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Personal profile: Blake R. Shipp

Name: Blake R. Shipp

Occupation: director of leasing — vice president of The Weitzman Group in Dallas


Birthplace: Denton

Family: parents Kyle Shipp, 62, and Sheila Shipp, 61; and sisters Kimberly (Shipp) Sendrey, 35, and Lindsay (Shipp) Futrell, 32.

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: being able to see a vision and put a plan in motion to execute that vision. It’s neat to drive by something that was once land or an old, tired building and then to see people shopping and enjoying themselves.

My business philosophy is: respond quick. Know your facts. Be a man of your word.

I’m so sick of: people talking about politics. Why can’t we all just respect the president for what he/she is doing and not focus on what he/she is not doing?

My hobbies are: water skiing, snow skiing, camping, fitness, traveling, eating home-cooked meals, collecting cars, amateur photography and anything involving an outdoor activity.

Nobody knows I: am superstitious. I put my seat belt on the exact same way every day and I do certain rituals before big meetings.

The people I most admire are: my mom and dad. I have qualities of both my parents, and it has shaped me for who I am today.

My guilty pleasure is: eating gummy worms, gummy bears or anything gummy.

I drive a: Porsche Cayenne S.

I’d like to be driving a: Tesla Model X SUV.

I’m happiest when: my inbox has zero unread messages and the clock reads 5 p.m. on a Friday.

I regret: not paying more attention to my college professors. Especially my real estate finance professor.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: I’m doing it now! I have always wanted to change Golden Triangle Mall. It’s the best real estate in our city and once we are completed with this project, I think the residents of Denton will start to shop the mall again.