Take Five With:
David Eseke, Associate Vice President – Industrial Services, Cushman & Wakefield
2016 TREC Young Guns I Give! Co-chair
1. Where is your favorite place in Dallas and why?
I’d have to say the Back 9 of Stevens Park Golf Course. Hacking around the course with friends or clients is a blast and the views of the Dallas skyline always make a triple-bogey easier to swallow.
2. If you had an hour of free time, how would you spend it?
With my wife, Morgan. I’ve found that marriage is the medium in which you are challenged to think outside of yourself. My wife has patiently and lovingly encouraged my growth in that area and I have done the same for her. That has allowed a closeness and companionship to develop that I cherish. For me, being married to my best friend means that running to the grocery store, walking through the neighborhood or watching our Seahawks are all equally enjoyable when we do them together.
3. What is the best advice you have received?
Just be faithful. In a commission-based job where much of your success depends on other people’s decisions, there’s only so much you can control. Being faithful to God, my family, my clients, my coworkers and my business strategy are most important. I believe in hard work, integrity and honesty, but ultimately the chips fall where they will. The reminder to “just be faithful,” regardless of the outcome, is something I lean on daily.
4. How did you choose commercial real estate as a profession?
The competition and team environment really appealed to me, given my sports background. Additionally, the variety of ways that real estate is utilized or invested in intrigued me. While my day-to-day activities vary slightly, the diverse needs of clients make for an exciting and stimulating profession. There is always something new to learn and another challenge to solve.
5. As co-chair of the Young Guns I Give! campaign, what inspires you to give?
Candidly, my approach to giving stems from the “just be faithful” mantra. If I cannot claim or control the outcomes, how can I claim the resources that follow? And if those resources, however big or small, aren’t mine, whose are they? If God is ultimately responsible for outcomes, only He can claim ownership of the resources that follow. Therefore, they are not mine, but were given to me. This makes me a steward, someone who is a caretaker of another’s property. I believe God has provided for me generously, and in return, I’m inspired to share those resources joyfully and responsibly.
I’m like most millennials, I like my stuff, I want a nice car, exclusive vacations and to provide richly for my family. Those desires call out to me daily and I’m constantly challenged to put others needs before my personal wants. Yet, when I finally realized that I have been entrusted to give certain resources, it actually made giving incredibly fun and rewarding. I’ve also found that a heart bent towards giving makes me much more others and client-focused, helping me to just be faithful every day.