I love to travel. I’ve been to Europe a number of times. I started out going to school in Vienna my sophomore year of college.It was at the University of Vienna and we did an awful lot of traveling around. It was with a program called IES (International European Studies) that had just started up, and you did not have to speak the native language of the school you were going to. They arranged classes in English for you and I did a lot of traveling around Europe with that group. That was the beginning of my liking to go to Europe.
What lead you to enter the commercial real estate industry?
I’ve always been in sales of one sort or another. I had been working in retail when a friend of mine, who is a realtor here in town, suggested I try commercial real estate.
What has your experience been like since beginning in CRE?
I’ve enjoyed it. As with every job, there have been tough times, but it’s a great job, I’ve been happy, and it’s provided a good living.
What changes have you seen during your twenty-four years in commercial real estate?
You know it all happens so gradually that at least as far as I’m concerned, I don’t reflect at the end of a day and say “Hey, this isn’t the same as it was five years ago.” You just gradually meld into it. I haven’t seen any traumatic changes that have been destructive to the industry.
Are there any changes or trends you expect to see in the retail industry in the future?
Well, you hear all these frightening things about retail, that it’s a dying source of income. Then, on the other hand, you have the Sears store at Woodland Mall that closed up, and it has already been replaced by a high-end women’s store and a couple of restaurants. There are some disturbing things like all the merchandise that can be purchased online and delivered to your house, but on the other hand, people still like to shop, and that won’t change anytime soon.
What are your hopes for the city of Grand Rapids as it continues to develop?
I think all the development in the city is good. One thing we are blessed with in Grand Rapids is the number of philanthropic families we have here, putting millions of dollars into the city to create new opportunities, and that has come back to benefit all of us and make it a more pleasant city. It has to be the most pleasant city in Michigan to come to now, both from a work standpoint and from a living standpoint.
After 24 years in the industry, was there ever a piece of advice or a lesson you learned that has shaped your approach to how you do business?
Be kind to others, be straight forward in your dealings and not shifty at all, get out and work every day, and make yourself as well-known as possible.
Dick Jasinski has been with NAI Wisinski of West Michigan since 1996 and specializes in the sale and leasing of retail, office, land, and investment properties. If you are interested in contacting Dick, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org