The word “grateful” doesn’t cut it when it comes to our appreciation for TCC member, Joe Corea. Not only does he show his commitment for the Club as a representative of our Board of Directors but he is an active and engaged Club member, one who also helps us out on the squash court. From a young age Corea has displayed determination and motivation, traits that he continues to show today through, both, his professional success and personal dedication to the success of our Club.
Can you please share a bit about your professional background?
I started renovating homes when I was 16 years old, and with the help of my Mother I bought my first property when I was just 19. Since then, I have created a successful career in real estate. I obtained my real estate and mortgage broker diploma through the Real Estate Board in conjunction with Sauder School of Business and UBC at the age of 19. After completing school, I started my professional career as a mortgage broker and real estate agent, continuing to buy properties and building a real estate portfolio. Through these endeavours, I founded the J. Corea Group of companies, which consists of several companies involved in real estate developments and investments, investment banking, asset management, and financial and insurance consulting.
What would you say is your biggest professional success to date?
Along the way I have had many successes and failures. The strength and wisdom from these experiences has provided me with the freedom to become, what I would describe as somewhat of, a Serial Entrepreneur. I have the freedom and flexibility to explore all of my passions and interests. This, to me, is my biggest success and what I am most grateful for.
Why did you become a member of Terminal City Club?
I joined TCC for many reasons, primarily to be around other likeminded people and because of TCC’s first class facilities and fantastic offerings that are unparalleled to any other club in the lower mainland.
We are very grateful for your continued support as a member of our Board of Directors. What enticed you to get involved on the Board at TCC?
The impetus was my passion for squash and desire to get involved to make a difference. The support and encouragement by our previous General Manager, Michael Kaile, was instrumental in my decision to join the Board.
Over the years that you have been a member, have you noticed that the Club has evolved? Any examples you would like to share?
The most significant thing I have noticed is the renewed shift in the team culture and passion being demonstrated from our Executive Team right down to maintenance personnel, leaving me with a feeling of appreciation and gratitude. For example, every morning as I walk through the Club the staff, especially Cory, greet me and make me feel welcome and important.
What do you enjoy the most about the Club?
What I enjoy most about the Club is the many great friendships that have come from being a member. Those connections and friendships are priceless.
What is a typical day for you at the Club?
I start my days by parking in our parkade and enjoying the members breakfast at The Grill. I end most days in the fitness centre with a swim or a game of squash followed by a quick beverage in Cuvee. I am constantly finding new ways to use the Club, from booking an event in the city to getting my car washed to attending a Club event, such as a wine tasting or a unique culinary event. One of my favourite things to do on a Friday afternoon is to wind down the week with a few friends over a cocktail in Cuvee while enjoying a performance by one of our talented live musicians.
How do you spend your time outside of work?
I love to be outdoors so I always try to squeeze in a hike or sail around the Burrard inlet into my week. I spend the rest of my time hanging out with with family and friends.
As you know TCC will be hosting a special UBC alumni reception in June. You played a big role in the development of this partnership between UBC and TCC. What would you say to your fellow UBC alumni who are considering joining TCC?
TCC is more than just a place to eat, drink and work out; it’s an incredible community and extended family. The pay back I have received is immeasurable.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your fellow TCC members?
Firstly, stay updated on all of the great events and offerings happening at the Club on a daily basis. I found it helpful to download the TCC calendar of events from the website into my personal calendar. This way I don’t end up regretting that I’ve missed a great event. Secondly, there are so many great professional connections and friendships waiting to be formed. Join one of our groups like the squash team, or men’s discussion group, and you will be amazed at the quality of people you will meet.