Each month, ICBR honors one of its members as Member of the Month. This month, we recognize Rob Millman. Rob works with Prudential Indiana Realty in Seymour, Ind.
Millman: I am an ICBR member to network with other brokers throughout the state and gain knowledge through relationships and programs. It is important to stay abreast of trends and changes in the real estate industry, and the annual conference offers programs with a variety of topics which reinforce and expand my knowledge base. In today’s political environment the legislative work completed by ICBR is essential to represent the interest of our industry, and provides confidence my views and those of my colleagues are well represented.
ICBR: What designations/awards/recognition have you received?
Millman: In April 2010, I earned the distinction to become a CCIM completing the last leg of the designation process by passing the final examination in New Orleans. In 2003, I was named the Jackson County Realtor of the Year.
ICBR: How did you start your career in commercial real estate/development?
Millman: I had an interest in real estate since I was a student at Purdue University, where I first took the real estate licensing course. Upon graduating from Purdue, I taught high school agriculture, and later was involved in agricultural sales before starting my real estate career in 1999. Since I am located in South Central Indiana, there was a niche for a commercial real estate broker and by reaching out and developing relationships with clients I have been able to build my business. I regularly network with brokers and appraisers from both the Indianapolis and Louisville metro markets.
ICBR: Do you have any mentors? If so, who? How has he/she inspired you?
Millman: Mike Kinney from Indianapolis has been a very good mentor to me, showing me the value of relationships and relationship building to develop a successful real estate career. Also, Jim Baker from Jeffersonville emphasizing the importance of the education received from CCIM courses and ICBR events.
ICBR: What is the most important thing you have learned by working in commercial real estate?
Millman: Prospecting, developing and cementing relationships with clients as well as other commercial real estate professionals. I truly believe real professionals also want to see their colleagues in the industry succeed and sharing of ideas, information and knowledge is essential for building and sustaining those interpersonal relationships.
ICBR: What is your current professional goal(s)?
Millman: My professional goals include continuing to expand my sphere of influence, and relationships with other commercial real estate professionals throughout the state.
ICBR: Do you have any special skills, interests or hobbies?
Millman: I started mountain climbing a few years ago, and have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Rainier in Washington State, and this May I will be climbing Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive in Colorado and will be climbing Mt. McKinley (Denali) this summer.