We had the good fortune of connecting with Myra Vorrice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Myra, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision you’ll ever make as an entrepreneur is deciding to become a full-time entrepreneur. I think most people glorify the rewards of entrepreneurship but it’s the sacrifices, consistency and work ethic that will catapult those results we all want to experience: financial freedom.
My first taste of entrepreneurship started in junior high school as a glamorous dealer of everything sweet. My brother and I saved our lunch money and would go across the street at the neighboring grocery store and purchase an array of candies. At an early age, we unintentionally learned supply and demand, margin and profit, and how to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.
It was the sweet taste of success that resonated with my sibling and I that entrepreneurship would eventually be our destiny.
I think it was those early notions in life that I knew entrepreneurship was my calling.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When I look at successful companies like Disney and Chick-fil-A, a majority of their success doesn’t lie in product differentiation but in experience. Thus, I took that mindset in commercial real estate that I didn’t want to sell people anything but organically connect with my clients to create a memorable, positive experience.
Like most people, I have had a plethora of service oriented jobs but one that stands out was my job as a server at a Greek restaurant. I can recall my first time on the job and I spilled a dozen drinks for a table top of 15. My cheeks instantly turned reddish-pink but I learned a valuable lesson of servicing others that day. I vowed after the disastrous spill that I would listen attentively to my clients, provide immediate feedback, and create a pleasurable experience (that was hopefully accident-free).
A lot of the jobs that I previously held easily transferred over into commercial real estate. From teaching, I learned to be extremely organized and juggle multiple tasks without compromising quality and deadlines. From coaching, I learned to be goal oriented, working well with others and strategically analyzing techniques that were working well or needed modifications.
I believe those diverse real-world experience sets me apart because I’m able to connect and build with my clients who are everyday people wanting to invest in themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m still getting acclimated to the city of Atlanta but I love that Atlanta is a city that yields to movement, great experiences and hearty food.
For my loved ones that have visited, I have taken them to Legoland, Georgia Aquarium, The Coca Cola Factory, Piedmont Park, Cascade Skating Rink, The Mercedes Benz Stadium, Centennial Park, Lennox Square, Atlantic Station, The Interlock and a variety of restaurants and bars to enjoy Atlanta.
Atlanta is one of those cites where there is always something to do and I enjoy exploring the city and hosting my loved ones when they visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are multitudes of people I want to shoutout who have played a role in shaping me into the woman I am today.
Being a 1st generation American, my parents were my first role models in preparing me for the real world. It was my mom’s dedication to pursuing excellence in any role she held in the hospital and my father’s work ethic that helped me believe that any goal was attainable.
My husband who is my best friend has been my biggest champion in life. He supports and encourages me every step of the way. I don’t think there is anything too large that he doesn’t believe I can achieve.
I also want to credit my siblings, closest friends and commercial real estate professionals (especially here in Atlanta) that have had an impact on supporting and mentoring me.
Commercial real estate can be both a lonely and arduous journey, so I’m constantly inspired by my colleagues and CRE peers in their successes.
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