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DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4′s Gloria Neal spent some time with a man making his mark with deals in downtown real estate and donations.
“I can honestly say that I think I can leave the world being a better place than when I got here,” Lindsay Brown said.
Just off 17th Street, up 19 floors, sits Jones Lang LaSalle and Senior Vice President Lindsay Brown, who knows commercial real estate in Denver.
“Sometimes it’s the value we bring to the table as tenant brokers – is you don’t know what you don’t know. People who hire me 100 percent of the time, I think, are smarter than I am,” Brown said. “But I do this every day. So if you don’t do it every day, you’re going to leave something on the table.”
He’s the guy who gets the deal done.
“I love the art of the deal, I also love chasing the deal; finding tenants who are exciting to work with,” Brown said.
But square footage is not the only thing Brown is passionate about. When he’s not chasing, he’s riding, climbing, or getting muddy for a cause. His charity of choice is Sweat Equity.
“I guess the simple way to describe Sweat Equity is, it is a way for the public sector, the private sector, and nonprofits to work together,” he said. “They can do Century bike rides, marathons, triathlons; whatever it is, whatever their passion is. There are a couple of different skiing events we do that are great.
“A lot of companies like to say – I think they mean well – but they say, ‘We support the charities that our employees support.’ A majority of the time that’s not true.”
Sweat Equity helps business people raise money for the charity of their choice through athletic endeavors and have their employers match the funds raised.
“How does that make me feel like I’m making my mark? I think in a good way — not trying to put money in my pocket, but trying to actually make your community a better place.”
LINK: Sweat Equity