April 12, 2016
MIAMI—“I’m very fortunate that I haven’t faced some of the typical challenges that confront entrepreneurs who are trying to grow their businesses.”
Tere Blanca has seen her fair share of challenges during her commercial real estate career. The founder, CEO and chairman of Blanca Commercial Real Estate and former Cushman & Wakefield executive, has managed to thrive in the midst of adverse market conditions.
GlobeSt.com caught up with Blanca to talk about the challenge she’s faced and how she’s navigated them in part two of this exclusive interview. You can still read part one: Tere Blanca’s Serendipitous Start In Commercial Real Estate.
GlobeSt.com: What was the biggest challenge you’ve had to navigate in the commercial real estate industry?
Blanca: Commercial real estate is a business that requires a considerable investment of one’s time, energy and attention. Personally, the biggest challenge has been to juggle delivering the ultimate value to clients, while also tending to my team, family, and community. Thankfully, I’m getting to be an expert juggler and I believe that with careful planning, prioritizing, and time-management it is possible to have it all: a rewarding, successful career; a highly-motivated and expert team; a deeply committed and involved family life; and a meaningful role in helping our community.
I’m very fortunate that I haven’t faced some of the typical challenges that confront entrepreneurs who are trying to grow their businesses. Although commercial real estate is a very competitive industry, clients turn to us because of our all-out dedication to customer service and going the extra mile.
We customize our approach according to each client’s unique needs and objectives. We also pride ourselves in having exceptionally honed market knowledge that also helps advance our client’s goals. These have formed the blueprint to our success, enabling us to avoid many growing pains and challenges.
GlobeSt.com: How did you get through that challenge?
Blanca: In trying to juggle the daily requirements of work and family, I’m very fortunate to have an outstanding team at my firm as well as an incredibly supportive husband at home. My team at Blanca Commercial Real Estate is always ready to step in for me and similarly they know I am always there for them. And I’ve always shown to my daughters that they’re my priority, so they understand why I was not a homeroom mom at school.
They recognized that I always made it a priority to spend quality time with them, and that ultimately I have been committed to provide a great education and quality of life for them. I have always maintained a very close, positive relationship with my family, and those bonds have only grown stronger over the years.
As to avoiding many of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in trying to grow their businesses, I’ve also greatly benefitted from the excellent advice and experience of high-level leaders in our community and my YPO/WPO colleagues who through the years have served as my mentors and sponsors.