In 1968, while obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit, Bob obtained his real estate license and began selling homes in Northwest Detroit. By 1970, he was heading the sale of present homes for one of Michigan’s largest residential builders, and did so for ten years.
In 1978, Bob went into the brokerage of industrial properties, and since then, has specialized in the brokerage of industrial properties on the West Side of Detroit, the western, northwestern, and southwestern suburbs of Detroit. During this time, he has created many close business relationships, which have facilitated his brokerage success.
In March 1993, he joined The Farbman Group Real Estate Company, and soon became a Vice-President of Brokerage. During his six years with this company of approximately 85 employees, he secured a firm standing on the Top Five Producers of the Year for four of the six years he spent with this company.
In 1998, he brokered the sale of the, then, Hayes Lemmerz facility in Romulus, Michigan, a complex of approximately 1,300,000 square feet. To compliment this sale, he then leased this entire facility within a one-month period to a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation and a major local public warehouse in the Detroit Metropolitan area. The sale of 1,300,000 square feet and the immediate lease of over 1,000,000 square feet to BBK, earned Bob the distinction of having made the largest industrial sale, square footage size and dollar amount, and also the largest industrial lease, square footage size, for the year, as reported in Crain’s Detroit Business.
In January 2000, Bob returned to Burger Easton & Company, as a Principal, responsible for overseeing the firm’s legal issues and documents. In 2001, just one year after returning to Burger Easton & Company, his diligence and representation of his client’s best interests earned him an award from The Jewish News as Detroit’s Best Commercial Broker.
In late 2000, Bob continued to expand his industrial real estate services to long-term clients by providing management services to them. This proved to be a most vital service to some of his clients, and in 2002, he formally created a separate management company, Robert Frank Management, L.L.C. In a short period, his clientele expanded and he has been instrumental in increasing cash flows by increasing rents for his clients and reducing their maintenance and management costs, and, at the same time, increasing tenant satisfaction with the facilities.
In a continued effort to better serve his clients and customers, in early 2003, he became an Associate Broker at Friedman Integrated Real Estate Solutions. This new affiliation provides better and expanded capabilities to promote properties, full service management, and in-house ability to accommodate build to suits and office planning for these clients and customers. With a brokerage staff handling industrial, retail, and office sales and leasing, a full property management division, and a full construction and designing department at his disposal, every need of every client or customer can now be fully accommodated.