Sunday, 5 February 2012

DreamMaker Real Estate Brokerage plays its part in the 2015 PanAm Games

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In September 2011 Canada's number one "black" high-end magazine published the following article.  It has my by-line.  It was, I assume, based on presser I sent out for the Diversity Business Network's Pan Am Games project.  Saw the article when it came out, but, missed my by-line.

  DREAMMAKER REALTY MOVES TO THE PAN-AM GAMES

By Stephen Weir
DreamMaker Realty is not your typical real estate brokerage. “We help individuals, families and organizations build new lives for themselves using real estate as an investment vehicle,” says Isaac Olowolafe, the company’s president and CEO.
With such an approach, it’s no wonder Dream Maker Realty, which includes a real estate investment company that owns or manages more than 200 properties in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is the 2011 winner of the Harry Jerome Business Award.
The company also has a partnership with University of Toronto and the African Canadian Social Development Council for a not-for-profit “build our wealth” campaign with a vision to transform 100,000 lives in low-income communities by building $9.2-billion in generational wealth.
On top of that, as realty consortium leader for the Diversity Business Network (DBN), Olowolafe is committed to working with and mentoring other diverse-owned real estate brokerages to sell off the residential and commercial units being developed by Waterfront Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario for the 2015 PanAm/Parapan American Games.
“The athletes’ village for the Games is integrated into the new West Don Lands community, transforming former industrial land into a beautiful new neighbourhood,” says Olowolafe. “This mixed-use neighbourhood should be in high demand as a place to live after the Games conclude.”
Courtney Betty, founder and president of DBN, which is dedicated to building supplier diversity awareness within Canada as well as being a partner to Toronto 2015 in its procurement strategies, says his company is pleased to work with Dream Maker Realty. “Olowolafe’s company has all the attributes we seek in a consortium leader such as providing education and mentorship to the wider diverse community,” Betty says.
The Pan/Parapan American Games are expected to generate more than $1.4-billion in spending across the GTA. TO2015, the committee organizing the Games, has committed to encouraging Tier 1 supply and service companies by awarding 10 points for diversity in all procurement opportunities. “Diversity is for the Toronto Games what [green efforts were] for the Vancouver Olympics,” says Ian Troop CEO, TO2015.

Isaac Olowolafe, the company’s president and CEO
Meanwhile, Olowolafe looks forward to partaking in a groundbreaking business venture. “It will be great to be a part of history,” he says. “Toronto is probably the most diverse city on the planet and it is great that the Games are recognizing the importance of diverse-owned businesses in their contracting out of services. It just makes great business and community sense.”

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