This month marks the ten year anniversary of ADHI Schools. I can hardly believe that it has been ten years since the Secretary of State confirmed that our company was formed. Time definitely flies by.
I started teaching real estate classes for another company in the fall of 2002, around the time that I received my brokers license and after completing my undergraduate degree in 2000. It is sometimes said that public speaking is the activity most feared by society. This was not the case for me – probably because I was too naive to know any better. I was 23 years old and wanted to try everything and anything in our business to see where i fit best. From the age of 13, I knew that I wanted to be in the real estate industry I just wanted to find my place, plant a flag, and grow my business garden.
I was off to a rocky start in the teaching business. The first class I ever taught was an absolute disaster, I just didn’t know it while I was teaching it. It was so bad that many students called the owner of the school that I was working for the next morning to request a full refund of their tuition, or at least a promise that I would never return. At some level, I’m indebted to the owner of that school for encouraging me to keep going and continue to improve my knowledge and presentation. I was given the opportunity to teach more classes, albeit in remote areas, but it gave me a shot. All the while I was still actively trying to sell real estate and grow my career.
In 2003 I started ADHI Schools and focused on teaching real estate classes and doing real estate tranasctions. This was all going well until May of 2006 when I decided to open my own real estate brokerage and simultaneously grow the school. Running a real estate brokerage, focusing on personal production and teaching real estate classes all at once is like taking a drink of water from a fire hydrant. However, the mixture of youth, caffeine and a little success made me feel invincible.
I soon learned that the combination of being spread incredibly thin and the start of the 2007 recession made for turbulent times. I was 26 years old and drowning in overhead. Between ADHI Schools and my real estate operation, business expenses were high and the light at the end of the tunnel was dimming. Quickly. I closed that real estate office and I made the conscious decision to focus on my own personal production and ADHI Schools.
I pen this letter ten years after our company was formed and we have made it through the Great Recession without laying off any vital employees and were able to grow. Specifically, we launched our new website, integrated hundreds of hours of video classes and question explanations, automated many of our manual tasks and grew from three locations to twenty-five.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for our students and help jumpstart careers in real estate. Real estate is an amazing industry that provides opportunities to all who are willing to work and tolerate the vicissitudes of a commission only environment.
I’m proud to be a part of it and am looking forward to the next ten years!