Academic journal article Business Renaissance Quarterly

A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Fran Inman

Academic journal article Business Renaissance Quarterly

A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Fran Inman

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Fran lnman directs all government relations and community affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation's largest privately held, family-owned real estate development companies. With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 70 million square feet of commercial properties, Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas, lnman is recognized as a leader in the push to improve the nation's failing transportation infrastructure. U.S. Congressman David Dreier (R-San Dimas) once described her by saying, "Fran lnman is a force of nature. She is nonstop, constantly in motion and always looking ahead." With Majestic properties playing a critical role in the supply chain, lnman is an outspoken advocate for freight transportation infrastructure funding in Los Angeles and beyond, serving as the immediate past chair of the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and as Governor Schwarzenegger's recent appointee to the California Transportation Commission. She also serves on numerous regional, state and national infrastructure committees, as well as serving in leadership roles with trade and economic development associations. Also recognized as a leader in the philanthropic community, lnman is the founding president of the Majestic Realty Foundation. Established in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation provides grants and other support to various charitable community partners that work the areas of youth, family, education, health and violence prevention in the communities where Majestic Realty Co. does business. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, lnman holds both a bachelor of arts and masters of business administration in finance. In 2010, lnman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Woodbury University. She and her husband Ron have three adult children - Chris and (Emily) lnman (Denver, CO); Kelly and (Todd) Rohs (Ft. Collins, CO) and Melinda lnman (Wheaton, IL) - and the delight of her life, granddaughters Katherine, Caroline, and Claire lnman (Denver, CO).

BRQ: What makes you a business renaissance executive?

FI: I was blessed with an inherent renaissance style - I love working with people to solve problems... when I read the book The Tipping Point, I clearly identified with what Malcolm Gladwell described as a connector. To be a connector, I think you have to be approachable, caring, connected and compassionate. …

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