Faces of PPM

Our people are our superpower at PPM. Get to know a bit more about who we are and the diversity, creativity, humor and talent of our nationwide team!

Teal Jarzyna

Associate Director

1. Why did you choose a career in commercial real estate?

Honestly, this career chose me. I had a friend in the industry who recommended me for a position because she was aware of my years of experience in the service industry and understood how my interpersonal skills would be a value in the field.

2. What stands out as a highlight of your career so far? 

It is a toss-up between traveling internationally (Costa Rica and Hong Kong) to deliver on launch projects, and leading a team that delivered over 50,000 office moves in one year for our client.

3. What opportunities do you see for yourself and the industry in the next five years?

These are unprecedented times which allows for so much innovation in the field. Five years from now, I see the industry being focused on variations of flexibility within workspace and the technologies that support more on-demand personal interaction within the space. At this time, I see myself leading teams that will help drive these creative changes for our customers.

4. What advice would you give others or to your younger self who may be considering a career in commercial real estate?

My dad always had this saying when I was growing up: “Life is about problem solving.” This was one of the best pieces of advice he gave me. Over the years, I realize it taught me not to be scared of the problem, but instead to be open to finding the solution. To those looking to start a career in the CRE field, I would use the same sentiment. Be open to learning and working with others to find the best solutions for your client.

5. What unusual talents or hobbies do you have? What are you most passionate about?

I have been doing CrossFit for 10 years now, so I can walk on my hands, and lift a bunch of weight (pre-Covid). This year, in light of gyms closing, I have been working on building my home gym. 

I am not only passionate about my own fitness goals, but I also love helping others reach theirs as well. It is truly a transformative moment when you can help someone reach a goal they never thought possible.

Eddie Battiest

Assistant Project Manager

1. Why did you choose a career in commercial real estate?

My background is actually in the oil and gas industry where I was a project manager and business analyst for more than a decade. I felt like it was time to make a change and pursue something I’d never done before. Commercial real estate seemed like a growing industry in the Austin area. Plus, I was attracted by the complexity of the work and how it impacts so many people’s lives. We all need a place to work.

2. What stands out as a highlight of your career so far?

Honestly, working for PPM has been one of the highlights of my career. The culture here is the best I have ever seen. The support everyone gives is a breath of fresh air. In my past work experiences, it always felt very political and structured. You really couldn’t be yourself. You were a number, not a name. At PPM, we are encouraged to express ourselves and the people here are united around shared goals. We truly work collaboratively, not competitively. PPM brings the best out of people, and that is what really differentiates us in the marketplace. Our people really are our superpower. It’s fun to be a part of that.

3. What opportunities do you see for yourself and the industry in the next five years?

It’s really exciting to be in on the ground floor of this new market in Austin for PPM. With the rapid growth of Austin, I see myself assisting with developing new systems to help processes run smoothly. It’s like a new beginning, starting something where there is nothing but opportunity. And being able to be hands on with it from the beginning is exciting. I see myself growing with the market, adding value to the company, engaging in new relationships and new partners.

4. What advice would you give others or to your younger self who may be considering a career in commercial real estate?

Go for it! You can’t go wrong with commercial real estate. It is very rewarding and generally quite stable. Commercial real estate isn’t going anywhere so long as we need shelter and space to do our work no matter where it is.

5. What unusual talents or hobbies do you have? What are you most passionate about?

One thing people might not know about me is that I love to dance. Specifically, I love two kinds of dancing – hip hop and zydeco line dancing. My family is originally from New Orleans, so I grew up with zydeco and love the culture. I am also passionate about my family and helping those who are need. On the weekends you can usually find me cooking with my family. 

Ashanti Hymans

Assistant Project Manager

1. Why did you choose a career in commercial real estate?

Honestly, it chose me. I came to PPM after a long career in retail management and customer service. When I applied for the role here, I had never even known this type of job existed. However, once I started, I found there were many parallels between what we do as project managers for our clients and retail managers do for customers. Since starting two years ago, I’ve been excited to learn about the field and it’s truly sparked a passion for this work that I did not know was possible.

2. What stands out as a highlight of your career so far?

A major highlight thus far would have been working with PPM’s blackpac DEI group and leadership to partner with community organizations in our major hub cities of New York and Seattle. It was a truly inspiring experience to connect with the leaders of those organizations and to understand the work that they do and highlight how PPM and blackpac can support them going forward.

3. What opportunities do you see for yourself and the industry in the next five years?

I hope to continue to grow within PPM and hope to bring my passion for community, training and philanthropy to the forefront of my work. I feel like there is an opportunity to connect with the community and allow them to see and understand the great work that we do.  Ultimately, I hope to help bridge that gap and help PPM remain a leader in community engagement and expose more people to potential careers in this field.

4. What advice would you give others or to your younger self who may be considering a career in commercial real estate?

Don’t be afraid to take risks and leave your comfort zone. Leaving my career in retail after 13 years was a terrifying feat but in hindsight one of the best decisions I have ever made.

5. What unusual talents or hobbies do you have? What are you most passionate about?

I am an amateur photographer and a have a fairly large Funko Pop collection, one of my most unusual hobbies is wandering around New York City on the weekend with a backpack full of pops finding awesome ways to photograph them.