Swinerton's Dustin Blankenship featured in RECA NewsletterContributor: Swinerton Blogger | November 21, 2016
The Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) featured Swinerton Senior Estimator Dustin Blankenship in their latest newsletter, posting an interview with Dustin about his work, hobbies, and community efforts.
Dustin has been actively involved with RECA for nearly a decade and has contributed greatly to the Christmas in October committee, serving most recently as co-chair for the event.
Earlier this year, RECA selected Dustin to participate in its Leadership Development Council (LDC) program Class of 2016, where he joined 14 other young RECA members who are dedicated to the success of the organization and cultivating their own leadership skills in the real estate community.
Check out Dustin's interview below:
How did you get started in the real estate industry?
After college, I started working for a landscaping contractor and then transitioned into working for a general contractor in Austin. I spent the first four to five years managing job sites as a superintendent, and spent the last six years as an estimator/project manager.
What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a professional?
My biggest challenge as a professional is juggling commitments between work, family and extracurricular work and non-work activities.
Who is your mentor?
My LDC mentor is Keith Jackson with HNTB. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Keith this past year on both a personal and professional level. He is a great guy!
What’s the best professional development advice you’ve received lately?
I just finished listening to “The One Thing” by Gary Keller. It's a good book with lots of helpful information.
Name 3 artists in your phone?
AC/DC, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Robert Earl Keen
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
I like listening to Mozart Radio on Pandora.
What’s your favorite thing about RECA?
I like seeing the big picture and understanding the challenges we face such as transportation and mobility, affordable housing, public safety, etc. RECA does a great job keeping me informed about what is going on in Austin that affects us all. The happy hours are fun too!