Meet Matthew DeWitt!
NAIWWM | November 11, 2019
What do you like most about working with NAI?
Since working in property management and commercial real estate, generally speaking, aren’t individualistic efforts, it’s the diverse skill sets of our team members and the cross-learning and sharing component. That’s why I love working with NAI: it’s the team at the end of the day.
What’s your most memorable work experience?
The most unique and memorable property management related experience I’ve had was being tasked as a facility and hospitality manager for an almost thousand-year-old Abbey in Loire Valley in France. The property portfolio consisted of approximately a dozen buildings previously used by Benedictine monks that a Michigan based real estate developer retro-fitted and redeveloped. The opportunity to manage historic buildings and develop professional working relationships with the local vendors and contractors in the French language was an unforgettable cultural and work experience.
What sets you apart from the competition?
When most people in the commercial real estate industry think of commercial property management, they think of four foundational corners: legal, marketing, finance, and engineering. Having studied engineering, marketing, and finance helps set me apart. Also, my overall cultural awareness and linguistics (fluent in Spanish and French) that I exhibit when I interact with my various stakeholders in the marketplace due to having had the opportunity to live in Argentina during my middle school years, Morocco throughout high school, Spain for my first two years of undergrad, and then concluding my undergraduate degree here in the Midwest.
Why property management?
Each building, location, and condition is different, and every landlord has their own unique vision for their properties. It’s the opportunity to discuss and understand what each individual landlord’s short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals are for each one of their assets that I enjoy. That’s what I get the most out of being a property manager: developing those relationships and doing the best that I can as part of an amazing team here at NAI to help our landlords execute their strategic long-term vision for their assets.
What does a “day-in-the-life” look like for you?
The day in the life of a property manager varies greatly and you have to be constantly re-prioritizing your schedule due to emergencies and urgent tenant / client requests and contractor availabilities. We have daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly tasks that need to be accomplished. We’re always trying to be at least a couple weeks to a couple months ahead of the next seasonal change. At the end of summer we’re already using the “snow” word as we are reviewing and approving snow removal bids reviewed and approved and working diligently to complete our last remaining parking lot projects before the asphalt mills close for the winter. You must be able to deal with the ebbs and the flows and really love to serve all of the various stakeholders involved with your properties.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, just like property management it’s very seasonal, I love going to Lake Michigan’s dunes and during the winter time I ski quite a bit up in Harbor Springs. I also enjoy landscape and architectural photography as it allows me to explore the beautiful natural and built environments that Michigan blesses us with.