Featured Member: Tom Weigand
Tom Weigand is a Realtor with Realty Executives and the Dale Hermreck Team, based in Ottawa Kansas. Tom has been a licensed real estate professional for 26 years, past President/CEO of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Director of the O/FCED for 10 years, and held the same positions for 3 years in Junction City and Geary County, Kansas. Tom has been a proud Franklin County resident for nearly 65 years. Learn more about Tom’s professional journey and community impact in this month’s Member Spotlight blog:
How did you decide to pursue your work with Realty Executives of Kansas City?
I joined the Realty Executives Company for a number of reasons:
1. I like the interaction with people and the freedom of scheduling my day which real estate offers.
2. I have known and periodically worked with Dale Hermreck for 45 years. He has been very successful and has achieved high honors in production with Realty Executives of Kansas City. He asked me to join him and introduced me to their ways of working in the real estate business.
3. They have a great support staff and many opportunities for professional training and support. It has been a wonderful experience so far.
What challenges did you encounter along the way?
The challenges I have addressed and overcome are primarily becoming educated on the ins and outs of residential real estate. My experience has been concentrated on commercial and industrial real estate, which varies greatly from selling homes to families. I continue to list commercial and industrial, but also have become involved in listing and selling homes as well as working as a Buyer’s Agent in purchase transactions. I consider myself to be a life-long learner and a people focused person. Therefore adapting to new ways and things are interesting to me. My biggest challenge has been to get my name out and make the contacts needed to be a success in this business. I am doing that through social media, direct mail and involvement in the Chamber and community functions.
What influenced your decision to focus your career in the Ottawa area?
I have always enjoyed the Ottawa/Franklin County community, so focusing my career and interests here comes naturally to me. Ottawa offers friendly people that are easy to get to know and they often become loyal friends. Ottawa University, NCCC, our great hospital and good restaurants offer a culture that many smaller communities cannot. It is near so many other entertainment, sports and shopping opportunities with 4-lane highway access that makes it a great place to live and work without fighting the big city hassles everyday.
What are some of the benefits you enjoy most as a Chamber member?
As a former chamber executive I have a high regard for the benefits of chamber membership. Membership offers so many ways to interact with other business professionals and community leaders that add value to your life. For a small yearly donation you can engage and make a difference in the community as well as take advantage of many learning experiences that flow through relationships and activities the chamber offers involvement in. Promotion of yourself and your business are accessible through chamber membership and its activities.
What is the best part about being a Realty Executive?
What I enjoy about being associated with real estate in general and the Realty Executives Company are a number of things: the company is very professional and does a great job of insuring your success through training, through support and through supplying the documents and sharing others success in this industry. Professionalism is a driving force of the company and they want our clients and customers to see that working with a professional executive is a rewarding, satisfying and fun experience when they have real estate needs whether it is purchasing or selling property.
How do you define success?
To me success is achieved by finding your passion and working within that passion to make a difference on a daily basis. That difference can be in creating a comfort zone for individuals and families you work with or it can be in being a part of a community you feel safe in and it provides you sustenance of spirit and financial stability. Success to me is being comfortable with what you are achieving or have achieved and continuing to find new challenges and the rewards that come as we work through them.
How can our readers connect with you?
I have a Facebook Page – Tom Weigand-Realty Executives. I consider myself to be a life-long learner and a people focused person, so I invite people to like my page and connect with me regarding real estate and life matters. They can call me anytime at 913-980-3007 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.