The latest issue of Commercial Executive Magazine features a father-daughter profile on Ryan Companies’ Rick Collins and JLL’s Liz Collins. In the profile, Rick and Liz discuss how they entered the commercial real estate industry and their passion for giving back through involvement with charitable organizations.
With their close bond and Rick’s impressive career, it’s not surprising that Liz was interested in joining the commercial real estate industry herself. We sat down with her to gain a little more insight on her father’s influence and her first years in the industry.
What was it about your dad’s career that inspired you to pursue a career in the commercial real estate industry yourself?
My dad worked as a developer in Minneapolis for over 20 years. In that time, he was able to participate in incredibly complex deals that changed the landscape of the Metro area. I admire that and hope to have a part in changing the landscape of Metro Phoenix by working with my team on complex office leasing projects and developing creative real estate solutions with forward-thinking developers.
It’s amazing how much Phoenix has changed since I moved here fifteen months ago. It’s exciting to be a part of its future.
What is your favorite thing about working in the commercial real estate industry?
My dad would agree with this…it’s the people in the industry that set it apart for me. The people I’ve met in Phoenix have been so wonderful and welcoming to my family and me, even in the short time we’ve all been here. It’s an environment that’s conducive to having a great time and creating lasting relationships while also in working together on tough deals, sharing information and representing our clients to the highest degree of service.
What is your favorite community organization which you are involved?
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emerging Leaders. We’re a group of dynamic professionals early in our careers with a passion for philanthropy. We hold multiple events throughout the year. I was co-chair of our 2nd Annual Signature Event Fundraiser we held on October 15, 2016. We raised approximately $40,000 for the hospital!
I’d highly recommend that all young people in the industry find something they’re passionate about outside of the office.
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