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Cocktail Confessions – Volume 18 featuring Michael Langley

langley_michaelBy Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

For NAIOP Minnesota’s Cocktail Confessions we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day. In this installment, we feature Michael Langley, CEO of GREATER MSP.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

What advice have you been given that has proven most valuable in your career?
The best advice? Take the road less traveled. Don’t always take the jobs or tasks that are the easiest or most visible within a company or organization. I have found that taking on the tough assignment and jobs with bigger challenges makes a person stronger and provides them with the experience and wisdom to make better decisions and appreciate their successes even more.

What habits have you formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
A couple of things. First, the old adage “Early to bed and early to rise…” has proven to be very beneficial. I generally get more done from 5:00 – 9:00 am than most of the remainder of the day. Second, and the habit that I wish were much more consistent with, is the opportunity to ride my bicycle on regular training runs around the Grand Rounds.  A great time to think and focus!

Finally, getting involved in a worthy community issue is very energizing and rewarding personally and professionally. A couple of areas that are important to me is my work on the board of the Metro State University Foundation, focusing on scholarships for students who are working to make a better life for themselves and their families, and serving on the Minnesota Orchestra board to help maintain and grow our appreciation for music and the arts in our region.

Now that he Vikings season has ended, what winter activities will you participate in?
I love to snowshoe here at home, and still sneak away for golf when possible. Go Vikings!  All the way to the Super Bowl next year.

In fact, in February 2018, we will have the chance to combine our love for winter sports and the Vikings, when Super Bowl LII is played here at US Bank Stadium and we turn the region into a Winter Wonderland!!!

The Confession:  What choice of refreshment will you have at your next happy hour?
At happy hour, it will likely be Makers Mark on the rocks (with lots of rocks).
After happy hour, it will definitely be a Red Bordeaux Blend with dinner.

February 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Cocktail Confessions – Volume 17 featuring Trina Sjoberg

Trina SjobergBy Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

Here we are in our next installment of Cocktail Confessions where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day. In this installment, we feature Attorney Trina Sjoberg, Principal at Gray Plant Mooty.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

What advice have you been given that has proven most valuable in your career?
Leverage your strengths and outsource your weaknesses.  Rather than focusing on improving your weaknesses, find other people to join your team who are good at doing the things that you don’t do well.  It is more enjoyable to do what you are good at than it is to dwell on your weaknesses.

What habits have you formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
As frenetic as my daily routine can be, I always feel more energized when I start my day with a workout.  I am also a fan of the old Mark Twain adage, “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.”  In other words, start your day by knocking out the least attractive project on your desk, and everything else will seem easy after that.

What pastimes are you excited to participate in this season?
For whatever reason, fall always seems to bring more opportunities for playing golf with clients and colleagues.  On the spectator-side, I enjoy watching my daughter’s soccer games and my son’s football games.

The Confession:  What choice of refreshment will you have at your next happy hour?
As the weather turns cooler, I love to enjoy a glass of Syrah.  Now you may be wondering, what do you pair with Syrah?  The answer is more Syrah!  I learned that from a winemaker in Napa years ago.

October 6, 2015 at 8:30 am

Cocktail Confessions – Volume 16 featuring Paul Hyde

By Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

Paul HydeHere we are in our next installment of Cocktail Confessions where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

Cocktail Confessions with Paul Hyde, Hyde Development

What advice have you been that has proven most valuable in your career?
Follow your heart.  I left a good job as an attorney to start a real estate development company with my dad yet I had no prior real estate experience or even a class! Our company Real Estate Recycling was a successful developer, owner and manager for 16 years until we sold our portfolio in 2012. I followed my heart again to start Hyde Development with my dad in 2012. It takes courage to follow your heart; it has not always been easy but has led to many wonderful experiences, memories and people.

What habits have you formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
Hard work and attention to detail as well as partnering with the best and the brightest contractors, architects, brokers, lenders, attorneys, engineers and accountants.

What summer pastime are you excited to participate in this season?
Being with my 8-year-old daughter, golf, Minnesota Twins Games and winning Tilt the Kilt Lawn Bowling this year.

The Confession:  What choice of refreshment will you have at your next Happy Hour?
I am a big fan of the American Lagers, particularly Coors Light and Miller Light.

June 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Cocktail Confessions – Volume 15 featuring Jason Butterfield

By Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

Jason Butterfield Senior Director, Brokerage Services Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq

Jason Butterfield
Sr. Director Brokerage Services
Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq

Here we are in our 15th installment of Cocktail Confessions – our first in 2015 – where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day. In this installment, we feature Jason Butterfield of Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

What advice have you been given that has proven most valuable in your career?
First, I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people. People that care, that are passionate, and strive for success. They taught me that you have one element that you can control and that is your reputation. That starts with integrity, commitment, accountability, responsibility and communication. With that foundation the next step is to challenge yourself to improve by setting high expectations and never giving up.

What habits have your formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
Being involved in industry associations keeps me on my toes and allows me to continuously connect with people to build new relationships. My family definitely keeps me agile, and along with working out and playing hockey regularly, it all seems to refresh the batteries and provide a great balance.

What pastime do you enjoy during the summer months?
There is nothing more satisfying than spending quality family time. I take the opportunity to do that in our gardens, at the lake or with friends. I also make an effort every summer to challenge myself with some sort of extreme event: hiking in Colorado, biking in Utah or competing in a local triathlon.

The Confession:  What choice of refreshment will you have at your next Happy Hour?
There would be no doubt that it will be Excelsior Brewery’s Bitteschlappe Brown Ale. If you haven’t been to the brewery, you are missing out. And I should mention that Excelsior is the No. 2 small town in America!

March 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

Cocktail Confessions – Volume 14 featuring Emily Nicoll

Emily Nicoll

Emily Nicoll
Senior Associate, LEED AP
CBRE

By Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

Welcome to Cocktail Confessions, where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

What advice have you been given that has proven most valuable in your career?
Do something that scares you at least once a day. I think that’s an Eleanor Roosevelt quote, but it’s really all about challenging yourself to improve. I don’t ever want to get to a point in my career where I think I’ve got it all figured out. I really thrive on the constantly evolving nature of our business and how my clients and the industry keep me on my toes.

I’ve also been fortunate to work on a team at CBRE that values fairness and this was modeled for me from day one – take the long view, the high road, whatever you want to call it. In highly stressful negotiations, it boils down to being fair. The attorney buzzword is “reasonable” but after too many lease reviews I try to keep that out of my vocabulary.

What habits have you formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
CAFFEINE. I could lie to you and say I get up and do yoga sun salutations every morning, but anyone who knows me would tell you it’s all in the coffee. I am fortunate to work in a building with a Dunn Bros and I keep their employees well fed. I order my coffee “not so hot” so I can guzzle it right away – they write “Kid Temp” on my cup!

Beyond that crutch, I am energized by my time spent at home with my family. With young kids, they could care less what I did at work all day – they just want me to be a tree monster or mommy horsey. It’s a vital, humbling counter-balance to the work day.

What winter pastime are you excited to participate in this season?
My daughter Harper (3.5) is fired up to learn how to ice skate this year, so I’m really excited to watch my husband take her out on the outdoor rink in our neighborhood park. I am also looking forward to winter forts and snowman building and all that other fun stuff you get to do with little ones. I didn’t grow up in Minnesota so the winter activity levels came as a surprise to me when I first moved here, but now it’s one of the things I love the most about our state. I’ve learned how to downhill and cross-country ski, and this year I’d like to try snow shoes.

The Confession:  What choice of refreshment will you have at your next Happy Hour?
I really love a good single malt scotch. My new favorite is the Auchentoshan Three Wood single malt. They distill the whiskey in three different wood casks, and the last two of those previously held sherry so it makes the scotch a bit sweeter than most. Delicious.

 

December 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Cocktail Confessions – Volume 13 featuring Christy Lewis

Christy Lewis

Christy Lewis
Director of Business Development, Opus

By Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

Here we are in the next installment of Cocktail Confessions where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day. In this installment, we feature Christy Lewis who recently took on a new role at Opus.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

As our industry has picked up from a dismal few years, is there one lesson that you can share that has proven most valuable in your career?
I have been fortunate to receive great pieces of advice throughout my career in business development. One came from a fellow broker back in my commercial furniture days: pay it forward. This advice has paid off and allowed me to build lifelong relationships. Keeping the needs of others at top of mind and having a willingness to help has often resulted in new business.

Two other pieces of advice that I carry with me daily from past colleagues are: Nothing is personal, it is just business – if someone says no today it does not mean no tomorrow. And never stand in an elevator next to someone and not speak. You will be surprised at who you can meet!

What habits have you formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
Being involved and engaged in industry trade organizations allows me to continuously connect with people and build new relationships; NAIOP is a great example of this. I am a firm believer in ‘you get out of it what you put in to it.’

What pastime do you enjoy during the summer months?
Minnesota summers are too short, so I take advantage of being outdoors as much as I can – running, biking, relaxing at the beach, camping and boating.

The Confession: What choice of refreshment will you have at your next happy hour?
As I learn more about wine, I have found that I really enjoy a good Pinot Noir. Who can pass up a drink packed with antioxidants?! Getting to wine country is on my bucket list.

August 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

Cocktail Confessions – Volume 12 featuring Tom Hotovec

Tom Hotovec

Tom Hotovec
Chief Financial Officer, Meritex

By Jerry Anderson, Escom Properties, Inc.

Here we are in the next installment of Cocktail Confessions where we track down industry movers and shakers, sometimes bribe them with cocktails and get their take on the topics of the day. In this installment, we feature Tom Hotovec of Meritex.

Questions you’d like to see asked? Leave them in the comments section below.

As our industry has picked up from a dismal few years, is there one lesson that you can share that has proven most valuable in your career?
As for my career, I’ve consistently tried to put myself in environments that provide opportunities. I’ve been willing to work hard and continually strive to improve myself and gain new skills.

As for what I do at Meritex, it helps to develop and implement a disciplined strategy that enables you to be competitive in all environments. Specifically, look ahead and make sure that you develop the resources that you will need when times are tough.

What habits have you formed that keep you energized and on top of your game?
I’m an early riser so I try to get a little exercise and eat healthy every day. I then revisit my top three or four projects every morning to get focused before the day starts.  Developing a healthy work/life balance is another goal that I’ve improved upon but is always a juggling act.

What pastime do you enjoy during the summer months?
If I had a ‘free day’ I’d probably be found at the lake trying to land another Musky, but lake time often involves dragging kids on a tube and relaxing with friends!

The Confession:  What choice of refreshment will you have at your next happy hour?
I have a diverse palate, but if it was at the end of a long day of Musky fishing, I’d take a martini – Bombay up with olives please!

June 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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