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My Top 5 in 2023

Updated: May 17

As I reflect on 2023, gratitude is a theme that threads through my top five. I have much to be grateful for. It’s not that I’m lucky –– it’s that I have prioritized reflecting, noticing, and acknowledging.

Sleeping baby on Grandpa
Sleeping baby on Grandpa

1.      Brooks! With his tiny little fingers, sweet baby breath, and snoozing comfortably on my chest, being a grandpa to Baby Brooks is definitely number one on my list. I’m so proud of my daughter, Halie. She’s already a great mom! Born the end of November, his 8 pounds of sweetness has brought a smile to all of our faces. Uncle Levi and I predict many adventures ahead! Grandma Josie shakes her head. 😆😆😆

I value my family.

Happy couple in winter gear outside in the snow
With my beautiful wife, Josie

2.      I’ll never stop being grateful for the people that have supported, encouraged, and challenged me along the way. I say it a lot, but I wouldn’t be here without those mentors. My military family, John Allen, Dick Jeske, my wife Josie, Rafik Moore, and Todd Rooker are just a few of the people that changed the course of my life. They stuck with me, gave me chances at pivotal turning points, and believed in me. People need people.

Man throwing axe, smiling group, and pickle ball players
Team at Smash Park

3      Axe throwing isn’t as easy as it looks. This month we went to Smash Park as a team building get together. And while some got the axe to stick on the first throw, others took longer. But they persisted as the rest of the team encouraged. That’s exactly what I want for our team. We’ve developed an intentional culture at CEG of support, growth, and fun. We all need to laugh.

Boy about to golf ball at a driving range
Levi sizing up his next swing

4.      Our team culture continues to influence me when it comes to work-life balance, health, and happiness. I’ve made definite life changes over the years, and those changes allow me to continue to reap the benefits. I did an alcohol free challenge a few years ago, and never thought what an incredible change this would be. I don’t drink anymore and most of our team doesn’t either. Not intentional, just worked out that way. I feel so much better and am able to accomplish way more. In my 2022 end of the year blog, I talked about my back pain. This year, I’ve focused on exercise, am working with a trainer again, and building up my core muscles to support my back. I used to use alcohol as a way to relax, now I go for a walk, do morning yoga, play basketball with Levi, or hit at Topgolf with the family (or some other family activity). Good health habits help me enjoy life much more.

School building entrance with stairs and open door
School entrance – the door is open

5.      I also wrote about going back to school last year. We’re still working with MPS and this year have added Anoka-Hennepin School District to our client list. Along with a federal USDA deal, we have continued to broaden our work in the public sector, while making leasing, selling, and buying deals happen for our private clients. I appreciate each and every client. Each deal means we are helping people.

This year continued to build momentum. Our team has grown, CEG Property Management is supporting our investments, and operating income allows us to continue to acquire investments. 2023 has been an all-around win for CEG! Bull's eye!

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Happy Jeff

Jeff Salzbrun is the owner/broker 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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