Meet a Member - Ann Pielage

March 2, 2020
Written by: CREW Cincinnati
The Facts

Company & Location
Al. Neyer/Downtown
Sr. Real Estate Transaction Manager

Number of years in the industry

1.  Where did you get your career started and what was the most valuable lesson you learned early on?
I originally started with Al. Neyer as a “secretary” in 1985 and worked about two and half years until having our first son.  I was a stay-at-home Mom until I returned to Al. Neyer in 1998 as a receptionist.  I learned early on that if you took pride in your work and were open to learning new skills along the way here at Al. Neyer, you could earn the respect of management and be given opportunities that you never even dreamed of, and that still holds true today.

2.  What inspires, drives, or motivates you in your career?
Simply being a part of the success of Al. Neyer motivates me every day.  I have been with this company a very long time, seen the good, the bad and downright ugly times of this industry, and through it all, Al. Neyer’s leadership has remained committed to our strong core values which makes me so proud to be a part of this organization.  I work with good people, really good people, who inspire, drive and motivate me every single day.

3.  What advice can you share for working with a challenging client or colleague?​
Be kind.  Simple as that.  The old saying “kill them with kindness” goes a long way.  That is not to say it is always easy, but I firmly believe that the attitude you put forth when relating to others and the customer service you provide, is what comes back to you.  You are bound to come across negative people in the course of your career that you will never be able to change, but you don’t have to give them the right to change you.

4.  What do you see taking shape in our industry in the next 5 or 10 years?​
I see the industrial market continuing to soar with the online shopping mindset.  I’m of the older generation so I don’t take advantage of it as much as the younger generations, but let’s face it, we have only hit the tip of the iceberg on “convenience” living.  Unfortunately, I believe we may also see another downturn in the overall commercial real estate market within the next 5-10 years but am hopeful that it won’t be as painful as the last.  Of course, in an election year, it’s always a little more dicey.  November will be a very interesting month.

5.  Do you have any passions or hobbies outside of work?​
My grandsons are my passion.  They are 2 and 11 months and are the loves of my life.  They live about 45 minutes away but we see them as often as we can and they come over for lots of overnights with “Oma and Opa”.  I also love all kinds of yardwork (call me crazy!), working in my flower beds and feeding my birds.  I played tennis for about 15 years and would LOVE to find the time to play again on a regular basis.  Maybe this will be the year.

6.  Who is your personal hero?​
Debbie Kissel - a very dear friend of mine who passed away 5 years ago from leukemia at the age of 57.  She was a one of kind.  A fun, kind, generous, positive soul who left a beautiful mark on everyone that was lucky enough to know her.  Her strength and grace through the final months of her life changed me deep inside.  “Things” became unimportant.  Time with family and friends, as often as possible, took over the number one spot on my priority list. I will miss her until the day we meet again.