What advice would you give to someone starting out in CRE?
The best advice I can give is actively participate in an association that you can believe in. One that has similar values and makes you feel like you want to dig in and get active! Seek some of the senior in experience professionals there, ask them for coffee or lunch and learn from them! Ask them if they would mentor you once a month and come prepared for those meetings. You will learn so much and you would be shocked how many people are willing and able to help teach you the ropes. I have learned from some of the best and made great friendships this way too!
How has NAIOP advanced your career in CRE?
I am newer to NAIOP but this was a great stepping stone for me in a sense that I am surrounding myself with industry professionals many of which I don’t see or network with in other associations I belong to. This allows me to push my career further and learn even more things! There is a HUGE passion for educating their members and that is something that fires me up! There is no price tag to the power of education. NAIOP does a fantastic job of creating events and forums with intention to connect their people to each other. I feel there is a healthy balance of professionals and I have yet to meet one person who has not been friendly or welcoming.
Who or what has influenced you most in your professional life?
Surrounding myself with other passionate people! Honestly, I have so many people I have been blessed in being surrounded with and placed under their wings through my career that I can’t list them all. I will say however, that having supportive bosses that believe in relationship building and believe in following your purpose and dreams makes all the difference! Keeping myself in close proximity of commercial professionals that believe in the power of education and constant self improvement is also a great benefit I have reaped much success from.