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Becoming the Expert in Your Space with Mark Deutschmann – Episode 233 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Mark Deutschmann is a community builder who has worked with neighbors, city leaders and nonprofits for 30-plus years while helping shape development in Nashville and revitalizing the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

Deutschmann started selling real estate in 1986 and founded Village Real Estate Services in 1996, which now employs more than 350 agents and staff. In 2003, he started Core Development Services, a company actively developing Nashville’s urban center with adaptive reuse and mixed-use infill development. The Village Fund, the nonprofit and charitable arm of Village Real Estate Services, has provided $2 million in grants to organizations helping to enrich and strengthen Nashville.

Ever engaged in the community, Deutschmann is chair of the Urban Land Institute Nashville and recently stepped down after 6.5 years as president of Greenways for Nashville. He served on Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s Transit and Affordability Task Force.  He received the Community Service award from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors in 2013 and the Sustainable Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Environmental Council in 2014.

The Go Green program Deutschmann developed inspired Nashville’s Home Energy Savings program, which improves energy efficiency and reduces utility and home maintenance costs so seniors and low-income families can continue living in their neighborhoods.

In his book One-Mile Radius – Building Community from the Core, Deutschmann shares what he has learned about activating Nashville’s neighborhoods, connecting them and helping them become sustainable, and using business as a tool for positive social change.

He holds undergraduate degrees in zoology and Spanish and an MBA in international management.

Show HighLights:

I had two strategies to make sure I stood out in a crowd and they helped grow my business. @MarkDeutschmann

When people thought of Hillsboro Village, they thought of me. @MarkDeutschmann

Think about who you are as you define your strategy. @MarkDeutschmann

When you get into business, you come from somewhere and have something in your core competency that can be applied to what you’re doing. @MarkDeutschmann

You have to be able to know what to say when people ask “what do you do?” @MarkDeutschmann

You don’t have to stick with the same strategy forever. @MarkDeutschmann

Branding: what do people think of when they think of you? @rory_vaden

What is your one mile radius? @rory_vaden

Forward the conversation. @rory_vaden

Serve and build the community. @rory_vaden

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review.

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