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Jack Eimer: Two Things That Really Trouble Me

When are we going to achieve a greater degree of diversity throughout the industry? When you look at most the websites of most real estate firms our area, you see that company ranks are still made up predominantly of white males.
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Jack Eimer
Jack Eimer

And no, one of them is not the outcome of the Lions vs. Cowboys game I just turned off. Yuck.

First: I have been in the real estate business long enough to remember the time that deals were forged on a handshake. And that a man’s word could be trusted, if not banked on. Today we have way too much “gray” in the system when it comes to simple morality and basic integrity.

It seems that too many peripheral issues come into play that often rationalize away questionable behavior. More and more, the ends seem to be justifying the means. Let’s all take a breather and reflect on what it means to do the right thing. It would sure make our business and personal lives more enjoyable.

Second: When are we going to achieve a greater degree of diversity throughout the Texas real estate industry? We have definitely moved the needle some from the ’70s and ’80s when it was truly a good ol’ boys business here in our state. Throughout the years, many outstanding women and professionals of varied ethnicity have risen to prominent leadership and senior producer roles throughout our market. However, when you look at the websites of most real estate firms throughout our area, you see that company ranks are still made up predominantly of white males.

I challenge all of us to catch up to a number of other industries that have successfully diversified their companies, throughout their organizations and up to their boards and c-suites. Our goal should be to mirror the gender and ethic make up of the owners and users of real estate that we serve. As an industry, we have made some progress. But we have a ways to go.

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