Bryant Meyer, Oakbrook Corp.

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Bryant Meyer, commercial real estate associate, Oakbrook Corp.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most challenging aspects of working in real estate are the highs and lows. It’s a very cyclical business and deals fall apart for a variety of reasons that are of your control. The most rewarding aspect is adding value to our business clients through relocating facilities, opening new business locations, and providing market insights that allow them to make informed decisions and be more successful.

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

Rod Santomassimo, a best-selling author, speaker, and consultant in the CRE industry. He is also the founder of the Massimo Group. I’ve read a few of his books and enjoy his podcasts. He always brings an equal amount of professionalism and energy to everything he does. His attention to detail and time management skills are something that I’m striving to achieve.

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

The high point of my career thus far was likely achieving my CCIM designation. The CCIM lapel pin/designation denotes that I’ve completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. The group of professionals I’ve grown business relationships with because of that experience/curriculum has been very impactful in growing my business.

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

Remember you can say no. When entering a new career/industry, there is a high level of uncertainty that comes along with that. In the early stages of my career, I was willing to tackle everything that was thrown at me, and I wanted to help everyone. Because of that I was able to learn many different facets of property management, financial analysis, and client relations, which was positive, but you spread yourself thin and can’t focus on where you can add the most value for your clients. It’s important to understand you don’t have to do everything yourself and it’s about building a team of experts around you who add value and support.

What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

Working in Dane County has been nothing short of excellent. The commercial brokerage and construction professionals in our market are some of the best people to work with and are incredibly welcoming. This community is extremely collaborative and I’m fortunate that Oakbrook provided me with a solid platform from the start. Living in Dane County is equally as exciting because there is no shortage of music, arts, food, fun, and sports. It’s an incredibly beautiful place to live and play year-round.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I have a tremendous amount of song lyrics memorized. When I was younger, I used to listen to songs again and again until I was able to lock down the lyrics. I’ve always been a fan of a variety of music and typically bounce from one song to another. I’m not sure that qualifies as a secret talent but it might come in handy if I’m ever on a musical game show.

What are your guilty pleasures?

I have to say I watch (arguably too much) reality TV. My wife and I watch a ton of Bravo and various other shows. I pretend it’s an excuse to unplug but I’m tuned in. In addition to this, I’m almost always looking for a late-night snack and spend a fair amount of time staring into the fridge.

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