The Epoch Times is a global news media company located in New York City. We are thrilled to be featured in an article from their
U.S. Southern Regional newspaper this week. It's distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The article discusses a little bit about our background, how we got into the real estate business and how we are able to help small business owners in the world of commercial real estate, specifically leasing. 😊
We want to thank the journalist from Epoch Times for meeting and interviewing us at our HQ to write about personal journeys and our passion to help our clients. He met with us for 2 hours and we had a great conversation at our round table with earl grey lattes and pastries served on an awesome handcrafted 3-tier afternoon tea stand (gifted to us by one of our amazing friends). We were nervous, so forgot to take pictures of the set up that afternoon! 😂
ARTICLE TRANSLATION (rough translation, I used a translation iPhone app for this so it might not be perfect):
EPOCH TIMES NC News
"We understand and empathize with Chinese immigrants especially those who open restaurants & retail businesses in the United States from our personal experience. We feel very grateful and fortunate to have the ability to help these families through our work in the real estate industry."
At their newly renovated office building in the reception room, proprietors Emme Zheng and Tommy Peng tells the story of their entrepreneurial journey and experiences solving business problems all their lives. "My parents opened and operated restaurants in Greensboro for more than 30 years. I was born and raised in North Carolina and have a great understanding of my state which greatly helps," says Tommy. With many of his family and friends in the restaurant industry, Tommy has great respect for those in this field from his heart. This is a very sentimental aspect for him personally dealing with commercial leasing. "Since I was young, I did my best to help my parents in our restaurants. They were busy all the time so it was not easy", says Tommy. Tommy graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh majoring in business.
After graduating from college and working in New York City, Emme Zheng, begin in the real estate business . The husband and wife team opened their own firm over a year ago and recently opened an office at Walnut Street in Cary near Cary Towne Center mall. The office building was renovated from a residential home. The fresh appearance and well-designed exterior of the building creates a refreshing feel for the area. The rooms of the building are designed with great care. One can feel the unique intentions of the designer with the simple and stylish furniture and lighting. On the wall of the reception room, there are large framed photos of the office renovation project. The picture gallery shows the history of the building and its transformation showcasing the important role of design. "These are my wife's works," says Tommy in a proud tone. "Emme's understanding of design really helped us as she was in charge of the construction and renovation planning for the interior and exterior."
Emme Zheng, born in Fuzhou, China, immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with an aunt and without her parents. She begin junior high school in North Carolina and went to high school in Greensboro. She graduated college from University of NC at Greensboro. "I worked often in restaurants while studying in college and many of my relatives are in the restaurant business." The couple met each other working at a restaurant, married shortly after and now have 2 children. "In our office, we set up a small children's play room. Children will have a place to play while their parents discuss real estate needs," says Emme beaming with love for kids as a mother would.
Emme has been working independently in her own business for almost 3 years and is very meticulous with the commercial side. She's helped find great store front locations for a number of small business owners and Asian restaurants. Mr. Liu (Ben Liu) met Emme in Raleigh. In the 2 years since their meeting, Emme helped him secure locations and open three restaurants in North Carolina. Mr Liu is thankful for her help. "There are some key requirements when looking for restaurant locations. Emme fully understands this and is also able to help me improve my businesses with her attention to detail. She is very patient and highly professional. She understands lease terms well and is able to help me better see how things work and make [lease] deals more favorable for us. In particular, she is really great in helping us pay attention to potential penalty clauses written in small print. We are happy with her services and highly recommend her to my friends for real estate needs," says Mr. Liu.
Working together has a team, the couple converted a residential home into commercial office space. They are also knowledgeable with the processes of permits, approval for building codes for restaurants as well. "We know the process of permit applications, inspection approvals and construction permits. Our knowledge and experience will help our clients save time and energy so they can focus more on their business operations," says Emme.