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ULI Philadelphia’s 2013-2014 Mentorship Program

The purpose of the ULI Philadelphia Mentorship Program is to foster an exchange of professional ideas, friendship, and expertise among young professionals and industry veterans in order to enhance the growth curve and experience of both parties. Here are two ULI members testimonies of their experience in the program.

Mike Post is Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for M&T Bank in Doylestown, PA. He has been with M&T for 7 years, and has been a ULI member for 3 years. This was Mike’s first involvement with the ULI Mentorship Program, though he was able to lean on his experiences with a mentorship program within his own company. Ian Matlack is finishing his first year as Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager at Susquehanna Bank in King of Prussia, PA. For the past year Mike was a Mentor to Ian , who he had already met at various ULI events. They met about 5 times, and at those meetings they discussed career advice and best practices within the commercial real estate lending field. Mike summed up his time as Mentor by saying, ‘We were acquaintances before, but how have developed a quality relationship inside and outside of banking, and have built a relationship that will last into the future’.  Ian phrased his experience as  “I learned that it is important to step back and evaluate where I am at in my current position, what my aspirations are for the future and the importance of surrounding myself with mentors both internally and externally.  One specific thing that I learned was the need to be patient to nurture business relationships as it may take several years to develop a relationship that leads to a business opportunity.”

For more information or to sign up as a mentor contact Ben Houck at benjamin.b.houck@hud.gov.

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