Reno/Las Vegas, Nevada
Number of Employees: 10
Years in Nevada: 18
Years with Company: 22
What inspired you to get into your industry?
My partner Joe Wade was a prominent real estate attorney in Newport Beach and I guess I caught the bug being around him and all the intriguing deals—I’ve always been a deal junkie! I also wanted to do something entrepreneurial where I could call the shots and I didn’t have to travel 300+ days a year as National Director of Sales/Marketing for a large medical company. Finally, I wanted to have a family which is tough to do when you are always traveling.
How do you encourage growth and development within your business?
From day one we have always had our eyes out for expansion opportunities that pencil and, when they do make sense, we’ve been able to find a way to finance and entitle them; we highly encourage our employees to bring forward their unique ideas for new ventures which often prove very worthwhile; and we also spend a lot of time networking across the state and in DC–ranging from land owners to the highest ranking political leaders.
What is your biggest business challenge?
Currently, our biggest business challenge on the development front is the elongated depressed real estate and financial markets and certainly the resulting lack of sales on both residential and commercial properties. My personal biggest challenge is finding enough hours in each day for all the things I need/want to accomplish while also being a good single mom.
If you could say one thing to the next generation, what would it be?
It’s hard to choose between “the harder you work-the luckier you get” and “always follow your dreams and believe in yourself regardless of what others may say or the obstacles you may face”.
What do you anticipate for the future of development in Nevada?
I expect things to remain slow for another 18-24 months in returning to the healthy level we Nevadans have grown to expect, but there will certainly still be opportunities available in all real estate sectors in the interim where you can make a decent living…just not a killing like in the hay days.