Nick Banks Guest Lectures at UF

Last week, Front Street director, Nick Banks, was asked to guest lecture on the topic of Networking at the University of Florida. He blogged about his experience below;

As an advisory board member for the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida, I have the opportunity a couple times a year to do a guest lecture.  It’s always exciting for me because it gives me an opportunity to meet with the students and learn more about their career goals and experiences in the commercial real estate industry so far.  

Last week I was invited to speak about networking.  As I gave this subject some thought, I realized that networking is one of those things like cold calling that intimidates people and sometimes takes them outside their comfort zone.  I decided to rename the lecture “Building Relationships That Last”.  As I think back on my career, building and maintaining relationships has been the single most important thing I have done.  Without these relationships, nothing I have ever accomplished would have been possible.  Once we shifted the discussion to relationships and moved away from pure networking the students were much less intimidated about the process of going out and meeting new people.  I hope they came away with a better understanding of how the relationships they build today will become the foundation for their careers in this industry going forward.   


Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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