In 1985, Mr. Salem joined the newly created Commercial Department of a Sioux City real estate company and chose to specialize in the Commercial/Industrial market in Siouxland. Within one year, Mr. Salem was a multi-million dollar producer in both sales and leasing of commercial property. In the early 90’s, he became known as “Mr. Commercial” and has earned The President’s Award as the top producer of the Greater Sioux City Board of Realtors since 1988.
On October 1, 2000, Mr. Salem revived the familiar Salem logo of the 70’s. He started a new company called Salem Commercial Real Estate, capitalizing on the expertise and client following he developed in commercial real estate during the previous 15 years. In only a few months, Salem Commercial leased and sold several million dollars of commercial real estate. The company expanded to include two more licensed Commercial Specialists and was the only company specializing exclusively in Retail, Office, and Industrial Real Estate in Siouxland. By October 2001, Salem Commercial was the largest commercial company in Siouxland and on November 15, 2001, Salem Commercial became the commercial division of United Real Estate Solutions, Inc. In 2005, Salem became Broker Associate and Vice President of a new company, United Commercial.
In 2017, Mr. Salem elected to keep his main office in Sioux City and revived the Salem Real Estate name by opening his office in Downtown Sioux City. Mr. Salem has negotiated and arranged commercial leases and sales for everyone from “ma’s and pa’s” to the very largest corporations, with an uncanny knack for deal making. He was a board member and twice President of the Greater Sioux City Board of Realtors and was awarded the “Realtor of the Year” for an unprecedented second time in 1998. He is past President of the Iowa Commercial/Land Board of Realtors and has successfully completed Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) courses and requirements, receiving the coveted SIOR designations in both Office and Industrial. He has also completed the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) courses and requirements to complete the prestigious CCIM designation. His knowledge and expertise in the Siouxland commercial marketplace and his licensed Administrative Assistant, Karla Hertz, enable Mr. Salem to service his clients in an exceptional way.