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Shawn Baker, Century 21, managing member, Thacker & Associates

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

What I find most challenging as it regards leadership is staying out of the operational aspect of our business, staying out front and leading and staying ahead of trends in the market, and being able to equip our sales team and our management and our support staff. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is to do what only I can do within our organization and let others do their job. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

I would say that the thing that has contributed to my success as a leader would be the fact that I am driven. In life I had a rough upbringing, and I have never had anyone give me a handout. I’ve had to earn everything that I have by working hard. We live in a great country with wonderful opportunities and I would say that that drive to pursue the American dream has made me what I am today. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

My employees would describe me as a visionary.

What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?

Accounting of course! The bottom line, right? But, really, I’m most passionate about the interaction as it relates to our clients, the people that we represent, as well as our sales associates, being able to help steward people with the largest investment that most people will make in their lives — a home. Being able to talk them through that process and support them brings fulfillment to me. 

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

The craziest thing I have ever done is that I was privileged with the opportunity to visit a classified military site in Israel with the IDF on the Golan Heights, and I would tell you all about it but I can’t! 

 

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