Name: Jess Hammond
Company: Showcase HVAC Mechanical
Years in the Industry: 11
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Las Vegas? I was raised in the small town of Laughlin, Nevada which is about 2 hours south of Las Vegas. I moved to Las Vegas after high school graduation in June of 2002.
What has NAIOP provided you that has helped you grow professionally or personally? NAIOP has so many people who started with nothing and built their businesses from the ground up. That takes true commitment and staying on the right track to complete your goals. I admire the stories, the panel sessions and the conversations that involve successful business people sharing their experiences. This has allowed the next generation, including myself, to have a solid foundation to the continuous growth of Southern Nevada. All in all, NAIOP, has been influential in the concept I can do anything I set my mind to.
What has been your favorite experience or story that happened at a NAIOP event? My favorite experience was during the 2018 Oktoberfest. Competition in front of a large crowd has always been a personal fear of mine. I disregarded my fear, and competed in the stein holding contest. It was so much fun to watch everyone’s expressions in the crowd. After I thought my right arm was going to fall off, I ended up winning 2nd place. Later in the evening, winning the costume competition made up for it though.
Who have you met at a NAIOP event that has influenced you or that you have become close friends with? Natalie Allred is an influential woman in the commercial real estate industry. She has opened her gates of kindness to my personal career growth. I admire her strength, as we are both single mothers. I respect her dedication to Diabetes research after learning her son was diagnosed. I am most thankful for her constant encouragement.
What do you want your legacy to be in the Southern Nevada community? Giving is living. If we stop giving we stop living. I want to be remembered for always being willing to help the person next to me be their best self. I want to be a positive thought for someone when they feel like giving up.