Six years and ten months ago I started the most rewarding career adventure of my life. On Friday it ends.
In August of 2010, I was hired by Berman Enterprises as Marketing Director for a struggling shopping mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Downtown at the Gardens.
The adventure that began that summer was more exciting, demanding and fulfilling than I could have dreamed.
I went to work for six young guys who had purchased the property in hopes of breathing new life into the failing shopping center. We did that.
Those six young men were the best guys I have ever worked for. They cared about what they did, they cared about the properties that they owned and they cared about those of us who worked for them.
I felt part of an extended work family that made me want to do my best everyday. That familial spirit that was instilled in all of us from Kevin, Adam and Casey, Jeff, Brian and Ben Berman was something each of us carried with a sense of pride.
For almost four years we thrived. From a property that was only slightly over 40% leased when Berman Enterprises purchased it, to a property that was at almost 100% leased four years later is a testimony to all of our hard work and the leadership of our owners.
In 2014, the property was sold to Excel Trust, a management company headquartered in San Diego, my employment was part of that sell.
As a member of the Excel team, I was given the ability to expand my reach and work with a variety of properties along the east coast of the United States.
During this time of expanded responsibility, I moved back to Georgia, settled into life in my hometown and continued to do work that effectively improved properties across the company portfolio.
For two years, I loved working for Excel. Six years of an amazing career filled with respect, challenges and opportunity from 2010 – 2016.
In 2016, Excel was sold, my employment went to the new owners.
This Friday, I will put my company issued laptop into a Fed-X box and send it back to the company I have worked for over the last several months. I resigned last Monday.
As I move into the next phase of “what I will be when I grow-up,” I am at peace.
I have complete peace in knowing that I am doing what is best for me. I am stepping away from a large salary and benefits for a peace of mind and self-respect to see what opportunities lie ahead.
I’m going to devote my time to my store Impressed, I’m going to write and yes, I am going to write that book.
Over the last months I have been putting more and more time into writing and during the last few weeks have been given a renewed spirit that I can’t wait to explore.
I am 53 years old and I’m starting over…. daunting? Yes. Exciting, DEFINITELY!
To Berman Enterprises, Excel Trust, the amazing co-workers, community leaders and tenants that I had the opportunity to work with, thank you for 6 wonderful years, now it’s on to the next sixty!