Mark J. Duclos is the president of Hartford-based Sentry Commercial, one of the most active commercial real estate firms in Greater Hartford that offers brokerage, property management and construction management services.
Duclos has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 35 years and is a go-to resource on major trends and issues, especially in the region’s red-hot distribution sector. He typically represents southern New England companies that are in the manufacturing, warehouse and service industries.
He’s been involved in several major deals over the past year, including completing long-term leases at two major Greater Hartford properties: the 140,000-square-foot office and industrial space at 15 Sterling Drive, Wallingford; and the 238,000-square-foot office and industrial space at 113 North Maple St., Enfield.
He’s also helped broker the sale of two other properties: the 86,000-square-foot industrial facility at 780 North Colony Drive, Wallingford; and the 167,000-square-foot industrial facility at 215 Moody Road, Enfield.
Sentry’s relatively new 4,500-square-foot downtown Hartford office space at 160 Trumbull St. — dubbed The REC — is also unique. The space features exposed brick, wood floors and an open floor plan — all aimed at promoting a collaborative in-person environment.
It also aims to help bring the broader real estate community together — including other brokers and related professionals like attorneys, accountants, etc. — for networking, programming and informal interactions.
Duclos is very active in the region’s real estate community. He is on the boards of the Hartford Real Estate Finance Association and CT/Western Massachusetts chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.
In terms of an outlook, Duclos said the office market continues to be challenged, but he remains bullish on the region’s industrial market, although the slowing and uncertain economy is creating some headwinds.