Meet the 2017 The Thousand: Tami Pardee
2017 REAL Trends The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal
By Tracey C. Velt
This year’s The Thousand all have one thing in common—they are passionate about people. Find out more about these savvy professionals.
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Tami Pardee, CEO and Founder of Halton Pardee + Partners
Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Culver City and
Palm Desert, California
Likes: her stuffed bunny, Brad
Stays calm by: meditating each morning
Aha moment: learning the Hoffman Process, which taught her who she was inside and broke through her armor
During her career in television production, Tami Pardee would flip houses on the side. “I was disappointed with the service I got from the real estate agents assisting me. I felt there was a better way to do it, so twelve years ago, I got my real estate license and modeled my business after the television production model instead of a regular real estate model,” says Pardee, who runs a team of salary-paid agents rather than independent contractors. The team is up to 90 people.
However, for Pardee, it’s all about the people and always has been, no matter which business model you choose. “We spend a lot of time looking for the right people. We have a survey called the Culture Index that we use to make sure that culturally the people are a good fit. We want them to be happy and thriving at our company. If they’re happy, they’re going to do really well. That’s probably been the biggest challenge and something that we spend the most time on,” she says.
As the mom of four children ranging in age from 13 to 6 years old, Pardee says she likes to “work hard and play hard.” She and her family recently returned from a trip to Yellowstone National Park, where they went river rafting and cruising on a houseboat. “I think it’s important to spend quality time with my kids, so I don’t have a lot of extra-curricular activities except for things with them,” she says. However, to keep on an even keel, she meditates each morning. “I get up at 5:30 a.m., walk the beach and meditate. I think it’s important to have your own time to center yourself on a daily basis.”
Another thing Pardee makes time for is her Life-Changer Program, which offers active participation and significant financial contributions to local charities, including Teen Project, Harvest Home, Homeless Task Force, Venice Community Housing Corporation, and more. To date, the program has donated over $875,000 to non-profits. “This is something I was born to do,” she says. Her personal mission statement is “to be a down-to-earth, life-change warrior who inspires hope, courage and purpose by motivating those I touch to show up and start on the life they love.” So she carried that through to a philanthropic level. “I live in Venice, California, where there is a lot of homelessness. I gave away a lot of money to help solve the problem, but didn’t feel like I was changing lives,” she says. So she decided to work with Harvest Home, a facility for homeless pregnant women. Ten women live at the home. Pardee developed a five-week session that helps them build goals and pursue dreams. “The first time I went, they wouldn’t even say hello to me. But I told them my emotional story. I opened myself up, and the next time, they were giving me hugs,” she says. Her goal is to grant their wishes. Pardee is on the board of Santa Monica College, and she partnered with the college on the project. “The school agreed to admit these women, even without a high school diploma, and we fund their studies,” she says. “One of the girls wants to be a nurse, so the college is admitting her into the nursing program. We’re funding part of her housing and childcare to help her change her life. We’re doing something different with each of the ten women to help them strategically plan their lives.”
In life, as in real estate, says Pardee, “I’m motivated by helping people change their life in a positive way, whether it’s buying a dream house or going to college.”