Briefly tell us what you do:
Toomavara Partners, LLC is a consulting firm I formed last year, the next iteration of a long career in real estate development. Toomavara is an LLC created by me, to work with a handful of private investors and institutional clients on assignments that are a blend of commercial brokerage transactions, or development and land use projects. Some of them are health care real estate-related. An industry friend encouraged me to form Toomavara (the Gaelic word for O’Meara, by the way), and the response has been a most pleasant surprise. I am remembering how much I love the real estate business.
Which project do you love the most or are most proud of?
Well, it’s been couple of years since I have developed a project, but stay tuned, folks. Of late, I am proud of the three years’ worth of Marquette University students I guided, a real estate case study competition class. It was a real treat-they were receptive and enthusiastic, and it was great fun to be there for the ride from start to finish. Marquette is doing a great job in training our future leaders, and it was a pleasure to help out.
Do you have a favorite author or quote? “If you bungle raising children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
My dream career was to anchor the Today Show, but I opted for real estate when they hired Katie Couric instead of me. I am only half kidding. Actually, I fell into real estate by way of my dislike of cost accounting and thought Graaskamp’s initial feasibility class was fascinating.
What are your hobbies outside of work? Tennis and biking. Trying to reinvigorate my golf game, which I suppose involves playing rather than talking about playing….tennis will always be more fun. Am an avid Brewers fan, as evidenced by my tendency to talk about the team a bit longer than the attention span for most (fair warning). The game is always on in the kitchen while cooking-also love to cook, by the way.
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