Everyone in the Colliers International | Pittsburgh office knows Ralph Egerman is an absolute joy to work with. 365 days a year, he works hard for his clients while putting a smile on the face of everyone he encounters. So, in honor of his birthday, we decided to shine the spotlight on him with a Q&A to find out how Ralph became the broker he is today.
Question: How did you get your start in Commercial Real Estate?
Ralph: I began my career in February 1981 at Cushman & Wakefield’s Pittsburgh office. These were exciting times in our industry and C&W was involved with projects such as; One Oxford Centre, One Mellon Bank Centre, PPG Place and I was the lead broker for the Warner Centre and the Fulton Building.
Q: How long have you been in the business?
R: I started as a small investor in 1976 purchasing apartments and one small commercial building. I obtained my real estate license in 1980 and decided to make real estate my career.
Q: What is your favorite part of working in the industry?
R: My favorite part of the industry is working with my clients to help them to realize their goals. Additionally, I love to participate in the growth of my beloved city.
Q: Did you have a mentor that helped you when you were new to brokerage?
R: I was very fortunate to have wonderful mentors. Hank Stewart and Jim Morgan of C&W along with Leon Thorpe who later became my investment partner, were instrumental in my success. I still meet with Hank once a month to have lunch and discuss real estate. I believe that mentors are an essential component for the development of a young professional. One of my great joys, is mentoring the new associates here at Colliers Pittsburgh.
Q: What advice would you give to a someone that is new to the industry?
R: I think the best advice I can offer a new broker is to keep personal integrity at the forefront of your practice, commit to a lifetime of continuing education and be disciplined in your work.
Q: When you aren’t working, what is your favorite hobby?
R: When I am not working, I have spent 30 years serving of the Board of Directors of wonderful organizations such as Familylinks, Animal Friends, Parent & Child Guidance and The Nine Mile Run Watershed board. I also love exercise, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Whether it’s making a daily trip to Crazy Mocha to pick up coffee for the entire office, bringing in obscure articles from the Wall Street Journal for the younger brokers to read, or humming oldies tunes, Ralph always manages to light up the office, even on the gloomiest of days.
Happy birthday Ralph, from your family at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.
For the third year in a row, Colliers International | Pittsburgh participated in the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s CEO Soak. But this year, two-time participant, Gregg Broujos, passed the torch on to Market Leader, Dick Cassetti.
Pittsburgh Pirates Broadcaster, Steve Blass, served as MC of the event announcing all participants and the companies they were representing. Cassetti, along with other CEOs, presidents, upper-level managers, and even the University of Pittsburgh basketball team, stood in the fountain at PPG nervously waiting for the water to turn on.
“The anticipation of the cold water was almost worse than the actual water hitting us everywhere,” said Cassetti.
Once the fountains were turned on, all of the “soakees” stood in the fountains for one minute while ice cold water poured down on them.
The brokers and marketing staff from the Pittsburgh office were able to stand by and cheer on Cassetti while he represented Colliers at the event.
“I remember participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge a few years ago, so it was enjoyable to see my boss contribute to such a great cause on a much larger scale,” said Client Services Coordinator, Molly Sheerin, “Overall the CEO Soak is a great event and I look forward to next year.”
With the help of many generous contributors, Cassetti made the list of Top Ten Fundraisers and was able to raise $1,235 dollars for ALS research. Total, the ALS Association was able to raise $98,392, surpassing their goal of $85,000.
For more information about ALS or to donate to the case, please visit the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania’s website by clicking here.
Colliers International | Pittsburgh continued their “Year of Giving” as they volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank yesterday. They spent a couple of hours packaging several hundred pounds of apples which will be distributed to our neighbors within the Food Banks 11 county service area.
Front row left to right: Paul Horan, Molly Sheerin, and Jonathan Levinson
Back row left to right: Gregg Broujos, Dick Cassetti, Michelle Domeisen, Ralph Egerman, Edward Lawrence, Lisa Mikolay and Jared Foster (participant missing from the photo is John Bilyak)
Paul Horan a Principal in the Pittsburgh office said, “It was nice working together to help others.”
The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger. Please go to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank website to find out how you can help them with their mission.
Colliers International is proud to announce its partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to offer downtown property
Colliers International’s investment team of Gregg Broujos and Michelle Domeisen CCIM will be presenting Trinity House, a 4-story, 20,000 +/- square foot property located at 325 Oliver Avenue either for lease or for redevelopment.
“Trinity House is one of the only architecturally unique opportunities in the Central Business District that offers countless possibilities to many business types,” said Domeisen. “We look forward to our partnership with Trinity Cathedral and the diocese in exploring every avenue to find the right occupant, or project for the building.”
In exploring the possibilities, the Colliers investment team will be conducting a Request For Proposal process in the coming weeks to seek a developer or end user who is looking for a unique niche project in the Central Business District of Downtown Pittsburgh.
For additional information, please contact Gregg Broujos at 412 515 8527 or Michelle Domeisen at 412 515 8544.