Employee Spotlight: Lori Steele

As a new addition to the team, let’s take the time to get to know Lori Steele, who specializes in corporate business development. Welcome, Lori!

Where are you from and where did you attend school?
I’m from Tennessee, Texas and Florida. I began college at University of FL on scholarship, transferred to UCLA and ended up staying on the west coast.

How did you end up in Manhattan Beach?
I traveled almost every weekend to Manhattan Beach to surf, but my work in Miracle Mile and West Hollywood made living here a non-option. However, once I began consulting for large corporations, that all changed. I could not imagine living in any other area of Los Angeles!

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Growing up in The South made me a huge fan of DYI: rehabbing homes, working on cars, organizing and making things visually appealing…sometimes WAY out-of-the-box. I also love singing, wine tasting, yoga and my dog, Maddy; not necessarily in that order. In addition, I’ve created a program called Girls Are Important to inspire purpose, value and self-esteem into tween girls. Near and dear to my heart, this is something I’m committed to be a part of for the rest of my life.

When and why did you join Premiere Estates?
As an addition to the Premiere family in the Fall of 2016, I could not be happier. The management team recognized my diverse experience across marketing, client management and real estate – that they tailor made an opportunity for me.

What is your primary role?
Providing innovative solutions to today’s real estate challenges in order to maximize assets, secure sell-through and safeguard interests.

What is your primary strength you offer to clients?
I genuinely care about the people that I work with.

What career advice do you have to offer?
Kick perfectionism to the curb. It prevents you from going after your goals for fear of….not being perfect.

Employee Spotlight: Peyton Toomey

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Premiere Estates Auction Company prides itself on being the worldwide leader in accelerated marketing services and auctioneers of exceptional properties. We attribute our successes to our incredible client base, but equally to our dedicated team of consummate professionals. Each month, we’ll spotlight a selected employee and discuss experiences at Premiere Estates, his or her expertise, and provide a day to day perspective of their duties and passions outside of work.

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Name: Peyton Toomey

Role: Director of Marketing

Where are you from and where did you attend school?  I was born and raised all throughout the state of Florida, and attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies.

How did you end up in Manhattan Beach?  The challenge and opportunity of a cross-country move to a new industry was intriguing to me.  I had spent my entire life living in the state of Florida, and was ready to move outside of my comfort zone and pursue new opportunities.  In my previous role, I felt that I had reached the peak of my opportunity in that industry, and was ready to move to a new challenge.  After a series of successful interviews with Premiere Estates, I packed my bags and headed cross country to pursue my next career endeavor.  It was a huge, life changing decision for me, and I’ve never looked back.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?  I am a big foodie and truly enjoy spending as much time in the kitchen as possible, exploring the Southern California restaurant scene, and taking cooking classes.  I balance out my passion for cooking and eating with an active lifestyle and enjoy distance running, yoga, and hiking.  Travel is also a huge passion of mine, and it’s important to me to explore other countries as often as possible.

When and why did you join Premiere Estates?  I’m just celebrating my one year anniversary as the Marketing Director here.  It was important to me to find a new challenge with a strong leadership charge and work for an innovator in the specific industry.  Real Estate has always spoken to me as a calling.  Once I saw the wide variety of services and expertise that Premiere Estates offered, it was an easy decision for me to make the change.  I knew it would be an incomparable opportunity for me to learn about every piece of the real estate industry and investment field, and take on the unique challenge of marketing to those different sectors.

What is your primary role? My principal responsibility is to define and grow brand awareness and market share for Premiere Estates and our family of companies.   I also run the Marketing Department for Premiere Estates, so that includes managing a staff of project managers, coordinators, graphic designers, media buyers, videographers, interns, and more.    Each day brings a new and exciting challenge!

What career advice do you have to offer?  Take time and care in choosing the right career path for yourself, even if that means trying a few different industries.  Find your passion, and live all aspects of your life giving your absolute best to everything you do.   Work hard, and play hard, too!

Employee Spotlight: Michael Schwartz

Premiere Estates Auction Company prides itself on being the worldwide leader in accelerated marketing services and auctioneers of exceptional properties. We attribute our successes to our incredible client base, but equally to our dedicated team of consummate professionals. Each month, we’ll spotlight a selected employee and discuss experiences at Premiere Estates, his or her expertise, and provide a day to day perspective of their duties and passions outside of work.

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Join us this month for our spotlight on Michael Schwartz, VP of National Sales. Michael has been responsible for the auction and sale of some of the most high profile luxury estates in the United States, including the historic Brandon Plantation, and Pat Croce’s stunning estate located in Villanova, PA.

Name: Michael Schwartz

Role: Vice President, National Sales

Where are you from and where did you attend school? From Philadelphia, PA. Graduated Abraham Lincoln High School, Graduated University of Miami, FL with BBA majoring in Business Management, minored in Marketing.

How did you end up in Manhattan Beach with Premiere Estates? I moved out to California after selling my interests in the family clothing manufacturing company. I was responsible for opening a chain of high end clothing boutiques and sold them right before the economic downturn.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I enjoy downtime at the beach with my beautiful wife and daughter, working out at the gym to decompress and cooking for family and friends.

When and why did you join Premiere? Auctions always fascinated me. I was introduced to auctions at a very young age in Philadelphia where I attended art auctions and personal property auctions with my parents. Premiere gave me the opportunity to work for two of my greatest passions, real estate and auctions.

What is your primary role? Primary Role is to expand Premiere’s brand nationally by arranging presentations, recruiting for new sales associates and of course my job of sourcing and managing new auctions

What’s a typical day like for you? Exciting. Get to work, return emails, return calls, prospect for new business with various business sectors such as real estate agents, attorneys, banks. Meet with marketing to create or review new marketing material for an upcoming auction or presentation. Communicate with the BDOs that I manage. Do follow up work with past agents that I have had the privilege to work with.

What career advice do you have to offer? Be passionate, know your product. Be all in with your efforts or else you’re all out.