Cocktails to Closing

Posted by on Dec 20, 2010 in Blog, Event, Networking, Real Estate | 0 comments

Cocktails to Closing

This past Thursday night December 16th, we had the Cocktails to Closing event hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Committee. Erbi Blanco-True, who’s with Great Florida Bank, has been instrumental in making this a great event.

The event was held at 1450 Brickell in Downtown Miami on the 34th floor of the building. I met a decent amount of people at the event. I was joined by my good friend Wendy Hernandez and Suzanne Hollander, who teaches Real Estate Law at FIU. I’ve been wanting to meet her for a while since we have had virtual correspondences. It seems like a few more FIU students joined us; as they were sponsored by BB&T for complimentary admission to the networking event. Lucy Nuñez from BB&T made that sponsorship possible.

Louise Bendix, office specialist from ComReal Miami was in attendance, as well as Catarina Jiminez, from Jones Lang Lasalle whom I’ve met before at CREW Miami.

A warm and friendly hug and thanks go out to Danet Linares of Blanca Commercial Real Estate who previously helped the FIU Real Estate Student Association to make a wonderful uCREW event possible last year when I was president of the organization. Danet said that she will be participating again this year while Wendy Hernandez is president. I thank Danet because the tour for 1450 Brickell was outstanding. What really impressed me was Danet’s answer in response to what Suzanne Hollander had asked, “What advice would you give college graduates just starting out in the business?” Danet answered with, to paraphrase, ‘While I am not a morning person, I get up early, and I’m the last one to leave the office. I come in on weekends, and I put in the time and used it productively.’ Wendy and I spoke to Danet after the tour and she was telling me how she’s going to go back to the office after the tour since she has to have a proposal finished by Friday morning. Now that’s dedication, and the type of dedication needed in this business. There’s no time to push things to later.

After a couple of glasses of wine, they had a few raffles. The raffles could have been conducted a bit better, but overall, how can I give criticism when they had so many prizes offered at the raffle.

Overall, I recommend this event again in the future.

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