I received news today of the passing of my very first broker and someone who inspired me to a 40+ year career in commercial real estate. Chuck Tingey will be long remembered as one of the most influential commercial real estate practitioners and community leaders Fresno, CA ever knew and I personally worked for him and with him as an agent starting in 1973.
Among the many memories I have of Chuck, I will mostly remember those which have shaped my values and moral behavior in this business. I once asked Chuck how much of a client’s personal circumstances I could disclose in marketing his property even though the client was desperate to sell. He did not hesitate as he said simply, “Imagine that the client can hear every word you say and if you are certain that he would approve, then say it!” That standard for ethical representation has never failed to guide my actions to this day.
There are so many lessons I learned by listening and mostly by observing Chuck. He taught me the value of trust and loyalty in a relationship not by anything he said, but by how he lived. When I left to form my own company, he graciously allowed me to take several listings to help me get started as a competitor. My children and his became friends in school. He inspired me to become a sailor. Mostly, he inspired me to be a professional in every aspect of my commercial real estate career.
We will all miss you Chuck, but you have left a mighty footprint on the hearts and minds of us all. Rest in peace.