From: Patrick Gillespie
Posted: May 1, 2008
Where: Incredible Agents
Subject: Good Business
I began working for Demetrios at Boardwalk Properties a little over 2 ½ years ago as a real estate agent, and I would like to point out how Mr. Salpoglou carries himself both as a real estate broker, teacher and businessman in general. As an employer, I always found Demetrios to be incredible fair. He would literally spend an hour on the phone with you or in person ****isting you with any business transaction. Real estate and dealing with landlords and picky tenants can be a very difficult job to manage. I could always count on my important questions being answered in a prompt manner even if it was Saturday or Sunday. During my time at boardwalk, I was also a full time college student, and it was always understood that schoolwork came first. I was always impressed by Demetrios and the other members of the management team on how they would help me during busy periods at school or while gone on summer break.
Perhaps the greatest thing that impressed me about Demetrios was his absolute professionalism. In fact, I feel that everyone at Boardwalk learned from Demetrios via some sort of osmosis. His positive attitude always seemed to rub off on everyone in the office. I was always also impressed by Demetrios’ ethical behavior. During my time with the company I never felt pressured to lie, cheat or steal in any way—indeed it was quite the opposite—any ethical violations from within the company were always addressed quickly in the highest manger possible. I know several people that were fired for inappropriate behavior such as hiding or holding keys for too long, preventing people from showing a hot property. Demetrios also immediately let go people for false marketing. Demetrios is steadfast in keeping the companies honest with only professional agents.
In my circles around BU and talking with agents at other companies I’ve heard stories of some owners allowing agents to get away with less than stellar behavior which eventually ruins the professionalism and teamwork. Not at Boardwalk. The sense of teamwork and honesty is incredible high, and I think anyone who works there would agree. We were positively encouraged to pay good deeds forward in order for all of us to prosper. Demetrios would stress in meetings that there are no short cuts to success in life. I believe this to be true and a cornerstone of his success.
I feel I owe lot to Mr. Salpoglou, and that is why I am writing this. Over the past couple of years I have certainly learned a lot about being a real estate agent, however, and perhaps more importantly, Demetrios has taught me how to be a successful, fair and respectful salesman. In fact, I am in the process of graduating from Boston University and I will be working for a major international real estate company in Moscow. I am fully convinced that without the skills I have learned and experienced gained by working for Demetrios over the past 2 ½ years, I would have never made it past the first interview.
I would like to leave this posting with one final thought to ponder. Why do more agents come to work for the companies run by Demetrios? I have personal knowledge of agents at other companies that complain to their bosses and ask their companies to be run more like ours. Why are the companies run by Demetrios continuing to grow at an incredible rate? Why are there so many agents that have been at Boardwalk for such a long time? Since I started with the company we had around 35-40 listing (I cant remember exactly) and around 4-5 thousand landlords; now there are over 82 thousand listings and over 10,300 landlords. It saddens and humors me at the same time that I have a couple of ridiculous comments written here about the companies. I find it amusing that they are one liners with no full name left of contact information. My guess would be it is either a jealous competitor jealous of Boardwalk’s success or an agent that was let go for not having the proper ethical character.
I would be happy to discuss all the positive upsides of Boardwalk Properties that shaped me to gain the huge opportunities I now have in life (my email is below). I would highly recommend anyone who is looking to grow and prosper professionally to work there. I am also pretty confident that if you speak with any of the landlords that Boardwalk services, you will get only glowing accolades. To build a successful company, it takes smart, competent and ethical people. I found all three of those qualities in Demetrios Salpoglou, the management team and Boardwalk Properties. firstname.lastname@example.org