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CORPORATE PARTNER SPOTLIGHT What's the part of your job you like most? Why? The diversity of work and the customers we work with and for. Our daily work scope is an ever-changing landscape ranging from the development of global facilities strategies to implementing very targeted and intricate projects. We are also fortunate to be able to interface with virtually the entire Mary Kay organization, either as customers requiring assistance in performing their responsibilities or as partners in the planning and execution of specific projects. This variety gives us a relatively unique perspective on the Mary Kay world. What's the most challenging part of your job? The same – diversity of scope and customers/partners. This frequently challenges us to be extremely adaptable on short notice to the specific matter at hand. Moving rapidly from strategic planning to tactical projects across a broad variety of functional disciplines with unique requirements and objectives, requires significant and almost instantaneous reorientation. The silver lining, however, is that things are certainly never dull! What, in your opinion, is the one issue related to the world of work that CRE professionals should be thinking about right now? Getting as close to our business unit customers as possible. We are a support function. Our primary mission is to provide facilities/real estate advice and planning/executional resources that will assist our core functional teams, and consequently the Company, achieve their objectives and mission. Without regular interface and dialogue with our customers, we run the risk of falling out of sync with their needs and lose our value to the organization. Best piece of advice you ever received—but didn't apply: "Measure twice, cut once" (from a construction site carpenter when I was working a summer job in college). Sometimes when developing a new strategy or executing a project I have let excitement and emotion of the moment push me into action before establishing a solid understanding of the consequences of that action. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that by engaging in thorough planning and due diligence, you are too tentative and not decisive. You learn quickly after a few missteps that good preparation makes you a better decision maker and saves you time and money in the long run. What's the book or quote that changed your life? "God first, family second, career third" – This acts as my guiding principle as I establish my priorities and sort through the inevitable challenges of resolving conflicts between them. What would people be surprised to learn about you? I enjoyed a successful 20-year sales career in consumer packaged goods (CPG) before moving into corporate real estate (CRE) management on a full time basis. Among the brands I sold were Kool-Aid and Kingsford charcoal. I even had the opportunity to wear the Kool-Aid Man character suit. It was really a lot of fun to watch the children's excitement when he made his appearance! Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? There are so many wonderful people that helped shape me into the person I am today. To every one of these I owe an immense debt of gratitude for their wisdom and patience. If I had to single one out, however, it would be my father. He was my primary inspiration and role model as I built the foundation of my personal values, the understanding of my role and responsibilities as husband and father, and my work ethic. Gage Hunt Director & Facilities Administration Mary Kay, Inc. "God first, family second, career third. This acts as my guiding principle as I establish my priorities and sort through the inevitable challenges of resolving conflicts between them." CoreNet Global Corporate Partners are an elite group of multinational and national corporations that truly understand how the strategic management of their corporations' real estate portfolio adds value and supports business strategy. 58 the LEADER | September/October 2015

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