River City Six – Jean Duffy
Meet Jean Duffy, president of Real Property Management (RPM) Legacy (www.realpmlegacy.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
At RPM Legacy, our goal is to protect your investments and make you the most money. We use the most accurate data available to determine the best monthly rent rate for your property. We guide you in understanding what improvements should be made to garner higher rent and attract tenants who will take care of your home. We also conduct move-in assessments and regular inspections, complete with photos, to make sure your property stays in good shape. Those who have used a property manager before, and those who have not, quickly learn the value of hiring our team. As president of RPM Legacy in Omaha, I focus on business development and management.
How did you get started in the business?
I worked over 30 years in the corporate world, with 20 years of project management experience. I was looking for a new challenge when my husband and I decided to acquire another local portfolio through RPM. We started RPM Legacy in 2017.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Acquiring the portfolio RPM Legacy and having to learn a new business in a short period of time. We assumed over 100 clients, so we had to work fast and think even faster.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband James and I have two sons, Brian and Ian. I’m very proud of the young men they are becoming. Brian is finishing college this semester with a degree in library science and Ian is working and studying in the culinary field.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Getting married and becoming a committed Christian. My life has not been the same since either of those events—for the better!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I enjoy bicycling, reading, volunteering, and cooking. I also love going to the shooting range for some target practice.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I love the Latin American culture. I am fluent in Spanish and have a working knowledge of the Portuguese language.
Who inspires you?
My parents. My dad owned his own businesses all his life. I suppose that is where I get my entrepreneurial spirit.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“God Makes All Things New” by Steven Curtis Chapman.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I am always striving to be a better leader. I want to be the best boss in the world!
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I lost my sister Teresa to suicide, so it is a cause that it very close to my heart. I am also involved in the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I, like thousands of other Americans, struggle with depression, and I want to help fight the stigma towards mental illness.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Women’s Murder Club, a series of mystery novels by James Patterson.
What is your favorite TV show?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?