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Meet Emmanuel A. Baptiste of Sterling Park Properties in Sandy Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emmanuel A. Baptiste.

Emmanuel began his start in New York City, where he operated a medallion cab then shortly after owned became part owner. The profitability and network he created in that business lead him to open a full-service transportation company Supreme Legacy Transports, where his corporate accounts included the Waldorf Astoria, Starwood Properties, Marriott Hotels, SAP, UBS, JLL, Goldman Sachs, Health Tech Associates, The National Football Association, The National Basketball Players Association, Estiatorio Milos and Viacom as well as numerous high net worth individuals.

The relationships he built with his clients and his affinity for real estate led him to start Sterling Park Capital that focuses on lending for residential and commercial properties in urban cities. Sterling Park Properties, a subsidiary of Sterling Park Capital, acquires and develops high-end, mixed-use, and luxury properties across the US.

Emmanuel’s philanthropy efforts have never gone unnoticed. He is also one of the founding members of Worldwide Psychos, a non profit organization started in 2013 that has grown worldwide with members in New York City, Europe, Canada, Long Island, Florida, California, Arizona, and Egypt. The primary goal of the foundation is to establish human and capital resources to countries that face disasters and also inspire others to do good whenever the opportunity arises. As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Emmanuel now resides in Atlanta, GA, with his lovely spouse Makaylla and his three wonderful children.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I came to a foreign country as a young teen to enter high school with a language barrier. Being from Trinidad & Tobago our accent is very melodic, most of my teachers didn’t understand me and thought that I singing every time I spoke. At that moment I realized communication is key and if my ideas or questions couldn’t get across I would’ve missed many opportunities. Later on in my journey I was homeless at one point, many people close to me don’t even know this side. I slept in my Suburban for a few months, took showers or washed up in random places, my clients would always be surprised and happy I was early to pick them up to go to the airport not knowing I slept outside last night (he laughs mid statement) until Juliette my friends mom found out and demanded I stay with them until I got on my feet. That was rough, however I always kept the end in mind of where I truly wanted to be. That’s the only way I feel you can get through anything. I never felt depressed or sad during the process, to me it was an adventure and that made all the difference. Like if you know what’s going to happen in the future and you believe in yourself without a doubt it’s easier to go through any situation.

Sterling Park Properties – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We do a few things in the real estate field, fix and flips,Turnkey Rentals, community redevelopment as well as buy and holds of luxury units for rentals to high net worth individuals and the movie and film industry. We take pride in our process by paying attention to detail in all that we do. It’s not just about the profit margins it’s about giving the end user a quality experience that they’ll remember. A home is a special place, a place where families gather and create memories, celebrate events and where we grew up and discover ourselves to then do the same with our kids. Think about it, how did you feel as a child to say I’m going home, in bad or good situations it’s always the place we wanted to go to. Even as an adult it’s a bit different but still the same. Home is our safe place, or going to our parents home for the holidays just makes us feel good. We are also creating programs to give those who invest into our vision a top return on their contribution to our success. There’s so much available money in the real estate industry, why not share it with others who help us accomplish our goals. This is our mindset when set out to complete our projects.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When I purchase my first million-dollar property. A brownstone in Harlem for $1.5Mil. It wasn’t even about the money it was about the story behind it Mr Robinson is a great man who wanted to give a young man on a path a helping hand to become successful. There’s many moments that was pivotal for me however this is the key one that opened a lot of other opportunities. To know he felt and understood me without be telling him details of my past was very humbling and emotional at the time for me.

“My rewards are in the future tho, this whole thing is not about me. I’m working on behalf of my kids who are here and grandkids who aren’t born yet, my family, my friends, my business partners and all the people I’ll met in the future who I can impact their lives in positive way. One person can impact generations in a positive of negative way, it’s our day to day decisions lead to the path of good or bad. I choose to be the element for positive change in my family, it’s not easy but if I don’t do it who will?”

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