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Dan Spransy, Realty Executives Cooper Spransy​

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Dan Spransy, owner/broker, Realty Executives Cooper Spransy​.

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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most challenging part of my job is saying “no.” I’m an entrepreneur through and through — I love the excitement of taking risks (a weakness for sure), trying new things, and thinking outside the box. However, I’ve learned the hard way, as most entrepreneurs do, that saying “no” and focusing on your strengths makes you or your company unique, and ultimately yields amazing results. The opposite, saying “yes” too much, can lead to a lot of wasted time and money.

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to work with people whom I consider to be some of my best friends. It makes coming to the office so much fun!

Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

I really admire Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. I love the culture and management style he has created. He thinks completely outside the box, and at times that is so necessary. At Realty Executives, we don’t want to be like everyone else. We want to create something different and truly live it out. Tony has done exactly that.

What has been the high point of your career so far?

Honestly, if I were to take a snapshot of where we are right now, this would be the highlight. It’s been a long road since we started more than 11 years ago, but I knew then that we were building something we would eventually reap the benefits of, and that time is finally here. We have amazing people who truly care about the company and who I can completely trust. I don’t have to micromanage my team, and the more I let them run with what they are good at, the more successful we become!

Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self? 

This one is easy to answer: don't get distracted with other business ideas or ventures. Save your time and money, and stay focused on your one thing.


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