Meet Kevin Perkins, Associate Property Manager
Tell us a little about your role at Shannon Waltchack. I am one of the Associate Property Managers and spearhead the coordination of our maintenance department and am involved in tenant relations and contract negotiations.
How long have you been involved in Commercial Real Estate? Three years this July. Where did you attend undergrad? Any graduate studies? I attended The University of Alabama Culverhouse of Commerce and Business Administration. I have not yet begun pursuing any graduate degrees but intend to down the road.
Do you have any designations? Are you currently pursuing any designations? I am currently pursuing my Certified Property Manager designation through IREM. I have just completed my management portfolio analysis and am also awaiting the results of my CPM Exam. Assuming I passed both of those, I just need to complete the Ethics course and attain three years of management experience. Should everything go smoothly over this summer, I should be the youngest person in the state of Alabama to receive this designation.
How did you decide to enter the world of Commercial Real Estate? During my undergraduate studies, I was always interested in Real Estate Development, but it was with Grayson Glaze in the Alabama Center for Real Estate when I really decided to follow this path. His passion for people and the business is unparalleled; I guess it can be contagious.
What has been your “One Shining Moment” so far in your career? Each completed project in itself is a shining moment, albeit, some victories are larger than others. Personally, I’m rather partial to looking for the shining moments to come and generally look to the past for where improvement can be made to reach my goals. We believe in the power of small, which means everyone can make an impact.
What is one piece of advice that you would like to share? Transparency is critical to one’s success in business. The hardest moments come when a contractor, owner, or tenant alike do not disclose all pertinent information. Working together towards a singular end through open lines of communication and cooperation is the most effective means for a solution.
How have your experiences in previous positions contributed to your success? Learning to “talk the talk” amongst other professionals from my experiences at networking events for the Alabama Center for Real Estate was fundamental in my growing as a professional. Learning to manage others and direct teams of people through my work at the Hotel Capstone were also critical in my every day success.
What are some personal and professional goals for the future? Initially, I’d like to finish up the requirements for my CPM designation. Long term, I would like to apply my skills as a project manager to delve into property development.