“In selecting a consultant for my corporate real estate partnering initiative, I was looking for someone flexible, energetic, with great industry knowledge, and personally empathetic to my need to disrupt the RFP process. Vik and his company, Verum Consulting, responded with a willingness to do just that. I engaged Verum Consulting, and together we developed a new way of running RFPs – focused on relationship, transparency, and a high level of personal interaction. This process resulted in an amazing level of trust, better leveraging the excellence and talent within the service provider community to drive an outcome that rewarded creativity as well as capability. This process took almost everyone out of their comfort zone, except Vik. If you’ve struggled with your service provider relationships, I highly recommend you give him a call. Vik’s approach involved coaching, training, and guiding my internal real estate team as well as the service provider teams, from needs analysis all the way through account transition (an add-on service from others but maybe the most crucial part of the consultant’s job, and thus a commitment from Vik). He’s a great team player, respectful to all involved, thoughtful in his counsel, and fun to work with. Thanks for everything Vik!”
-Philip Grossberg, VP Global Real Estate and Facilities Management – Avnet, Inc.
“Having known Vik for a number of years as an industry thought leader and dynamic public speaker, I was excited to find that Vik and Verum Consulting were engaged to lead the Corporate Real Estate RFP process for Avnet. From the service provider perspective, it was, in a word – Refreshing. The innovative process led our teams to think differently, solution more effectively and create a joint culture that would lead to the best results for Avnet. It was exactly the kind of bespoke process that our industry needs to knock the cobwebs off the status quo. I’d happily recommend Verum Consulting to any leader who is looking to drive bottom line results without losing the dynamics of a true partnership philosophy.”
-Michelle Needles, Senior Vice President – Colliers-International
“Vik is a not only an experienced professional and industry thought-leader, but someone who is willing to selflessly share his time and knowledge with others to help advance our workplace community. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Vik and watch his leadership in action through numerous positive interactions. Whether offering valuable content online, moderating a panel discussion, or speaking to an audience, Vik delivers his strategic vision about corporate real estate with precision and an authenticity that is hard to find.”
-Mike Petrusky, Director of Events and Growth Marketing – iOFFICE, Inc.
“Vik is a wonderful speaker that gives real-world tips on how to navigate the challenges and create momentum for successfully implementing innovation in the workplace. He is knowledgeable about real estate from every aspect as an internal corporate executive, an outsourcing provider and independent consultant bringing the depth of experience needed to help organizations take action that has immediate impact. He is a true professional and a pleasure to work with.”
-Elizabeth Dukes, Co-Founder – iOFFICE, Inc.
“I hired Vik as an advisor to help define Uptake’s go-to-market strategy within the Facilities Management Space. Vik is a forward thinking leader in this space when it comes to innovative technologies and the future of work. He was extremely valuable to help define valuable products around Predictive Analytics and AI for Commercial Real Estate. Vik is world-class when it comes to technology in the FM space – the domain expertise he provides coupled with his relationships across the industry allow him to execute flawlessly.”
-Tasos Angelopoulous, Director Strategy & Business Development at Uptake Technologies
“I have reached out to Vik twice to serve on commercial real estate panels. He does not disappoint. Vik is one of the best speakers and facilitators in the business. Vik combines high level end-user and service provider experience with a great deal of energy. People leave his speaking engagements equipped with new ideas and inspired to do their very best…and that’s just a taste. If you hire Vik as a consultant, expect world class results.”
-Bill Early, Senior Vice President – Hailsolve
“Vik is incredibly resourceful and highly client focused. I’ve always appreciated his openness and, whether it’s lease audit and advisory firms (like CTS) or technology firms, project managers, architects, etc., Vik will always bring his clients unbiased and impartiality when working to solve their corporate real estate problems. He always looks for the best cultural fit when managing CRE outsourcing projects and this approach has been proven to have a more lasting effect than any cost-driven approach.”
-Ed Harris, Principal – Commercial Tenant Services, Inc.
“Vik has developed a proprietary methodology to help identify, address and resolve client-specific problems and challenges that could hinder a project’s successful outcome. His VERUM process quickly gets the client’s sourcing and/or project teams committed and aligned BEFORE kicking off the initiative. The VERUM process is employed no matter the assignment: real estate outsourcing, strategic planning, tenant fit out, organizational restructuring, etc. The result is a cohesive and committed team that can focus on getting the work done rather than stopping to deal with fire drills. If you’ve ever had a promising project derail and cause headaches and delays, you should definitely reach out to Vik.”
-Paul Ham, VP Support Services at Ridgeview Medical Center
“Often, a corporation’s real estate acquisition and management actions and the day to day facilities management functions are making decisions based on opposing objectives. Vik understands the critical need for a unified corporate facilities strategy that brings the facilities management, real estate management, and all property asset acquisition, management & maintenance functions into a synergistic relationship. He fosters these relationships between client and outsourced resources with a view to a cohesive team focused on the client’s needs and strategic plan.”
-Larry McLaughlin – McLaughlin & Associates, Inc.
“Vik has excellent people skills and a strong grasp of how to get things done at a global level. He tells it like it is and is always diplomatic, even when delivering unpalatable news.”
-Andrew Chan, COO Asia Pacific – Columbia Threadneedle Investments
“Vik recognizes the value of operational excellence and CRE alignment with corporate goals. I’ve worked with him at several points in our respective careers and have always been impressed by his energy level, creative thinking and commitment.”
-Mary Roll, Principal – Mary Roll Advisory Services
“I’ve known Vik and Verum Consulting since before he started the company in 2008 and I also worked with Vik at Cresa. He’s a top notch expert in real estate outsourcing and outsourcing best practices.”
-Ashok Kumar, Founder and Managing Director Gennex Partners, India
“If you’re looking for someone to help improve your team’s motivation and performance, Vik is your guy! The VERUM process and the Discovery approach he uses under his Verum Consulting banner are amazing. Vik uses his analytics and in depth knowledge to quickly coordinate everyone which leads to greater team synergy. This enables stronger results and full commitment to the effort. I highly recommend Vik for his knowledge and style also.”
-Nancy Martel, Former Director of Business Development – Kraus-Anderson
“Vik thinks out of the box and is very creative in developing corporate strategies that meet the client’s objective. His diverse background, skill sets and passion for real estate are the key ingredients that make him the “go to guy”.”
-Sunil Das, former GM & Director, Workplace Transformation – Intel Corporation
“Vik has broad expertise in international real estate strategy and transactions. He helped us with projects in Asia Pacific. It has been a pleasure to work with him even for a short period of time.”
-Tony Poon, Co-CEO – Threadneedle Portfolio Services Hong Kong Ltd.
“Vik has served the Corporate Real Estate industry for over 25 years as both a CRE executive and a real estate advisor. That balance, in addition to his thought leadership puts him in the topmost tier of Corporate Real Estate consultants today. Verum Consulting is the absolute right vehicle for Vik’s truth-based, principled approach to helping clients.”
-Kris Clements, Global Account Manager – Cogent Communications
“Vik is a seasoned executive, fun to work with and sharp as a whip. I heartily recommend him.”
-Dave Gray, CEO X-Plane
“As a corporate real estate transaction and strategy professional with experience in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, I can attest that it was great having someone with Vik’s international transaction talents and experience, based in the U.S., to help my clients establish, expand or relocate their offices, manufacturing operations or R&D centres internationally. Whether it’s strategy-to-execution or a one-off consulting engagement, I look forward to partnering once again with Vik and Verum Consulting.”
-Stephen DeKuyper, Co-Founder and President at BeniPlus Inc.
“I am the Broker/Owner of a commercial real estate practice for Century 21 in Saginaw, Michigan and Vik has been instrumental in helping guide me and my firm through all aspects of running a multi-market, multi-service client account. This has helped me work with my clients better and provide them both excellent local service and options when considering a national platform. Other brokerage firms should take advantage of his expertise to help them solidify and grow their client relationships and tap into what I call “annuity” business.”
-Kenneth Kujawa, Broker/Owner – Century 21 Signature Realty
“Vik is an enigmatic and knowledgeable presenter, a thought leader in the Real Estate industry who has consistently been rated top faculty at CoreNet, having spent 12 years teaching the Real Estate Outsourcing MCR. He has rapidly established Verum Consulting, innovatively filling a gap in the market when companies are assessing the quality of outsourced services they are receiving prior to conducting a costly RFP process. Vik is a pleasure to work with and I am sure Verum can help your organization advance.”
-Simon Davis, Executive Managing Director, Global Technology – Newmark Knight Frank
“Vik is a corporate real estate leader who also understands the behavioral and cultural aspect of organizational performance. His approach with Verum Consulting goes far beyond most real estate consultants and we’ve developed a good basis for working together as a result.”
-Christopher Lindberg, Vice President, Enterprise Growth – Aramark, Inc.
“Vik has been a valuable advisor to Unmapped Brewing Co., providing timely and savvy advice on a broad rage of operational and strategic issues. I expect Verum Consulting will be an integral part of the success of Unmapped Brewing Co.”
-JD Park, Founder – Unmapped Brewing Co.
“Vik is very professional and an absolute pleasure to be around. His integrity is second to none. You will never go wrong when Vik is on your team.”
-Sarah Gayer, Commercial Real Estate Professional
“Vik is one of the best people I have met in the commercial real estate industry. Vik’s ethics are impeccable. He absolutely desires to give clients the best solutions possible. And Vik cares about the people he works with.”
-Mark Evans, President at Breaking Bread Bakery, Inc.
Additional accolades for Vik and Verum Consulting can be found on Vik’s LinkedIn page.