Real Estate Services, Kansas City, MO, took a different, more “tough
“David came home for Christmas during his senior year at TCU,
and I remember a conversation where he said, ‘Dad, I just can’t wait
to come back to Kansas City, and work for you at Zimmer!’ I think
David will also recall my response, ‘Well, David, that’s just fantas-tic…but there are currently no openings at Zimmer,” laughs Hugh.
“My dad told me to pick three cities where he would like to go and
work, and that he would help me get interviews. I ended up in Dallas,
and after five years I was able to build a credible record for myself.
After those five years when I moved back to Kansas City and was
welcomed with open arms,” recounts David.
David Zimmer, SIOR, FRICS; and father,
Hugh Zimmer, SIOR Retired, CRE, RICS
Doing Business, the Right Way.
Part of this trust comes from having a sense of “the right way to
do business.” From its beginnings, SIOR has been on the forefront
of defining the standards of ethics and the standards of practice in
the commercial real estate industry. The strength of the SIOR network depends on these principles—as does the strength of SIOR
“We can rely on each other’s sense of how to do business—the
ethics and standards of practice mean something to my son and I,”
says George Charbonneau, SIOR Retired, CRE, senior vice president at Cassidy Turley, Indianapolis, IN.
George’s son, Milt Charbonneau, SIOR, CCIM, senior vice
president, principal of Cassidy Turley, Somerset, NJ, believes that the
values his father had passed down to him from SIOR are essential in
his business practices, and will be an important part of his daughter’s
character as she enters the workforce. “I have a daughter in college,
and my suspicion is that she will not go into real estate. However, she
will enter the job market understanding the power of a network that
works with you and for you, and she will certainly be using the same
skills and overall sense of how to do business that I have learned,
applied, and passed down from SIOR,” he adds.
SIOR and Family
The intimacy of SIOR is also demonstrated by its presence in
the family of its members. For those who have fathers in the
organization, memories of SIOR oftentimes go as far back as
childhood, well before the start of their professional careers.
Milt Podolsky, SIOR Retiredl
Randy Podolsky, SIOR
Steve Podolsky, SIOR
Defining the Organization
There is a pervasive sense of pride amongst the older generation of
SIORs—pride in their success, the successes of their children, and
the success of SIOR. From its beginnings, SIOR has seen an evolution, from what was essentially a social club, to industry leaders in
terms of ethics, and production. The older generations of SIORs were
actively involved in this transition, and their involvement in the organization became a vehicle for not only making personal relationships,
but passing down the value of SIOR to their sons. Like their success in real estate, SIOR was something they personally had a hand