Meet Darren Krakowiak
Darren became a Director of JLL Australia at age 27 and the country head of CBRE Korea at age 35 - he knows firsthand what is takes to achieve success in commercial real estate.
In 2019, Darren returned home to Melbourne after a 12 year absence; he experienced the challenges of starting all over again in our industry.
Darren noticed the lack of quality resources to help people who needed it, and the shortage of leaders providing that support.
As he drew on his own experience to motivate himself, he realised that the industry needed someone new to step up, so in 2020 he founded CRE Success.
I have always enjoyed being a commercial real estate leader who lifts others up to achieve their full potential.
When I returned to Australia in 2019, and was no longer directly responsible for providing that leadership, I noticed people in senior positions who weren't able or willing to elevate others.
I identified a gap in the commercial real estate sector to be a resource to support others' professional development. I also saw the potential to help existing leaders fulfil their full range of responsibilities.
I have the capability, experience, knowledge and passion required to serve in this role. So, I launched CRE Success in April 2020.
I then spent six months laying the groundwork for the CRE Success platform; coaching and mentoring clients on a one-on-one basis, learning the discipline of Executive Coaching at Swinburne University, and delivering group training courses to people and companies in commercial real estate.
I now understand the market's needs even better. With these enhanced skills and knowledge, I've built the CRE Success platform to pursue my mission of being a leader in the industry who supports the professional aspirations of even more people.
I continue to develop the platform to achieve my mission, which I seek to accomplish directly through the people I serve and indirectly by helping develop better leaders which other people benefit from.
Behind the scenes
This is Juwon and I in New York City - the place where she lived for seven years and we visited together in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
We met in Seoul in 2015 and got married in 2018. We both love to travel. This photo is from the last holiday we took together before the birth of our daughter in May 2020.
On this trip, we took the opportunity to get some 'baby bump' photos done (but you can't see the bump in this one!).
Our 5 Ps - what we stand for
We do what we do with passion.
We pursue goals with persistence.
We keep a positive attitude.
We believe in preparation.
We act with professionalism.
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