Spotlight: Robert O’Farrell

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One of JLL’s own and ABJ’s Heavy Hitters: Robert O’Farrell

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Todd Wallace, Managing Director and Robert O’Farrell, executive vice president, JLL, Austin

First real estate job: I interned at The Weitzman Group in Austin and later became a broker there.

Primary reason you landed in your real estate specialty: The college internship afforded me the opportunity to learn more about retail brokerage and opened the door to a brokerage role.

Most influential person: Todd Wallace. He has been a great friend and someone I’ve learned a lot from over the years. It would be hard not to be influenced by someone of such strong character and positive personality. Most important, our friendship is what has allowed me to spend so much time and effort working. When you can work with your best friend, it’s hard not to have fun while striving to always improve.

Book, presentation, movie or whatever that most inspires you: “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” movie. You’ll have to watch it.

Most stressful event in your career: The Great Recession was by far the most stressful. It was also the most important time in my career as anyone can do well in an up market. It’s much more challenging when the market turns.

Most exhilarating deal: During the Great Recession, digging out of tough spots on multiple deals and figuring out creative ways to get those deals done. While that was the most stressful time, it was also the most fun.

Words you live by:“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Ricky Bobby (character in “Talledega Nights” movie)

What one thing you’d like to do before you die: For me, it’s more the culmination of living a life that my wife and kids can be proud of. Like most people, I want to be able to look back in 30 years and know I made a positive impact on the lives of those that matter to me, both personally and professionally.

Jun 17, 2016, 5:00am CDT, By ARNOLD WELLS/STAFF – Click Here for Full Article