The spotlight today is on Partner Circle award-winner Alex Ruggieri, CRE, CCIM, SEC, CIPS, MBA, who is vice president of SVN | Ramshaw Real Estate, Inc. in Champaign, Illinois. Mr. Ruggieri specializes in industrial, multifamily and office commercial real estate, in the Champaign and Urbana areas of Illinois, and throughout the Midwest.
What advice would you provide to an aspiring advisor who is new to the industry?
I’d say you have to get involved. You should also have a plan, and be prepared to follow your plan.
What does the SVN Difference mean to you?
The SVN Difference is the culture of support, and the tools that help me compete.
What learning tools (book, blog, website, etc.) would you recommend to your colleagues to further their knowledge and enhance their careers?
I recommend The Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin.
What was your most memorable deal and why?
I sold a very large portfolio, worth $22mm for a Region REIT last year. It was memorable because the CEO personally called me to handle it, and it resulted in my largest fee ever!
List a fun fact to share about yourself – something that people may not know and that they may be surprised to find out.
As part of my pro-bono work in the community, I do a local talk radio show. I interview top business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and other movers and shakers. They don’t pay me to do it, but after years on the show have made me a local celebrity, and brought me a lot of business too!
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