October 7, 2016 by texasbbacareerservices
Mike J. Lafitte
Grad Year: 1983 Graduate from UT Austin McCombs School of Business (BBA), followed by an MBA at SMU
Current Title: Global Group President, Lines of Business & Client Care
Please tell us about your career path and how you found your way to CBRE?
I started in commercial real estate in 1984 and was an office leasing broker in the early years and was involved in commercial development as well. My first job was with Lincoln Property Company and then worked for Bear Stearns and Prudential. I joined the Trammell Crow Company in 1997 and became part of the senior management of that firm until it was acquired by CBRE in 2006.
What do you like about working for CBRE?
CBRE is a great company to work for and being a part of the leadership team of the market leading commercial real estate company is exciting. Our company is never resting as we continue on a path to achieve World Class status. We are privileged to serve the world’s greatest occupier and investor clients and we operate in over 60 countries around the globe. The people at CBRE are fantastic and the culture is one that rewards hard work and collaboration.
Our culture embraces the concept of constant learning. The career paths in our industry and within CBRE do provide for advancement opportunities around so many facets of the business – brokerage, property management, development, capital markets, etc.
What does this job/internship entail?
The summer internship program is 8 weeks in our Dallas office. The program has several components, including mentorship & networking, self-paced online learning, case competition, fun & volunteer events and weekly executive speaker series. Our interns have access to some of the most senior executives at CBRE. We engage them in meaningful work and present them an opportunity to provide value during the program.
What skills make a person successful in this position?
Key ingredients to any job in my view are a commitment to integrity, hard work, responsiveness, and expertise and business judgment.
Please share your general career advice?
Find a career where you can grow and be rewarded personally and professionally. Seek balance in your life – between the things that will matter to you in the end (career, family, faith, community, activities, etc.) Work hard and be patient as well as prepared for change!
- SMU Cox School of Business, Executive Board
- University of Texas Real Estate and Finance Investment Center
- Salesmanship Club of Dallas
- The Real Estate Roundtable