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Developing the Next Generation

Many of you saw this article, but I wanted to comment on it before it got too stale.

Ray Uttenhove did a piece in RealTalk this week about developing the next generation in CRE talent.

The link is here:

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/real_talk/2011/04/developing-real-estates-next-generation.html?ed=2011-04-11&s=article_du&ana=e_du_pap

While the article mostly talks about the NG’s meeting at Tech with Mark Toro, Ryan Gravel, Beau King and Skip Beebe, I wanted to point out the fact that Ray is actually taking time in the middle of this tumultuous market to think and act on this agenda.

It is very easy to pay lip service to “developing future leaders” and “training the next generation,” but I have found very few shops that actually take the time to do so. Many people will wax poetic about how important Gen Y and the Millenials are to the future of our city and country and then they will tell you how they have had a three year hiring freeze.

Hmmmmm. Interesting. How does one train a future leader without hiring a future leader?

This is why the Uttenhove article stands out to me. I have been lucky enough to meet Sarah Williams several times and I can tell you that she would attest to Ray’s mentorship and guidance in her young (and successful) career. SRS (formerly Staubach) walks the walk, if you will.

So, cheers to Ray and the whole SRS team. As I have friends ask for potential employers, I will keep SRS at the top of my “Recommended Employers” list. (Yes, I actually have a list)

– Duke

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