Retail Leasing - good entry point for acquisitions or development, or career suicide?
I was told by a director of acquisition at a small family office (they primarily buy multifamily with ground floor retail) that it would be a good idea to work as a retail leasing broker (tenant rep) if one wanted to do acquisitions.
His logic was that if you developed a great relationship with retailers you could parlay that into a role or partnership with an acquisition group later on. The retail, and their high rents, being the financial anchor of so many mixed use buildings these days.
Is this foolhardy advice or is there a point to it? Would this be career suicide (broker type-casting) for someone who wants to work in RE PE or a small acquisitions shop?