How to Balance Work and Creativity with Andy Gutman—Episode 305 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Andy Gutman

Andrew (Andy) L. Gutman, President and Chief Financial Officer of Farbman Group and related companies, oversees the myriad of Farbman companies, its >25,000,000 rsf of commercial real estate and its 200+ employees. Andy worked for much of his career in the arenas of accounting, finance, and asset management. He has spent over 27 years of commercial real estate working for international and family-owned, multi-generational commercial real estate companies.

Andy has financed and overseen assets with values in excess of $1 billion and has been an active part of the structuring of the ownership and financing of these assets. With a focus on client service, customer satisfaction, and maximizing asset value, he derives pleasure from problem-solving and finding opportunities that provide appreciated value, additional revenue and cost savings for the organization and its client. Andy Gutman cares about people, processes, community, and is committed to the corporate vision of operating with ethics and integrity.

Show Highlights:

  • I didn’t do well with a set future that’s limited in increments. I like to work hard and crush learning curves. I learned I needed to be with a company that had an entrepreneurial spirit and allowed their employees to have that as well. —Andy Gutman
  • The books help kids think about what they want to be when they grow up. —Andy Gutman
  • If you want to accomplish everything you want to, it’s tough to balance everything. But we’re living on borrowed time and every minute is precious to me to do what we want to do. —Andy Gutman
  • I’m not a big believer in retirement. I think if you retire and you have nothing to do, find something you love so you don’t fade away. —Andy Gutman
  • Mistakes lead you to where you’re supposed to be. —Andy Gutman
  • Sometimes you don’t get the promotion, because it’s not your time to get the promotion. —Andy Gutman
  • There’s no setback that’s permanent for you unless you let it be permanent. —Andy Gutman
  • If you’re doing something that brings you enjoyment every day, you’re going to be successful at it. —Andy Gutman

Andy’s final thoughts: I think any time people make decisions that are ego-based, they’re setting themselves up for failure. The best decisions are made in a humble, leader-servant capacity. It’s best to do not what’s just for me, but what’s best for everyone.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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