by Kaitlin York - Apr 20, 2017
Kenneth Barton, a senior marketing major from Pound Ridge, NY, has accepted an associate position at Paladin Partners Real Estate in Dallas, where he will begin working as a tenant representative after he graduates in May. Over the past year, Barton has held internship positions at both Wilkerson Properties in Lubbock, TX and Goosehead Insurance in Irving, TX, where he developed strong sales skills. As a Texas Tech student, he currently serves as the vice president of university relations for the Real Estate Organization (REO) and is also the founder and president of the Tech Pipe and Cigar Club. Barton credits the job offer from Paladin Partners to his involvement with REO, the power of networking and the education he has received at the Rawls College of Business.
Barton joined REO as a sophomore as a way connect with other Rawls students and get involved within the college. REO was a valuable resource as his interest in a career in commercial real estate developed. The relationship he formed with past REO president, Dillon Donald, served him well; Donald introduced Barton to his contact at Paladin Partners, Conrad Madsen. After meeting a few times, and then having a formal interview, Barton was offered the position.
The job offer validated his hard work and effort in networking. He said his connection with Donald provided him an opportunity to distinguish himself in an increasingly competitive job market. Barton attributes his skills in networking to many introductions and the hundreds of phone calls he’s made. He said it takes practice and dedication and the key is to just get people talking.
When asked what advice Barton has for students who are interested in developing their networking skills, he said to start by asking people for help and advice. Reaching out to professors and mentors can lead to extremely valuable relationships and connections. He cited the popular business mantra, “behind every successful person there is a dozen mentors.”
He said the caring nature of Rawls professors and the extensive experience they have in their prospective fields has been a true asset. Though Barton has had many mentors, two have really influenced his development as a young professional. The relationship he has formed with his real estate professor, Jared Harrell, has benefited him tremendously, for Harrell has shown a real interest in his success. Barton also credits his father for teaching him the ins-and-outs of communicating effectively in business.
Barton also suggested for those interested in learning more about networking and personal development read: Never Eat Alone by Kieth Ferrazzi, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
Please join the Rawls College in congratulating Barton on this exciting job placement.