Please enjoy our two cents on, well, everything…

While everyone on our team shares a passion for real estate, we want to take some time here to share all the passions represented here at Fairlawn. From interior designers to pastry chefs to artists to athletes, we believe we have it all—or at least something close to it!

Jul 30, 2018

We have all been faced with situations where we have felt simply overwhelmed.  For me and my team, we have a perfect recipe for the feeling of overwhelm: being in a business when everything comes to a head in the late summer, when hopefully all the hard work and planning across all departments is on display.  Welcome to turnover.

Jun 24, 2018

Our company’s culture is something I have invested a lot of time and thought in because our culture is our everything.  But how do we keep it intact as we grow?  What happens as we add additional locations, more people?  At Fairlawn we work really hard, but we also have fun, a lot of it.  It’s this light, humor-filled, yet professional work hard-play hard atmosphere that makes us unique in our market.  From a business perspective it also attracts and retains people, provided they are into having fun while working really hard.  So yes, this is something I think about – how do you ensure you’

May 25, 2018

We know you have all wondered whether it exists or if those pictures and videos you see online are staged in some way.  Well, this week, at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign, IL, we confirmed it exists.  In fact, we not only confirmed it exists but everyone participated.  And to my surprise, almost all of our team members came away with a smile.  Goat yoga will do that to you.

Jan 31, 2018

Winner of one of Fairlawn’s coveted 2017 Innovation Awards, The Fun Cube Zone encompasses everything you would want in an office: fun, humor, wit, hard work and more humor.  All it took was a cube-like space and randomly putting two soulmates together, and a vision that never existed turned into reality.

Nov 14, 2017

While I was running the Milwaukee half marathon I reflected on the conference I had attended just a few days earlier.  There were so many great speakers, but the one I remembered most was a gentleman who had spent most of his working life at Disney (aka a company oftentimes at the forefront of customer service).  He spoke of employees creating experiences vs. completing tasks.  One inspirational example he gave was of a housekeeper at a Disney hotel tucking in stuffed animals during turn down service so the families would return to a sight that would make them smile.