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2011 Forty Under 40: Jeremy Stephenson

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About me...
Jeremy Stephenson
Executive vice president
REI Real Estate Services LLC
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Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
iPhone
Most-used apps:
Pandora
Nike Fitness
Wikipanion
Wall Street Journal
ESPN Score Center
Bible
Relevant Magazine
Wine Spectator
Financial Calculator
Favorite stuff:
Books, including "Outliers," "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Crazy Love," "The Power of One;" TV shows, including "The Office," "ESPN Sports Center;" Meridian Kessler
 

On Feb. 4, Jeremy Stephenson saw 4-1/2 years of work conclude successfully. That was when the JW Marriott complex—1,005 guest rooms in 34 stories and 104,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and exhibit space—opened downtown.

In his role with Indianapolis-based REI Real Estate Services, Stephenson had a hand in the project throughout—putting the proposal together, negotiating with the city, dealing with design decisions and handling legal documents and issues.

“I enjoyed seeing this happen, from casting a vision to helping strategize and figuring out a way to make it a reality and managing the issues that came along,” he said. “Some of the things I enjoy most about that process are the people I get to work with who are doing their respective jobs with their respective organizations and figuring out how to make the best possible project with the best possible outcome.”

To put it another way: “It’s fun to be able to create a lasting impression on the skyline. I’ve been fortunate to be around people who value professional achievement and want to do a good job but also value getting involved in community-related activities that better the fabric of our community.”

Stephenson and his wife, Rochelle, have two young children. They’ve spent the past six years renovating a house in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood and they’re active in Common Ground Christian Church. In addition, Stephenson is on the board of Outreach Inc., which helps Indianapolis homeless and runaway youth find a safer and more stable life.

“I read a quote a few years ago that said you can tell a lot about its city by how it treats its kids,” he said. “To me, seeing kids in situations like that is disheartening. To better the city, you want to make sure you’re taking care of the youngest.”•

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