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YOUNG SUCCESS STORIES
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Published: May 01, 2009

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MARTIN PUPIL
Executive managing director for Colliers International

Martin Pupil leads Colliers International’s Greater Los Angeles operations, which consists of eight offices in Southern California. In the company’s Irvine office, he manages more than 100 brokers and a team of marketing experts. Pupil joined Colliers in 2004 as the manager of the Montreal office, where he advanced revenues from $2.8 million to $12 million in three years. He is currently redirecting the company by repositioning the Colliers brand for growth during the economic downturn, and he’s taking steps to improve the company’s work environment for real estate professionals.

Most important lesson learned:
Stay true to your vision.

Next big step:
In the short term, lead Colliers to be one of the top three firms in greater Los Angeles. In the medium-to-long term, continue to find opportunities that are true to my vision for my family and me.

Advice for other young professionals:
Have a vision for yourself, work hard and never waiver.

What you do for fun:
Spend time with my kids and golf

If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be and why?
Bill France of NASCAR. The reason is simple: He has a created a team business in a sport of individuals. In NASCAR, everyone wins – not just the stars. I believe that for a business to be successful, everyone must win – employees, shareholders and the client.



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