Commercial Mentorship key to rising in Valley real estate sector

By Corina Vanek, Phoenix Business Journal (Jan 24, 2019) – Reprinted with permission

From left standing, Jeff Conrad, Jerry Marrell and Craig Coppola. Seated from left, Grant Kingdon and Stirling Pascal. JIM POULIN | PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL
From left standing, Jeff Conrad, Jerry Marrell and Craig Coppola. Seated from left, Grant Kingdon and Stirling Pascal.
JIM POULIN | PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL

For young people starting out in commercial real estate, mentorships can provide valuable connections and lessons for building a career.

“This is real life, it can be highly stressful, antagonistic and difficult to get business,” said R. Craig Coppola, a founding principal at Lee & Associates. Coppola works as a mentor to Stirling Pascal, an associate in the Phoenix office.

Jerry Marrell, principal and designated broker of the Lee & Associates Arizona office, started a formal mentorship program when he noticed the firm was bringing in more young recruits than ever.

Grant Kingdon, an associate at Lee & Associates who is mentored by Jeff Conrad, said his experience has helped him build his own books of business and create a network in the industry.

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