We asked our Research Foundation Governors: "Do you believe mentorship is important in the commercial real estate industry? Have you served as a mentor, and if so, why?"
"Yes, mentorship is very important in our industry and can accelerate learning for individuals early in their career. Finding a mentor (or two) willing to share real project experiences, highlights – and often more helpful, lowlights – is invaluable. I’ve been fortunate to have great mentors throughout my career as well as had the good fortune of being a mentor. Sharing information and experiences in this industry makes everyone better."
“Yes, absolutely. I have been on both sides of the mentorship coin in my career and believe finding a mentor and serving as one are essential to personal growth and honest self-assessment. Mentorship, if patiently and thoughtfully cultivated, can help mentors and mentees develop trusted long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial in our ever-changing commercial development industry. I have mentored many individuals over the years and find that helping others adapt, grow, and succeed drives business success and, personally, is very rewarding.”