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Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown

Office Evolution director focused on conversions

Nancy Brown is the new director of brand expansion at Office Evolution, a 45-unit shared office space franchise that’s seeing rapid growth as the commercial office market is upended with ever-shrinking per-person square footage and companies of all sizes seeking greater flexibility in their space needs.

Formerly with BusinesSuites, Brown has been in the shared office industry for 18 years, during which the category has grown from a miniscule part of the commercial office market to one of fastest- growing categories in markets of all sizes.

Many of Office Evolution’s customers are local entrepreneurs such as accountants and attorneys, but the company’s suburban-focused portfolio also attracts larger, more traditional business users that want more flexibility than typical long-term leases provide.

“They need to be able to grow and expand, or shrink if they have layoffs,” Brown said of its larger clients. “We’re just taking the existing space that’s always been there and we’re repurposing it into more flexible terms.”

As director of business expansion, Brown will be enticing independent shared office providers to convert to the Office Evolution system. She added that being part of a franchise means such independents can trim their staff to one full-time manager, with the franchisor handling calls and billing.

“Because of that knowledge and the support team we have in Denver, we offer a tremendous benefit to folks who are out there trying to make it on their own,” she said. “The number one reason is they’re going to become more profitable and they’re going to have us on their time giving them advice and providing support.”

Office Evolution has 45 locations in the United States, eight owned by the franchisor, with estimates to reach 60 operating by the end of 2018 as the industry continues expanding.

—Tom Kaiser

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