Jason Kiselbach

Q&A, Forty Under 40 Winner 2021, managing director, CBRE Limited, 35

Who or what is responsible for your work ethic? 

My family, the boarding school I attended for high school (Athol Murray College of Notre Dame) and the people in my life now who constantly push me to be my best self.  

What is your guilty pleasure? 

90s music.

What is the best book you would recommend?  

Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Now that you are (or are close to) entering your forties, what goals have you set for yourself?  

Personally, I would like to be in a financial position that allows my family to pursue whatever interests them. Professionally, I would like to make positive impacts in the commercial real estate industry, the communities in which we live and work and help others achieve their goals.

What was your childhood career dream?

International spy.

Name your happiest place.  

So far, Vietnam.

What was your toughest business or professional decision? 

Making the transition from commercial real estate brokerage to management of a business and people.

Advice you would give your 20-year-old self? 

Surround yourself with good people, set goals and reflect on them often; automate as many things in your life as possible and don’t avoid the tough decisions or conversations.

What is your best habit?  

Focusing on the task at hand.  

Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.  

I’ve never been to a National Football League game. 

Best piece of advice ever received?  

If you take care of the people, they will take care of the business. 

Biggest learning (about life or business) during the pandemic?

In life, everyone has different circumstances, which lead to their perspective and choices, you have to be compassionate to that fact. In business, no matter how challenging the situation or problem is, there is a solution — you just may have to make some tough decisions to get to it.

What career highlight are you most proud of?

Being given the opportunity to lead the B.C. region for CBRE.