Young Professionals Blake Brown, 32, of World Group, LLC/West Des Moines.

Blake Brown, 32, of World Group, LLC/West Des Moines.

Get to know: Blake Brown, 32

Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Sarah Day Owen

Title: Vice President of Brokerage-Des Moines, World Group, LLC / West Des Moines

What I do: Broker for World Group Commercial Real Estate. We are a full-service brokerage, property management company and developer.

Background: I have been in commercial real estate for approximately 11 years and recently accepted a position with World Group and moved from Denny Elwell Company. I work with landlords/sellers to list property for lease and for sale and also represent tenants/buyers for the leasing or purchase of commercial property.

Notable achievements: I received my brokers license in 2004 and was promoted at that time to managing director for a local real estate firm. I was recently selected to be the vice president of brokerage for World Group in Des Moines.

Why I do what I do: I love real estate in general and enjoy helping clients to realize their dream. Many of the clients that I work with have a vision of where they see their business, but do not know how to go about actually leasing or purchasing property to establish it. I am able to help them in determining what type and size of property will suit their business the best and then I research the market and provide them with options to consider. Another large piece of what I do is managing a sales team.

To get away from work, I like to: Spend time with my wife of nearly nine years and our 2-year-old daughter. We like getting outdoors and watching the Hawkeyes. I also enjoy working on and modifying vehicles of all types. I am currently building an off-road Jeep to have as a fun toy and have built a couple of fast cars.

How I give back to the community: I volunteer my time often and participate in several events including the annual Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, the annual Walk to Defeat ALS and I am the co-founder of an annual event, “Fall MDA fundraiser,” which has raised more than $70,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the past five years.

To attract and retain young professionals, Iowa should: Continue to incentivize companies to locate to Iowa and the Des Moines area and provide well-paying jobs that are attractive to young professionals. We should also continue to grow and offer affordable housing suitable for students and young professionals.

To be taken seriously as a young professional, it’s important to: Learn as much as you can about the profession you are seeking or working in, so that you can demonstrate knowledge in the field. When trying to secure a new client or business don’t just reach out to them once and expect to get the business. You have to follow up repeatedly and earn their business. I’ve seen it too many times that a young professional will contact someone like myself and want to meet to share more about the business they are working for. Then I never hear from them again. If they would have stayed in touch there could have been opportunity to do business once we developed a better relationship.

In five years, I see myself: Continuing to learn and build my real estate career. My goal is also to have a knowledgeable sales team that is ready to tackle the market. I also want to own multiple real estate investments and be in a position where one day I can develop real estate projects myself.

Contact Brown: 515-223-7885

About the Author

Sarah is Editor of Juice Magazine. E-mail her at or follow her updates on Twitter @SarahDayOwen.

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