Leading Voices Podcast: Dar Williams, community-building from a folk singer POV

The national podcast “Leading Voices in Real Estate“, produced by Matt Slepin, Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Search Partners, released a special episode that’s slightly different than our norm: a Q&A with Dar Williams, successful singer-songwriter and the author of “What I Found in A Thousand Towns,” based on her extensive touring.

Upcoming Season Two interviews include Gerald Hines, CEO of the eponymous global real estate, investment and development firm; Fred Tuomi, CEO of Invitation Homes; Ken Woolley, founder of ExtraSpace Management; Jane Graf, CEO of Mercy Housing, among others. Matt interviews real estate industry leaders who tell their personal career stories of business building and making a difference in our communities.

Dar Williams
Singer, Songwriter, Author

After growing up in a family active in small-town civic engagement, Dar Williams developed a successful singing career that took her to hundreds of communities she watched evolve over the years – and many she fell in love with. She says “Positive Proximity” is the understanding of how your life is better living alongside others who might have differences, not in spite of them. Her book “What I Found in A Thousand Towns,” highlights her unique perspective on how towns evolve into great communities.

Jim Ketai
CEO, Bedrock Real Estate

Most real estate professionals know property repositioning, but city repositioning? Detroit area native Jim Ketai is the CEO and Managing Partner at Bedrock Detroit, the company that has been at the center of revitalizing downtown Detroit. In today’s episode, we discuss how Jim co-founded Bedrock with his friend, Quicken Loan CEO Dan Gilbert, and how they transcended traditional real estate thinking with Bedrock’s pioneering investments in investment-abandoned downtown Detroit. New employers began moving in including Facebook, Amazon, Google and many more. And he has little fear of failure. “It’s okay to fail because that’s how we all learn and get better.”

Keith Oden
President, Camden Property Trust

Keith Oden and his business partner, CEO Ric Campo, have taken Camden Property Trust from a Texas start-up to a nationwide apartment owner, with a distinctive approach. He explains the seminal move by Camden in innovating rent optimization software, how they’ve built a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and how they keep a sprawling organization humming.

Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning has operated an independent record store in downtown Phoenix for 30 years. Her experience as a small business owner led her to start Local First Arizona, advocating for self-reliant, unique downtowns that can support the little guy.

Andrés Duany

Following the advice of his grandfather, Andrés Duany knows he can either be popular or indispensable, and he’s chosen the latter. Made famous by his traditional neighborhood design of Seaside, Florida, Duany has led the charge in creating new urbanist communities.