Thursday, December 31, 2009

The beginning of a new road

For me, the end of a year is not a time to look back, it's time to look forward. Of course, none of us really knows all that the future (short and long term) hold in store for us. But then there's the idea that we can sculpt our own future to the degree that we choose. Only a few years ago I learned that writing down ones goals for the year (or for any period of time) is more powerful than simply thinking about them. I've been working on my 2010 goals and while I want to make them achievable I also want them to be things that require focus, perseverance, fun and some reach.

In addition to RCA's stats showing increased volume of transactions, there are some other signs of life in our industry. I've gotten more calls from recruiters in the past month than I had through most of 2009. People are hiring again; getting ready for the next cycle or adding people with specialized talent to augment their existing capabilities.

Serendipity Strikes Again: On a recent flight from Montreal to New York I sat next to Vanessa James who with her partner, Yannick Boheur were just named to the French Winter Olympic Figure Skating Team. She's a really nice kid and a beautiful skater. Now I have a reason to watch those games and root for them!

2009 was a challenging year for many of us (dare I say most or all of us?) and while every year offers it's own challenges, this particular one that ends today will probably be remembered mostly as the year we wanted to see end.  But, there were also some special things:  my Dad getting reunited with the WWII plane with which he had a life-long love affair, my grandson Sean being born, my finding support from you guys (and other friends) as my father passed away and simply the joy of being alive and being able to look forward to and make plans for the next year.  We've all had our smiles and tears; after all, that's life.  But as we watch the full moon tonight and raise our glasses to bring in the New Year, I want so share with you something I took from the book, "All I Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten": 

No matter how old you are-when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

 Cheers and Happy New Year!

Photo:  (l) TimeWarner Center, New York (r) Sean Felix: On the Road

On the road.....

Jan. 4:  Menlo Park, CA
Jan. 13-15:  Laguna Beach, CA to attend and moderate a session at IMN's Seventh Annual Winter Forum On Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing
Jan. 20-22:  Boston and Connecticut
Jan. 25-26:  Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania spots
Feb. 9-11:  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA to attend IREI's VIP Conference
Feb. 18-19:  Chapel Hill, NC to attend and be a judge at the UNC Annual Real Estate Conference and Kenan-Flagler Real Estate Challenge
Mar. 24-25:  Boston to attend the PREA Spring Conference
Mar. 25-26:  London to moderate a panel at IMN's European Distressed Real Estate Symposium
Apr. 14:  Dallas to attend the UBS Investor Conference

These are my views and not that of my employer.

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