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Deborah Smith


The CenterCap Group

Co-founder and principal of The CenterCap Group

Lead advisor to the special committee of Cole Office & Industrial REIT II in evaluating its eventual merger with Griffin Capital Essential Asset

Wrote a number of thought leadership articles during the pandemic

Deborah Smith is co-founder and principal of The CenterCap Group, a  boutique investment bank providing strategic advisory, capital-raising and consulting related services to private and public sector companies and fund managers across the real assets industry. She heads the Stamford, CT-based firm’s strategic capital and M&A and execution efforts. During a difficult COVID-19 year, Smith worked with numerous firm clients to reposition their business strategies to remain competitive and relevant for their constituents (investors, employees and counter parties).  

These firm clients (real estate private equity firms and real estate operating companies alike) have benefited from her insight and advice on strategic positioning and platform value-enhancing activity during a challenging year. She guided clients both in the US and abroad on formation of corporate partnerships within co-living, impact investment, co-working and credit strategies. She also served as lead advisor to the special committee of Cole Office & Industrial REIT II in evaluating its eventual merger with Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT ($5.8 billion combined).  

Smith also wrote a number of thought leadership articles during the pandemic, providing industry insight and perspective on a number of topics including cold storage, logistics and social impact investment sectors. In an article written ahead of COVID-19, she highlighted the social impact investment avenues within multifamily–before it became a topic of true discussion within the industry. 

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Smith as one of the National 2021 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect CRE’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others. 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).