Q: Can you tell us about a defining moment in your career that has shaped your leadership style?
A: Becoming a leader is a process of growth, and nothing grows overnight – so choosing one specific moment that has led to my style of leadership is impossible. But ultimately, there is one specific challenge that has driven my leadership approach, and that is understanding how to manage both internal staff and external business partners/tenants. As a young leader, I viewed both of those categories as independent, but as I navigated those different types of relationships and reflected on what it takes to have both a successful internal team and successful relationships with my tenants, I realized that clear and effective communication is the key to every kind of relationship, and that’s the most important quality of my leadership style.
Q: What strategies have you found most effective in building and maintaining a strong company culture?
A: Our company culture is grounded in what we call “Louieisms”, which are a set of ideologies that me and my dad, Louie, built this company on:
Treat every member of our team, both internally and externally, as a family. This means communicating honestly and clearly and offering constructive criticism to constantly push each other to our fullest potential. Our employees are the backbone of our organization.
Work selflessly – putting the needs of others before our own. The best way to succeed is through helping others succeed. That’s why our staff is so close.
Strive to be ambitious through a positive attitude. Positive thoughts yield positive outcomes.
We always challenge one another to think big. As the saying goes, it takes the same amount of energy to think big as it does to think small.
Q: How do you balance the needs of your tenants with the goals of your business?
A: Simple: we put out tenants first. They’re our priority, and when they win, we win. We can’t succeed unless our tenants succeed. We are proud to put ourselves second – our tenants will always be #1.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
A: Embarking on a journey of success is a journey, and there are two questions one should ask themselves:
What does success mean to me? Everyone has a different definition of success, and defining your idea of success will help you develop the right goals and pave your path.
How can I make a difference for my family, my community, and the world? No matter how you define success, one thing will always be true: real success lies in giving.
Always prioritize who you are and who you want to be and remember that your word is your bond. Always be a person of your word.
Q: How has BG adapted to the challenges posed by changing market trends?
A: Nobody is infallible. No matter how experienced you are, you must always put in effort, especially in this market because it’s constantly changing. Our team navigates that by being extremely calculated in all the decisions we make. We measure every detail twice. We would rather walk in a straight line than run and trip over what we didn’t see coming.
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