One week ago today we celebrated our friend and colleague Michael Barmash as he took to the podium to accept the Power Broker of the Year Award at the Philadelphia Inquirer Influencer of Real Estate Awards.
Mike joined a class of honorees that included Carl Dranoff, Tom Scannapieco, Joseph Coradino, Tom Londres, Eric Blumenfeld, Lindsey Scannapieco and David Binswanger....even Brent Celek of The Philadelphia Eagles joined the celebration!
It goes without saying, Mike is not just an Influencer of Real Estate in Philadelphia he is an Influencer of Colliers – his drive proves you can build a career from office runner to top of the industry, his professionalism delivers care and respect and a personal touch to all he interacts with, his comradery with colleagues is something that has made life at Colliers special all these years.
We'd like to share the unique story Mike was invited to tell at the podium answering the question "what influenced your decision to get into real estate?"
In Mike's own words:
"In a word – my father. He was a very humble man, hard working. He ran a sign painting shop at Front and Callowhill. I used to apprentice there screen printing and I’d overhear these wacky real estate guys screaming at him and thinking to myself “I don’t ever want to be spoken to like that.” Intrigued by the business nonetheless, I convinced my dad to use his influence to land me three interviews. A fresh young guy in the 70’s in Philadelphia, I was stepping into smoky offices to meet old round guys wearing suspenders. They all said the same thing – “how much experience you got?” and “come back when you have more.” It wasn’t until I landed at the offices of Lanard & Axilbund (now Colliers International) that they let me get my foot in the door. I was just an office runner but within 6 months I had sold my first property – a building at 8th and Callowhill for $97,000. I sold it again 35 years later for $1 million. I always keep my manners though. "