Business & Economy

Friday, 03 April 2009 18:12

Ambition, passion and foresight – an integral part of Entrepreneurship

{pp}“Entrepreneurship means growth; in the case of JHI it has meant aggressive growth. It has been my objective throughout my career to seek out opportunities and turn them into concepts that can be implemented.” Commented Marna van der Walt, CEO of JHI, during a discussion regarding entrepreneurship and its importance in the South African market.

Van der Walt is an inspiration and is able to offer a valuable insight into the inner workings of the business world. Finalist in the 2006 Businesswoman of the Year Award as well as winner of the Five Star Woman Award in the same year, van der Walt has a proven and tested methodology when it comes to making our business the empire it is today. “Passion goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship, you have to have the energy and the drive to really make opportunities and dreams work in the tough environment we find ourselves. On par with this sentiment is the value you place in your staff. An Entrepreneur is a person who focuses their attention on creating and instilling energy, forward thinking and ambition in their team. Without the people around you even an exceptionally good idea can not be implemented and for this reason JHI employs a wide variety of personality types, we seek out different skills such as deal makers, gate keepers to bring back balance to the business.” “In the case of JHI this balance means that each staff member is a team player and has the same goals and aspirations for the business.

This has allowed JHI to establish itself as a reputable, trusted and sort after Property Management Company which is able to offer a remarkable level of services to our clients.” With a chuckle Marna continues, “Scan your environment like a fox, and never feel that there are no new opportunities to pursue or to find, because there are! Be open minded, think out of the box and think BIG. The fox is hungry, energetic, cunning and agile – able to adapt to its environment and able to survive.” “Ordinary people can dream big and make it a reality through hard work, drive and teamwork,” concluded van der Walt. "When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure." Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics Company overview JHI is a well established property services company with more than a century of experience.

JHI is an independent property services company delivering comprehensive service offerings to a wide client base. The vision of JHI remains to be the leader (focus on thought-leadership and quality, and not on being the biggest) in property services in the geographical markets we operate in. JHI’s skills-base, technology platform and entrepreneurial spirit supports our clients business, from identifying opportunities, to extracting value from their property portfolio, to more efficient management of projects and leases. JHI believes in a partnership approach and takes a holistic view on a client’s property portfolio. JHI offers a powerful range of tools which are at the client’s disposal, which allows JHI to participate in the management, strategy and execution of their property needs. JHI’s current portfolio under management comprises the following: · Approximately R30 billion of asset value · Approximately 1 030 buildings · In excess of 13 000 tenants · Approximately 7,7 million m² under management

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