Reno Rebirth Profile: Michael Dermody

by Jessica Garcia, Reno Gazette-Journal

Why We’re Profiling Him

I was born and raised here in Reno. In fact, my wife, our four children and I were all born at Saint Mary’s Hospital. Although I was raised here, I went to high school in Michigan, then Colorado, and law school at Gonzaga, even working out of the country for a brief stint. Having the opportunity to live in so many different cities opened my eyes to what a great community Northern Nevada is. When I came back, I knew this is where I wanted to stay and raise my family.

How Did You Get This Great Job? 

As I matured, I realized I had a commitment to help my family. With this sense of responsibility, I joined my father’s already-successful business and began to learn about industrial real estate. When I started, I found that every day was challenging and rewarding, and that is why I am still here today. As a developer, we help companies find the right locations for their businesses, and as a landlord, we get to know and understand their business and build relationships over many years. At its core, our business is about helping people and building long-term relationships. It is very gratifying.

What Do You Do Every Day?

Every day is different, but I think you can sum it up in our mission statement: “Creating satisfied customers by providing excellent customer service and innovative solutions to their real estate needs.” I work with all types of companies, large and small, throughout the country. For example, last week I attended a groundbreaking for Wayfair’s new Internet fulfillment center in the Midwest. And closer to home, we were recently fortunate to develop a facility for Amazon.com here in northern Nevada. Also, after the 1980 recession, we were fortunate to develop Salomon Skis’ North American headquarters here. The project ended up in Forbes magazine with a very prominent article. How can I not love this job?!

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