We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy ZIDELL and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, how does your business help the community?
The most important factor surrounded my/our interest in creating a company that we believed best adapted to the going-forward real estate climate. For us that was rooted in recognizing tremendous changes in approach to the business based on several factors such as the pace of data and technological advancement, an evolving entrepreneurial approach to the business caused by generational changes in leadership, and related social imperatives that we felt strongly about stewarding into the real estate arena. While I may have started RUE, my greatest aspiration is that the company exist as a stage for our partners and team members to showcase their incredible talents.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
To begin, RUE takes inspiration from so many others than have done it very well and before us. While there are several changes to the business that we endeavor to “author,” we also strongly believe in innovation and the idea of improving upon what already exists. More than anything, we are most proud to join to our professional talents with our social imperatives. Thankfully, in today’s modern world, the concepts of professional success and positive imprint and legacy [from a social perspective] have never been less mutually exclusive. RUE is grateful to exist in that kind of environment. Aside from that, we also view the world as moving in a hyper-entrepreneurial direction which in many ways will cause wholesale paradigm changes in the way businesses do business with one another and therefore our relationship to our clients. We are excited about that change and want whole-heartedly to be on the front lines of that changes and promote it thru the lenses of community and collaboration. This has not been easy. I oftentimes joke that it’s analogous to leaving the house one day thinking you are going run a few miles and you end up running a few marathons. Entrepreneurialism is a windy road; especially in a people-driven business. I love the road I am traveling but it is unquestionably riddled with twists and turns one could never anticipate. We will always run into challenges but the goal is to meet them with determination and a positive headspace. We have learned so many valuable lessons I am not sure where to begin. To name a few, we have learned that the journey is made up of peaks and valleys. That you have to leave as much or more room for the world to uplift you as you do for it to disappoint. We continue to learn about the value of understanding alternative points of view. It is a required ingredient of collaboration. I have also learned that nothing is easy! Success takes steadfast dedication, unwavering resolve, clarity of purpose and point-of-view, and an absolute commitment to it. I want the world to know that RUE as a company is sincere in its commitment to community. As a father of two young children, I want them to reflect and be proud of what their father used his platform for.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I were eating my way thru the city, I would make first pit stop in Oak Cliff and grab coffee and a great donut at The Salty. I would then grab a bite at Tribal. From there, I would make my way into Deep Ellum and grab 3-4 tacos at Revolver then wash it down with 3 half scoops at Jeni’s Ice Cream. For dinner, I would head east and hit up the original Mot Hai Bai. A loop around White Rock Lake is always a must. For a cocktail, I would highly recommend Lounge Here. It’s a bespoke little gem that never disappoints and is insanely cool on the inside. Dallas is an incredible place with so much to do!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Great question. In terms of an organization, I would love to give a shout out to the Vogel Alcove and Wilkinson Center. We have been proud to support these organizations and their tireless efforts to uplift, inspire, and give back to their communities. In terms of support, I would like to give a shout out to my mother, Cynthia, who taught me to be confident and to have conviction in my point of view. As to mentors, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Steve Lieberman and Alan Shor of The Retail Connection. For 15 years, they and their organization provided me with an amazing “classroom.” In starting RUE, they, of course, were sad to see me go, but always supported my ambitions and continue to be an amazing shoulder to lean on. I will always have a debt of gratitude towards them both professionally and personally.
Emery Davis Photography [Pic of Family] 44BLD [Pic of Office]