M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — 30 Under 30 — June 18 - July 22, 2021 — 11C
30 U nder 30 WELL Accredited Professional Jamie Atkins, Development Associate at Denholtz Properties
temporary 3-month position for me to showcase my skills. After the expiration of that trial period, I was offered a full-time position for the firm. Entering the real estate industry at such young age with no prior experience was a challenge, but both my father and Steven have been excel- lent role models helping me along the way. Having regu- lar, casual conversations with established real estate profes- sionals has been invaluable to me, as I continue to master the terminology and thought processes used by industry veterans. What were some of your early goals and did any- thing happen to change them? Right off the bat, I wanted to be able to be responsible for all aspects of a develop- ment job. Beyond the actual development of a project, there is the auditioning process, fi - nancing, construction, leasing, management, and so on. Den- holtz’s seamless proprietary technological platform made
it possible for me to learn the processes of these individual fields and how they intertwine with one another. Throughout my professional development, this experience has allowedme to stay involved on a project from start to finish. Nothing is more exciting than seeing a project come to fruition. What unique qualities and or personality do you feel make you most suc - cessful in your profession? Emotional intelligence has been an unquestionable fac- tor in my success at Denholtz. With ups and downs to the market, real estate will always be considered a stressful in- dustry. It is especially impor - tant in today’s post-pandemic society to be emotionally re- silient when facing adversity. Resilience is key to internally mitigate the stresses of the job, and to find opportunities under pressure. Not only does strong emotional intelligence help with the day-to-day functions of my job, but also improves my relationships with coworkers and partners. MAREJ
hat is your most no- table project, deal, or transaction?
Jamie Atkins Development Associate Years with company/firm: 1 year, 9 months Years in field: 1 year, 9 months Years in real estate industry: 1 year, 9 months
Late in 2019, we won the bidding process for the Com- missary building in Fort Mon- mouth, NJ. Originally the old supermarket of the army base, this 53,000 s/f brick building was built in 1998 following a snowstorm that collapsed the original structure. After placing the winning bid, we demolished and “white boxed” the building’s interior, and are now in the development phase of ghost kitchen and micro- brewery spaces. The entirety of Fort Monmouth is to be revitalized, and this building will be an integral destination for visitors to eat, drink, and connect. How do you contribute to your company and/or the industry? I am a utility player eager to step out of my comfort zone to bring value to all aspects of the firm. Rarely giving no for an answer, I have spent the past year increasing my involvement everywhere from
construction, development, and acquisitions, to underwrit- ing, budgeting, and financing. The uncertainty of the day excites me. For example, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I pursued the WELL Accredited Professional designation to en- sure I was a valuable resource at Denholtz as we continue to focus on the health and well- being of the occupants of our buildings. Each day, I rou - tinely involve myself in build- ing management decisions to ensure WELL standards are satisfied and our tenants are well cared for. Who or what has been the
strongest influence in your career? Prior to my journey at Den- zoltz, I was teaching in New York City and having conver- sations with my father, Chick Atkins, who dedicated his en- tire career to real estate. Those conversations inspired me to begin networking with some of my father’s connections in the real estate industry. Soon enough, I was on a call with a childhood friend of my father’s, Steven Denholtz. Steven, who grew up with my father in Livingston, NJ has without question been the most no- table influence on my career, as it was he who offered me a
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