Our latest “experience” from one of our 2012 Mentoring Program pairs.
Jim Sedgwick, NAIOP WI President, VJS Development, Mentor
When I decided to participate in the NAIOP Mentor program, I approached the process with a certain level of humility and curiosity. I was somewhat concerned that my mentee might have too high of expectations and the last thing I wanted to do was contribute to a disappointing experience. None the less, with eyes wide open and a spirit of candor, I welcomed the opportunity to learn something and hopefully be in a position to share some of my experiences, good and bad, in the hopes of making it fruitful for both of us. So far, I have not been disappointed. It has been fun getting to know Lucas Rocole better. Lucas comes from a much different place career-wise (accountant), which has been interesting. However, his dad is a prominent member of the commercial construction industry so we easily have found a good balance of commonality. I really appreciate Lucas getting me his dad’s client list…only kidding. Our conversations have covered a number of topics, many of which have nothing to do with real estate or accounting. I only hope that Lucas has found value in my perspective and some of my advice. I’m still waiting to hear how much his wife enjoys the new vacuum cleaner I suggested for their anniversary gift. I’m only here to help….
Lucas Rocole, NAIOP DL Committee Member, Wipfli LLP, Mentee
The mentoring program has been a valuable resource for me since it began early this year. It has far exceeded my expectations and has established, for me, what to expect from a mentor. Thank You Jim! In the beginning, without many expectations, I was looking forward to establishing a relationship that did not have a stake in the game (the “game” being my career). In some form or another I have had several mentor relationships as I have progressed through life; such as my parents, wife, friends, coaches and working superiors. The most significant challenge I face with those mentor relationships, is they all carry a bias, and I expect they should. Jim has been the independent mind I had been searching for. Jim has provided me an opportunity to speak and ask questions on a regular basis and in a comfortable atmosphere. He has used his experiences and opinions to open up my mind and help me develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities a young professional manages throughout their career. These discussions have allowed me to react better to various situations and will allow me to be proactive in other situations as my career progresses. Together, Jim and I have discussed topics such as, company culture and policies, professional personalities, career progression, career and family challenges, professional relationship building, additional networking opportunities, market visibility and several other topics related to real estate and development industry. I am truly thankful to Jim, NAIOP and all the individuals who helped develop and promote the mentorship program.