Simon Jonna, Vice President of Investments at Commercial Real Estate Firm, Marcus & Millichap, Motivates Students About Their Future

March 28, 2014 / BY / IN Blog, Event Management

Date: March 28, 2014

Venue: Roosevelt High School, Hazel Park MI

Guests: 200

Description:  On Friday, March 28, 2014, Simon Jonna addressed over 200 students at INVEST Roosevelt High School in Hazel Park.  Jonna shared thoughts on his journey, challenges and opportunities available to an eager student body.

Jonna, who oversees the Jonna Group of Marcus & Millichap is nationally recognized as the #1 Ranked Retail Agent in #1 Most Profitable Office Nationwide, closing over $900 million in annual sales, opened up his talk saying, “Success is having the persistence to be patient.  It took time to determine my path, but I always knew I wanted to be in business”.

Jonna spoke about of how blessed he is to have the chance to learn so much from the hard-earned experience of pioneers among the Chaldean and real estate community such as James Jonna, his brothers, and Arkan Jonna. Jonna spoke about James (Jimmy) Jonna who passed over two years ago.  “My cousin Jimmy was a man, who in his lifetime, built enough square feet to fill a city.  He always advised me to ‘Love what you do, have a passion and be honest’.  He was older than me by 50 years, but we were like close friends,” said Jonna. “Jimmy also advised ‘You should always keep in mind that marching in the footsteps of successful businessmen who made it the American (hard) way, and benefiting from their long and hard-earned experience is indispensable for success”.

Jonna also discussed breaking into the real estate world and how his last name, at times, was a challenge to his development when first moving to Michigan.  He had to work twice as hard for his peers to acknowledge his talents and skills.  He also spoke of how his father Harry Jonna uniquely raised him with strong moral, religious, intellectual guidance at an early age and how he inherited from him his work ethic. He ultimately credited his work, health, and his relationship with God as to how he has become successful.


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