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My Top 5 in 2022 👨‍🚀

Updated: May 17

Looking back at 2022, I realized what a year it’s been. Here are my top five experiences that made me laugh or somehow changed my life:

Josie and Levi smiling because we're playing minature golf.
Josie and Levi

1. The window was open in the rental car as we drove to a putt-putt course in Florida. My beautiful wife was next to me, and Levi was smiling as he watched the palm trees go by. We were content and livin’ the life! Then I hear, “Dad, a bird just pooped on me!” I let Levi know that when a bird poops on you––especially through an open car window––it’s a sign of good luck! 😆 That's how 2022 started, and I’m beginning to think that old wives’ tale is true.

Scans of a injured spine.

2. After a great family trip to start the year, I realized that I was slowing down. I was having a hard time keeping up with my son, and that was killing me. Sixty plus jumps out of airplanes over France, Germany, Belgium, and the US was a fun way to spend my time in the Army when I was 18 or so. But I’m paying for it now! Almost at 100% disability from back pain, I tried everything to feel better––even a 90-day alcohol-free challenge with a group of super successful entrepreneurs. I thought maybe no alcohol would reduce swelling in my body and help alleviate the pain. Plus, through lots of friends and referrals to different doctors, I found a team that has given me some major relief from my daily pain. I also found that being alcohol free is a lifestyle that keeps me more present. You know me, I don’t like to miss a thing. Now that my pain is way more manageable, I’m able to throw Levi the football or climb up to check out an HVAC unit on a building. I’m back, baby!

Two smiling commercial real estate brokers.
Brian Potratz and Me

3. My goal for 2022 was to buy three new investment properties. I strongly believe in having commercial property as part of my investment portfolio. I not only met my goal but tripled it! This happened because of the great people I’ve met along the way. It continues to amaze me how meeting just one new person can completely change your world. So, now I’m setting much higher goals for 2023!

Jeff floating on a boat on the Mississippi.
Somewhere on the Mississippi

4. Adventure is part of my DNA. Every year I take a trip my 10-year-old self would dream up and then figure it out as I go. I’ve taken motorcycle trips all over, including through Central America and India. This year, I took the Huckleberry Finn approach and floated on a pontoon down the Mississippi River with a friend. We launched from St. Paul and were picked up (with the pontoon in one piece and the two of us alive 😉) in St. Louis seven days later. What an awesome trip! Seeing the country at 10 mph from the river is something I will never forget. Changing my location and removing certain comforts turns out to be the best way for me to gain perspective and remember how much I have to be grateful for.

Jeff in front of a school chalkboard, holding an eraser. CEG gets deals done is written on the board.

5. To top off the year, I decided to go back to school! CEG was awarded the Minneapolis Public School contract to be the official brokerage. We are currently selling three beautiful school buildings, with lots of fun and exciting projects to come.


So looking back on 2022, I feel blessed. I’m fortunate to have incredible people in my life––that means you, too! Looking forward, I’m hopeful and excited. Hey, I even welcome another bird with IBS to fly overhead! 😆 What's your top 5 in 2022?

Happy New Year!

Smiling Jeff sitting on a park bench next to his dog.

Jeff Salzbrun is the managing partner of Commercial Equities Group (CEG). As a veteran-owned real estate brokerage, CEG has been involved in thousands of sale and lease transactions, ranging from single offices to 250,000+ square foot buildings. At CEG, we get your deal done. We know space, and we know the CRE business.

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