into a final career. In 1999, she turned to her
father, Kevin Geenty, SIOR, founder of The
Geenty Group Realtors in Branford, Conn.
Jokingly, she says, “I saw the name on the
sign and I thought the interview would be
However, in a more serious moment, she
adds, “my father really enjoyed his career,
was very successful, paid my full boat to
an expensive school. The job seemed to
offer a lot of security and I was innately
good at sales.”
Kristin Geenty, SIOR, is now president of
The Geenty Group of Realtors.
“I wish I had known when I went into college that this is what I should have done
instead of entertaining law school,” she
says. “I wish I had started in college.”
Even if the father wasn’t in the real estate
business, sometimes an ancillary effect of
a parent’s professional journey begins the
generational movement to real estate.
The father of Grant Tidemann, SIOR, CRE, a
vice president in the Commercial Division
of Wichita-based J.P. Weigand & Sons., had
his own manufacturing company, which,
unfortunately, was struggling. Eventually,
it was sold and Grant took a look his dad’s
financial situation afterward. Most of what
he had left was in real estate. In 1979, Grant
joined the industry.
Skip forward about two decades and
Grant’s son Bradley is now a student at
Colorado State University thinking he
might enjoy a career as an orthodontist.
Then he got cold feet—or maybe just cold
hands—and on a visit back to Wichita, met
with the general manager at J.P. Weigand.
Bradley was thinking after college graduation he would take some time off and
travel, but two weeks before graduation,
Grant called and said, “I got you a leasing
job.” Bradley graduated in May and was at
his first commercial real estate job on June
1. So much for travel. Today, Bradley, SIOR,
is also a sales associate in the Commercial
Division of J.P. Weigand.
Stanley J. Wisinski, SIOR, CCIM and daughter Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely, SIOR, CCIM.