Real estate professionals and members of the Flatbush and East Flatbush communities mingled together on the evening of February 20 at the most recent Rex Night event sponsored by CPEX Real Estate, in conjunction with The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator, and local organization, The Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC).
A special part of the evening was the chance to honor Dr. Roy Hastick, the president, CEO and founder of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), who has been a key player in the area’s development over the past couple of decades.
The mixer was held in the Student Union building at Brooklyn College, East 27th Street and Campus Road, and was hailed by the team at CPEX as a success, with Co-Founder and Managing Partner Tim King applauding the turn-out, despite dismal weather.
The event, said King, is “something we do on a regular basis,” with two teams from the company co-sponsoring each Rex Night to give visibility to their products and to “welcome potential customers and clients.” In the case of the Flatbush/East Flatbush event, the sponsors were the Retail Leasing Team and the Multi-Family Sales Team.
“The goal is to meet new friends, see old friends and let people see what they can do,” he stressed.
The benefits of such an evening are numerous. Noted Kristina Triglia, an associate broker with the Retail Leasing Team, “It’s a relationship-driven business,” and the event offers the opportunity “to put a face with a name, to put the puzzle pieces together.
“As brokers,” she added, “our job is to bring people together.”
Managing Partner Brian Leary, who heads up the Multi-Family Sales Team, said that the Flatbush/East Flatbush Rex Night mixer was “a trip back to my old neighborhood.” Having grown up on New York Avenue, between Avenue K and Avenue L, Leary noted, “It’s nice to see the turnout.”
Having the opportunity to “acknowledge Roy Hastick for the all the work he’s done in the community,” was also extremely meaningful, Leary said.
“Dr. Hastick has been a real go-getter,” added King. “Many people here can attest to the work he’s done, the good he’s done. I think it’s remarkable. No plaque, no medal, no presidential citation is big enough to include all his achievements.”
Attendees were enthusiastic about the event. “It’s a great networking opportunity,” said real estate broker Deborah Iemma, who added, “I’m here to establish a good working relationship. By knowing them, they know us. We all share our different strengths.”
Hastick, an old hand at networking, concurred. “Events bring a good time,” he told the crowd, urging them to “reach out to the person next to you and give him or her firm handshake. You never know who is standing next to you, behind you or on the other side of you.
“Information is power,” Hastick added. “Sharing it is empowerment.”