Gift suggests that some of the most beneficial opportunitiesthat she was given throughout her career came out of left fieldand were directed in a path that she had not previously considered, but that ultimately led to significant growth.
Shopoff adds, “We should all consider a broader horizon out-
side the limited plan that we may generally set for ourselves. What
I do today isn’t what I had planned 40 years ago. I have always
been willing to pivot when life, the economy and/or business
itself shifts – to be successful, you must always be prepared to do
He suggests that this is even more critical for young profession-
als. “The more versatile one is, the more valuable they will be an
organization and to themselves. Today, as we are all faced with
new obstacles and experiences, more than ever a broad perspec-
tive can open doors to many different pathways.”
RAISE YOUR HAND, BE WILLING
TruAmerica Multifamily’s director of transactions and underwriting, Tammi Warner started at the company when it was fairly new—roughly six months after launch. As the company’s 19th employee,Warner joined the firm when there was a lot of work to be executedand many roles to be identified; as with any startup.
“Along with my colleagues, I raised my hand and willingly took on
greater responsibilities to help grow this young company,” Warner
states. “The challenge was figuring out who was the best person to be
cast into which roles, as we asked ourselves who had the best skill set
or experience even when the task did not necessarily fit with our job
By assisting in forming the company early-on, Warner was able
to identify the areas in which she could bring something to the
table. With a background in credit and underwriting, she worked
closely with the attorneys on all legal issues and reviews, while
negotiating contracts alongside the co-chief investment officers.
Continually taking on specific responsibilities to better mold and
define her role at the company, Warner quickly discovered her
passion for the work and an appreciation for her evolving posi-
tion as the company grows.
Brand manager at RiverRock Real Estate Group, and one ofGlobeSt. Real Estate Forum’s 2020 Fifty Under 40 professionals,Austin Brown also advises to get your hands dirty by putting in thework.
“Some people come out of college or come out of an internshipprogram and think that they should be a manager making a huge
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