Jason Speckman

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Each month, ICBR honors one of its members as Member of the Month. This month, we recognize ICBR Conference Committee member, Jason Speckman. Jason is a Senior Director with Cushman & Wakefield | Summit Realty Group.

ICBR: How did you start in your career in commercial real estate?

Speckman: In my very first interview for a commercial real estate position, I was told that I was a “hay seed” and that I had poor grammar. I genuinely appreciated the feedback and let that interviewer know how much I appreciated the honesty. I then proceeded to ask if there was anything else I could do to improve…and, here I am. Yes, I was hired. In life, I believe that one’s character is not defined by the adversity they face, but how one handles that adversity. I may not be in the business today if I would have handled that interview differently.

ICBR: Do you have any mentors? If so, who? How has he/she inspired you?

Speckman: I do not have a specific mentor, but I have certainly learned from and been inspired by many individuals. Specifically, I am inspired by people who:

  • Treat everybody with respect
  • Always do the right thing, even when no one is looking
  • Realize there is always something to learn
  • Exercise courage even at the risk of personal loss

ICBR: What is the most important thing you have learned by working in commercial real estate?

Speckman: I have learned that I can learn from my clients. I have a constant eye on improvement and can honestly say I have learned something from every client I have represented.

ICBR: What is your current professional goal(s)?

Speckman: Complete my MBA program at the University of Notre Dame and graduate in May 2014.

ICBR: What is your most recent accomplishment?

Speckman: My most recent accomplishments include:

  • Since 2011, closed largest number of transactions at Cushman & Wakefield | Summit Realty Group Indianapolis office, successfully executing over 200 transactions and nearly $70 million in production.
  • Incorporated health wellness into my life and have lost 30 pounds since November 2012, among other health improvements.