Bloomberg Radio’s Bill Gross and Carol Massar of Taking Stock sat down with Brendan at Junior Achievement’s Boston Business Hall of Fame event to discuss his work with JA.
Q: How did you first get involved with JA?
A: It started almost ten years ago after moving here from Manhattan. I had experienced JA as a young student. As I learned more about them I realized that their fundamentals jived well with my own business experience.
Q: What do you remember about that experience?
A: Commercial real estats is chock full of entrepreneurs and young people. For me the mentor piece was a huge part. I was fortunate to have great mentors. The financial skills that JA delivers in its curiculum are second to none. They’re bullet proof. Its the personal and professional experiences with the teachers that really resonate with the kids.
Our office in Boston is very involved teaching JA classes and raising money. The JLL folks clearly get more out of it than they give.
Q: You were living on 63rd and 1st in Manhattan earning $18,000 a year?
A: It was my first job out of college. I was a planning clerk working in the field during the day. In the afternoon I’d go up to our main office to get involved in business development. I worked late hours but it gave me the opportunity to lift my head, get noticed and advance my career.
This goes back to the mentor piece with JA and why it resonates with me. I always had people looking out for me. JA is a way for me to give back.
JLL was a sponsor of the event.