Say hello to Rockspring’s newest team member, Blake Joyner. Blake joins the team as Project Coordinator following an impressive internship with Rockspring in 2019. Learn more about Blake, his new role and what he is hoping for in his career at Rockspring in this Q&A.
How have you enjoyed your time with Rockspring so far?
I have really enjoyed my time at Rockspring as the company culture is second to none. In addition to being great mentors, our leadership and management teams are incredibly intelligent, motivated and driven toward a common goal.
What originally attracted you to the firm?
When searching for employment options that had institutional focuses, I was attracted to Rockspring because of its smaller size, great track record and impressive deals under its belt. The firm allowed me to see the full spectrum of operations firsthand and I was lucky enough to touch most parts of the business. Plus, the relationships I have built with the team are incredible and I know I can lean on them for market insights and guidance to advance myself professionally. I’ve gotten to see the full picture at Rockspring.
Tell me about your role at Rockspring and what you think your biggest contribution(s) will be?
My role as Project Coordinator consists of supporting the land acquisition and development teams. Though due diligence is my main responsibility, I will also help put together financial models, review and interpret market data, title reports, surveys and contracts. On the development side, I’ll coordinate development activities with engineers and architects to ensure our products are of the best quality.
Tell us about your background.
I received my undergraduate degree from Texas A&M in May 2018 as well as my Masters in Land and Property Development in December 2019, where I learned the detailed process of horizontal and vertical land development and advanced real estate finance. I interned with Rockspring in the summer and fall of 2019, commuting to College Station for class from Houston, until I graduated and was hired full time. It’s been quite the journey and I am thankful to Rockspring for giving me the opportunity to launch my real estate career.
What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
I’m excited for the future as we have a team of incredibly talented people. I’m eager to work on new projects and ventures, help grow our operating platform and further broaden our real estate arsenal.