What You Don't Know About Christopher Mellen
Photo: Chris (center) with IREM SVP Ben McGrew and DTZ SVP Michael Lanning (IREM secretary-treasurer) at the ribbon-cutting of IREM’s new offices in the Realtor building on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Position: VP of The Simon Cos, a national real estate owner, manager and developer.
Location: Braintree, MA.
Responsibilities: All day-to-day operations for the Simon Cos.
How he got involved in property management: He started his career in property management right out of college; his boss was a Certified Property Manager in IREM's Delaware chapter.
Industry extracurriculars: He's very involved with IREM as the 2016 president-elect.
Daily habit: He's an early riser and a definite morning person. "I like to work at home before arriving at the office early."
Job in another life: College professor—but in this life, he teaches real estate and business courses.
Mentor: Simon Cos founder and president Franklin W. Simon; they've worked together for many years.
Person he'd like to meet, dead or alive: Chris is from Boston, so John F. Kennedy.
Favorite book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
Favorite music: Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr.
Favorite food: Italian.
Favorite restaurant: Legal Sea Foods.
Favorite vacation: Martha’s Vineyard.
Family life: He comes from a close-knit family consisting of his wife, three children, son- and daughter-in-law, and grandson. "We spend a lot of time together as a family."
Startling fact: Despite his Boston accent, Chris' family has Southern roots.