Last week Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the most successful self-help books ever, died at the age of 79. Covey sold over 25 million copies of the book, and it's still in demand. I found my dusty copy among a collection of "help this, help that, try this, try that" books, but none of them stack up to the simple, straightforward, and powerful seven things you can do to improve your personal and professional lives. Pick up a copy -- you won't regret it. Here's a preview: the list of "seven habits":
1. Be proactive.
2. Begin with the end in mind.
3. Put first things first.
4. Think "win-win."
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
7. Sharpen the saw and undergo frequent self-renewal.
Tony LoPinto is the Global Sector Leader of Korn/Ferry International's Real Estate Practice and founder of SelectLeaders. The views expressed in this article are the author's own.
GILLHAM, GOLBECK & ASSOCIATES
Senior Real Estate Accountant
(DALLAS) Our client is seeking a primary accounting contact for a portfolio of assets in the DFW area with responsibility for all aspects of accounting including bank reconciliations, journal entries, financial statements, budgeting, lender reporting and interaction with property management and outside lender and banking contacts. Bachelor's degree in accounting required. Five years of commercial real estate accounting experience also required.
THE WENTWOOD COS.
VP of Property Management
(AUSTIN, TX) Duties include overseeing all aspects of property management including accounting, LIHTC compliance, operations, reporting, capital projects, takeovers, budgeting and supervision/development of staff; overseeing the annual budgeting process; identifying improvements to improve the portfolio's NOI; overseeing capital improvement projects; assisting with evaluation and negotiation of service contracts (cable, pest control, bulk-purchasing, etc.); maintaining Policies and Procedures; and assisting with due diligence related to property acquisitions and provide analysis and recommendations.
Director, Asset Management
(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) Lucescu Realty is currently seeking a senior associate who will report to and work directly with the main principal of the firm who is the president/CEO. Specific duties include organizing the marketing process for disposition assignments; processing confidentiality agreements, distributing offering memorandas and brochures, cataloguing; handling initial broker and principal inquiries regarding offerings for sale; assisting in marketing efforts for the company; assisting in preparing press releases on closed transactions, company news and events, to media, trade organizations and company's clients; researching periodicals and publications to advertise within relevant markets; negotiating ad space, ad placement and pricing with advertisers; and maintaining company database and press releases on company's website.
INDUSTRIAL INCOME TRUST
Director, Asset Management
(DENVER) The position will work within the asset management group and assist in operating and reporting on a growing regional portfolio. Specific responsibilities include: acting as a key partner in the operation and management of regional industrial assets; assisting in the leasing and marketing of selected assets; responsible for all capital expenditures within the industrial portfolio and working with the VP Construction Management on oversight and guidance to all third party construction managers, contractors and or vendors; assisting in managing and executing the annual budget process, reforecasting and strategic plan for the entire regional industrial portfolio; assisting with due diligence efforts performed during the acquisition phase; and working directly with senior asset management personnel to ensure all leases are financially structured to maximize profitability while minimizing risk through financial modeling and analysis relative to underwriting, budget and market conditions.
Assistant Property Manager – Commercial
(LOS ANGELES) The assistant property manager will support effective administration of policies and procedures that promote well-managed, well-maintained buildings and grounds at company-owned commercial office properties to achieve maximum return on investment-grade, commercial real estate assets. Duties include overseeing the day-to-day operational management of buildings and grounds consistent with CIM policies procedures, approved budgets, business plans and management direction; managing tenant-focused relationship programs and processes that meet or exceed building occupant expectations; and negotiating service agreements, select contractors and suppliers, provide quality-control oversight, implement cost containment initiatives, measure compliance to contractual standards and provide liaison as needed between tenants and third-party service providers.
CB RICHARD ELLIS
Director, Divisional Research
(WASHINGTON, DC) The research director will ensure the research department is strategically aligned with business development objectives of the CBRE offices. In addition, this position will form ad hoc research teams and utilizes proprietary data and resources to support business development; proactively connecting with sales professionals at all levels as well as the sales management team to generate ideas for the constant improvement of research-related client facing materials; spearheading the production of market analysis and timely white papers addressing market trends; ensuring the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the department's proprietary data and analysis and incorporating it into compelling presentations; and partner with the region's regional research center leader.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Director of Industrial Practice Group
(EDISON, NJ) This position will be responsible for the business development, management and operation of a portfolio of, either privately or institutionally owned industrial properties within New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Specific duties include working with company industrial leasing agents in the marketing of industrial brokerage, management and project management services; preparing proposals in response to requests for industrial property management; adhering to management agreement, contracts; directing the activities of industrial property portfolio on a day-to-day basis, including training, developing and coaching staff; and overseeing the preparation of annual budgets for industrial property portfolio, insuring that budgets are approved by each property owner.
Global Real Estate Manager
(NEW YORK CITY) The global real estate manager will be a key coordinator of the multidisciplinary team responsible for the day to day activities associated creating options, defining alternatives, developing the strategy and, ultimately, delivering the solution. This role will work directly for the global head of transactions and indirectly for Global CRS Head and Global CRS COO.
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(HOUSTON) Moody Rambin announced the promotion of Terri Torregrossa to Senior Vice President of the Office Services division. She has been active in office leasing for more than 20 years and has been a vice president in the firm's Ooffice division for the previous eight years.
JONES LANG LASALLE
(CLEVELAND) Jones Lang LaSalle announced the appointment of Anne Browning as marketing manager of its Great Lakes region.. Most recently, she was marketing director at MCPc, Inc., a technology services and solutions company.
(DES PLAINES, IL) Paul Fishbein and Aaron Paris are principals in the company, Fishbein was formerly with Centrum Properties. Faris was formerly with DP Partners.
ML REALTY PARTNERS
(ITASCA, IL) Enrique Nevarez, Jr. has joined the firm as director. Nevarez was previously employed with ProLogis as a property/asset manager assisting with the coordination, negotiations and development of several large industrial/office portfolios.
(CHICAGO) Kudan Group welcomes Alex Stamatakis to their brokerage team. Stamatakis joins Kudan Group after a 14-year stint as a slot marketing executive, opening the Bellagio for Steve Wynn and continuing under the management of MGM Grand.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
(BOSTON) Cushman & Wakefield announced that Matthew Pullen has joined Cushman & Wakefield's Capital Markets Group in Boston as an executive director. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Pullen served as a senior vice Ppresident with CB Richard Ellis.
KBS CAPITAL MARKETS
(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) KBS Capital Markets Group (KBS-CMG), an affiliate of KBS Capital Advisors and KBS Realty Advisors, has added Jonathan Thomas as vice president and director of marketing. Thomas comes to KBS-CMG from Edelman Financial Services.