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DALE ANNE REISS ON LUCK, OPPORTUNITY, AND THE JOY OF REAL ESTATE
Youll find no stronger adherent to that philosophy than Reiss,
70. Back when she was at the GSB in the late 1960s, she had no
plans to enter real estate. That she did, she says today, was
nothing less than serendipitous.
But luck alone cant account for what Reiss has accomplished since.
Shes parlayed tenacity, technical and people skills, an ability
to learn quickly, and, yes, unending preparation to become managing
partner, midwest area with E & Y Kenneth Leventhal in Chicago.
The firm engages in all aspects of real estate accounting, real
estate auditing, tax consulting and compliance, and acquisition
due diligence for real estate clients, many of whom are real estate
investment trusts. They also advise corporations on their real
estate holdings and on commercial mortgage-backed securities.
I do all the above, as well as run the practice, which employs
about 200 people, Reiss says.
A confluence of trends in the real estate industry has made this an exciting time in real estate accounting and consulting, she adds. One major trend is the consolidation and securitization occurring in the industry. Once driven by local entrepreneurs and financed by local savings and loans, the real estate business is now dominated by firms going public, consolidating, and adopting the highest professional management standards.
A concurrent trend is the ongoing reengineering of corporate America.
Firms are eager to show shareholder value on every line item on
their balance sheets, including the traditionally underutilized
and underappreciated item reading property, plant and equipment.
She worked her way through the GSB while employed as a First Chicago
accountant and later as assistant controller for the Chicago City
Colleges. After graduation, she became director of finance with
Chicagos Department of Public Works. After a seven and one-half
years as a consultant with public accounting firm Arthur Young,
Reiss joined Urban Investment and Development Company as vice
president and controller in 1980. The company owned shopping
centers, office buildings, hotels, home builders, she recalls.
I learned every aspect of the real estate business. When Urban
was sold to JMB Realty, I ended up opening the Chicago office
of [Los Angeles-based] Kenneth Leventhal.
Along the way, she adds, shes learned the importance of tenacity,
follow-through, adaptability, and organizational and technical
skills. Then, too, theres the element of luck, she says, pointing
to the philosophy posted near her desk.
You have to be ready to take advantage of the opportunity when
it presents itself, she notes.
Reiss isnt one to predict her professional future, except to
say that she doesnt envision retirement. For now, shes simply
enjoying the swift pace of change in real estate, and the challenges
and excitement it offers.
Anytime theres change, she says, theres fun.
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