As promised, our monthly update from participants in our 2013 Mentoring Program. Enjoy!
Mentor: Kevin Kennedy, Director-Asset Management, Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments, LLC
Andrew and I have met once so far. Our initial meeting was very good from my perspective. Andrew is a very bright and inquisitive individual and it was interesting sharing even the basics of what each of us do. With both of us having Real Estate Investment backgrounds working for Institutions, it is always insightful to discuss where our approaches to real estate are the same and where we differ. For me, it is a great learning experience to discuss these topics and I look forward to our future meetings. NAIOP has opened a new door for information and knowledge sharing and from just one meeting I can tell it is a great opportunity.
Mentee: Andrew Schoene, Vice President-Commercial Real Estate, BMO Harris Bank
Kevin and I had our first meeting over lunch in the Northwestern Mutual cafeteria. This was my first time enjoying one of those famous Northwestern Mutual “free” lunches and it lived up to the hype. We each spent some time talking about our respective career paths along with a few of our personal interests and hobbies. Kevin has been in a number of different roles throughout his real estate career, and we share similar interests within the field. After lunch, we headed upstairs and Kevin gave me a tour of Northwestern Mutual’s real estate floor. He introduced me to several of his co-workers and we chatted with them about what they are seeing out in the market.
I am looking forward to utilizing Kevin as a mentor in the coming months. I think his perspective will be very valuable given his experience in a number of different roles throughout his career. I am excited for our relationship to continue to develop, and very grateful that Kevin is so willing to share his time and experience with me. I would also like to thank everyone at NAIOP who helps make this program possible.