My journey in building a successful commercial real estate practice continues. Through my volunteer service, employment and networking, I’ve had the opportunity to increase my skill set and gain more experience.
As I previously wrote about in an older post, I was invited to join the board of Quest Community Development Organization. The current capital campaign, Quest 2020, includes the development of the Non-Profit Center for Change, which will replace an aging and mostly vacant retail plaza.
The Center will focus on providing leased space to best-in-class nonprofits and socially responsible businesses, delivering much-needed resources to the residents and businesses of Atlanta’s Westside. The Thomas Agency, LLC has been afforded the opportunity to consult on the retail and office lease-up of this $8 Million development. This project is apart of a $35 Million investment in the community. If you would like to give to this campaign or affordable housing, click here.
I was recently forwarded a referral from the Empire Board of Realists, the Atlanta Chapter of The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. The Thomas Agency, LLC was afforded the opportunity to pitch to manage 2 retail plazas and 3 office plazas as a landlord representative. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet and sit with owners of several investment properties around Metropolitan Atlanta. Prior to my meeting, I sat in on a management meeting of a Downtown mixed-use building. A decision is still pending on whether that deal will move forward.
I’m exploring a commercial real estate deal in Michigan with my one of my business partners. It will be so exciting to do my first development in my hometown. To be continued…
I also plan to further leverage my legal education in the field of commercial real estate by using it to counsel and conduct transactions in the affordable housing and development segments. I was offered another Board of Director position upon bar passage with an awesome non-profit law firm, Georgia Heirs Property Law Center. This organization’s mission is “Building Generational Wealth and Strengthening Communities by Securing and Preserving Property Rights.” To gain more legal experience, I’ve joined a boutique law firm specializing in real estate law on a contract basis. I am excited to combine my law and real estate experience in a more substantive way. I recently joined Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Gate City Bar Association in addition to the Atlanta Bar Association.
As I near the end of the first quarter of 2018, I’ve increased my professional and personal self-awareness while continually navigating an unknown path to my destination to wisdom.