Prologis’ Hardy Milsch’s Multicultural Career
SVP Country Manager, Brazil Operations
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hardy Milsch, Brazil’s country manager since 2013, views running our business there and growing our portfolio of customers and facilities as one of his biggest challenges and accomplishments.
Of his time in Brazil, Milsch says he is most proud of “building a fantastic team of young professionals who understand our priorities, our desire for quality and our desire to be market leaders.”
Milsch’s predecessor in Brazil, Nick Kittredge, launched Prologis CCP in 2008, a partnership between Prologis and Cyrela Commercial Properties (CCP), Brazil’s leading operator and developer of commercial real estate. At the start, Kittredge shared a single desk with two other people. Since then, the partnership has developed almost 9 million square feet across eight industrial parks—six in São Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro.
As a kid growing up on the north side of Chicago and later helping his parents run their two German restaurants in Mexico, Milsch never imagined a career in industrial real estate. Nor did he envision raising a family in South America. His education in hospitality and restaurant management brought him a hotel management job in Texas. He switched to industrial real estate when Hines, a large property management company, approached him with an offer he couldn’t refuse.
In July 2007, Milsch left Hines to join AMB as head of leasing for Mexico. In 2011, after AMB and ProLogis merged to form Prologis, he became the company’s market officer for Guadalajara and Central Mexico.
Soon after, Milsch was offered the country manager position for Brazil. Of the transition from Mexico to Brazil, Milsch says, “While there are many similarities between Mexico and other Latin American countries, Brazil's background is unique. It is a melting pot of many different cultures.”
When asked about his greatest personal accomplishment in Brazil, Milsch acknowledges that learning Portuguese in his forties was a feat.
After two moves, three countries and a decade at Prologis, Milsch reflects on why Prologis is a great place to work: “The fact that our leadership is crystal clear on where we are headed. It's up to us on how to get there but their direction is straightforward.”