Breakfast event celebrates 10 years of helping 4,000-plus real estate professionals recover from downturn. Lessons shared to prepare for the next real estate wave.
TAMPA, FL (October 15, 2018) – Ten years ago, the real estate downturn devastated the careers of thousands of people in Tampa Bay, especially those working in real estate. In response, the all-volunteer group “Real Estate Lives” came together to mentor people who needed jobs – and fast.
Meeting every single Tuesday since then, the group has helped place more than 4,000 people in Tampa Bay into new jobs, likely making it one of the most effective career placement groups in the region.
“This remarkable group of volunteers came together to do good work during bad times – helping their colleagues rebuild their professional lives,” said Ron Weaver, a founder of the volunteer group and attorney with the law firm Stearns Weaver Miller. “Now we are looking ahead to prepare for what’s next.”
On November 1st the group will celebrate that 10-year anniversary, and share some of the good lessons learned along the way, among them:
- Get people a job anywhere, as soon as possible, regardless of the kind. That meant jobs in mining, child care; anything to pay the bills. With a paycheck coming in, people could then prepare to re-enter real estate when the market recovers.
- Don’t keep your job search a secret. Tell 500 people, not just six or seven. Meet with as many people as possible to network, gain feedback and gain ideas.
- Have an accountability partner, someone to help keep you moving forward on tasks.
“The real estate market has always been dynamic, and often disruptive, and especially so in Florida,” Weaver said. “However, we know for sure that preparing is the best way to put yourself in a better position, and this incredible group of volunteers has helped so many people prepare and recover and succeed.”
Time/Date: Thursday, November 1. 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk. 111 W. Fortune Street, Tampa, 33602
Adjacent to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Visuals: Interviews with volunteer mentors and “Rebounders” who found new careers through guidance by Real Estate Lives. Interviews with real estate experts on “Lessons Learned” and career advice for professionals to prepare for the next real estate wave.
Tickets/RSVP: Entry is free, but RSVP is required to https://relpancake.eventbrite.com.
Contact: Richard Mullins, Tucker/Hall.
W: (813) 228-0652, C: (813) 992-8139.