I just got back from Denver where the bi-annual Association of Tenant Representatives (ATR) conference was held. ATR is a group of independent commercial real estate brokers exclusively focused on serving the needs of companies and non-profits in their real estate transactions. We only represent the user side – tenant or buyer. We meet twice a year to share ideas, best practices, resources, education, marketing, and networking. It also provides us the ability to serve our clients on a national basis since we can leverage the collective expertise throughout the country. This is a group of very seasoned professionals. I love the exchange of ideas, hearing about what’s going on in other markets, and the national reach. Great group of people and another great conference! To learn more about ATR, go to

Bob Gibbons is a Real Estate Advisor & Tenant Advocate with REATA Commercial Realty, Inc. which is a tenant advisory firm based in Plano, Texas. Bob serves companies in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Richardson, Addison, Dallas and the surrounding areas and specializes in companies which lease or buy office and warehouse properties.