I am saddened to say that Douglas Elliman Aspen/Snowmass has experienced the sudden loss of two of our brokers over the last month.
It is difficult to know how to deal with sudden loss of a loved one, friend or collegue personally, but as an employer, how do you respond to grief and loss?
I am proud to be a part of Elliman for many reasons, but the most impressive reason transcends marketing and selling real estate. This organization sees itself as a family. Really. When there is loss, we stop. We talk about it. We grieve together and respond. We meet as a company to talk about how we support the families affected by their loss. When management says Elliman will do whatever we can to support the families, I believe it.
Death certainly offers us a unique perspective and asks for pause. I think we generally stop and think about who we are and what kind of impact we have on those around us. I vote that we, I included, do more of that reflection. How we treat others, how we spend our time and money reflects on who we are. These recent tragic deaths make me think about my legacy as a husband, father, friend, brother, son, Elliman broker and a member of the Aspen Community.
Am I leaving relationships, work and Aspen better than before I engaged? That question is worth frequent evaluation. Join me in that, won’t you?