Power Women: Twist Of Fate Made Younger Partners Kathy Permenter An Accidental Entrepreneur
When she isn’t serving on various boards, including the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, the CPA/broker is being recognized by numerous industry thought leaders and publishers.
She is a recipient of the DBJ Deal of the Year award for neighborhood impact, a two-time Stemmons Award nominee, a D CEO Magazine Power Broker, a D CEO Best Commercial Real Estate Broker honoree and a Bisnow Power Woman. And that isn’t even a complete list.
Permenter's rise to the lead of an entrepreneurial commercial real estate firm came from what could have been her greatest fall.
Bisnow: What did you dream of becoming as a child? How does your current career feed that inner child inside of you?
Permenter: I always dreamed of having both a career and a family. Growing up, I loved helping my parents host their company parties for Marion Laboratories at our home, so I knew that work-balance could happen. As I progressed in my career, I realized the way to achieve that goal was through entrepreneurship.
Bisnow: If you could teach women growing in the industry today just one thing, what would it be?
Permenter: To have confidence in yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. OK, so that is two things. Give yourself some grace because things will go wrong at times; but remember tomorrow is another day.
Bisnow: Who inspires you on a daily basis and why?
Permenter: My business partner, Moody Younger. There is mutual respect and accountability. We also have a working relationship that encourages creativity to continue to grow a successful company. I’ve also been inspired by my father. He taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and creating a fun company culture.
Bisnow: What is your biggest career failure and what positive lessons did it teach you?
Permenter: I think the bankruptcy of Grubb & Ellis hit me hard because there was a lack of transparency. It was a critical time for me, and I faced extreme uncertainty. It turned out to be a great catalyst for me to take the plunge and start Younger Partners, which is one of the most positive things in my life.
Bisnow: Describe your greatest career accomplishment.
Permenter: I believe my greatest career accomplishment is reflected through teammates and clients that have become such great friends. I treasure these relationships and the positive impact they continue to have on my life.