With my recent relocation to the Mobile market as Vice President and Regional Manager of Alabama and Florida with Stirling Properties, I was invited to join the Leadership Council for the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) as well as become a lunch sponsor at the ACRE Executive Exchange Forum in Montgomery – all in one week! I used this very timely opportunity to introduce myself and Stirling Properties to the leaders of the Alabama real estate community.
Included in the forum lineup was the keynote speech from Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), whom I found to be very relevant and instrumental in the recent success the state has had in recruiting new industry. Of the many great points made by Dr. Bronner, I was surprised to hear that RSA owns multiple television and radio stations around the country along with the largest billboard company in the U.S. and they use this media as a negotiating tool to help lure new businesses as well as promote their Alabama investments, that include the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and multiple high-end hotel and office properties located throughout the state. Another point Dr. Bronner made was “when it comes to real estate investment, it’s better to put your money into places you’re familiar with” which is why I and the owners of Stirling Properties made the decision to open an office in this market versus trying to run it from our corporate headquarters in Louisiana.
Stirling Properties was thrilled to be a sponsor of the Executive Exchange and I enjoyed meeting those leaders from around the state of Alabama that are making a difference. Stay tuned as we will be announcing the opening of our office very soon!