Chad grew up in an environment of real estate development, so it was no wonder that his career began in finance as a property accountant and financial analyst. After working for some of the largest REITs in the country in Phoenix, Chicago and Denver he began to realize his skill sets and interest better aligned on the front end. As a Director of Business Development at SmithGroup, he appreciates the gregarious nature of the job, whether it’s meeting with clients, touring construction sites or engaging in city politics—all growth opportunities in his view. "Everyone is better than you at something,” he suggests. “If you can emulate some of those skill sets into your everyday routine, you will never stop improving as a person and professional.” In his pastime you can find him hiking, mountain biking, or training for a triathlon.