Bidding “Mon amies — Adieu!” to his CBRE Clarion Securities colleagues, Watch That Rat Hole author Kenneth Campbell is retiring from his duties as a managing director at CBRE Clarion effective December 31, 2017. “I began working when I was 12 and this marks my 75th year of working. “During those years I’ve hoed corn, pitched hay, stocked grocery shelves, washed dishes, blended laundry bleach, dug ditches, made steel, and pumped gas – and analyzed nearly 500 REIT stocks.” “I’ve…..
It’s taken over a year but the University of Pennsylvania Libraries have used their masterful technological skills to bring into the digital age the raw material behind the book Watch That Rat Hole…and Witness the REIT Revolution. All 475 issues of Realty Trust Review/Realty Stock Review – published from 1970 and 1990 totaling nearly 4,000 pages of securities analysis, factual research and periodic stock pricing – are now available on-line. Better yet, each issue of RTR/RSR is searchable so scholars,…..
Eric Bolton, the hard-charging and successful CEO of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartments) lists Watch That Rat Hole among his recent reads as part of a profile in REIT Magazine’s January/February 2017 edition. “I very much enjoyed reading your book as I found the information surrounding the creation of the REIT industry fascinating,” Eric says in an email exchange. “It brought back some memories along with reinforcing some sound investment principles. “The insights you provide also served to remind me of…..
Directors & Boards Magazine, providing thought leadership in corporate governance since 1976, features Watch That Rat Hole in its “Book it: Best bets for board reading” in its third quarter 2016 issue. The feature is shown below: marketing-director-and-boards-article-10-20-16-20161020151820202
Wonder of wonders, wunderkind REIT analyst Bruce Garrison possesses the only tabbed copy of Watch that Rat Hole. Garrison, analyst for Kidder, Peabody & Co. in the 1980s and 1990s, was so captivated by a surge of memories while reading Watch That Rat Hole that he placed colored tabs on sections especially appealing to him. Here Bruce (l) shows off his original volume to Author Ken Campbell during a book signing June 8 in Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Bruce now runs Chilton Capital Management…..
“I just finished your book. Wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. What an excellent read! As a Yankee fan, from Ridgewood, NJ who has ended up in Radnor it was much than a history of REITs. It’s amazing to see how you ended up where you are and I look forward to seeing you at your shop in Radnor for years to come.” That’s the unsolicited verdict of Ryan Gray, Director of Institutional Equity Sales for Oppenheimer &…..
Kenneth Campbell recently was interviewed by National Professional Mortgage magazine. You may read the ensuing article using this link: http://nationalmortgageprofessional.com/news/59682/kennethcampbellsweet-reit-life
Why? Throughout the writing of Watch That Rat Hole, that one question persisted. Why dig through those old files moldering in storage? Why read and reread those long-forgotten Realty Stock Review issues? Why poke into nagging questions locked into the deep recesses of my brain? Why chronicle your actions in a ringside seat witnessing the REIT Revolution? Writing this memoir was sometimes personally painful, forcing me to fess up to mistaken judgments and spreading on the public record events and experiences previously…..
I recently read your book Watch That Rat Hole and was motivated to tell you personally how much I appreciated the story you told. In a nice personal context you were able to give the reader a front row seat on the evolution of the U.S. REIT market from its initial days. It was great to hear about the early days of tiny companies and short term business plans, and subsequently to see later waves of REITs evolve toward…..
I recently read your new book, “Watch That Rat Hole” and want to tell you that it is a wonderful read. I have always enjoyed interacting with you, and believe that your sense of personal ethics and high standards are worth emulating and spreading. We see so much grandstanding and self-promotion these days, and it is wonderful to know someone who remains self-effacing and humble despite so much accomplishment. You are a true inspiration. I made your book required reading…..
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