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Bryant Cornett, MHA

What I do now:
I am President of DTSpade. We're a specialized commercial real estate firm providing excellent commercial brokerage services to clients, and we're building a place where our partners can restore the perfection of creation.

My work/job consists of:
Advocating for healthcare organizations, governments, and private equity firms in real estate transactions and helping my Partner Brokers to build their businesses.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I had a business in Vietnam for two years after college. Then I got into commercial real estate in 1999 and commercial brokerage in 2015. I loved advocating for my clients and never wanted to own a real estate brokerage until a speaker told me, "If you think you're being kind to someone by leaving them in a position that doesn't match their giftedness, you risk wasting their life." I needed a bigger platform to help others avoid wasting their lives and to ensure that I didn't waste mine.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I was a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), but needed a masters degree to become a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. The LSUS program was the perfect amount of everything to learn but continue to run my firm full time.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I'll never forget how challenging (hard!) Dr. Fortenberry's tests were.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Fortenberry really worked hard on the curriculum. He didn't talk about it, but you could tell he really cared.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
I was in a great position to sit for my ACHE boards after the curriculum. The education has given me an incredible amount of visibility about the issues my clients address every day.

Advice to college-bound students:
Don't think for one moment that obtaining an online degree will be a walk in the park. The MHA curriculum was rigorous, thorough, and very fast-paced. If you're motivated and committed, you'll come away with more than you ever expected to learn.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
A good commercial real estate broker can be smart, connected or work hard. In the past, you could get away with two, but now you really need all three. And the fourth should be focused. The MHA from LSUS gave me a platform to show how focused in Healthcare I really am.

My toughest professional challenge:
The struggle of running a business is my toughest professional challenge. You're never prepared, but staying focused on what will move the needle for the business isn't something that I'm good at. I'd rather work on what interests me, but with a payroll to cover, that's not always the best option.

My toughest personal challenge:
Coming from West Texas to the second hardest college in America at 17 was scary, but I knew that I had to dig deep to make it work. And landing in Vietnam with two duffel bags and a boot full of cash to start a business was hard, too.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
BA from The Johns Hopkins University
2016 Sr. Executive Chair for Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives
2015 Program Chair for Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives
Member, American College of Healthcare Executives
Treasurer, Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives
Author, A Rooster Once Crowed: A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told Board Member & Community Economic Development Chair, FCS Urban Ministries
Member, Society of Industrial & Office Realtors
Recipient, Alvin B. Cates Award for the Most Outstanding Real Estate Transaction of 2008 Former Board Member, City of Atlanta Civilian Review Board
Top Producer, 2004 Ackerman & Co. Brokerage
Top Producer, 2007 Ackerman & Co. Brokerage
Top Producer, 2009 Ackerman & Co. Brokerage
LEED Accredited Professional
Real Estate License: GA, TN, FL, AL, VA, NC

I've learned this from life:
Show up. I'd trade talent, preparation - you name it - for just plain showing up. And safety, third.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Building a real estate firm and chasing my skis down a hill.

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