Article from Reno Gazette-Journal: People You Should Know, Brendan Egan
Brendan Egan, Regional Director of Development, was recently featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal’s business column “People You Should Get To Know.”
What Work Experiences Led You To Your Current Position?
I started in commercial real estate on the brokerage side in Southern California in 1985. When I moved back to Reno in 1988, I knew I wanted to get more involved on the development side of the business. That’s when I first went to work for Dermody Properties. In early 2000, I felt the need to explore my entrepreneurial side and I joined as a partner with Sierra Crest Equities, LLC in the Sacramento area. While there, I developed several office, retail and flex projects around the country. In 2003, seeing the need for small neighborhood retail centers in the Reno-Sparks area, some friends and I formed Timber Ridge Development, LLC and then later in 2006 I formed 6 Development, LLC. In 2012, I rejoined Dermody Properties.
Why I Do What I Do
As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed real estate. When I was a child in southern California, my father was president of a savings and loan company. On Sundays after church, we would make a Baskin Robbins ice cream run and then go tour subdivisions he had helped finance. I thought it was fun seeing the streets get developed and paved and the buildings being built. Now, I love working with the customer. I still get a thrill walking around a finished project and making a customer happy.
Why I Stay Here
I have had the opportunity to travel and work around the United States for many years. I think Reno is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. There is so much to do here and our weather is really the best in the country. This was a great place to raise kids as well. Even with my travels, I am always happy to get on the plane coming home. Reno also provides a business-friendly environment that allows people in my line of work to grow and succeed. Dermody Properties’ and the region’s commitment to economic development is wonderful to see.
What Do I Do To Leave Work At The Office
I enjoy what I do, so it’s not unusual for me after hours or on weekends to go tour other projects, new areas or to get together with the people in the community with whom I do business.
How I Give Back To The Community
When I first starting working for Dermody Properties, we all felt and believed in the importance of giving back to the communities where we live and work. After all, they have been a big part of our success. It is an important part of Dermody Properties mission to give back. I have served on several charitable boards including the Red Cross, C. A. R. E. Chest, the DRI foundation and the Dermody Properties Foundation, which donates more than $100,000 per year to a variety of nonprofits in the communities in which we do business.