Articles in the Feature Articles Category

M is for Mentor
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2022 on May 2022
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The term mentor comes from a character in Homer’s Odyssey.  Mentor, a trusted friend, was given the responsibility of guiding Telemachus, Odysseus’ son, while the hero was fighting the Trojan war.  The word refers to a relationship where wisdom and guidance are passed from one person to another. Each of us has had mentors and […]

The Power of No
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Posted in Fall - Winter 2021, Feature Articles on October 2021
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We have all heard of the power of “yes.” But what about the power of “no”? Recently, I read the biography Snowball on Warren Buffet. There are many unique attributes that have made Warren Buffet one of the greatest investors of all time: his ability to ignore criticism, his long-term focus, his remarkable ability to […]

Fear and Failure
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2021 on July 2021
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At the recent S.E.C. Cincinnati Marketing Meeting in May, I was honored to be on a panel discussion with Mr. Steve Barker and Ms. Vicki Yeomans. The question, “What advice would you give to the 25-year-old you?” was posed to me. The three of us could have each spent all day articulating our thoughts, but […]

The One – Jack Jones
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2021 on February 2021
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Jack Jones, as he had done countless mornings before at the local Starbuck’s, stirred a little sugar into his first cup of “high test” and opened his Wall Street Journal to purvey the happenings of the day. The news remained mixed. The usual political and economic turmoil, oil production damaged by cancellation of the Keystone […]

Global Business starts with the Right Mindset
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2020-2021 on December 2020
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An upfront investment in yourself can bring dividends down the road. Alex Ruggieri is a believer, which he says is the first step in taking your business to the next level.

COVID-19—The Year 2020 Revised
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Posted in Fall 2020, Feature Articles on September 2020
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The virus entered our world sometime late 2019 or early 2020. I do not think anyone knows for certain when and how. However, life goes on, and each of makes it the very best it we can. We still have a crime rate, we still have forest fires, and we still hurricanes, major storms, crop […]

Make the Best Decision You Can until It Is Time to Make a New Decision
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2020 on July 2020
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I suffer on and off with “analysis paralysis.” I have many times let fear, lack of data, too much data, the unknown, the known, my opinions, other opinions, and who knows what else interfere with my sound resolve to make a decision. Years ago, a close advisor told me, “Jason, make a decision when you […]

Plan in Advance to Achieve Your Goals
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Posted in Feature Articles, Spring 2020 on March 2020
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As I write this article, I am inside a tent on a rest day at above 18,000′ altitude with the constant heavy blowing of wind and dust. This makes 9 days so far of a grueling 15-day journey to climb a single mountain to an altitude of 22,837′. I am quickly learning, even though I […]

Leases: Vacancy = Equity
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Posted in Feature Articles, Winter 2019-2020 on December 2019
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Fact: every day there is vacancy in a project is a day that benefits cannot be recouped. In other words, the opportunity for rental income or alternative benefits is gone forever. Vacancies occur for a number of reasons, be it curable or incurable economic obsolescence, structural obsolescence, and so on. One alternative is to exchange […]

Focus on the Small Wins, Not the Big Victories
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Posted in Feature Articles, Summer 2019 on July 2019
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People in real estate tend to be competitive. Really competitive. The upside of that drive is we show up, use skill and action plans, overcome obstacles, solve problems, and press on courageously to get the job done. When we are successful, we acknowledge, are rewarded for, and celebrate the big victory. The relentless pursuit of […]