million lease of One Renaissance Square and the $11 million lease of SkySong 4 office property. Both deals landed C2 a feature in CCIM’s Deal Makers section. Click here to read more.

6/2018 – The Coppola-Cheney Group sells Camelback Commons

The Coppola-Cheney Group was responsible for the $66.5 million sale of Camelback Commons office property, which was featured as the biggest deal in CCIM’s Deal Makers. Click here to read more.

5/21/18 – Andrew and Craig talk the benefits of life after the pin

Craig and Andrew were quoted in AZRE about the powerful benefits of the CCIM designation in the commercial real estate world, and the impact it has had on his career. Click here to read more.

5/16/18 – Craig sits with Jim Gillespie to discuss networking

Craig joined Commercial Real Estate Coach Jim Gillespie in discussing the importance of networking and relationship building in commercial real estate. Click here to read the highlights from his interview or email us to listen to the podcast.

5/2/18 – A Day in the Life of a Brokerage Team

Craig gives a behind the scenes view of daily life on the C2 team in this article on the Apto Commercial Real Estate Blog. Click here to read more.

5/2018 – The Coppola-Cheney Group listed as Prime Time Players

The Coppola-Cheney Group was featured as a “Prime Time Player” in AZRE, closing out 2017 as the top-producing brokers at Lee & Associates Arizona. Click here to read more.

5/2018 – Baseball and Commercial Real Estate

Craig’s former baseball career was spotlighted in a recent AZRE article about athletes in commercial real estate. Click here to read more.

4/16/18 – Coppola discusses disruption in real estate on the latest Cashflow Ninja podcast 

Craig appeared on the podcast “Cashflow Ninja” to discuss how disruption in the real estate business is creating exciting new opportunities. Click here to listen.

3/26/18 – Cheney assists Graebel Companies, Inc. in their new office in Phoenix 

Andrew was referred through his SIOR network to be the local tenant representation broker for Graebel Companies, Inc. who just opened a new office at Valley Commerce Center in Phoenix. Click here to read more.

3/2/18 – Spring Training is a great opportunity to network with clients

Craig offers his two cents on Spring Training and how baseball can be a great chance to talk business in this article from the Phoenix Business Journal. Click here to read more.

2/21/18 – Lee & Associates and Coppola recognized in Lipsey’s 2018 Brand Survey

Lee & Associates was listed in the Lipsey Company’s Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brand Rankings for 2018 Results. Craig was also recognized as a top-performing team leader. Click here to read more.

2/20/18 – Cheney’s Executive Profile in Commercial Executive Magazine

Recently elected to NAIOP Chairman, Andrew received a great profile in Commercial Executive Magazine. Click here to read more.

2/8/18 – Voyage Phoenix features Craig Coppola in their series of articles on most inspiring professionals in Phoenix

Craig discusses the highs and lows of his 34-year career history in this great interview by Voyage Phoenix magazine. Click here to read more.

2/6/18 – Phoenix is leading the nation in its commitment to technology

Arizona is keeping technology and innovation front and center. It has punched above its weight with 46,400 internet jobs and 2,900 internet businesses.  Click here to read more.

1/31/18 – The Coppola-Cheney Group recognized in CCIM Big Deals

Andrew, Craig, and Gregg were recognized as ‘Deal Makers’ by CIRE Magazine for two massive transactions: the $9.3 million sale for ViaWest Properties and the $3.6 million lease for Phoenix RS One LLC. Click here to read more.

1/9/18 – SkySong continues to lease up

SkySong continues to fill up with a recent lease transaction with DoublePositive. This innovative company is moving its Arizona location to a 5,000 square foot collaborative space within SkySong 1. Click here to read more.

1/3/18 – Cheney selected as NAIOP Arizona’s 2018 chairman of the board

We are incredibly proud of Andrew Cheney, who was recently selected as NAIOP Arizona’s 2018 chairman of the board. Read more about the board’s agenda for the upcoming year in this article from Commercial Executive Magazine. Click here to read more.

12/1/17 – Cheney discusses the components of a dynamic team

Andrew discusses the key elements of operating a strong team in this featured report for SIOR. Click here to read more.

11/17/17 – Coppola awarded Landmark Leaders ‘Brokerage Leader of the Year’

Craig was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as a Brokerage Leader of the Year, as part of the Landmark Leaders 2017. Click here to read more.

11/8/17 – Cheney discusses disruption of tech in the real estate market

Andrew sat down with fellow Lee brokers Craig Viergever and Greg Tannor to talk about what is changing across real estate sectors, and how technology is going to be a disruptor. Watch the interview here.

9/1/17 – Looking Back and Moving Forward

Andrew was among several NAIOP board members interviewed about the future of commercial real estate in Arizona. Read his optimistic prognosis for the future of the market in this article. Click here to read more.

8/1/17 – Bank of America deal earns recognition in the SIOR Summer report

The Coppola-Cheney Group went above and beyond, putting in extra time to facilitate a successful lease with Bank of America. The transaction was featured in the 2017 Summer SIOR Report. Click here to read more.

7/6/17 – GEICO renews their lease at Desert Ridge Corporate Center

The Coppola-Cheney Group represented GEICO in their office space expansion and renewal at Desert Ridge Corporate Center, and were featured in the Scottsdale Independent. Click here to read more.

5/10/17 – Solar Panel Roads: The new trend?

Craig’s weekly narrative highlighting the hot topic, Solar Panels Roads, was featured in the Phoenix Business Journal. Click here to read more.

4/27/17 – Andrew Cheney’s insights on Q1 2017

Andrew’s insights and biggest takeaways for Q1 2017 were featured in the Phoenix Business Journal. Click here to read more.

4/18/17 – Andrew Cheney on driverless cars

Andrew was featured in for an article on the future of driverless cars. He weighs in on how this technology will disrupt the real estate industry. Click here to read more.

4/4/17 – Andrew Cheney recognized at 2016 Best of NAIOP Arizona

Andrew Cheney was recognized as Principal Member of the Year at the 2016 Best of NAIOP Arizona. Click here to read more.

3/27/17 – Largest Dollar Volume Member-to-Member Transaction

SIOR recognized Andrew Cheney and Craig Coppola in their sale of a 237,251 SF space for $72.5 million. This sale was ranked by SIOR as the largest dollar volume member to member transaction for an alternative asset in 2016. Click here to read more.

3/1/17 – Coppola-Cheney relocate CMOC to Midtown Phoenix

Commercial Executive Magazine spotlighted the Coppola-Cheney Group’s 16,299 SF transaction in Central Phoenix. Click here to read more.

2/13/17 – NAIOP Arizona Chapter recognized for communications program

Andrew Cheney represented NAIOP Arizona Chapter in Washington D.C. last week where they were recognized for their communications program for 2016. Click here to read more.

1/27/17 – From Field to Boardroom

NAIOP recognized Craig and Andrew as two former professional athletes who transitioned to successful real estate careers in The DL newsletter feature “From Field to Boardroom.” Click here to read more.

1/15/17 – Phoenix in Top 5 Market for Net Absorption

Phoenix was a top 5 market in the country for net absorption in 2016. Coppola-Cheney is proud to live and work in this great state. Click here to read more.

1/13/17 – Coppola-Cheney Group recognized in CCIM Biggest Deals

Craig, Andrew, and Gregg were featured in CCIM Magazine’s Deal Maker Column for their $32.5 million lease of The Pinnacle in Kierland III. Click here to read more.

12/30/16 – Craig Coppola recognized as 2016 Broker of the Year

Craig was recently recognized as Broker of the Year. Here’s a great interview with Craig from Commercial Executive Magazine. Click here to read more.

12/15/16 – SkySong 4 Opens to the Public

Coppola-Cheney is excited for the opening of SkySong 4, the fourth commercial office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. C2 is handling all leasing for the entire project. Click here to read more.

10/10/16 – Steak and real estate cook up $73 million deal

Coppola-Cheney helped facilitate the sale of Scottsdale Seville and La Mirada Shopping Center in Scottsdale. Click here to read more.

8/26/16 – Lee & Associates Celebrates 25 Years

Lee & Associates is celebrating 25 years in Phoenix, and C2 is proud to have been here from the start. Here’s to many more years serving this incredible community. Click here to read more.

7/20/16 – Plaza Companies selected to build Peoria Innovation Campus

Here’s a great article about one of our leasing projects, Plaza Companies’ Peoria Innovation Campus, and their journey to becoming a hub for innovation and technology. Click here to read more.

6/20/16 – Arizona is Hot and That is Not a Weather Report

Andrew was featured in for his achievement of the CRE designation. He also offers his two cents on what’s happening in the real estate market right now. Click here to read more.

6/14/16 – The CRE 2016-2017 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate

Craig and Andrew are 2 of only 20 Counselor’s (CRE’s) in Arizona. The Annual Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate is always highly anticipated. Here is 2016-2017’s. Enjoy. Click here to read now.

6/13/16 – Looking down on Matterhorn a highlight of Mt. Blanc climb

Andrew wrote about his trip hiking Mt Blanc in the Alps for the Arizona Republic. Click here to read the full article.

6/13/16 – Lee and Associates ranked #2 in CPE-MHN’s 2016 top brokerage firms

Commercial Property Executive ranks our firm, Lee & Associates, number two this year.  Congrats to the more than 800 brokers across North America who helped create the company we are today. Click here to read the full article.

6/10/16 – Andrew Cheney achieves CRE designation

Andrew was recently honored in the Phoenix Business Journal for achieving CRE designation. Click here to read the full article.

5/23/16 – Renters paying $1,200 more annually for Phoenix area apartments

Craig was quoted in the Phoenix Business Journal about the rise of rents and the fall of home ownership in the US. Click here to read the full article.

4/22/16 – Chandler Airport Center Prime Parcel Sold

Craig, Andrew, and Gregg represented The Southeast Regional Association of REALTORS (SEVRAR), the largest realty association in Arizona, in the purchase of their new office headquarters in Chandler. Click here to read the full article.

4/15/16 – SIOR’s Top 100 Office Transactions

Coppola-Cheney had three transactions listed in SIOR’s Top 100 Office Transactions of 2015. Click here to view the full list.

4/9/16 – All things considered…you are your brand

Craig shares his unique brand and marketing strategies in SIOR’s 75th Anniversary report. Click here to read the full article.

4/4/16 – If I knew then…

Craig shares a career mistake that shaped his business philosophy in Crain’s Phoenix ongoing series, “If I Knew Then.” Click here to read the full article.

4/16 – SIOR Top 10 Office Sale Transactions

Coppola-Cheney’s deal at Camelback Square came in on SIOR’s Top 10 Office Transactions of 2015 at number 7. Click here to view the full list.

3/29/16 – Valley infill development gets creative

Andrew weighs in on parking ratios in the Valley, in this look at the future of office and retail experiences. Click here to read the full article.

2/11/16 – NAIOP Arizona named large Chapter of the Year

NAIOP Arizona won the 2015 Chapter of the Year award at the organization’s annual gala in Washington DC. Andrew Cheney, NAIOP Arizona’s current Secretary, helped accept the award on behalf of the chapter. Click here to read the full article.

2/2/16 – Hoskin-Ryan Signs Long Term Phoenix Lease

The Coppola-Cheney Group has represented Mark IV Capital, owner of 5050 N. 40th Street, for over 6 years. They successfully signed Hoskin-Ryan to a long-term lease for over 12,000 SF on the first floor. Click here to read the full article.

12/20/2015 – Client Question and Answer

One of our long time clients, Small Giants, interviewed Andrew Cheney in their company newsletter. Click here to read the full article.

12/7/2015 – Phoenix is its Own Worst Critic

Andrew was quoted in’s article commenting on the status of the Phoenix economy. Click here to read the full article.

12/2/2015 – NAIOP AZ Names 2016 Chair and Board

Andrew Cheney is named Secretary of the Board of NAIOP Arizona. This will be Andrew’s 4th year serving on the NAIOP AZ Board. Click here to read the full article.

12/2015 – Coppola Receives The William J. Lee Lifetime Achievement Award

Craig received the company’s highest honor, The William J. Lee Lifetime Achievement Award, for 2015. The award was presented by CEO Jeffrey Rinkov and company Founder Bill Lee at the Lee Broker Summit at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas in October. Click here to read the full article from AZ Big Media.

11/2015 – CCIM Biggest Deals

Craig and Andrew were quoted in CCIM’s end of the year “Big Deals” article for their sale of Desert Ridge Corporate Center I&II ($58.4 million). This was the fourth biggest deal closed by a CCIM member in 2015. Click here to read the entire article.

10/2015 – Broker of the Month

Craig was named Commercial Executive Magazine’s Broker of the Month in October. In this article, learn a little more about Craig by exploring where he finds his motivation and his drive to achieve. Click here to read the entire article.

10/2015 – Adaptive Reuse

Andrew comments on the trend of adaptive reuse, or re-purposing old buildings for new office space, in this article from NAIOP. Click here to read the entire article.

10/2015 – Leading Legacies

Craig was featured as a Leading Legacy in NAIOP’s article about the growth and development of NAIOP Arizona. As a former chairman of NAIOP Arizona, Craig’s contributions are highlighted. Click here to read the entire article.

10/2015 – Will to Win

In this article from NAIOP about the evolution of NAIOP Arizona, Craig is quoted discussing the obstacles the chapter has faced and the ways the organization has overcome these challenges. Click here to read the entire article.

9/21/2015 – SkySong

Craig and Andrew have been the lead brokers on the Skysong Project helping lease the three current buildings to 97 percent occupancy. Construction of a fourth building is now underway. Click here to read the entire article.

9/4/2015 – Piedmont Transaction

Craig and Andrew brokered a deal for Piedmont Operating Partnership L.P. Click here to read the entire article.

9/2/2015 – Desert Ridge Corporate Center

Commercial Executive details Craig, Andrew, and Greg’s sale of two office leases at Desert Ridge Corporate Center I and II. Click here to read the entire article.

7/25/2015 – Office Commercial Update

Andrew penned an Office Commercial Update for the Commercial Corner of Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. In it, he details the slow yet continuous rise of Phoenix’s metro office market, covering vacancy percentages, net absorptions, and other key indicators of the market’s health. Click here to read entire article.

7/2015 – Deal Makers

Andrew and Craig were featured in CCIM’s Deal Makers section for representing Piedmont Office Realty in their office space lease. Click here to read the entire article.

5/26/15 – The Real Book of Real Estate

Robert Kiyosaki’s book, The Real Book of Real Estate, came in at #11 of Huffington Post’s 25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List. Craig wrote 2 chapters in this book. Click here for more details on The Real Book of Real Estate. Click here to read entire article. Click here to read the entire article.

5/15/15 – Deal Makers

Craig and Andrew were featured in CCIM’s Deal Makers section for representing Phoenix Investors in their office space lease. Click here to read the entire article.

5/2015 – The Fantastic Life

Craig, an alumni of ASU’s MBA program, announced the release of his third book in ASU magazine. Click here to read entire article.

4/10/15 – Bifurcation

Craig discusses the differences between Class A, B, and C office buildings, the two types of buyers, and the split between the global providers of real estate and the independents in this article on Click here to read the entire article.

4/1/15 – #flashbackfriday

This article in the Institute of Real Estate Management blog picks up an article Craig shared in his weekly LIFEies, titled “What I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self” and comments on the advice it gives. Click here to read the entire article.

4/2/15 – SIOR

This edition of the SIOR publication highlights one of Craig and Andrew’s transactions in Tempe. Click here to read the entire article.

3/18/15 – CCIM

CCIM recognized Andrew Cheney for receiving his CCIM transaction after a rigorous qualification process. Click here to read the entire article.

2/25/2015 – 2015 Top 25

Lipsey Company presented 2015 Top 25, a Commercial Real Estate Brand Survey and gave a shout out to The Coppola-Cheney Group as a leading brokerage team in Arizona. Click here to read the entire article.

2/3/2015 – Papago Arroyo

AZ Big Media wrote an article about the sale of Papago Arroyo, a transaction in which Andrew and Craig represented the seller, Greenwood & McKenzie. Click here to read the entire article.

1/18/2015 – 2015 Outlook

Andrew offers commentary about notable achievements in the market office sector’s net absorption in 2014. Click here to read the entire article.

1/2015 – What are LIFEies?

This article in The Moon Valley Tattler features Craig’s weekly narratives LIFEies, describing what they are, highlighting his book The Fantastic Life, and even offering a sample LIFEies from Craig’s blog. Click here to read the entire article.

1/2015 – AZ Business Leaders

Craig was briefly featured in AZ Business Leaders, with a short bio and fun fact. Click here to read the entire article.

9/2014 – Focus On Developing Talent

This article in InBusiness Magazine discusses Craig’s method of hiring based on unique abilities. Craig describes how to put together an efficient team to achieve success. Click here to read the entire article.

9/2014 – ASU Magazine

ASU Magazine announced the publication of Craig’s second book, How to Win in Commercial Real Estate Investing. Click here to read the entire article.

7/2014 – Chandler Forum

The Coppola-Cheney Group leases 50,000 SF at Chandler Forum. Click here to read entire article.

7/2014 – Think Big

Andrew is quoted discussing post-recession growth in an article that appears in Commercial Investment Real Estate, the publication of CCIM. Click here to read the entire article.

7/2014 – Spec Office

Andrew comments on the return of speculative office space to the market. Click here to read the entire article.

4/2014 – California Casualty Renewal reports on the California Casualty lease renewal that was negotiated by Craig and Andrew. Click here to read the entire article.

2/2014 – Market Improvements

Andrew comments on the metro Phoenix market’s gradual comeback, looking at local trends in job growth and absorption. Click here to read the entire article.

1/2014 – Impact Players

Craig was featured as an Impact Player in AZ Business Leaders 2013-2014. Click here to read the entire article.

2013 – 40 under 40

Andrew earned the ‘40 under 40’ award for Phoenix Business Journals top professionals under the age of 40 in 2013. Click here to read the entire article.

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