CAPITAL ON A MISSION.
Some things are just classic.
At Bellwether Enterprise, we pride ourselves in utilizing data and
technology, but more importantly, we believe in doing business the
old-fashioned way—human to human, with long-standing
relationships, hard work and just plain smarts.
Bellwether Enterprise is a national, full-service commercial and multifamily
mortgage banking company, connecting profit to purpose. As a subsidiary of
Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., we support its mission of advocating,
creating and preserving affordable housing in thriving communities.
Networking with your industry peers is just as important. It is
reassuring to establish strong relationships with like-minded individuals with whom you can bounce around ideas or even do business together. Some emerging thought leaders may think that
offering business advice to peers may be a waste of time but typically when you give back, you get more in return including business referrals and valuable professional relationships.
Along the same lines, mentoring someone and helping them
with a complex business problem can help you out in the long run
for similar reasons. Thought leaders are often substantive mentors.
Christine Lezette, operations director of the Atlantic
Environmental Solutions, has found that networking also provides
opportunities for exposure to the many facets of the industry.
“The commercial real estate
industry today is wide-ranging
and comprises individuals with
varying specialties, skill sets and
interests. Networking is a great
way to connect with many different experts in the field and
expand your industry knowledge,” she says. “Personally, it’s
important for me to share what
Finally, by successfully networking with industry leaders, you
can eventually access and get some face-time with their circles of
influence. These influencers will then become a part of your
extended professional group. Ultimately, it turns into a virtuous
circle in which those associates and influencers are further established as thought leaders.
The power of networking is strong and it is real. As a thought
leader in the commercial real estate industry, networking is
Just like starting a diet or a workout
plan, establishing yourself as a thought
leader is a long-term commitment.
Picking your voice and sticking
to it is critical.”
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD