Taryn Sims' career highlighted by opportunities to learn

Taryn Sims has been in commercial real estate at Wulfe & Co. for 21 years, and still, she finds she’s constantly learning.

“There’s never a day I don’t come across something new. I’m in the property management side of it, and we're always solving issues for tenants or for client owners,” Sims said.

The work she does for her retail clients is challenging, but rewarding, and that’s probably what kepts her engaged for so long and not tempted to go off and do something different.
A native Houstonian who graduated from Eisenhower High School, Sims went to community college for just a couple of semesters, then realized she was eager to get her career started.

“I thought I was smarter than I was,” she joked. “Instead of earning a college degree, I graduated from the College of Hard Knocks.”

Sims started at Trammell Crow as an accounting clerk, then moved up the ranks into property management, working at Parkway Investments and the Highland Village Shopping Center before joining Wulfe.

Along the way, she obtained several certifications that helped propel her career forward, including Certified Property Manager, Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Retail Property Executive.  She is now president of Wulfe Management Services, which manages more than five million square feet of commercial space.

Sims has been a volunteer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo since 1998, serving on the Paint Horse Committee, where she served as chair for three years. The Paint Horse Committee hosts a walk/trot event where children under seven years can showcase their skills with their paint horses.

She also serves on the Trailblazer Committee, which hosts the annual Trailblazer Honoree Luncheon and Fashion Show. The Trailblazer Committee also promotes literacy through  Rodeo ROPES (Reading Opens the Path to Education Success). It collects and distributes books to low-income school children.

For others interested in a building a career in commercial real estate, Sims has plenty of good advice. Number One: Don’t follow her lead, but go ahead and get a college degree, even if the curriculum is not specifically targeted to real estate.

“Ed Wulfe has been a great mentor, and I’ve been with him this long for a good reason,” Sims said. “I’ve learned so much from him.”

Deborah Quinn Hensel is a freelance journalist and staff reporter for Houston Woman Magazine.

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