The next J.H. Berry team member featured on our employee Q&A series is Project Manager Hunter Hospes.
Hunter joined J.H. Berry in January of 2017 and has played a vital role by applying his experience in account and property management at Alabama Pain Consultants and Drummond Built Homes to facilitate the maintenance, capital improvements, tenant relations and budgeting of office buildings, retail and industrial properties, and bank facilities within our portfolio.
Hunter graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration, while also specializing in real estate. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, golfing and spending time with family and friends.
What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in commercial real estate? I had a family friend that worked in the commercial real estate industry and I had picked his brain from time to time on the subject. I began to get more and more interested, so I decided to specialize in real estate at Alabama. I soon realized that I was actually enjoying learning about the industry, so I decided to pursue a career in commercial real estate.
What are the main differences in managing buildings across the office, retail, industrial and financial sectors? The biggest difference across all sectors is the tenant’s use of the premises. This will determine your day-to-day management plan. With office and retail, you will generally be dealing with multiple tenants within the property. With industrial, you may not be dealing with as many day-to-day issues as you would with an office building or retail properties, but that does not mean there aren’t any problems.
What are some of the greatest opportunities in Birmingham’s commercial real estate industry? Birmingham has an abundance of opportunities for its commercial real estate growth. The rebirth of all the old and rundown buildings downtown are a great way to show what this city could be like with a more modern look.
What’s your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of the job would have to be how every day is different. You never know what you are going to be doing tomorrow and have to be on your toes for whatever comes your way.
How do you spend your down time? When I am not working I am playing golf, hunting, or hanging out with friends and family.