We had the good fortune of connecting with Joe Killinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joe, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was raised by entrepreneurial parents and I saw how they could create their own destiny, I learned that hard/smart work can lead me down a path I would be comfortable with in life. When I say comfortable I am speaking about the ability to do my work in the way I want to as well as with people that I want to do it with.

What should our readers know about your business?
My partner and I started Commercial Brokers International 16 yrs ago, it is a full service commercial real estate brokerage based in Los Angeles. We have a great team of agents that work excellent together and are focused on doing deals of all sizes and assets classes throughout the U.S. When we launched the company we had a dream but little money, we started with only a couple of agents, ourselves and the idea that we could out market the big firms. We pushed ourselves to be a content creator in an industry that frowned on anything other than what had worked in the past, we also hired a young man out of USC that had a masters degree in the applied psychology of marketing. and gave him the task of creating our website, create content, as well as all marketing materials. The content slowly started to take hold and we saw our client base grow, not just in number of clients but the size of the transactions. The evolution of our industry is starting to really take a hold so we are continuously updating all content, website and marketing materials. Our company is focused on a positive company culture and giving back to our community, we have a foundation www.mentorwire.org that helps young women from low-income areas that want to have a career in real estate find a mentor to get them on the right path. We also have a website www.joekillinger.co that helps people that want to become a real estate investor or agent get started. We create content almost daily for this website in order to help others that want to be in this incredible industry.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles has so may options its hard to pick only a few but here we go…I will base this on someone that has never been here before. Day 1 Beverly Hills for brunch-window shopping on Rodeo and other streets- grab and early drink at either the Beverly Hills Hotel or Beverly Wilshire.
Day 2 Hollywood is a must see and be sure to include the HOLLYWOOD sign….then Magic Castle for dinner (ask friends to hook you up with a member) or Yamashiros.
Day 3 Cruise up PCH to Malibu (check traffic before heading out) you can do kayaking, body boarding surfing or just relax. You can grab a drink and dinner at The Sunset Restaurant.
Day 4 Getty Museum in Brentwood or Getty on PCH with dinner at any of the great restaurants on san vicente blvd.
Day 5 On your last day you need to hit Santa Monica, a little beach time, shopping on the 3rd street promenade for the gifts you are taking home for family and friends and then dinner at The Lobster (those views are unbeatable)

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I grew up on a farm in a small community in Central Nebraska, Wolbach, the total population was around 280. Growing up in such a small community taught me many things. 1) Don’t lie to your parents about what you had been doing when you get home late on a Saturday night- they knew exactly where you had been as the parents all talked. (take responsibility for your actions)
2) When you would do something that could embarrass your family and get caught by someone other than your family, a comment would be made a long the lines of-Joe, I know you know to do better than this…I will not tell you parents this time but be smarter. ( Big learning/growing experiences-not that there were many but when I did I was thankful and learned from them)
3) There were a couple of men (Don Berney and Bill Paulman) that worked at our COOP, when we would go into town I would sit with them and they treated me like every man that came into the COOP. I was very young but I listened to them speak about the business as well as what was going on in town, it made me feel like I was part of their crew and I loved it. ( treat everyone with respect and include them if possible)
This small town and the people in it are still and will always be a part of my life and I am so very thankful!

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