Roland Sansone and 4 Reasons to Run a Family Business

If you have a family, you know the challenges and the rewards. Likewise with owning your own business. We asked Roland Sansone – So what’s it like to put both of them together?

Roland Sansone Discusses Working with Family

rolandatworkJust ask Roland Sansone in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the founder of Sansone Development, he also works with his sons Miles and Devon, who both hold leadership positions within the company.

“When I look back on everything we’ve accomplished as a company, I can say things were only made better by working with my sons Miles and Devon,” he said. “They brought unique talents to the organization, talents that have benefited everyone as a whole.”

Today, Roland Sansone can say he has a real success story on his hands – the company has a commercial real estate portfolio of nearly a million square feet – and he chalks a lot of it up to working with family. Here are the benefits he points out.

1.  You share the same values.

boulevardinteriorMany otherwise successful business partnerships fail because the principals don’t see eye to eye. And while a little bit of difference can be healthy – even beneficial – if there’s too much of a philosophical gulf to traverse, it may spell doom for the organization.

When you work with family, however, you can avoid this pitfall.

“I raised my sons according to the values I have, and as they matured, they grew to share those values,” Roland Sansone said. “That helps us work together better as a company.”

2.  There are fewer surprises – and the ones that do happen are good.

rolandseaquestThere’s a side benefit to sharing values: you’re seldom surprised by the people you’re working with. Family members have the benefit of knowing each other well, so they know how they’ll respond to specific challenges and obstacles.

“It’s kind of like knowing the engine of your car,” Roland Sansone said. “It’s always good to know how all the parts work together.”

Likewise with your family members. And if you take the approach that Roland Sansone did, you can align your family members with roles in the business that complement their natural skill sets. This makes for a more rewarding career for the family member, and a greater benefit to the organization. It also frees them up to let their natural abilities shine through, meaning they’ll most likely find ways to impress you that you never thought possible.

3.  You spend more time together.

rolandmassiFamily time. There’s nothing like it, and it’s an essential component to strengthening the bonds that tie us together. And when you run a family business, you can strengthen those bonds through a shared purpose.

“I love showing up at the office and seeing my sons,” Roland Sansone said. “And while we’re focused on business and achieving objectives, you have to be grateful for every moment you spend with your family.”

Of course, nothing replaces those activities that are focused on family exclusively – shared meals, vacations, holidays – but seeing the people you love on a daily basis is a blessing that few of us get to share. A family business enables one to enjoy life’s most precious commodity: time spent with those you care about.

4.  You build more than a business.

streetviewMuch of what makes a successful business is tangible: profits, relationships made, projects built. But there’s also a notion of a legacy that goes into creating a truly successful enterprise.

“Ever since I started this business, I’ve been focused on making the community better. It’s a higher standard than just turning a profit,” said Roland Sansone. “With my sons as part of this business, I know they’ll carry that vision forward. To me, that’s the most important legacy of all.”

Roland Sansone and Sansone Development have always worked hard to be good community partners. The company sacrificed for its tenants during the Great Recession, even to the detriment of the organization, all in the interest of helping Las Vegas businesses see their way through troubled times. And most recently, with the acquisition and redevelopment of The Boulevard, the company has reinvigorated the heart of one of our city’s most important community corridors.

Together, Roland Sansone and his sons have created a company that does more for the city it calls home. By working together as a family, they’ve accomplished more for the community. And when it comes to family businesses, that’s the greatest benefit of all.

 

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Roland Sansone on Five Pillars of Success

When you’ve built one of the foremost development companies in a city known for building great things, you learn a thing or two about success. So it is with Roland Sansone.

Roland Sansone on the History of Nevada’s Largest Mall

Roland Sansone brings sports bar to the mall.When he founded the company that bears his name, Sansone Development, back in 1978, Real Estate Developer Roland Sansone, started by focusing on fixing up older homes. Eventually, he transitioned his company to custom homes, followed by professional office buildings and retail shopping centers. Eventually, the company’s efforts culminated in the purchase of Nevada’s oldest and largest mall – The Boulevard, totaling 1.2 million square feet and originally built in 1968 by Moe Dalitz, Allard Roen and Irwin Molasky. This $54.5 million purchase was followed by $44 million in upgrades, completely re-imagining this iconic Las Vegas location into a brand-new community hub where people and families can meet for entertainment, dining and shopping.

“As our city has grown, so has Sansone Companies,” said Roland Sansone. “No matter how big we got, we never lost sight of our core values, and on putting the customer first, no matter what. Even though we build and develop, this is still a people business, and you can’t lose that human touch.” As a testament to this, during the Great Recession Roland Sansone helped many tenants weather the bad economy to his own detriment, and lost some properties to the lenders.

Those core values include five principles that the company – led by Roland Sansone’s sons Miles Sansone and Devon Sansone– still lives by today.

Developer Roland Sansone discussing the five principles of his company:

focus1. Focus.

There’s no greater hazard to a business than trying to do too many things. All too often, the result is doing none of them right. Developer Roland Sansone has focused on different aspects of development throughout the lifetime of his company, but never on too many things at once. Sansone Development by choice is not a contractor, architect or an engineer. This allows Roland Sansone’s company to find the best people and firms to help with each of the developments. Initially, the focus was residential remodels. Then, large custom homes. Following that, professional office, medical and retail space. And finally, the focus became creating the new heart of a community in one of Las Vegas’ most storied corridors – The Boulevard on Maryland Parkway. This bold venture to redevelop and fix The Boulevard neighborhood was quite an undertaking; it has taken Roland Sansone over two years and a lot of work. As you drive North on Maryland parkway from Russel, to Tropicana, to Flamingo and past Desert Inn you will see enormous investments coming and changes to the Maryland corridor.

“We never lose sight of the job at hand,” says Roland Sansone. “Though you’ve always got a pipeline of work coming in, you can’t take your eyes off the work you’ve rolled your sleeves up to do at the moment. That kind of focus is essential for any business that hopes to grow – and more importantly, seeks to serve its customers well.”

integrity2. Integrity.

For its size, Las Vegas is famous for being a small town in a lot of ways. That means people who burn bridges don’t last very long here. That kind of culture is ideal for an organization like Sansone Development, and for professionals like developer Roland Sansone. Doing right by customers, tenants, investors and partners is the bedrock of not only completing major projects, but also in ensuring that more of them come your way.

Roland Sansone says, “Keeping your word is what helps you build that reputation as a person with integrity. It makes it easier to do business – investors trust you, partners seek your advice, and customers are more comfortable with you because they know you’re on their side.”

diligence3. Diligence.

Seeing a job through is what bedevils a lot of companies, and many entrepreneurs. Individuals may fall in love with a line of work for a certain aspect of it, but in any profession, it often comes along with a lot of tasks that make the job feel less than fun. Maintaining enthusiasm, excellence and commitment through every part of the job is what makes the difference between a good company and a great one, says Roland Sansone. He continues: “You’re never going to get far without buckling down and doing the work when the going gets tough. The key is to take those passions that you have and apply them to all parts of the job – even those you may not prefer. Eventually, you’ll learn that diligence is, in fact, its own kind of reward.”

hard work4. Hard work.

If you love what you do it will never be hard work. At Sansone Development the staff looks forward to coming to work because of the love of the job, the team effort and the comradery that occurs at the office.  But putting in your best effort, day after day, is the mark of a true professional. Those are the kinds of team members developer Roland Sansone surrounds himself with at Sansone Development.

“If you’re not tired at the end of the day, I’d say you’ve probably done something wrong,” says Roland Sansone. “Throughout my career, I’ve always valued people who only have one setting: one hundred percent. For the truly great professional, there’s never a time when you put in anything less than that.”

transparency5. Transparency.

We hear a lot about it in government, but transparency is essential in the private sector, too. In a lot of ways, it’s the secret behind a lot of other great core values, like integrity and honesty. For Roland Sansone’s industry – commercial development – it’s even more essential. Working with diverse partners makes it crucial that all parties are open and transparent.

Five core values – focus, integrity, diligence, hard workand transparency. These are the principles that have fueled the success of developer Roland Sansone and the developments his company has created.

John’s Incredible Pizza – Sansone Companies Las Vegas

Roland Sansone, Las Vegas, Nevada is known for his real estate development work within the community of Henderson and all surrounding areas. He always has new projects in construction and he’s always visioning about the next upcoming renovation.

Recently, Roland and his team at Sansone Companies brought the first John’s Incredible Pizza to the Las Vegas area, and this pizza/entertainment location has been experiencing record-breaking weekends since it’s inception. Here is a video by owner John Parlet talking about the new Vegas location:

If you haven’t yet been to John’s Incredible Pizza and you have kids, you Roland Sansone Meets with the teamreally need to go check this place out. You will absolutely find yourself being turned back into a kid again. Hands down way better than Chuck E Cheese.

Biggest differences start with the food.  At John’s the variety is great and it is actually delicious. It is presented in a buffet style for everyone and the salads and pizza are made fresh daily. There are more than 10 different kinds of pizza and several kinds of pasta with various topping choices. There is also a huge quite diverse salad bar with homemade dressings.

The rides, yes, the rides, are fun for the entire family. One of the biggest hits there is the bumper cars, which kids are likely to ride more than once. Games are throughout the place and you can find yourself there for hours of fun.

Roland Sansone Las Vegas

Sansone had the vision long ago to bring John’s to the mall to further the locations at the mall centered around families and community. The Vegas community is excited to have this new entertainment in town.

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Roland Sansone and the Newest Luxury Movie Theater

Las Vegas Real estate developer, Roland Sansone, is bringing a new luxury theater to The Boulevard Mall very soon. 

In their post, The Washington Post states that there is a huge rise in luxury movie theaters throughout the country. Las Vegas has caught on.

The plans are underway to roll out the details on this exciting new project. Although we cannot yet reveal all of the details, the talks are happening, and the movie theater will be coming. It is an exciting addition to this part of the Las Vegas Valley.

roland_sansoneFor those of you who have not yet experienced a luxury theater, you are in for a treat that can also become strangely addicting. Roland Sansone and Sansone Companies will bring super comfortable padded reclining seats to the movies, where you can press a button to get it at the perfect angle you require. Also, these movie theaters allow for wine, beer, and special foods (besides popcorn) to be ordered and delivered to you in your seat. This convenience turns your night at the movies into a night at the Kennedy Center.

Roland Sansone Brings The “Popcorn and Fun”

popcornOther possibilities for the luxury movie theater include a highly delicious in-theater restaurant with fancy foods, unlimited popcorn, and the ability to reserve your actual seats ahead of time. Each luxury theater also seems to have special additions of their own so that the Boulevard Mall will have some things unique to it. The luxury movies now often feel an entirely new relaxing night out on the town. It’s a place to get the party started or to experience a kind of zen meditation.

Roland Sansone continues to bring more value to the mall and the community surrounding. He’s excited to roll out the luxury movie theater along with other projects that have not yet been announced, but will be, very soon. The upgrades at the mall, continue. Roland Sansone and his company, Sansone Companies, are committed to maintaining excellence, respect, and integrity in all aspects of operations, ensuring dedication to customer service. You can bet this new movie theater is going to meet their high standards.

About Sansone Companies

The Sansone Companies and Roland Sansone are Las Vegas Valley focused. Listed are some of the goals of Roland Sansone and Sansone Companies.  As we embark into 2016, the company is focusing on both commercial and residential development services. Continue reading About Sansone Companies

Investing

Investing in the Boulevard Mall
Roland Sansone invests his time into giving back to the Boulevard Mall, a project he’s been working on since 2013.

Roland Sansone invests his time, energy and dollars into well researched real estate development investing mostly in the Las Vega and Henderson markets. At the core of what Roland Sansone invests in are projects of great potential in markets that need it. Roland is known for his commitment, passion and dedication in all of the transactions that he does. The deals that Roland looks for are those that will help to boost the Las Vegas economy and help the many under-serviced real estate segments in the Vegas market. Continue reading Investing

Supporting Justice Amy Chelini

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Roland Sansone Vegas with Amy Chelini

In 2015 and 2016, Roland Sansone Vegas supports Amy Chelini for Las Vegas Justice of the Peace, Dept. 14. Amy is supported by many others including Seniors United, Las Vegas Metro Police Protective Association and the Nevada Veteran’s Association. to name a few. Amy has spent a considerable amount of time helping others in our community to get back on their feet and live a better life. Continue reading Supporting Justice Amy Chelini

Giving Back to Vegas

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Roland Sansone in 2016

Roland Sansone, a real estate developer in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, has always given back to the Las Vegas community, who has given so much to him, and it brings him great pleasure to do so. He continues to do so in 2016 through the charities he is involved with and his involvement with the Vegas community. Continue reading Giving Back to Vegas

Roland Sansone Nevada

State of the City with May Andy Hafen; Devon Sansone; and Roland Sansone Nevada
State of the City with May Andy Hafen; Devon Sansone; and Roland Sansone

Roland Sansone of Nevada is a passionate, committed, and community-oriented Nevada Real Estate Developer who is currently developing and managing approximately 1.0 million square feet of property in the Las Vegas area. Continue reading Roland Sansone Nevada

Professional Bio

 

Roland Sansone and Timo Kuusela the General manager of the Boulevard Mall, at the Chinese New Year event.
Roland Sansone and Timo Kuusela the General manager of the Boulevard Mall, at the Chinese New Year Event, Las Vegas, 2016.

Roland Sansone, A 36 year resident of Las Vegas, came to this community to start a business, and what followed was the creation of one of the state’s leading real estate development firms – helmed by a family that has demonstrated a commitment to the community they call home. Continue reading Professional Bio