Thanksgiving Challenge: Grateful for Education
ActiveRain Ambassador Debe Maxwell has challenged blogger members to post a blog each week during November as we express our gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving.
If you want to enjoy business success, it is good to know what you are doing. Most of us learn from practical experience and by classroom training. I am thankful that my parents owned rental properties. Our normal family life included dealing with tenants, maintaining properties, hiring maintenance people, and purchasing appliances and furniture for furnished units.
When I attended college, I majored in finance. My graduate studies were in law school. In the fall of my third year of law school, I passed the bar exam and the examinations to be licensed as a real estate broker and in multiple insurance lines. This background helped prepare me for the opening of my first real estate and insurance office during the summer after graduating from law school.
When I was a young broker, we sold many farms, building sites and land for development. I took the courses become designated as an Accredited Farm and Land Broker. Some of those land transactions helped prepare me for business with builders and developers. I worked my way through the officer positions and eventually became president of the regional builders association and well being a board member of the state and national associations.
Developing a property management portfolio was one of my goals and I took the classes to combine with my practical experience to become a Certified Property Manager. This experience lead to the management and development of garden apartment communities as well as the management of office buildings. I also served at the president of the regional chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. We sold that business to a major regional property management company.
Taking appraisal courses was helpful and the training and experience provided the background for me to serve as an appraiser for the Veterans Administration.
My legal background was also helpful when we had the opportunity to purchase regional licenses to franchise real estate offices. We developed a network of over 100 offices before the sale of that business to a financial institution.
Our insurance business grew over the years and we acquired several other agencies before selling that business to a major company.
Over 50 years of continuing legal education and decades of real estate continuing education classes also added to my knowledge and provided practical information for growing my businesses. I am grateful for my education and for my practical experience.
Dahlia, Badger Twinkle, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,
Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2947
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs