By Alan Markoff
It takes courage and a sense of adventure to move to another country, sight unseen, and accept a challenging position with a company you knew absolutely nothing about only months before.
Say hello to Dan Purdy, Dart Real Estate’s new Vice President – Leasing, who started with the company in December after spending the past 12 years in a variety of commercial real estate leasing roles in San Diego and San Francisco.
“I was working for a large real estate investment trust in California,” he says, adding that his commercial leasing experience involved everything from small “mom and pop” companies to large technology firms in Silicon Valley. He has worked with many different kids of business space, including general office, medical office, retail and even industrial.
“My experience has basically covered all aspects of commercial leasing,” he says.
When he was offered the job at Dart Real Estate, Purdy says he was a bit hesitant at first, but after taking a look at the Camana Bay website and seeing its quality, he felt at ease.
“The website was very polished, very well done,” he says. “You could tel it was very high level.”
Beyond just the website, Purdy says he was also impressed by the quality of the Dart developments themselves.
“The overall vision that Dart has, which is seen not only in what has been accomplished so far, but also in what is planned for the future, is really appealing to me,” he says.
“I think I’ll bring a focused and streamlined process to the team here,” he says. “I see this as a great opportunity.”
Of course, there are benefits on a personal level to moving to the Cayman Islands, Purdy says, including the sun, sand and sea that attracts so many to the island. In addition, Purdy, who is originally from Ontario and still has many family members and friends living in the Toronto area, can now take a nonstop flight to go and see them.
“I’m actually closer to Toronto from here than I was when I lived in California,” he says.