Both the African-American network and the women’s group have been helpful in enabling the company to reach out to these groups, which are underrepresented in the commercial real estate field. Typically, women had been drawn to residential real estate, noted Mr. Ludeman.
“There is a big difference between our company and residential real estate. We do business with other businesses, and our hours reflect that, but residential real estate was seen as a field that could be done by women transitioning back into the workforce,” Mr. Ludeman said.
Over the years, though, the number of women working in the field has increased, and many, he noted, “have been as successful, if not more successful, than their male counterparts.”