Lessons in Leadership
Lessons in Leadership: Smedes York’s Take on Ethics and Social Change
On November 29th York Properties Board Chairman Smedes York participated in a panel at City Club Raleigh entitled “Ethics & Social Change in the Spirit of Economic Development.” Moderated by Wendy Gates Corbett, President and Lead Presentation Consultant at Refresher Training, LLC, the other panel participants were Ashton Smith (Citrix) and Steven Pearson (IBM).
Key takeaways from Smedes’ comments included:
Strong partnerships are critical to maintaining a healthy region. We do not need or want to merge communities. Key examples of strong regional partnerships include Raleigh Durham Airport, United Way of the Greater Triangle, and the Regional Transportation Alliance, among others. Even though Raleigh is the largest city, our region only succeeds by respecting all our communities as equals.
Wake County schools
A first-rate Wake County school system is vital. The merger between the city and county school systems, effective in 1976, was essential. The city system was not “coterminous” with the city limits and we were moving toward an inner-city school district. Our legislative delegation at the time acted with deep courage and leadership to affect this change.
York Properties and Business
At York Properties we do not want to be a “parasite company.” We are imbedded in the community; our company and our employees support many community initiatives.
A key word is “civility” for our brand and culture. I gave the example of Senator Jesse Helms welcoming his “polar opposite” Senator John Edwards. When asked why, he replied, “I believe in civility.”
A successful employee must “learn to learn.” Technology changes but what does not change is the value of face-to-face communication. John Naisbitt’s book “Megatrends” stressed a concept of “high tech-high touch.” The more technology there is the more a personal touch (such as a phone call or a hand-written note) is noticed and appreciated. Attitude and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. An individual needs to be put in a position where he or she can excel. Albert Einstein put it particularly well:
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
A “purple state” in my mind is not a disadvantage but an advantage. A purple state means we are neither Republican dominated (red) or Democratic dominated (blue) so there is balanced discussion. One party domination tends to result in negative legislation like HB2.
New dining option coming to the market
Cape Fear Seafood Company, which has been satisfying palates in southeast NC for over 10 years, is making its way into our market. John Koonce provided tenant representation services and found them a great location. Look for the restaurant to open in April 2019 at the former Lucky 32 building at 832 Spring Forest Road.
See the full TBJ article here.
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Sam Jones BBQ Coming to Raleigh
Renowned fourth-generation pitmaster and James Beard semifinalist, Sam Jones is opening a barbecue restaurant in Raleigh. Sam Jones BBQ is projected to open late Summer 2019 after renovations are complete. Brian Wallace brokered the deal between Sam Jones BBQ and the Landlord, James Goodnight.
A Place at the Table Featured on Today
We’re so excited that our friends at A Place at the Table were featured on the Today Show on Monday, November 19 to talk about the awesome things they’re doing in our city! We’re so honored to have been a small part in their journey to their open doors and love continuing our relationship by volunteering our time and eating their delicious food!
Watch the segment below:
Grocery store coming to new south Durham development
John Koonce is listing 751 South, a 300,000 square foot retail complex. The center will be anchored by the newly announced 50,000 square foot Lowes Foods, set to open in the summer of 2020.
To be a part of this exciting new community contact John at email@example.com or 919.645.2765.
See full TBJ article here.
GDN Nail Bar Now Open in Wilmington
The old Barnhill Construction office is looking a little different these days. GDN Nail Bar (@guys_do_nails) is now open at 222 Princess St in downtown Wilmington. We’re pretty fond of those oversized leather pedicure chairs. Brian Wallace represented the Landlord in the deal.
Shop Local: Des Livres et Délices
If you can’t Brie with the wine you love… love the wine you’re with!
Come find your raison d’être at Des Livres et Délices at Five Points.
Recently relocated from Paris and Burgundy, France, Laurence et Phillippe started a new adventure in Raleigh with their book shop and gourmet market. Be sure to stop by to browse their wonderful selection or attend one of their many events.
Virginia Davis awarded Manager of Excellence
We are so proud to announce that out of thousands of members, Virginia Davis received the award from the Community Association Institute for Manager of Excellence at the chapter conference in Concord.
Congratulations, Virginia! We are so impressed by your hard work and dedication to your communities.
Seaboard Wine Now Open at High Park Village
Joining some of Raleigh’s favorite tenants, Seaboard Wine has made the move to High Park Village. They’re open and ready to help you pick your new favorite wine. Summer rosé, anyone? We hope you’ll enjoy the same wonderful shopping experience in a location with better parking and none of the downtown construction traffic.