We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Schroeder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
In my twenties I had more personal free time and a bigger life balance with freedom to travel and a vibrant social life. That was when I was just starting out as a working professional with less responsibility. By the time I got to my thirties my career was taking off and my work demands were much higher, focusing my social life with other creatives and young professionals usually for a purpose. Now in my forties as I am deeply invested in my career which naturally has taken precedence. I have had to be very selective on whom I share my personal time and nurture relationships that are uplifting, satisfying, and meaningful. Equally as important I find that carving out time for myself, whether it be a 30 minute workout, or an hour to relax is necessary to my overall health.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My career is multifaceted, both a creative and a business woman. As co-founder of Schroeder Investment Partners, Inc, which acquires and oversees apartment assets, I am able to use my strengths in structuring partnerships and focus on building long term wealth for our investors. Part of the investment success is due to another talent I have, creative vision. My design and construction company, Clerel Design | Clerel Construction, Inc. are both key factors in how we add value to acquisitions. I got where I am today because I dedicate a lot of time and energy in what I do. The road to success is never easy, it can be fun when you love what you do, but you have to be willing to make sacrifices, and stay steady on the course, always keeping your goals and moral compass in check. Biggest lesson in life I learned is to know who you are, what you believe in, your value, and your boundaries. My motto in life is to always improve, when I write my story I always want to see it evolve, my brand is my core beliefs that never change, but opening up to new ideas and exploring possibilities is what keeps me forging ahead to the future!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arriving in Newport Beach, the highlights of the city are definitely the coast. Boating is a must to get a glimpse of the land from the sea. After a long day in the sun we would head over to The Dock for dinner, where the incredible owner, Christine, and her delightful staff, Danielle and Eric, would treat us like family, even with my cocktail of choice waiting for us at our arrival. For a more cultural significant day we would go over to Orange County Museum of Art to view the current exhibition. After the tour we would go across the street to South Coast Plaza for a bit of shopping followed by a elegant dinner at Knife Pleat, prepared by Chef Tony. Inspired by the contemporary art at OCMA, we’d want to go visit the areas top art dealer, Peter Blake at his gallery in Laguna Beach. Afterward we’d head over to The Drake for an evening of live jazz, sultry atmosphere, and exquisite cuisine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My solid and steadfast father, Ernie. The example of strength and morals my parents live by is the greatest gift in my life. My mom for always being there for me. The men and women I work with give me a reason to keep striving to do better and conquer the obstacles, together we build a great future. Finally, my friends that make me laugh, when the boys make me cry.