Pam Farrell, MB Financial Bank, Mentor
I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know Sal. He has a very interesting, diverse background and is at a place in his career that brings back a lot of memories. Sal & I have been trying to schedule a coffee or lunch once a month to stay current on each other’s experiences & the industry in general. We share perspectives on business development, our respective real estate careers, and the balance of work & personal life. Sal recently became a first-time father of a beautiful baby girl, so he is definitely implementing this “balance” technique daily. It has been beneficial for me to talk about some of our successful, and “not-so-successful” business development attempts.
I have found the mentoring program to be an enjoyable experience thus far. I look forward to my monthly meetings with Sal and I hope to continue to learn and grow from his refreshing perspectives.
Salvatore Strehlow, Colliers, Mentee
It has been great to get to know Pam better over the past few months. She has been in the Real Estate finance arena for many years and has a lot of experience in turning relationships into valuable partnerships. Not to mention, her involvement with REACH has really inspired me to get more involved in the near future.
Pam and I have been able to connect and relate on the banking side, as that’s where I started my career in Real Estate. Exchanging past banking stories has really been a highlight of our time together. As I’m new to the brokerage area of the industry, Pam has been able to provide me with valuable advice on creating and building those relationships that have provided leads to potential tenants that could fill space in office buildings we list, as well as the connections to developers that may have interest in potential redevelopment listings we have. Even if these connections don’t lead to any deals closing today, I’ve learned from her that they will no doubt have an impact on my career in the near future. Overall, I’ve found the conversations we have together over lunch and coffee, has been really fun and enlightening!