All, please enjoy our monthly update from participants in the 2013 Mentoring Program.
Doug Geurts, Johnson Controls, Mentor
I enjoyed spending time with Sean. We discussed a number of topics with regard to personal and professional experiences. I was able to relate his current experiences to my past and current experiences and have an open and honest discussion with him about his future aspirations. We touched on a broad base of discussion points and were both able to take away a number of lessons learned from the conversation. All in all, I thought it was a great conversation for our first meeting. I look forward to future meetings with Sean and am enjoying my first experience with the NAIOP Monitoring Program.
Sean Malaney, US Bank, Mentee
Doug and I had our first meeting a few weeks back over an informal lunch. It was an excellent introductory meeting in which we discussed a variety of topics, including both professional and personal experiences. From a professional perspective Doug has worked on a variety of real estate projects. He walked me through a particular construction project start to finish, one that presented him multiple roadblocks along the way. It was interesting hearing all the challenges he faced and how they dealt with them, things we don’t always hear about on the lending side. Doug has been a great sounding board on a personal basis as well. Currently renovating my home has presented additional challenges outside the office. Doug has provided great advice as well as insight on how he has created a work/life balance. I am looking forward to the rest of the mentorship and beyond.