What is your profession? How do you spend your days?
President and Principal Broker a Real Estate Investment Group. REIG is a boutique commercial real estate company founded in 1982. The company currently has 9 full time commercial brokers that focus on investment sales, leasing and development opportunities for an array of product type including multifamily, retail and office. I spend my days working with a diverse set of clients to help them fulfill their investment goals, whether that be selling a property that they own, helping them with a new purchase opportunity, or providing development expertise to help them maximize their value.
If you could have lunch with one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
My Grandfather and namesake Nicholas Diamond who died when I was 2 but who I have often been told remind people of him. My entire life I have heard from people in the community that new him how caring of a person he was and how if any Greek ever came to Portland looking for a job that they should go see Nick and he would help them out. A Greek immigrant, I would love to hear first hand the stories of his trip to America, putting himself through school and his evolution into a successful businessman both as owner of the George Lewis Café in downtown Portland and in construction and real estate.
What do you value about Social Venture Partners?
I had been looking for an opportunity to leverage the skill set I have learned along the way through both my education and work experiences to have a positive impact on the Portland community of which I was born and raised. I value that SVP provide a more structured way to focus my energy towards philanthropy that will help yield the greatest impact.
What do you want to accomplish in your next decade?
I hope to find a balance of my professional, philanthropic and family goals where they are symbiotic while having a positive effect on my community.
What criteria do you use in deciding where to focus your philanthropy?
Ultimately I look for whether or not my efforts can directly benefit someone in need. While broad, it leave me open to an array of opportunities to provide both direct service as well as a platform of which to provide education and effort that allows other to help also partake in philanthropy.