Because people are at the core of Stream’s success, we have learned to identify the most talented individuals that contribute to our unique culture of service and leadership. As Stream continues to grow its business and people, we are taking this opportunity to spotlight our talented employees from all service lines, cities, and departments. These individuals are selected because of their significant impact on Stream, the commercial real estate industry, and the local community.
For those that do not already know her, we would like to shine a spotlight on:
Jessica Stroud, Vice President of Development Services for several of Stream’s national markets. Jessica is responsible for underwriting, financial reporting, analytics, and asset management for office and industrial opportunities, and serves as a bridge between accounting, development, and investments. Jessica graduated with a BBA in Accounting from Harding University in her home state of Arkansas.
Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, analytical, and loyal.
You joined Stream in 2017, how has your role developed over time?
I was originally hired as a Senior Project Accountant, but I knew I wanted a lifelong career beyond accounting. After three years I transitioned to the Development Team where I have thrived. Our team has the enthusiasm of a startup company, while bringing a wealth of experience to the table. The work environment is highly collaborative, and the team is committed to finding out-of-the-box solutions.
What initially drew you to working for Stream?
I knew Stream was a company that would allow me to learn and grow in multiple areas of the CRE industry, and the fact that the company offers such great career development opportunities was a huge draw for me. Stream really encourages us to become more well-rounded real estate professionals by learning from and partnering with other business units within the company.
What does good leadership look like to you?
I would say leading by example and empowering people to utilize their talents and passions. I’ve really seen that on the Development Team, I’ve been empowered to do what I’m good at and take ownership of it.
What is the most valuable advice you have ever received?
Years ago, I had a boss who advised me to always tackle the biggest, ugliest tasks first. It’s an approach advocated in a book called “Eat That Frog”— the title is also attributed more famously to a quote by Mark Twain “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
Do the difficult or biggest things first, so you can have the rest of the day to freely focus on other projects. That advice is always in the back of my mind.
Do you have a favorite charity or a cause that you wish more people knew about?
I’ve been involved with Stronghold Ministry since 2013, it is a faith-based organization that supports cancer patients, caretakers, and people in spiritual crisis. I don’t think anyone should have to walk through that alone. I serve on the board as a member of the budget committee, and I am actively involved in support groups.
What do you enjoy doing away from work?
I love to travel and immerse myself in a different culture. I would also consider myself a lifelong learner, psychology and sociology podcasts are interesting to me. And of course, I like to spend time with friends, we love to try new restaurants and always celebrate each other’s wins in life together.
Name your favorite place to eat in Dallas?
Barcelona is a great tapas spot in the Knox-Henderson area. I’d encourage anyone visiting Dallas to try it — it’s a decision you won’t regret.