Tell us about your background, Alec.
Well, it’s funny that I currently find myself in the world of real estate, because I sort of grew up in it. I’m from Norfolk, Nebraska where my mom owned a residential real estate company. I then found myself at Drake University here in Des Moines where I discovered an interest in the commercial side of real estate. I began an internship at R&R and that brought me to where I am today.
What kind of expertise do you bring to the world of commercial real estate?
Being a millennial myself, I’m extremely interested in the impact that this generation is having on trends in office spaces. At REA, our clients are expressing a greater and greater demand for everything from collaborative workspaces to offices with more natural light. Trends like these are largely being driven by millennial preferences and we’re seeing a lot of businesses adapt accordingly.
In fact, the impact millennials are having on office design, culture and location is so substantial, I wrote a white paper on it. Consider it my guide for businesses looking to attract or retain millennial employees through engaging office space.
How do you give back to your community?
I’m proud to have been involved with both Children and Family Urban Movement and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Iowa. Both organizations are doing important work with underprivileged and at-risk kids and this is something that I’m passionate about.
What’s your favorite thing about the Des Moines Metro?
I’d have to say it’s the opportunities, both professionally and personally. There are so many things to do and places to see in the Des Moines area, which is one of the many reasons why I found myself wanting to live and work in the Des Moines metro. Specifically, one of my favorite things to do is checking out uniquely local restaurants in the Des Moines metro. The food here is unmatched! Ultimately, even though I’m not originally from Des Moines, I’ve fallen in love with this city and everything it has to offer.