NAIOP staff will be soliciting news and experiences from the 2012 Mentors and Mentees to share with other participants in the program. We hope you enjoy hearing about experiences of those particpating in the program.
Joel Lee, Van Buren Management and Lyle Landowski, Inland Companies (submitted by Landowski)
My first official mentoring meeting/lunch with my mentor, Joel Lee went very well. I came prepared with a list of questions and discussion points. I was very encouraged by how open and willing Joel was in sharing information about his current and past business experiences, both positive and negative. The most enjoyable part of the meeting was really just getting to know Joel better – hearing his story. I was surprised to find out that his entrance into the CRE field was not intentional. It started when he was an attorney at a small to midsize law firm and he was commissioned to find office space for the firm. He leveraged his skill set (he has degrees in law and accounting) and his relationships and acquired the building for the firm. The snowball effect from this point on was incredible as he now is the largest office landlord in the CBD. We also spent some time discussing Joel’s involvement in the community, particularly his investment (both sweat and real equity) into the
Advice: It is not only important that you bring questions/discussion points to the meeting, but that you send them to you mentor beforehand so they can be prepared.