Complicated Issues, Creative Solutions
“My business drive is to elevate the status and professional recognition of those within our organization so they are viewed as leaders in their field.” – Jason Schmidt
Creativity shouldn’t be reserved for the “creative industries.” As Stockworth Realty Group’s chief operating officer and broker, Jason Schmidt says inventiveness has been the key to his success in an industry where imagination might sometimes go unrecognized.
While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Central Florida, Schmidt was working as a musician when he began a part-time job as a real estate researcher. In real estate, he saw the potential to put his talents and drive to use.
“Being able to see something born out of nothing excited me into wanting to explore business and real estate further,” he says. “Every day is about developing creative solutions to complicated problems.” So began a career that has now spanned 15 years and has earned him one of real estate’s highest professional designations, a spot on the Forbes Real Estate Council, and more than $1 billion in real estate sales and equity placement.
In an industry that changes with as much regularity and speed as his, Schmidt credits adaptability for allowing him to balance the creative and the corporate. His mornings, which typically begin in the office around 6 a.m., are reserved for his corporate duties so he is able to be fully present during the balance of the day for those in his organization and Stockworth’s clients.
Schmidt, who still pursues music and video production in his free time when not spending it with family, sums up his philosophy simply: “Work as hard as you can and strive to live a life that is genuine and inspires others. In life, your habits become your reputation.”