Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Wentzville, Missouri, about 40 miles west of St. Louis. Today, I live in Liberty, Missouri.
What did you want to do when you were growing up?
I either wanted to be a professional athlete or architect.
What was your first job?
I worked as an analyst with KeyBank here in Kansas City reviewing property operating statements and rent rolls.
Describe your career.
In my career I have held a variety of roles, but all exciting and real estate based. I have worked in four states in the Midwest and east coast. My roles have included underwriting commercial loans, analyzing property performance, researching macro and micro economic real estate trends and trading bonds.
How did you end up working in Commercial Real Estate as an analyst?
I was working on the east coast and this opportunity presented itself and I didn’t want to pass it up. I have always wanted to get into the business on the owner/developer side as that is where my passion lies.
Do you have any immediate or long-term goals within your current position?
To continue to learn and gain experience and one day become an owner and operator.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned over the years?
My dad taught me that there are only two things you can control in your career: your attitude and how hard you work.
What are your favorite books within your field and for fun?
- The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield
- The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
What’s your must-read publication each day?
1. The KC Business Journal
2. “The Top 10 Things to Know before the Opening Bell” that discusses the major current market and economic events.