Meet The Next Generation of Leaders in MAREJ's 30 Under 30
Max Levinston | Sales Associate | The Kislak Company
Years with company/firm: 3
Years in field: 3
Years in real estate industry: 3
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Being honored with Kislak’s prestigious Rookie of the Year Award for my accomplishments in 2021.
What is your most notable project, deal or transaction?
My most notable project was selling Friendly Self Storage Facility. This was the first deal I sold where I represented both the buyer and the seller. There was a tremendous amount of interest in the property when I got the exclusive listing, and brought it to the market. Once we were under contract there were a variety of environmental concerns that we needed to address. This slowed the deal down by a few months but we were able to overcome the obstacles and get to the closing table.
How do you contribute to your company and/or the industry?
I attend as many company events as possible always doing my best to represent Kislak as a leader in investment sales within the industry.
Who or what has been the strongest influence in your career?
My senior partner and mentor Matt Weilheimer has been the more supportive and helpful than I could ever ask. As I’ve grown in my career he has been there for me on all of my deals, especially when challenges arise.
What impact has social media/networking had on your career?
Social media has been an excellent tool allowing me to connect with buyers, sellers, and other vendors in the industry. Content that I put out months ago is still being seen today, constantly increasing my presence as a professional in Commercial Real Estate.
Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position and why you choose the field/profession you are in today?
I began my career in April 2019, I got my real estate license and jumped directly into the commercial side of the business. I had a strong interest in working with investors and I am excited that I have the opportunity to learn from the movers and shakers in the industry every day.
What unique qualities and or personality trait do you feel makes you most successful in your profession?
Being adaptable has been an important trait for me throughout my career. Often times, the path to success is not a straight line and when challenges come up in a deal, having the ability to adapt quickly has been extremely helpful.
What challenges and or obstacles do you feel you needed to overcome to become as successful as you are today?
Having a positive mindset, especially as business came to a halt for me as Covid began. Persistence has also been essential for me, rarely does a deal happen on the first contact so following up is absolutely key.
What was the most defining moment for you?
Closing on my very first deal and feeling much more confident in myself. I was excited about the future and working on bigger and better properties.
What outside activities do you enjoy during you free time?
I enjoy playing with my dog, cooking and traveling.
What inspiring word of advice would you give to a young executive graduating from college?
This is an amazing industry! If you know someone in the business already, reach out to them and take them for lunch or coffee to learn more about what they do. If you don’t know anyone yet, utilize your university’s alumni network and connect with someone that way.