Tomorrow, most Americans will gather with family and friends in households around the country for that celebratory meal and a host of other holiday traditions and while it means different things to different people, for many of us that means a lot of food and football on television. However, the spirit of Thanksgiving, at least in how I was raised is to give thanks for the blessings in our life. Of course it is natural to think about what we value most and for me these are some of the things you might expect, my savior Jesus Christ, my kids and family, my friends, my country, my career and thankfully good health.
So since Thanksgiving is upon us, I would be remiss to acknowledge the industry in which I earn a living and am grateful to be just as passionate about right this moment as the day I embarked on this career path some 22 years ago.
So what about CRE am I thankful for?
Colliers International: We are all partial to our organizations but I couldn’t be more fortunate than to have been part of Colliers International for over 12 years now. Our culture is fantastic and I work with some extremely bright, talented, successful and passionate professionals both in our Houston office and throughout the country and globe.
My Clients: We all value our clients and I am fortunate to have some long-time loyal clients and new ones that range from one of Houston’s largest employers, major corporations, to a host of medium size and small businesses that are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. The privilege of working with you is the reason I can pay the bills and enjoy many of the luxuries I am blessed with.
Houston, Texas: The commercial real estate business can be brutally tough and the most recent economic cycle reminded us of that. Houston was one of the last cities to enter the recession and one of the first to exit and I know the struggles have not been as near difficult for me in my great city compared to what many of my peers located in other parts of the country have experienced over the last few years.
The Houston Brokerage Community: I was just chatting with my friend Ken Ashley in Atlanta the other day and I commented that in my recent trip to Atlanta for a CRE industry event I met dozens of Atlanta CRE brokers and they were remarkably similar to Houston CRE brokers. Ken responded that the CRE brokerage community in Atlanta is very collegial and that is very much the case in Houston. Playing dirty pool is the exception rather than the rule in Houston and while there is healthy competition, the leaders in the Houston commercial real estate community set an admirable example of how business should be done.
The CRE Social Media Community: When I embarked on incorporating social media into my real estate practice over three years ago, I had no idea where it would take me. My efforts have created new opportunities, incredible visibility and yes new business. However, more than anything it has connected me with hundreds of business professionals around the globe. Many have become friends, partners and advocates and without social media our professional lives would have likely never crossed paths. There are too many to name individually, but you know who you are.